Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor
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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Three Reasons I miss the Northern Women's Bookstore


1. Neither Ma-nee Chacaby's memoir A Two-Spirit Journey nor Amy Jones' novel We're All in this Together are available at Chapters. Northern Woman's owner Margaret Philips gave priority to local writers and made sure she had them in stock in timely fashion.

2. At the NOWW award night Chapters provided the book table. Almost before the evening was over, they packed up and left. Few people got to buy books and even worse, the guest of honour, Michael Christie was not able to get many books sold. When Margaret had a book table, and she had them at every literary event, she stayed until everyone had a chance to browse and buy.

3. Drury Lane Books in the tiny town of Grand Marais hosts two or three literary events per month, including full moon readings and writers' salons. Chapters in Thunder Bay hosts how many? Zero. Margaret hosted many many and I have such great memories of hearing and meeting many local writers as well as local music plus eating delicious food.

Outside the Lines plays at The Northern Women's Bookshop. Margaret Phillips in blue.

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