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 communications@writers.ns.ca with all required information and the subject line “Nova Scotia Independent Bookshops.” 

BookshopLocationWebsiteSpecialtiesBookable event space
Amy's Used BooksAmherstFacebook pageUsed booksno
Mad Hatter BooksAnnapolis Royalbookmanager.com/1318330n/aunconfirmed
The Curious Cat Tea and BooksAntigonishthecuriouscatteaandbooks.can/ayes
(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)
JW Doull BooksDartmouthdoullbooks.comUsed and rare booksno
TattletalesDartmouthbookmanager.com/1173642Children's books; YA; teacher resourcesno
The Trainyard General StoreDartmouthtrainyardstore.comNova Scotian booksno
Agricola Street BooksHalifaxagricolastreetbooks.comUsed booksyes
(max seating: 10)
Bookmark IIHalifaxbookmanager.com/1163574no
Carrefour Atlantic EmporiumHalifaxcarrefouratlantique.caAtlantic Canadian booksno
King's Co-op BookstoreHalifaxkingsbookstore.caContemporary fiction and nonfictionno
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 & CafeLiverpooollanesprivateerinn.wordpress.com/
snug-harbour-books-and-coffee
New and used booksno
Cape & Cowl Comics & CollectiblesLower Sackvillecapeandcowlcomics.caComics; 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)
The WhirligigShelburnethewhirligig.caUsed booksunconfirmed
Ed's Books and MoreSydneyFacebook pageunconfirmed
On Paper BooksSydneyonpaperbooks.comCanadian fiction and nonfictionunconfirmed
Otis & Clementine’s BooksUpper Tantallonotisandclementines.comUsed booksyes
(max seating: 15)
Readers' HavenWindsorFacebook pageUsed booksunconfirmed
The Box of Delights BookshopWolfvilleboxofdelightsbooks.comNew and used booksunconfirmed
The Odd BookWolfvilletheoddbook.caUsed and rare booksno
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 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 who have been writing creatively for less than two years and/or have not yet been published in any form.
  • Emerging writers: those who have been writing creatively for less than five years and/or have some short publications (poems, stories, or essays) in literary magazines, journals, or anthologies.
  • Established writers/authors: those with numerous publications in magazines, journals, or anthologies and/or a full-length book publication.
  • Professional authors: those with two or more full-length book publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” workshops, which provide more opportunities for peer-to-peer (that is, 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.

If you’re uncertain of your experience level with regard to any particular workshop, please feel free to contact us at communications@writers.ns.ca