Independent booksellers are important to local writers. They will often take our books on assignment, and if we have drawing power may allow us to hold a reading and book signing in their store, and will promote it. They also partner with our public libraries, and local clubs and associations who may have an area author as a guest speaker, to set up a stall to sell the featured author’s book to attendees. Two such great contributors to our local writing scene are Bolton’s Forster’s Book Garden and Orangeville’s Booklore:
Forster’s Book Garden was the winner of the 2010 Caledon Chamber of Commerce Consumer’s Choice: Retail Award and a four time winner of Caledon Reader’s Choice Award from 2014 to 2017.
Operating a business in their senior years: Donna Kamiel-Forster and Paul Forster have been operating Forster’s Book Garden in Bolton for almost 20 years. Theirs is a general book store that caters to any reading taste from current to obscure, children to adult, and has both fiction and non-fiction books.
“The two have always been keen readers and had to travel to Orangeville at Booklore just to buy a novel. ‘It was entirely self-serving (opening our own store). We needed a place to get our own books,’ said Paul.”
Join BookLore in Orangeville for an evening with author Marina L. Reed. She will be reading from her new novel, ‘Primrose Street’, to be followed by a book signing and refreshments. Wednesday, February 13th at 7 pm.
Booklore has been honoured: