Sad News: David Mirvish Books on Art, a Toronto art-and-lit institution (with a Frank Stella painting to boot) told employees earlier this week that it will be closing February 5 or thereabouts. The Globe Books blogger James Adams went public with the news yesterday. The bookstore had already informally started to notify people coming in with gift certificates that they should use them up before the end of the month. I understand that Amazon has got the best of most bookstores, but this is a shock. For some time, people informally speculated that the bookstore was losing money but still retained value to the owner because it anchored Mirvish-owned real estate on Markham. In the meantime, the store has slashed prices on books throughout the store. It seems just a short while ago that Ballenford Books on the same strip closed its doors. More news as it becomes available.
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