Pages Bookstore Re-Invents Itself

Pages Bookstore Re-Invents Itself

It doesn’t sell online and it doesn’t have a physical location. It doesn’t pay rent, keep business hours, or have tables and shelves. But it still sells books, it’s still independent, and it still attracts a crowd. Operating under a new business model, Marc Glassman’s, Pages beyond Bricks and Mortar, makes books available at launches, festivals, conferences, and wherever else audiences gather.

This year Pages will be at:

  • Subtle Technologies, (June 3-6) A Festival of Art and Science
  • Luminato, (June 11-20), Toronto’s Festival of Arts + Creativity
  • Planet in Focus, (Oct. 13-17), Canada’s environmental film festival
  • Winnipeg Jewish Book Fair (dates TBA), literary festival dedicated to Jewish history, religion, and culture

Embracing the do-it-yourself spirit that made its predecessor, Pages Books and Magazines, a renowned Queen Street West institution, this new incarnation is just as committed to promoting the work of writers, artists, filmmakers, and other creators.

That’s because Marc Glassman, legendary bookseller of thirty years, was a founding programmer of Hot Docs, and currently edits Montage, a journal for the Directors Guild of Canada, and Point of View, Canada’s leading periodical on documentaries and independent cinema. A radio broadcaster, he is the recipient of a Toronto Arts Award, and has produced hundreds of events – in film, theatre, art, and dance – in his Queen West neighborhood. He even fought and won a landmark censorship case involving the store in the 1980s. Seven years ago he started This Is Not A Reading Series, which programs over thirty-five book-related events a year, promoting both emerging and established writers. And Pages beyond Bricks and Mortar is, of course, the bookseller.

As Luminato`s artistic Director Chris Lorway says, “Partnering with Pages beyond Bricks and Mortar makes perfect sense. Marc Glassman’s role in spearheading Toronto’s cultural scene with his bookshop on Queen St. West can be seen again with his reinvention of Pages, and his innovative method of staying connected with the arts community.”

Adds Glassman: “Culture is always re-inventing itself, as am I. When Pages Books and Magazines closed because of sky high rents, I realized then that the time had arrived to be nimble. Now we go to where audiences are located, whether they be in Winnipeg, or at Luminato. Always on the move, call me the bookseller for this flash mob age. It’s great to be where the action is – and to be in the bookselling game!”

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For more information, please contact Bruce Walsh at 416-465-5237 or kickinghorse@live.com

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