Quality Secondhand Books Since 1975
The Word Bookstore was founded by Adrian King-Edwards and Lucille Friesen in 1975. However, it was far from their first foray into the book business; the couple had spent the previous summer traveling across Northern British Columbia in a VW camper van full of paperbacks. Read more
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Offering your active support by choosing to shop at local, independently-owned businesses means that dollars, jobs, and taxes remain in your community, fostering unique shops, and a diverse selection of products offered by people that you know.
“I first walked in when I was at McGill and was looking for a cheap copy of Charles Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil. It is a tiny little store. Everyone says a prayer before walking in so that the roof won’t collapse. There are novels and photography books and collections of the pensées of mad philosophers piled up on chairs and tables and staircases. It’s a small miracle that such nooks of books still exist.”
— Heather O'Neill the author of Lullabies for Little Criminals