I wanted to take a moment here to sing the praises of one of my favourite industry bookshops in Canada, the English Central Bookshop in Toronto. Run by former teachers Nicole Graham Tyson Seburn and Tania Iveson, English Central is a hub of ELT activity. They run regular professional development workshops, distribute books to schools and this year organised an Anti-Conference conference (sounds intriguing doesn’t it? see their blog for details on how they did it). They also really know their product and subject matter, which is such a nice thing to encounter, especially as in North America so many bookshops have been bought up by huge companies and staffed by people who don’t know a thing about what they are selling you. Finally, they’re just great people.
Do you have a favourite bookshop in your home town? What is it like? Feel free to post a comment and share.