Antiquarian and Out of Print Books in Peterborough, Lakefield, Cavan
As befits a region acquainted with Susanna Moodie, Catharine Parr Traill, Robertson Davies, and Margaret Laurence, Peterborough and the nearby villages of Lakefield and Cavan offer the book lover a rich variety of rare, collectible and used books, skilled bookbinding, book repair, and paper conservation services. You will find used bookshops lining a single block of Peterborough's Water Street-- it's not quite 'book row' but it's headed in that direction. One block west and several south on George Street you'll find books for sale at the Antiques Shop, Jokinen Books, and Knotanew Books. A few kilometers up the road in Lakefield you will find antiquarian books and pictures at the handsomely renovated railway station. For the book hunter, there's plenty of game. Peterborough is less than two hours from Metro Toronto via Highways 401 and 115 and about three hours from Ottawa by way of Highway 7 in good weather.
Most Mondays and Fridays at 3:00 PM a friendly, motley group of Peterborough's book obsessed people gathers for coffee at Dreams of Beans, 138 Hunter West, between Water and George Streets. You are welcome to stop and join us. We are easy to spot. We're almost always the oldest customers in the place. Here is a sketch of these worthies by our favourite artist, Christopher Lea Dunning of Ottawa (used with permission).
The Antique Shop (271 George Street, Peterborough). Local histories and antiquarian books, antiques and collectibles. Mike Seeley. firstname.lastname@example.org 705-749-2894
Books N' Things (372 Water Street, between Simcoe and Hunter, Peterborough). Science fiction, fantasy, art, romance, religion, literature, Canadiana, history. 705-876-0944
The Conservation Clinic (567 Carnegie Avenue, Peterborough). Art and paper conservation services. Basia Balinski. www.theconservationclinic.com 705-745-4404
Dixon's Book Store (383 Water Street, between Simcoe and Hunter, Peterborough). Books, comics, paperbacks, role-playing games. 705-742-9656
John Burbidge (379 Stewart Street, Peterborough). Bookbinders & Book Artist's Guild, bookbinding and repairs. John Burbidge. email@example.com www.johnburbidge.ca 705-743-8020 by appointment
Knotanew Book Store (George Street @ Sherbrooke, Peterborough). Buy, sell, trade used books. 705-876-0190
Lakefield Station Bookshop (7 Stanley Street, Lakefield, just past Queen in the railway station). Antiquarian and hard to find books, prints, ephemera. David Glover. firstname.lastname@example.org 705-652-6872
Little Barn Antiques (893 Highway 7A West, Cavan). Books, stamps, collectibles. Wes Eardley. 705-944-5653
Mark Jokinen Books (271 George Street, Peterborough, just south of King Street). www.jokinenbookstore.com Literature & literary criticism, Canadiana, science fiction, history, philosophy. Mark Jokinen. 705-742-4514 (Mark's new location)
Scholars' Bookstore (380 Water Street, between Simcoe and Hunter, Peterborough). Philosophy, sociology, intellectual history. Paul Dyment (ABAC, ILAB). email@example.com www.scholarsbookstore.com 705-755-0125
Thea's Books & Violins (384 Water Street between Simcoe and Hunter, Peterborough). Music books and sheet music, science fiction, fantasy, languages. Bill Barclay. 705-749-6668
Trillium Antiquarian Books (1285 Albertus Avenue, Peterborough, K9J 6A4). Antiquarian books, country life, natural history, Canadiana. William Van Nest. firstname.lastname@example.org www.trilliumbooks.ca 705-749-0461 by appointment.