Shelley Macbeth is the owner of Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, Ontario. Two-time winner of The Libris Award (Best Bookstore in Canada) and named as a favourite by the legendary Stuart McLean, Blue Heron Books values its location in a 200-year-old building located in the busy and popular shopping area once frequented by former resident Lucy Maud Montgomery. The store is a hub for the community and a bastion of calm chaos where everyone is welcome.
Serving communities in crisis: The bookseller’s role
April 6, 1-2 p.m. ET | Free
Independent bookstores play a crucial role in supporting their communities and never have communities needed more support than over the past year. COVID brought job losses, children home from school, and a general increase in isolation and anxiety. Faced with unprecedented closures, bookstores still found ways to maintain connections with their patrons through virtual events, home delivery, curated lists, and personalized guidance. In this event, you’ll hear how four bookstores stayed connected in order to support their community and sell books.
This session is the launch of the Canadian Independent Booksellers Association’s Discover & Develop webinar series that will help booksellers define their ‘new normal’ — what their day-to-day operations look like now that the industry is finding its new rhythm; better understand and improve their stores and operating procedures; and consider how adaptations they made during the pandemic might continue post-COVID.
This session is presented in partnership with the Canadian Independent Booksellers Association.