Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

The Banff Book & Art Den closes

by Rob - February 17th, 2009.
Filed under: Bookselling.

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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