Aeman Ansari


Nuptial Bibliocide: Veronica Spencer’s Pop-Up Wedding Books


At a recent Toronto wedding, between green-silk placemats, flowers and vintage cutlery, sat a novel wedding guest, an open book with faded edges and delicate paper, and the words, “A Love Story,” popping up from its centre. Veronica Spencer has used books that were once gathering dust at a bookstore, or being sold at a garage sale, to make hundreds of wedding decorations like this one. Her...

Reading the Fine Print at Toronto’s Ben McNally Books


Ben McNally Books is located on 366 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario. When the number six bus stops at Bay and Richmond, its doors open to a storefront adorned with the words “read the fine print.” Located in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District, Ben McNally Books is surrounded by towering concrete buildings, an endless stream of cars, and the competing traffic of people rushing from one...

Turtle Creek Books: A Mississauga Bookstore in the Digital Age


Turtle Creek Books is now located online. Denise Choppin has an inexplicable passion for books. “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading,” she says. “It makes as much sense to me as breathing.” This love affair began in earnest when Choppin stole her first book as a 10-year-old, lifting The Book of Myths off her grandparents’ bookshelf.  She soon found herself transported to an enchanted...