The writing was on the wall for Annex Books when "my long-suffering landlady came and hinted it was time to raise my rent," owner Janet Inksetter said. "I went into panic mode because I'm at the end of my limit for expenses. It clarified things for me."
In the tiny but well-organized store with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, you can see the length and breadth of Canada's literary and publishing history. All the best dead authors are there in vintage editions, from Susanna Moodie, Mazo de la Roche, John Glassco and Irving Layton to Hugh MacLennan and Charles Ritchie, along with many other writers still living. "People used to come in and browse. That doesn't happen so much any more," Inksetter said. "They come in looking for a specific book. If I don't have it, they don't go to the shelves."
Thanks again, Janet!