Flying Books locations:

The Good Neighbour Espresso Bar
678 Bloor St W, Toronto

The Good Neighbour Espresso Bar
181 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto

The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street W., Toronto 

now flying to FOUR places

Flying Books is a bookshop nestled inside three different businesses in downtown Toronto: The Good Neighbour Espresso Bar (678 Bloor St W), another Good Neighbour at 181 Dovercourt Rd (at Argyle), 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.

the pilots

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.

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.