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.

Each year, at the beginning of Summer, just in time for flowery skirts and straw hats, a weekend is given over to the Lakefield Literary Festival. Conceived as a celebration of the life and works of Margaret Laurence, long time resident in the village, the Festival now has become a popular destination for ‘book lovers from across Canada and the United States’ who have discovered a ‘unique literary venue’ celebrating the work of traditional and modern writers alike. Details are to be found on the Festival’s web site

You're Invited
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).

                                                                        by Lea Dunning, Artful Flaneur

The Antique Shop (271 George Street, Peterborough). Local histories and antiquarian books, antiques and collectibles. Mike Seeley. 705-749-2894

The Conservation Clinic (567 Carnegie Avenue, Peterborough). Art and paper conservation services. Basia Balinski.  705-745-4404

Hutchison House Book Shop (270 Brock Street, Peterborough). Local history and personalities, Peterborough Historical Society library. Gale Fewings. 705-743-9710

John Burbidge (379 Stewart Street, Peterborough).  Bookbinders & Book Artist's Guild, bookbinding and repairs. John Burbidge.   www.johnburbidge.ca705-743-8020 by appointment

Judith Earnshaw, Conservator. Object and collection assessments, repair and stabilization of objects, digitization, custom storage boxes and folders, custom display mounts. Judith Earnshaw. 705-760-9608

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. 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). Literature & literary criticism, Canadiana, science fiction, history, philosophy. Mark Jokinen. 705-742-4514

Trent Valley Archives (567 Carnegie Avenue, Peterborough, K9L 1N1).  New books and rare books relating to east central Ontario, historical and genealogical research, TVA publications.  705-745-4404

Trillium Antiquarian Books (1285 Albertus Avenue, Peterborough, K9J 6A4). Antiquarian books, country life, natural history, Canadiana. William Van Nest (IOBA).  705-749-0461 by appointment.