Tuesday, 22 June 2010

This Ain't the Rosedale Libary: Another great bookstoare threatened

It has just come to our attention that This Ain't the Rosedale Library is now in dire straits:

On Saturday, 19 June 2010, the Toronto Star reported that the 'Cherished bookseller' threatened with closure:

"Book lovers in Toronto are alarmed by the bailiff’s notice posted on the door of iconic Toronto bookseller This Ain’t the Rosedale Library Friday.

The bailiff’s notice alleges the popular independent Kensington Market bookseller owes its landlord $40,000 plus costs.

The landlord has hired an enforcement agency to collect the money or seize the property.

The bookstore was closed Saturday, and the seizure of the premises has alarmed Toronto’s literary community.

“We must do something,” wrote poet and reviewer Natalie Zed on Twitter.

Zed was one of many Torontonians reacting to the notice with shock and concern.

Julie Wilson, a writer and book club organizer, said she would chain herself to the door. Others discussed the idea of auctioning their skills to help the bookstore meet its obligations."

And the Globe and Mail reported on June 19th that Toronto’s This Ain’t the Rosedale Library bookstore at risk of closing:

"One of Toronto’s few remaining independent book stores is at risk of closing its doors, the latest casualty in an escalating battle with the world’s largest online retailer.

A bailiff’s notice slapped on This Ain’t the Rosedale Library says the store’s owners have until Thursday to come up with $40,000 plus costs owed to the landlord. The bookstore in downtown Kensington Market was closed on Saturday and the bailiff changed the locks.

“It’s a tough business,” lamented Mika Bareket, owner of the Good Egg cookbook shop in Kensington Market. “I hope they pull through.”

Ms. Bareket said This Ain’t the Rosedale Library owner Charlie Huisken did business the old-fashioned way – using no computer system to track inventory and reading every single book before adding it to the shelves.

“They’ve never carried a book they don’t believe in,” she said. “I wish more people supported their vision.”"

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