Flying Books' main location:
The Weekend Variety
1080 Queen St. W
M-F 10 AM - 5:30 PM
S-S 12 PM - 6 PM
Flying Books are also sold inside:
The Good Neighbour Espresso Bar
678 Bloor St W, Toronto
Northwood General Store
800 Bloor St W, Toronto
The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street W., Toronto
now flying to FOUR 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.
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.
Flying Books was founded by Martha Sharpe, an editor, publisher, and bookseller, who has worked at House of Anansi Press and Simon & Schuster with authors such as Margaret Atwood, Ken Babstock, Rawi Hage, Sheila Heti, Laila Lalami, Eimear McBride, Lisa Moore, Michael Ondaatje, Michael Redhill, Iain Reid, Amy Stuart, and Michael Winter.
Anna Fitzpatrick is the program manager of the Flying Books School of Reading & Writing. She has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Walrus,The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Jezebel, Vice, Toronto Life, Nylon, Flare, and too many blogs to recall. She was the founder of an online networking group for women writers that hit 30,000 members in ten days. She also writes fiction.
Rudrapriya Rathore conceived and designed the Flying Books Mentorship Program. Rudrapriya writes fiction and nonfiction and has published work in several magazines including The Walrus, Hazlitt, and the Literary Review of Canada. She is also working on a project about representations of mentorship in popular culture and fiction.