Monday, April 02, 2007

Peter Temple in Canada

I've just returned from a shopping trip to one of Canada's big chain bookstores, in Toronto. Though I did not find the one Canadian crime-fiction author I was looking for, I am pleased to report that the store did have a nice display of Peter Temple, with Bad Debts, Black Tide and the great The Broken Shore.

© Peter Rozovsky 2007

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Blogger May said...

Curious which bookstore and which authors you were looking for? I have to say though, while in Toronto, you might be better off going to the sleuth of Bakers Street http://www.sleuthofbakerstreet.com/ for crime fiction. most of the chain stores have a pathetic selection of books.

April 02, 2007  
Blogger Peter said...

It was an Indigo. I didn't name the store because I didn't want to provide free publicity. I also browsed a used bookstore across the street. But thanks for that link. I'll keep it in mind the next time I'm up this way.

The Indigo actually had a fairly large crime-fiction section. It did not pass the ultimate test (Does it stock anything by Bill James?), but it did carry a title by Jo Nesbo that I'd been looking for that was unavailable at my local chain store.

The Canadian author I was looking for was Howard Engel. Are you in or around Toronto, by the way?

April 02, 2007  
Blogger Peter said...

Thanks for your e-mail, May. I am no big fan of chain bookstores, and not just for the sentimental reasons that they put independent stores out of business. Stocking policies are dictated at the corporate level. Mid-list titles are neglected. Employees are cheery, smiling, and might as well be asking if I would like a hot apple pie with that for all they know about books.

At least the Indigo I visited, near Yonge and Eglington, was airy and spacious, which meant it seemed less crowded with all the non-book crap that is another reason to avoid Borders. The best thing about shopping for books online is that it eliminates the necessity for visiting these stores.

With respect to crime fiction, the field is so vast that one can hardly expect any bookstore to have a comprehensive selection. That's another benefit of shopping online. (I did find one of Howard Engel's books at my local secondhand bookshop, but not in the series I was looking for.)

And I will definitely include Sleuth on my intinerary the next time I'm in Toronto.

April 05, 2007  

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