Dispatch from Canada: In praise of English Central Bookshop

Published on 9th February, 2010 in Author Blog by Lindsay Clandfield

photo of us 3I 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.

You can visit English Central’s site here or their Youtube channel here where they have a collection of interviews with various authors in the industry and other goodies.


  • Hi Lindsay!
    Well, the truth is that I have not been able to visit the Eng;lish Central bookshop yet, but definitely will on my next visit to Toronto!
    I do have a favorite bookshop in Toronto (called “Indigo”) and even though it is a big one with branches all over town, the assistants are all very helpful and knowledgeable about books and can readily help you with anything you are looking for! Some even make recommendations!
    Thanks for the post!

    Vicky Loras on 9 February, 2010
  • I know and love Indigo, but last time I was there they couldn’t help me :-(. It’s also unusual for a major retailer to sell many ELT books, which is why it’s also interesting to go to the specialists. Thanks for dropping by!

    Lindsay Clandfield on 10 February, 2010