Flying Books' main location:
The Weekend Variety
1080 Queen St. W
M-F 10 AM - 5:30 PM
S-S 12 PM - 6 PM
now flying to more places
Flying Books is a bookshop nestled inside four different businesses in downtown Toronto: art & gift store The Weekend Variety (1080 Queen Street W), The Good Neighbour Espresso Bar (678 Bloor St W), Northwood General Store (800 Bloor St W), and The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street W). Rotating selections include fiction, memoirs, graphic novels, science, or history – always choosily chosen.
Flying Books was founded by Martha Sharpe, an editor who has acquired and edited the work of many acclaimed and best-selling Canadian and international authors.
Why the name? To read is to take flight. Great writing transports you to other places, takes risks, breaks down barriers, and enlivens your world. That’s Amelia Earhart in the logo, drawn by artist and writer Leanne Shapton. When Earhart witnessed the air show at the 1917 Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, she was inspired by the possibilities of aviation, a “marvel of modern invention,” as she called it. Flying Books takes her as its inspiration, opening on the first day of the 2015 CNE, and launching marvels of written invention one flight at a time.