Busy like a bookstore should be

Bookstores, we hear, are in trouble.

You certainly wouldn’t know that if you were among the many who stepped into The Book Man on a rainy Saturday afternoon last weekend.

With the great team at The Book Man

With the great team at The Book Man

I was fortunate to have been invited to the Chilliwack, BC, book store to read from Drawing Back to Take a Running Jump. And the place certainly was jumping on this Saturday.

People were browsing the stacks, asking for titles and authors, chatting with one another and the staff, then heading to the checkout with armloads of books.

It’s a warm, high energy, inviting place based (from my brief observation) on two keys: a well selected and organized stock of books and a team of owners and staff who love what they do.

Donations doing it right

Donations: doing it right

All the little touches are here: donations to local charities for those who bring their own bags, events for kids and topical displays.

Whatever is happening in the industry, a place like The Book Man creates a buzz based on the simple combination of enthusiastic people and great books.

I had a great time on Saturday, reading from the new book, selling and signing copies, chatting with people about everything from poetry to the prairies to publishing, then (of course) doing some of my own book shopping.


Visit them online or if you live in the lower mainland of BC (Canada) stop in to The Book Man’s Chilliwack or Abbotsford store. It’s a great place for book lovers.

Front door display

Front door display

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