Carrianne Leung on the best sort of matchmakers

Independent bookstores play the important role of matchmaker between books and readers.  Forget OKCupid. Spend your time in an indie bookstore instead.

You can venture in confident that everyone who works in an independent bookstore loves books and will have your best interests at heart. The folks behind these stores are some of the most passionate and avid readers around. You know you can trust them to tell you about the latest releases, provide sound knowledge of the Can Lit scene and introduce you to the perfect book.  You know the one – the book that will rock your world and feel like it came to you just at the right moment. There is also the added bonus of returning to your favourite bookseller and discussing the book. A book only gets sweeter when its pleasure is shared. Then, do it all over again with the next perfect book recommendation and again.

Indie bookstores also offer wonderful spaces for building community around books. Independent bookstores are loyal to their local talent, demonstrated by the many author talks and book clubs that they host.  (In addition to learning about great reads, you may actually meet the love of your life or new best friend at one of these events!)

I am always proud to find my novel sitting on the shelf of an independent bookstore. I know it’s in a good place: a place where books matter and goes beyond the commodity form, a place among book lovers.

© 2015 Carrianne K.Y. Leung

On Saturday May 2, Another Story Bookshop at 315 Roncesvalles Avenue (Toronto) will be hosting Carrianne Leung.

Carrianne Leung is a fiction writer, educator and business owner who lives in Toronto. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and Equity Studies from OISE/University of Toronto and works at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. She is also the co-owner of Multiple Organics, an organic grocery store. She is co-editor, with Lynn Caldwell and Darryl Leroux, of Critical Inquiries: A Reader in Studies of Canada. She, her partner, their son and two dogs live in the west-end of Toronto.