Thanks to certain places, neighbourhoods and businesses, we get the opportunity to be reminded of the true nature of this city, its history and the efforts that have gone into making it what it is today. Biblioasis, the area’s preferred indie bookstore, is one of those places that gives us all the feels. The shop has been in the book biz since the late ’90’s and carries a curated selection of local and international, new, used and rare books – some of which are printed by sister business, Bibilioasis Literary Press. The bookshop sits at the corner of Wyandotte and Gladstone Smudge Metaphysical Boutique, NOLA’s and the infamous Old Walkerville Theatre.
Since their 2012 opening in Walkerville, they have been known for stocking a carefully curated selection of books including poetry, children’s stories and cookbooks – they also stock vintage gems like the treasured 1937 edition of ‘The Hobbit‘. Those curious about local stories will enjoy browsing recipes from some of the city’s most-loved restaurants or tales from lawyer, Patrick Brode who delves into a murder during the prohibition era and local historical books about urban transformation from the booming auto industry that once paved the way for Windsor. And for those who aren’t sure what they’re into, we suggest wondering in on a quiet afternoon to browse… but make sure you have a bit of extra time because you could be here a while!
Conveniently, if you know exactly what you’re looking for and they don’t happen to stock it, Bibilioasis can order it right in for you – you’ll have it in your hands within a day or so. Which is pretty neat for an indie bookshop and services like these prove that they’re fair competition for the big-box book stores.
They also host community events with a selection of readings, shopping nights, book clubs, and ghost story parties for kids. The next time you’re out for a coffee at Anchor, stroll around the corner and pop in at Biblioasis and tell them we sent you!