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Books Around Town: Bakka Phoenix Books

August 24, 2018

Toronto has a rich literary community with many options for places to read, buy books, or talk about them. Books Around Town is a series that describes some of the city’s most popular places for book nerds to gather and share their love of reading.

Since it first opened in 1972, Bakka Phoenix Books has changed locations and owners a few times, but now calls Harbord its home. The name “Bakka” comes from the science fiction classic Dune by Frank Herbert, which means “the weeper who mourns for all mankind.” Bakka Phoenix is considered Canada’s oldest science fiction and fantasy bookstore, and their passion for science fiction is obvious to anyone who has visited.

In fact, manager Chris Szego has been quoted saying, “science fiction is not just a genre, it’s a community. If you want to be a part of that community, then just head to one of the events that Bakka Phoenix often host. You can attend author appearances, readings and panels. They have hosted authors and stars like the cast of Star Wars and George R.R. Martin.

Even if all you’re looking for is a new sci-fi read, you can count on their staff to help you out. Former Bakka Phoenix staffers have gone on to become prominent writers themselves, like Cory Doctorow and Robert J. Sawyer. You can even find reviews at the front of books from the staffers while you’re perusing to help you decide if it’s the book for you.

If you’re a fan of speculative fiction, you need to check out Bakka Phoenix Books. You’re sure to find your next favourite book on one of their shelves. Why not check it out to pick up one of our favourites?