Nova Scotia Independent Bookshops

Information in this database was initially gathered in 2021. Please consult individual websites for hours of service.

To submit or update a listing, please contact with all required information and the subject line “Nova Scotia Independent Bookshops.” 

BookshopLocationWebsiteSpecialtiesBookable event space
Amy's Used BooksAmherstFacebook pageUsed booksno
Mad Hatter BooksAnnapolis
MareGold BookstoreAnnapolis Royalmaregoldbookstore.comNew nonfictionyes
(max seating: 12)
The Curious Cat Tea and BooksAntigonishthecuriouscatteaandbooks.cayes
(max seating: 4)
Endless Shores Books & Other TreasuresBridgetownendlessshoresbooks.comNew and used booksyes
(for book signings only)
Dartmouth Book ExchangeDartmouthdartmouthbookexchange.caNew and used booksyes
(max seating: 20)
Friction BooksDartmouthfrictionbooks.comFictionyes
(max attendees: 45)
JW Doull BooksDartmouthdoullbooks.comUsed and rare booksno's books; YA; teacher resourcesno
The Trainyard General StoreDartmouthtrainyardstore.comNova Scotian booksno
The Inside StoryGreenwoodtheinsidestory.caunconfirmed
Agricola Street BooksHalifaxagricolastreetbooks.comUsed booksyes
(max seating: 10)
Carrefour Atlantic EmporiumHalifaxcarrefouratlantique.caAtlantic Canadian booksno
King's Co-op BookstoreHalifaxkingsbookstore.caContemporary fiction and nonfictionno
Maps & MoreHalifaxmapsandmore.caTravel writing and Atlantic Canadian nonfictionunconfirmed
Open Book CoffeeHalifaxFacebook pageNimbus Publishing and Vagrant Press titlesunconfirmed
Schooner BooksHalifaxschoonerbooks.comUsed and rare booksunconfirmed
Trident Booksellers & CafeHalifaxFacebook pageUsed booksno
Venus EnvyHalifaxvenusenvy.ca2SLGBTQ+ booksyes
(max seating: 20)
WoozlesHalifaxwoozles.comChildren's books; YAyes
(max seating unconfirmed)
LaHave River BooksLaHavelahaveriverbooks.caNew and used booksyes
(max seating: 50)
Snug Harbour Books &
New and used booksno
Cape & Cowl Comics & CollectiblesLower Sackvillecapeandcowlcomics.caComics and 2SLGBTQ+ booksunconfirmed
Block Shop BooksLunenburgblockshopbooks.caCanadian fiction and nonfiction; children's books; YA yes
(max seating: 35)
Elizabeth's BooksLunenburgInstagram profileNew local-interest books; used booksno
Lunenburg BoundLunenburglunenburgbound.caNew and used booksyes
(max seating: 40)
Blue Griffin BooksMiddletonbluegriffinbooks.comUsed and rare booksunconfirmed
Vickery House BooksParrsboroFacebook pageLocal and Maritime; new, used, and rare booksyes
Shorebound BooksShelburneFacebook pageNew and used booksunconfirmed
Ed's Books and MoreSydneyFacebook pageunconfirmed
On Paper BooksSydneyonpaperbooks.comCanadian fiction and nonfictionunconfirmed
ABC: Antiques, Books & CollectiblesTantallonFacebook pageNova Scotia and Atlantic Canada; Used Booksno
NovelTea Bookstore and GiftsTrurontbookstorecafe.caUsed and new local booksyes
(max seating: 10)
Otis & Clementine’s BooksUpper Tantallonotisandclementines.comUsed booksyes
(max seating: 15)
Readers' HavenWindsorFacebook pageUsed booksunconfirmed
The Odd BookWolfvilletheoddbook.caUsed and rare booksno
Rainbow's End Books and DiscsWolfvilleFacebook pageComics and used booksunconfirmed
Lam's Used Book StoreYarmouthFacebook pageUsed booksno
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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that each workshop’s participants share a level or range of writing / publication experience. This is to ensure that each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their current writing priorities.

To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those with no professional publications (yet!) or a few short professional publications (i.e., poems, stories, or essays in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with numerous professional publications and/or one book-length publication.
  • Established writers/authors: those with two book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short publications.
  • Professional authors: those with more than two book-length publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for participant-to-participant feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed.

For all other workshops, the recommended experience level is just that—a recommendation—and we encourage potential participants to follow their own judgment when registering.

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