End of an Era – Important Message to the TWB Community

An Important Message to the Many Valued Customers, Supporters, and Friends of The Toronto Women’s Bookstore:

It is with a mix of sadness and resignation that I inform you all that The Toronto Women’s Bookstore (TWB) will be closing on Friday, November 30th., 2012. Over the course of its illustrious 39 year history, the TWB has meant many things to many people. It was already steeped in those memories for me, when, two and a half years ago, I decided to try my hand at reviving and re-branding the TWB as the vibrant and viable centre for social justice and women’s issues that has defined its core values for almost four decades. For me and for many like me, it was always a safe, open and welcoming space where ideas were paramount, and where a community was given a voice. I’d like to think that in my relatively brief tenure as owner, I stayed true to the principles that defined this internationally renowned institution over the course of its history.

The fact is book markets have changed radically in the past few years. Ebooks, fierce online competition and a stagnant economy have all contributed to our business model becoming no longer sustainable. I’m closing the bookstore with the bittersweet knowledge that I did my best. I gave everything I had; physically, emotionally, and financially. I’ve learned a great deal about every aspect of the business and I have no regrets.

I’d like to take this opportunity to invite all friends, past and present, to a two day celebration of the TWB, wherein we will honour the legacy of this Toronto landmark. Details of this celebration will be made available as plans coalesce.

Thanks in advance to you all for your support and please spread the word to your friends and colleagues. It’s been a true pleasure working with the community these past few years and I hope to continue to enjoy the fruits of our acquaintance in all of my future endeavors.

Sincerely,
Victoria Moreno

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  4. Nauman Mir says:

    Dear Victoria, it has been a pleasure to work with you over the past two years. Your store was a beacon of hope for myself and many others. Whenever I would pass by the TWB, it gave me a feelings of gentle happiness that in our harsh corporate driven world, a store like TWB still existed. A place that was based on principles, ideas and the support of social justice. You kept the torch burning and your effort and hard work are inspiring and commendable. It is with sadness that I read this news as I was not only a customer at the TWB but also tried my hand at learning creative writing in classes that were offered at TWB. I have fond memories of those days as the cozy environment of TWB nurtured my thoughts and ideas. Thank you for the memories. In Solidarity, Nauman Mir.

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