Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Banff Book & Art Den closes

I've often taught science-fiction writing in week-long courses at the Banff Centre in the ski-resort town of Banff, Alberta. I'm sure my students remember The Banff Book & Art Den -- the one bookstore in Banff -- as fondly as I do.

Quill & Quire is reporting that the store closed its doors for good last week ... another great independent gone, but, interestingly, not because of direct in-the-same town competition from a big chain (although, of course, as a resort town, lots of its business was from people who were just passing through and did have options to shop elsewhere). It was a beautiful store, on multiple levels, with lovely, polished hardwood floors. I'll miss it.

(And Calgary -- the nearest big city -- lost one of its great booksellers recently, too.)

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At February 17, 2009 7:50 PM , Blogger ar said...

That makes me very sad, Banff Book & Art Den is a beautiful book store, we had spent time there every time we had been in Banff. Such a beautiful building too!

At July 07, 2009 5:45 PM , Blogger Kirstin said...

It was actually partly because of in-town competition from a chain, I think. Indigo Spirit opened a store in the mall recently...


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