Something precious, gone forever…

Just about a month ago I recieved a note from Vikki at the Flying Dragon Bookshop in Toronto. They were ordering my book, Sinking Deeper.

I was very excited. Seeing my primarily Maritime market-base shifting slowly across Canada is just what I needed to hear about.

Now I have heard something else about the Flying Dragon Bookshop.

Something you might hear about other bookstores across this country.

They are closing.

(taken from their Facebook entry from today)
It is with heartfelt regret, that we announce today The Flying Dragon Bookshop will be closing its doors on June 30, 2011.We have in recent months explored opportunities to embrace the technological advances that have presented themselves with such rapidity in our industry. But at the end of the day we realized that for us, it was al…l about the books and the tactile, sensory experience they provide.

It is bittersweet that we have just received the 2011 Libris Award for ‘Specialty Bookseller of the Year’ from the Canadian Booksellers Association.

While we can’t imagine not being able to walk into the magical world of The Flying Dragon on a daily basis, we know that our futures hold wondrous adventures and we wish the same for all our loyal customers and our colleagues in the publishing industry.

We want to end the way we started, by talking about the books with you, our fellow booklovers. Please join us for Nina’s Summer Reads on Friday, May 27th at 9:30am.

We invite all our Flying Dragon friends, customers and colleagues to celebrate our wonderful collection of books that have been so lovingly chosen.

Until June 30th, in appreciation, we will be offering our collection at 20% off.

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
~ A. A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

I still remember back in 2008 when Halifax’s 169 year old bookstore, THE BOOK ROOM, closed its doors. It was like losing a close friend and I still mourn the loss of that store. I know, I am a cornball – but something is gone. Something that cannot be replaced.
 
I also remember watching Frog Hollow Books close its doors.
 
Little tiny nooks of culture and comfort – gone forever.
 
I am not here to rail against the 21st century.
 
Some of my best friends are e-books. I have written a few of them.
 
I am just here to tell you folks that one more monument to the love of a books is falling. They will probably put up a hair salon or a coffee shop in its place. That’s it – it’s gone.
 
There is only way to stop this from happening to your favorite bookstore. Get out there and buy a book. Ask the folks at Woozles, here in Halifax, about my deep-seated addiction for the written word. Ask the folks at the Bookmark and at Chapters and at any of the used bookstores in town.
 
I am a book-a-holic shop-fiend. I can’t walk into a bookstore without purchasing a book.
 
Please, catch this addiction from me. I am not talking bankruptcy. I am not talking about spending the kid’s college fund. All I am asking is to make it a weekly habit. Go to your favorite bookstore and buy a book.
 
Before that page finally turns.
 
Yours in storytelling,
 
Steve Vernon

9 responses to “Something precious, gone forever…

  1. Thanks for writing this piece, Steve…hope it’s okay to repost on our store’s Facebook page!

    Wendy

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  2. I live in Miami, Florida. Borders closed but still have Barnes and Noble up the street.I have had a US News and Time subscription since I was 15. I let them expire a while ago. That’s over 40 years that I had them. They are 1/4 the size they used to be, full of ads and since they have a broader spectrum of material to appeal to the widest possible audience there is very little politics and economics so why should I keep them when I can get everything I want from the internet? I still get books though because I like to highlight and make margin notes. I also write down new vocab words and charming metaphors and similes on the end pages.

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  3. I just recently bought a Kindle. Yet, knowing that the bookstores are closing is saddening. I don’t think e-books will ever end the sale of real books, but there will be changes to make in marketing real books. The world is changing drastically and rapidly in many ways. Blessings to you…

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    • Oh yes, an e-book reader (Kindle, Kobo, what-have-you) is definitely on my “wish list” – but I don’t know if that will end my desire for real books. It definitely won’t end my need for bookstores. There is no better place for book-browsing and buying.

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  4. The closing of independently owned bookstores is devastating to me as well as I still don’t have any electrical advice to choose over an actual book. I love my paperbacks although my bookshelves don’t as they are over flowing.

    Independent bookstores are amazing in so many ways – giving emerging authors room on their shelves for one. As an author I love a local used bookstore as they do much more for me than the “other” Canadian major book retailer has ever done.

    I, too, cannot walk out of a bookstore without at least 1 book, usually more. Cuts into my book signing event profits but I know that’s miniscule to what I’m walking away with.

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