The used-book store of my dreams


In The Toronto Star James Grainer says The city's new breed of second-hand- book peddler is a former punk rocker.Whereas the used-book scene of the 1970s and '80s was dominated by, as Hanna puts it, "old hippies selling their cool stuff" in clusters of stores along Queen W. and Harbord, the new-model second-hand stores are run by old punk rockers selling their cool stuff in the newly hip neighbourhoods further west. (Babel co-owner Randy Harnett can attest to this trend: he's opened two locations of She Said Boom! Records & Book over the past decade, and three of his ex-employees, including Hanna, have opened combo book-record stores of their own.)

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