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Goodbye, Sophia Books! Vancouver Loses Another Independent
April 26, 2010, 4:07 PM
Filed under: Bookstore Showcase, Events, Industry Change | Tags: , ,

The legendary Sophia Books front window with reflection of the street.

My friends at Sophia Books are closing the doors on their amazing store in downtown Vancouver at then end of May 2010.

I have nothing but love and respect for Marc and Yuki Fournier, and all of my friends who work there.

It’s another heartbreaker for book lovers in Vancouver as Sophia represented the best and most unique selection of international art, graphic design, comix, fiction, non-fiction, manga and magazines not only in the city, the province – pretty much anywhere.

I went down there today and took as many pictures as I could of the store before my battery ran out.  Check out the Flickr Photo Stream or my Facebook photo album for more.

If you’re in Vancouver please go down to the store and check out this treasure of Vancouver’s disappearing book store culture while you can.


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There’s only one way to save bookstores: buy books from them. How many people who, for instance, lamented the demise of Duthie Books actually went out of their way to buy books there, rather than ordering through Amazon, or buying at Chatpers? A purchase is a vote.

Comment by Chris Ryan

It is so sad, Sophia is our favorite bookstore 😦

Comment by Natacha Beim

This sucks. I had only recently found Sophia Books and had loved it! Despite being new here, I still feel the loss of Duthies and now Sophia only a couple of months apart.

I love, though, that bookstores closing is news here, that there’s a community of book lovers who care.

I’ll make sure to pay everyone at Sophia another visit while I can.

Comment by María José Balbontín

There are 3000 bookstores in France, 5000 in Germany.

We need a national program to protect independent booksellers from rent death.

Comment by Robert Ballantyne

Very sad news, indeed. Great staff, great books.
And the fact that a Chapters google ad appears below the article? Throwing sand in the wound. Keep buying from Mom and Pop!

Comment by Andrea

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