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Best Spots to Shop for Books in Edmonton

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With LitFest: Edmonton’s Annual NonFiction Festival (the only NonFiction book festival in Canada, I might add!) taking place October 16 – 17, 2013, what better time is there than to pick up some new reading material and explore some of Edmonton’s book shops and literary talent? You’ll find great reads in some unique places!

Be sure to check out daily LitFest events, including headliner Dan Savage on Monday, October 21, 2013. The provocative, progressive relationship “Savage Love” columnist and “It Gets Better” campaign creator speaks at the Winspear Centre; tickets must be purchased in advance at www.winspearcentre.com. A complete schedule of LitFest events can be viewed at www.litfestalberta.com.

Great Spots for New Releases
Local literary gem Audreys Books is the book retailer in town. Centrally located downtown, it stocks the latest new releases, an extensive selection of, and host book clubs, book launches, author readings, and special events. Audreys Books; 10702 Jasper Ave.

The University of Alberta Bookstore  isn’t just for students! You’ll find more than textbooks among the shelves at this huge, two-story book trove. They also stock a fun selection of stationary, giftware, gadgets, and clothing — including pieces from the literary themed Out of Print collection. University of Alberta Bookstore; Students Union Building, 8900-114 St.

Locals can get a FREE library card for the Edmonton Public Library through March 13, 2014 and gain access to hundreds of thousands of books, digital and print magazines, DVDs, CDs, resources, and services. Visit www.epl.ca for more information.

Great Spots for Unique Books
Find quirky, lighthearted reading material meant to inspire laughter and engage niche interests — many of the books are based on popular humour blogs — at Vivid Print. I personally love the unique indie rock colouring book! Vivid Print; 10342-82 Ave.

Those interested in fashion, art, architecture, and design will love the stunning imagery in the beautiful coffee table books at Shop AGA, the Art Gallery of Alberta’s official store (no need to pay gallery admission to visit this shop!) The books in their collection make for a great gift idea, too. Shop AGA; 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq.

Duchess Provisions has a unique selection of beautiful — and practical! — cookbooks. Want to make your own mouthwatering macarons, the delicious bite sized treat that Duchess is renowned for? Pick up a copy of Macarons by French patissier Pierre Herme and get baking! If you really want to be precise, purchase a macaron making kit with precisely-measured ingredients that the Duchess chefs have put together. Visit their website for a list of the latest books in stock. Duchess Provisions; 10720-124 St.

Great Spots for Used and Rare Books
Alhambra Books is one of few used bookstore locations that list their stock online — but it’s especially fun to scan the stacks of books in-store and unearth some rare editions! Alhambra Books, 10115 81 Ave.

Book lovers will want to set aside an hour or two to go through the collection at Wee Book Inn — they often have just-used copies of new releases and an extensive selection of books and comics from all genres. Sci-fi? Non-fiction? Children’s books? They’ve got it all! Wee Book Inn; four locations in Edmonton.

There’s something for everyone among the organized shelves at Old Strathcona Books where you’ll find gently-used copies of new releases and literary favourites. Old Strathcona Books; 8104 Gateway Blvd.

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