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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 1:45pm

"We just want to help people get the books they want to read"

— by Marilyn Smulders, Executive Director

As we collectively cope with the "Stay Home" edict issued by the Premier and Prime Minister, I’m settling into the corner of the couch with a stack of books. Last night, I cracked open Ami McKay’s memoir Daughter of Family G — it’s excellent — and then switched to Kris Bertin’s short story collection Bad Things Happen. I’ve got a feeling I’m going to burn through my pile pretty quickly. And then what? I want to support Canadian writers — and Nova Scotian writers, especially. I also want to support Nova Scotia’s independent booksellers. Let’s face it, Amazon and Indigo are going to weather this storm just fine.

I sent a note to Mike Hamm, manager of Bookmark II, to ask what writers can do. My first thought for support is probably the simplest and the biggest," he wrote back. "If writers could spread the message that even though we are closed to public browsing, we are currently working in the store, still providing as many services as we can under the provincial/federal guidelines. We are answering phone calls, taking online and email orders, holding and preparing items for curbside pickup, and arranging bike deliveries on the peninsula of Halifax. Like Woozles, we just want to help people get the books they want to read.”

Contact Bookmark at 902-423-0419 or

Speaking of Woozles: while its bright green door remains shut, there’s someone there Monday to Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm, to answer the phone and attend to email. In these “strange times,” says Lisa Doucet in her cheerful voice on Woozles’ voice message, staff is taking orders both online and over the phone and making deliveries within a 30-minute radius of the store.

Contact Woozles at 902-423-7626 or

Tattletales, located in Woodlawn Plaza, Dartmouth, remains open. However, only three customers are allowed in the store at one time. Pickups and deliveries are also available.

Contact Tattletales at 902-463-5551 or

The newest book store in Halifax is Nimbus Publishing's Open Book Coffee at 3660 Strawberry Hill Road. While book launches and author events are on hold, you can still order books through the Nimbus Publishing website. Right now Nimbus is offering free shipping on orders over $50 if you use the code NIMSHIP50.
Contact Nimbus Publishing at
King's Co-op Bookstore has closed its storefront but is taking online orders and offering free delivery to addresses in Halifax and Dartmouth. As you might expect, King's Co-op Bookstore carries a lot of great creative non-fiction titles, many by grads of its MFA Creative Non-Fiction Program.
Contact King's Co-op Bookstore at 902-422-1271 or

Trident Booksellers and Café on Hollis Street in Halifax is likewise offering delivery to customers. What’s more, you can order a freshly baked pastry, quiche or cake, or even ground coffee with your next read. Deliveries are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings to anywhere on peninsular Halifax.

Contact Trident at 902-423-7100 or

Schooner Books, specializing in out-of-print and rare books, offers mail-order only at this time. Books can be ordered via their website.

Contact Schooner Books at 902-423-8419 or

In Lunenburg, Lexicon Books on Montague Street is closed to foot traffic — but its online store is open. Free delivery in Lunenburg and Mahone Bay is offered once a week.

Contact Lexicon Books at 902-634-4015 or

In Truro, NovelTea Bookstore Café offers “contactless pick-up” at 622 Prince Street and delivery service to Colchester County, Pictou County and East Hants. “ Like Trident, they’ll deliver coffee and treats with books.

Contact NovelTea at 902-893-8329 or contact@ntbookstore


In Greenwood, serving the Annapolis Valley, The Inside Story closed its doors (just temporarily, we hope) on March 25.


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