As we gear up for Gay Pride in the US, Canada’s oldest LGBT bookstore may be on the brink of extincion. According to an article in The Globe and Mail, Glad Day Bookstore in Toronto may be forced to shut it doors after 40 years for many of the same reasons that indie bookshops have shutdown nationwide: little foot traffic, fewer print publications, and increasing online retailing.

To keep the place afloat, employees have started a Facebook support group page called Save Glad Day and are trying to spread the word. They’re trying to draw people in with a few high-profile events including a book signing with Canadian murder mystery author Anthony Bidulka, who writes about a gay detective in Saskatchewan.

Glad Day became the oldest gay bookstore in North America after Oscar Wilde bookstore closed in New York City last year.




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  • Ron Fritsch

One Response to “Toronto’s oldest gay bookstore closing?”

  1. Mat 2 June 2010 at 2:50 PM #

    sad but inevitable given how poor and uninviting the costumer service is there… It is also rumoured to close every 18 months or so ( i think this is the third time in the last 6 years). I am sure most people thought it had already closed couple of years ago last when the previous article about it was published (which can also explain the dwindling number of customers)…



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