Together on Tuesdays: Black Squirrel Books Take 2

“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore it knows it’s not fooling a soul.”

~Neil Gaiman, American Gods (2001)

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Every Tuesday, after school, my daughter and I hang out together. Just the two of us. Most days we have a snack and head to our favourite new/old bookstore: Black Squirrel Books in Old Ottawa South.

I’ve written about Black Squirrel before, and it’s good news for Ottawa that they’ve opened a second store. This location is situated across from the historic Mayfair Theatre.

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Inside, it’s warm and inviting. The walls are neatly lined with bookshelves for browsing good quality second-hand books. There’s a couch and tables that invite you to sit and stay awhile.

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The store smells good. It’s hard to describe–but I’ll try: A mix of pine and paper with a pinch of coffee perhaps?

So we stay awhile and read, and usually go home with a stack of books. This time a graphic novel for her, a book of poetry for me. It’s lovely time spent together. And the drive home is full of chatter about books, ideas and “what shall we read at bedtime tonight, mommy?”

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As I’ve said far too many times, Ottawa is sadly lacking in indie bookstores so it’s great to see a good one growing.

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Black Squirrel Books

1073 Bank Street

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508 Bank Street

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

12 comments

  1. now this is a squirrel I do like!!! What a great store. And your little girl so delighfully with her books. My oldest son is coming to Cincinnati in about two weeks and I made list of second hand bookstores to explore….I hope to find one as nice as this one! xoxox Johanna

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