Toronto Young Adult Fiction lovers, CBC Books asked a question on Thursday, July 28, 2011 of Canadian readers that you should consider answering by Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. They want to know what your favorite independent, Canadian bookstore is, and you may just find yourself receiving one of two CBC Books prize packages while, at the same time, help put a store that you love on the map. Maybe you shop at one of the big box stores, like Chapters, Indigo, the World’s Biggest Bookstore or Coles most of the time, but these stores already have a lot of exposure. One or more of them can be found in cities across the country as well as across Toronto, so they don’t necessarily need the boost. With that idea in mind, why don’t you vote for Mable’s Fables and help this independent, children’s specialty bookstore (with an adult section with an everyday discount of 20%) get on the map with mainstream Torontonians?
How will your vote get this store in the eyes of Torontonians who think that a big box store is the only way to shop for books, children’s, young adult, or otherwise? Well, first, in this case, your vote isn’t of the secret ballet kind. Rather you would be merely leaving a comment on the post, which could influence visitors to the site and other voters. Maybe a hypothetical voter lives in Halifax, but will be in Toronto in the coming weeks for a mini getaway and plans to go book shopping while she’s here. Wouldn’t your vote possibly affect which store he or she would visit?
Second, not all Toronto-area readers know about Mable’s Fables. Maybe they’ve been living in the proverbial cave, imagining that the shadows they see on the wall are the only thing that exists. Maybe they don’t know that there are alternatives to big box stores with friendly staff, gorgeous window displays, drop off points for gently used books for The Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto, or various classes and events for children and teens of all ages. Maybe they could use some inspiration to start supporting independent bookstores in the Toronto area.
Last, after the voting period is concluded, CBC Books will be tallying up the votes and generating a list of the top 10 independent Canadian bookstores across the country. If you love Mable’s Fables, then don’t you think that they would benefit greatly from this exposure? In a time when big chains in the US are closing, now is the time to start supporting smaller, quality retailers.
So what are you waiting for? If you love young adult fiction (or even children’s, middle grade, adult fiction or even nonfiction for kids and teens, which Mable’s Fables also caters to), then please vote for it today! And who knows, they may end up getting additional exposure as one of the top 10 independent, Canadian bookstores in the country. Let other readers of the Toronto Young Adult Fiction Examiner know that you voted by leaving a comment below.
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