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Shelf Talkers

Indie booksellers suggest what to read next, and why.

Shelf Talkers: Fall 2022

by Robert J. Wiersema

There’s a delightful chill to the air this morning, a soft burn in the nostrils as you inhale the smell of fallen leaves, the damp of rain on the horizon. …

Shelf Talkers: 15 Books to Keep You Going This Summer

by Robert J. Wiersema

Earlier this summer, I spent several weeks on the west coast of Newfoundland. This was not, strictly speaking, part of the plan. The plan was to visit …

Shelf Talkers Spring 2022

by Robert J. Wiersema

As I’m writing this, the rain is gently echoing on the roof above me. It’s a most welcome sound. It’s not that I’m a particular fan of the rain—though …

Shelf Talkers: Books to Keep the Light Streaming In

Six great picks from Canada's independent booksellers.

Shelf Talkers: Books to Buy for the Holidays

by Robert Wiersema

I know, I know – no one wants to talk about the problems with the supply chain. Either you’ve been completely overwhelmed with the information and …

Shelf Talkers: Brilliant Debuts and Award Winners to Read Right Now

by Rob Wiersema

Strip down, or swaddle up (I leave it up to you and whatever your current weather system is doing), and dig into these recommendations from independent …

Shelf Talkers: Spring 2021

by Robert J. Wiersema

One of the best pieces of news in an otherwise dark year was the word that, despite the growth of online giants during the Covid-19 pandemic, independent …

Shelf Talkers: Books to Make Our Groundhog Day Existence More Wonderful

by Rob Wiersema

Books are among the things that have helped most in the last months of weirdness and isolation. Worlds to explore, stories to escape into, journeys to …

Shelf Talkers: Indie Booksellers Get Us Through the End of the Year

by Robert J. Wiersema

To mark the passing of the year, we’ve gathered the independent booksellers of the Shelf Talkers fellowship – the strong! The proud! The bookish! …

Shelf Talkers: Melting Queens, Mysteries, and More

Robert J. Wiersema ponders what groundhogs might read (and offers them advice) and introduces us to the incredible recommendations of indie booksellers …

Shelf Talkers: Indie Booksellers' Fall 2019 Picks

Some of Canada’s favourite booksellers’ favourite books of the year.

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