We have completed our renovations in time for the bookstore's 28th anniversary.
Please join us on Saturday, February 25, 2017 as we celebrate these two very special occasions.
See below for details.
January 14, 2017
We have started the year with the sound of hammers and saws as we begin the second phase of our renovation.
The bookshelves were removed from the second room and, although it was sad to see, we are confident that the room will remain a haven for literature as we focus on expanding its role in fostering discussion and appreciation of books and their authors.
We've shifted all the books into the original space and, after a busy fall, are eagerly opening boxes with new books for this season.
The bookstore will remain open and well-stocked throughout our renovation.
We are pleased to announce that the two original artworks
created exclusively for our renovation fundraiser are now available!
If you would like to purchase a print by Hamilton cartoonist, David Collier and/or
a letterpress printed broadsheet by Nicholas Kennedy & Kristine Tortora at Trip Print Press
please use the shopify links below, or visit us in person at the bookstore.
Big thanks to David, Kristine and Nicholas.
1) This limited edition print, created and signed by Hamilton cartoonist, David Collier features a peek inside Hamilton independent bookshop, Bryan Prince Bookseller. The print is being sold exclusively as a fundraiser for bookstore renovations.
Size: 16.5 cm x 43cm
2) This limited edition, numbered broadsheet, created by letterpress printing house, Trip Print Press, celebrates the literary history of Hamilton, Ontario.
It has been created exclusively for Bryan Prince Bookseller, for sale as a fundraiser for bookstore renovations.
Size: 61cm x 33.5cm
An Open Letter to Our Friends, Supporters, and Fellow Book Lovers (August 2016),
The last decade has brought many changes for those of us in the book industry. From self-publishing to e-books and the growth of online commerce, society’s consumption of the printed word is vastly different than in past generations. While we at Bryan Prince Bookseller strive to meet these challenges head on, there comes a time when you are faced with a decision: either continue to do things as you have always done and hope for the best, or leap into the unknown. After careful consideration and research I have decided to take that leap and enter an exciting new chapter of our bookshop’s development. I hope that you will come along with us as we adapt to better meet the evolving needs of our customers and community.
Beginning on the Labour Day weekend we will start renovations, which we expect to be completed by Spring 2017. The first phase will involve shifting all the books over to the bookstore’s original footprint. Rest assured that our collection will continue to be carefully curated with hand-selected books from local, national and international authors, large publishing houses, small presses and self-published Hamiltonians. Although our second room will remain open during September to accommodate author events, we will be starting to prepare that space for renovations.
The second phase of renovations, which will start in October, will involve closing the second room and converting the space for more flexible use. In keeping with our commitment to books and our local literary community, the renovated room will be a meeting place for writers and readers of all ages. We will be adding a washroom and creating a more relaxed environment where books can continue to be shared, discussed and debated. We’ll introduce new programming and maintain some of our existing series, all of which will be informed by our fundamental principle of collaboration. Over the years the bookstore has been enriched by the cooperation and support of many community partners. We will continue working with these friends and can now pay forward their generosity by designating time each month for the renovated room to be used by the community.
We would like to thank everyone who has supported Bryan Prince Bookseller since it opened in Westdale in 1989; you are a cornerstone without which none of this would be possible. We look forward to sharing the journey ahead with you as we transform the bookstore into a more versatile literary hub. The bookstore will remain open during renovations. In order to help cover costs we are planning a few fundraising initiatives, please see below for details.
As this exciting new project gets underway, we will be saying goodbye to my sister Tracey Higgins who, after twenty-six years at the bookstore--the last five of which were spent as co-owner--is leaving at the end of August to pursue other interests. It’s difficult to imagine the shop without Tracey’s daily presence and insatiable thirst for reading, but with the invaluable support and enthusiasm of my colleagues Andrew Parker and Frank Fekete, we enter a brief period of transition that will open the door to an infinite number of future possibilities.
I believe in the importance of independent bookstores to local communities and of the value of bookselling as a profession. Bryan Prince Bookseller has played a crucial role in my development as a person and my understanding of the need for community engagement. Nobody could be more surprised that me that I have spent most of my adult life working in the indie bookstore where I now find myself as owner, but I am confident that this is where I am meant to be and I know that these changes have to be made now. I feel so strongly about this, in fact, that I’m willing to stake my future on it. Bryan Prince Bookseller is more than the rows of bookshelves that line its walls. In our increasingly busy, digital lives it is a place where you can always connect with friend and fellow reader over the pages of a book. For, as any reader knows, the real magic of books is in the exchange of ideas and the power of words to inspire us.
I hope to see you soon.
Bryan Prince Bookseller
Here’s How You Can Get Involved:
1. Support our Fundraiser:
i) We have two original, limited edition broadsheets which can be pre-ordered: one is by local comic artist, David Collier, and the other is a letterpress print by our friends at Trip Print Press. The prints are $25 each and can be purchased by calling the bookstore at (905) 528-4508 / (800) 867-0090 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
ii) Register to receive details about our special literary night later this fall– send us your contact details here to be added to the waiting list.
2. Spread the Word: Share details of our campaign on your social networks.