Today is Canadian Independent Bookstore Day. I only made three stops today which is probably for the best since I still far exceeded my budget.

First up from Paper Hound, The Castle of Crossed Destinies from Italo Calvino, Memoirs found in a Bathtub by Stanislaw Lem and Bunting’s Persia, a collection of Persian poetry translated by Basil Bunting. Also from Paper Hound—appropriately enough—a CIBD special postcard of Basil Bunting’s advice to student poets.

Next stop, Macleod’s Books were in the basement depths I found three new-to-me Tuttle paperbacks. We have In Ghostly Japan by Lafcadio Hearn, Japan: The Story of a Nation by Edwin O. Reischauer and Low City, High City (about Tokyo from 1867-1923) by Edward Seidensticker.

Lastly, PFB Main where I picked up a photo book of Fred Herzog’s B&W work. The purchase of which also qualified me ($50 or more) for entry into their top tier CIBD prize draw. Fingers crossed!

Neil Bruder @neilbruder