Authors for Indies 2015

Writers return the favor in aid of local book stores


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Photo cred – Rick Goldman

In a move that will be welcomed by book lovers across the country, Canada celebrates its first Authors for Indies Day on Saturday May 2nd. Initiated as a grassroots movement by Vancouver author Janie Chang and inspired by the Indies First campaign in the United States, it's a simple idea but a beautifully effective one; throughout the day, authors will be volunteering nationwide at independent bookstores to talk with customers, recommend titles and emphasize the importance of supporting these literary treasure houses within our communities.

With more than 600 authors and 120 stores signed up nationally, it should be no surprise that Montreal is playing a part in the celebrations. A handful of book shops across the city are hosting authors and events that are sure to tempt readers of all types down to their local indie outlet. Check the list below to find out which writers will be volunteering near you and make sure you make it out to support them on Saturday. Good independent bookstores are a joy but they're becoming more and more endangered; this is a great opportunity to show them how much they're valued.

Downtown Montreal:

Argo Bookshop

1915 Ste. Catherine West

Contact: JP Karwacki

Phone: (514) 931-3442


Authors: Marko Sijan, Melissa Bull, Dean Garlick, Laurence Miall, Greg Santos, Cora Sire


Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore 

2220 McGill College Avenue

Contact: Andreas Kessaris

Phone: (514) 845-5811


Authors: Christopher DiRaddio, Catherine McKenzie, Shelagh Plunkett, Elise Moser, Neil Smith, Aimee Wimbush-Bourque


The Word Bookstore

469 Milton Street

Contact: Brendan King-Edwards

Phone: (514) 845-5640


Authors: Barbara Silverman, Heather O'Neill, Norman Nawrocki, Ian Ferrier, Lazer Lederhendler, Bryan Sentes



Librairie Clio

Plaza Pointe-Claire

Contact: Sylvie Calder

Phone: (514) 695-5557


Authors: Kit Brennan, Monique Polak, Anne Diamond, P.J. Bracegirdle, Laurence Miall, M. Garzon, Gwyneth Williams, Jo Walton, Aimee Wimbush Bourque, Mary Soderstrom, André K. Baby


Livres Babar Books

46 Rue Ste. Anne

Contact: Maya Byers

Phone: (514) 694-0380


Authors: Monique Polak, Lori Weber, Jane Barclay



Librairie Carcajou

401 boul. Labelle

Contact: Francis Lefebvre

Phone: (450) 437-0690


Authors: Catherine McKenzie, Anna Leventhal



Appetite for Books

388 Victoria Ave

Contact: Jonathan Cheung

Phone: (514) 369-2002 Email:

Authors: Julian Armstrong, Aimee Wimbush-Borque, Camilla Wynne


Babar En Ville

1235 A Greene Avenue

Contacts: Brigide Poulin, Ivor MacDonald de Neeve

Phone: (514) 931-0606


Authors: Day's Lee, Raquel Rivera, Anne Renaud, Michelle Franklin, Carol-Ann Hoyte


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