Lost and Found Books explores the world of books, the spaces they inhabit, and our relationship to them. I’m also documenting Ottawa-area bookstores and libraries.
The name refers to my love of discovering old books, lost and found at second hand bookstores. It also refers to my dyslexic weaknesses and strengths: something lost, something found.
As a dyslexic reader, this blog is meant to be a safe space for readers of all abilities.
All the content you find here is carefully conceived, researched and written by Lost and Found Books, unless otherwise stated. Please give credit if you’ve used anything I’ve created here.
You can also follow me on Twitter @lostfoundbooks — where I post literary news, photographs, and anything that catches my fancy.
Thank you for visiting.
#1, 2, and 3 are so me 🙂 Love your posts and “sociology of books.” Very cool!
Hi There. Stumbled upon your blog and like it a lot. I am an Ottawa author and freelance writer. You can check out my latest book at http://www.bodyonthet.com
If you’d like to review I can send you a copy.
Thanks Mike. It’s great to connect with a fellow Ottawa writer. Your book looks like a wonderful mystery. I don’t review new books very often, but I will keep an eye open for it in stores. Best wishes!
Great. It’s at Books on Beechwood now but shd be all over Chapters in a few weeks.
Hi there. It’s available now at Books on Beechwood and will be available soon all over at Chapters.
I love bookstores too. If I’m out in the city and need a quiet moment to collect my thoughts, I usually head straight to a bookstore and find a quiet corner. As well as helping us to empathize, I think books contain anti-anxiety properties! And I really enjoy public radio too. I’m in the UK but I listen to a lot of NPR via iTunes podcasts. This American Life is one of my favourite programs, as well as Radiolab and Freakonomics.
Hello Grace! Oh to be in England! Such lovely bookstores, so no wonder you love them so much. Thank you for visiting my blog. I love your blog as well, and I love the gingko’s in your header. We have 4 gingko’s in our yard…such funny, pretty trees.
Thank you! I was thinking about changing my header. It’s not a special one, just the one which was on the WordPress template I chose when I started blogging a couple of years ago. But I like the gingkos too and I’m reluctant to change it!
I’ve just found your blog and enjoying it very much: do have a look at mine, Books Now! http://www.dinaross.com,au. My most recent post is Confessions of a Bibliophile which I hope you’ll like – I’m trying to post twice weekly but sometimes life gets in the way…..
Thank you for your kind words. I did check out your blog, and it is definitely an intelligent and interesting read on all things literary. I can’t wait to see more of it!
So pleased to have stumbled across you on the Matilda Project blog, which I love. Your blog is great and I’m looking forward to reading future posts. Nice to meet you
So nice to meet you too. I love your upcycled art, and that you are giving old books new life!
Hello Ann, what a great photo of you on your sofa with your books! Love your blog and Look forward to follow it, warm regards from Ohio!
Thank you! I can’t take credit for the couch, it’s my favourite perch at a second-hand bookstore here in Ottawa. Your blog gives me much happiness!
I understand the pull of a second hand book store – it’s a powerful force!
Like a magnet!! Thanks for visiting!
I wish the world was a kind of second hand book store. Happy that you feel the same way!
Hi Book Haven! Thank you for dropping by! I definitely feel the same way, I find that time moves a bit more slowly in secondhand bookstores.
I imagine you’ve found some pretty amazing things in your search. If you happen to find an old (I mean really old) copy of Jane Eyre, I would be happy to take it off your hands. 😉 I have get to come across one. But like you, I always gravitate towards the book section in antique shops and thrift stores. You never know what you might find. Or find within the pages of books you’ve purchased…
Hello! Thanks for your comment. I would also love to find an old copy of Jane Eyre!! I am no expert, I just like the fun of exploring and sometimes finding treasures. Can you imagine what interesting things that used booksellers find in books that come into their stores?? One of my favourites is a bookstore owner whom posts what he finds here: http://www.forgottenbookmarks.com
Thank you for replying! I was kidding about finding me a copy. I will search for one, and if all else fails, there is always eBay.
Thanks for the link, I will have to comb through the site. That last thing I found in a book (A small paperback copy of Jane Eyre, actually) was a black and white autographed photo of famous baseball player Gail Hopkins from the White Sox, KC Royals, and the Dodgers. I thought it was pretty cool. I can only imagine what else you could find:)
That is cool!! I think I have the urge to go book shopping! Happy Valentine’s day!
I agree. Thank you, Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well!
Your blog is lovely! You had me at the vintage typewriter. I look forward to following.
Thank you! I love anything vintage!
I’ve just read through many of your posts–very nice blog! I have a great fondness for vintage books and recently posted about my vintage dolls, as well.
Thank you! I will visit your blog–sounds wonderful!
Hello from Northern Ireland! I’m so glad to have stumbled on to your blog and look forward to reading more!
Greetings new friend from Northern Ireland–one of the prettiest places in the world! I look forward to perusing your bookish blog as well.
Hi lafb. I decided to post re Miriam’s post today instead of next week. You may be notified because there is a link to you in it. Keep reading. James
Hi! Just read it–wonderful! Thanks for the encouraging words.
I just stumbled upon your website and I think it’s great! I live in Ottawa so I will have to check out these book stores 🙂
Hello! Great to find another book lover in Ottawa. Thanks for your comment!
Thank-you so much for visiting my blog and for the follow. I have been reading a couple of your posts this evening and enjoyed them immensely. Will be back for more!