Staying in is made better by books. If you’re housebound right now, you can still get your hands on a good read by ordering delivery from a local, independent bookstore in Calgary. It’s an easy way to practice self care and support the local economy in the process. We’ve compiled the information on which stores are offering it and even one that has enhanced its in-person retail experience to minimize the need to be around others.
Fair’s Fair Books
While Fair’s Fair is not currently offering delivery, it is accepting orders for curbside pick-up at its Inglewood location. You can buy online, email the shop at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call either of its two phone lines. If you’re sending someone out for errands, you can a Fair’s Fair pick-up order to their list.
907 9 Ave. S.E., 403-237-8156, 403-265-8151; fairsfair.com
Owl’s Nest Books
Calgary’s oldest independent bookstore is offering free delivery and curbside pick-up between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Books can be ordered online or by phone at 403-287-9557. Owl’s Nest boasts a massive catalogue including a high volume of children’s books, games and activities. The shop is regularly making recommendations for kids’ products on its Facebook page.
815A 49 Ave. S.W., 403-287-9557, owlsnestbooks.com
Pages on Kensington and The Next Page
Both Pages on Kensington and The Next Page have closed their storefronts to the public. You can order a delivery from these sister bookstores at no extra charge by purchasing a book online or by phone at 403-283-6655 (Pages on Kensington) and 403-452-6550 (The Next Page in Inglewood). Same-day delivery is usually possible if an order is placed before 3 p.m., and your book can be dropped by your door or in your mailbox. Both stores have extensive selections within fiction, non-fiction, poetry and more.
1135 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-283-6655, pageskensinton.com; 1217A 9 Ave. S.E., 403-452-6550, thenextpageyyc.com
Shelf Life Books
Shelf Life Books has closed its storefront to the public, but continues to offer its online store and take phone orders. Both delivery and curbside pick-up are available Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can inquire by phone at 403-265-1033 or by emailing email@example.com for more information. Shelf Life’s motto is “truly independent” and its offerings reflect this — beyond popular titles in fiction, non-fiction and poetry, there are great zines, books on underground music culture, queer culture, feminism and politics.
100, 1302 4 St. S.W., 403-265-1033, shelflifebooks.com