Queer-owned bookstores

Check out this map of queer- and Indigenous-owned bookstores that you can support in your area.

Cordial Clove Books

Cordial Clove Books is a gorgeous little shop that is home to almost 20,000 previously-loved books, with a special interest in 2SLGBTQIA+ literature. You'll also find a variety of greeting cards, journals, and lots of bookish giftware items.

62 Metcalfe St, Elora, ON N0B 1S0

Glad Day Bookshop

Glad Day Bookshop is the oldest queer bookstore in the world. Serving the LGBTQ community since 1970, we offer the widest possible selection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, Two-Spirit, and queer literature.

499 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C6

Glass Bookshop

Founded by Jason Purcell and Matthew Stepanic in 2018, Glass Bookshop is interested in uplifting interesting and challenging writing from Canada and beyond with a special focus on the work of queer and racialized writers, as well as the independent publishers who help produce their work. They are located in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory.

9553 76 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 0K1

L’Euguélionne, librairie féministe

L’Euguélionne is a feminist bookstore and non-profit solidarity co-op in Montreal, also known as Tiohtià:ké, on unceded Mohawk and Algonquin territory. The bookstore specializes in 2SLGBTQIA+ literature. They also host diverse literary feminist events including launches, reading circles, talks, workshops, and round table discussions.

1426 Rue Beaudry, Montréal, QC H2L 3E5

Librairie Saga

Librairie Saga is independent bilingual bookstore with a special emphasis on queer science fiction and fantasy.

5574 Upper Lachine Rd, Montreal, Quebec H4A 2A7

Little Ghosts

Little Ghosts is Canada’s first bookstore dedicated to the horror with a special emphasis on BIPOC and queer writers. Subgenre categories include pulp thrillers, body horror, creature features (werewolves and vampires, among other ghouls), sci-fi, and such horror-adjacent non-fiction.

930 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1W3

Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium

Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium offers a great selection of queer reads for all ages, vital coming out info, sexy advice, and hot erotica for all. They also feature an award-winning greeting card section, the latest quality adult toys and supplies, gender affirming gear, and clothing.

1238 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N3

Old's Cool General

Old's Cool is East York's neighbourhood General Store – convenient, fully stocked and owned and operated with kindness and a sense of community. In addition to a wide variety of books, Old's Cool offers full-service café and community space.

250 Westlake Ave, East York, ON M4C 4T4

Spartacus Books

Spartacus Books is a non-profit, volunteer-run bookstore and resource centre. The store has been run collectively for 50 years and is located on the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. They share information and resources with individuals and communities of diverse radical tendencies in order to build relationships of struggle that reflect our values.

1983 Commercial Dr #101, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A8

The Book Man

The Book Man is a family run, locally owned used bookstore. At The Book Man, they are committed to the literacy and well-being of members of their community and the world at large. The Book Man also has two bookstore cats, Gatsby and Beatrix, who are always ready to help you pick out a book.

45939 Wellington Ave., Chilliwack, BC V2P 2C6

Western Sky Books

Western Sky Books provides space for local writers and publishers to launch new books. They are a venue that connects writers to their readers and a community hub which encourages engagement and involvement in literature and writing community. They host book clubs, writers’ groups, writing workshops, poetry readings, book launches and author signings. They also have a gallery space which features local artists and provides a connection between the art and literary communities in the Tri-Cities.

2850 Shaughnessy St Unit 2132, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 6K5

Willow Press

Willow Press is a queer, author/sex educator owned bookstore. Willow is focused on revitalizing the fantasy genre + connecting people with stories and education that they can find and lose themselves in.

214 Osborne St, Winnipeg, MB R3L 1Z3

Yellowknife Book Cellar

The Yellowknife Book Cellar is Canada’s most northern independent bookstore, established in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, in 1979.

4921 49 St, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N9

Venus Envy (Halifax)

Venus Envy is an education-oriented sex shop and bookstore with something for everyone. Anyone who’s turned off by traditional sex shops will find us a welcoming and informative place to get cool and sexy stuff.

1727 Barrington St, Halifax, NS B3J 2A4

Venus Envy (Ottawa)

Venus Envy is an education-oriented sex shop and bookstore with something for everyone. Anyone who’s turned off by traditional sex shops will find us a welcoming and informative place to get cool and sexy stuff.

329 Catherine St, Ottawa, ON K1R 5T4

Another Story Book Shop

Located in the West end of Toronto, Another Story Bookshop sells a broad range of literature for children, young adults and adults with a focus on themes of social justice, equity, & diversity.

315 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M6

Iron Dog Books

Iron Dog Books was founded by Cliff and Hilary Atleo, a Nuu-Chah-Nulth/Tsimsian academic and an Anishinaabe/Settler bookseller. Iron Dog Books is an Indigenous-owned bookshop and booktruck dedicated to bringing great books to Səl̓ilwətaɁɬ, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territories (metro Vancouver).

2671 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K 1Z5

Librairie Racines

La librairie Racines aims to celebrate literature by Indigenous or racialized writers in addition to the general catalog. The primary mandate of the Racines bookstore is to highlight the stories, cultures and living conditions of racialized people.

6524 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2S 2J3

Strong Nations

Strong Nations is an Indigenous owned and operated publishing house and online bookstore located in Nanaimo on the traditional and unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Since 2010 they have created and facilitated the acquisition of authentic Indigenous resources with the aim of developing a deeper understanding of Indigenous Peoples, cultures, and rights among all people.

2595 McCullough Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9S 4M9

Knowledge Bookstore

Knowledge Bookstore is an independent Black owned bookstore located in Brampton Ontario that sells African, African Canadian, African American, Caribbean and Children books. They also offer Black dolls, greeting cards, dvds, beauty products and gift items not readily available in mainstream stores. Knowledge Bookstore is a community space as well as the go to source for parents, writers, poets, artists and the Black community.

177 Queen St W, Brampton, ON L6Y 1M5

Goose Lane

Based in Fredericton, New Brunswick’s capital, Goose Lane Editions is a vital part of Canada’s ever-morphing publishing landscape. Whether it's homegrown Canadian fiction, singular collections of poetry, books on contemporary art, or courageous stances on environmental issues and global politics, we provide book lovers with great reads that inspire, spur conversation, and stimulate minds. We seek to represent a balance of voices and proudly embrace Queer Lit as well as First Nations and Inuit authors and artists who are shaping and transforming our perspectives.

500 Beaverbrook Court, Suite 330
Fredericton, NB E3B 5X4 Canada

A Different Booklist

A Canadian, independent, multicultural bookstore specializing in books from the African Caribbean Diaspora and the Global South.

779 Bathurst St., Toronto ON

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