Steven Temple Books, the last holdout of Booksellers’ Row in Queen West, Toronto, is shutting down after nearly 40 years in business. Another victim of the combination of higher rents and lower sales: a result of the changing landscape in books and publishing. So sad. It’s a lovely, musty store, on the second floor of an old building on Queen Street West. I popped over there yesterday to take advantage of the sale, and could barely drag myself away. Think piles of tottering books. Rare, out-of-print versions. Smell of old paper, the look of full-color illustrations, the feel of cloth-bound books – red, mauve, green. Signed copies of your old favorites. I picked up a lovely hard-cover copy of The Compass Rose – a 1982 collection of short stories by Ursula K. Le Guin.
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