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 April 18, 2017

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.

Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. ~Groucho Marx

Books are our great companions. With the power to ground us in reality and transport us far away from it, they both reveal the world as it is and imagine it as it could be. Finding a great book has never been so easy to do either, as we can simply have it delivered to our inbox or right to our front door with the click of a mouse.

If there's anything better than curling up with a great book though, it's got to be exploring a great bookstore. When we deprive ourselves of this wonderful part of the reading experience, we miss out on delights like the shelves of glossy new covers and the evocative scent of old ones. The creak of floorboards. The cats. The reading community. And most importantly, the invaluable advice and recommendations of seasoned shop staff who make it their life's work to devour, savour and share the printed word.

April 29th is Canadian Authors for Indies Day.* It's a day of appreciation for Canada's independent bookstores, and right here on Vancouver Island we have a lot to appreciate. Visit some of the world's best bookstores right in your own local community...and you just might find yourself face to face with some of the world's best authors, too.


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