Monday, March 16, 2015


After years of reading about the Internet in books and newspapers, we decided we'd finally check it out for ourselves. We liked the place so much – though some of its denizens seem really angry about something – that we bought some land, and for a while now we've been building a full-on website. We should be ready to start having people over in the spring.

We're working to make The Bookshelf's online home as vibrant as our brick and mortar headquarters here on Quebec St. Everybody who sees movies here, or who come to book launches or rock shows or dinner are what make this place what it is. We hope to try and fill up our site with comparable smarts and vim. Like our store, this site is for you guys; we just work here.

This is an open call to contribute to our new site. For a few years now, we've had a review program that yields mostly Fiction and Non-Fiction. We're looking for people who are interested in all corners of books. Are there yoga books that you're jazzed for? Recipe books you've been itching to try out? Musician biographies you want to sing the praises of? Board books that your toddler can't get enough of? Let us know and we'll do our best to get you books that are in your wheelhouse. 

But of course, our shelf holds much more than just books. Are there new albums, new beers, or new films that are blowing your hair back? Or broader cultural ideas and issues that you're itching to weigh in on? And because we're as much in Guelph as we are of it, we want to talk about everything going on the city that's not just confined to our little plot.

If you're interested in being a part of the new Bookshelf website, let us know. Send an email to You can specify your bailiwicks or simply let us know that you might be generally interested and we'll keep you dialed in as things progress. We're still hammering out the details of compensation scales, so stay tuned for those specifics as well!

In the meantime, have you seen this?

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