|Store Type |||Gifts, Books|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||High Park|
|Getting There |||Bathurst Streetcar|
|Cross Street |||Bloor Street West|
|Mon-Wed 10AM-6PM, Thurs-Fri 10AM-7PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, closed Sun|
Profile Last Updated: December 09, 2008
Located on Bathurst Street, in colourful Mirvish Village, A Different Booklist is a cheery shop that aims to advocate literacy while highlighting great books from new African, Asian and Latin American authors. The shop also stocks gifts and specialty items like black history calendars, Christmas cards, thank-you notes, journals, posters, and shea butter hand creams. As well, A Different Booklist is the place to pick up niche market magazines like Macro Caribbean Living, The Weekly Gleaner, and Black Woman and Child.
Big Name Books
A Different Booklist holds semi-regular events and readings. In the past, Ramabai Espinet and Shani Mootoo have read from books like Trinidad Noir, a collection of stories from authors such as Robert Antoni, Lawrence Scott and Oonya Kempadoo; a British-born Guyanese writer who has been nominated for several prestigious awards including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction. They have even hosted Elizabeth Nunez, the Trinidadian writer behind Prospero’s Daughter and Bruised Hibiscus.
A Different Film Fest
At A Different Booklist you’ll find a large selection of International DVDs for sale. Titles include Seeking Salvation, a documentary film that focuses on the history of the black church in Canada, digging deep into the stories of the Underground Railroad, British loyalists, and slavery. The Spike Lee film, 4 Little Girls, highlights the people involved in, and events leading up to, the bombing of the 16th Street Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. A Different Booklist also carries CDs from such artists as Alston Becket Cyrus, Tom Mboya, the Joey Lewis Orchestra, Los Amigos Cantadore, the San Fernando band and The Dutchy Brothers.