I don’t know about you, but when I’m traveling, my curiosity about other cultures is without a doubt at its highest. For a wide selection of non-fiction reads to learn more about the lives and perspectives of those living in other parts of the world, A Different Booklist is my go-to. Plus, supporting a sweet, local, independent bookstore like this one has ripple effects that go far beyond profits as the space adjacent to the store acts as a cultural hub for the community!
A couple of great finds I’ve gotten from this store are Braiding Sweetgrass, my favourite book of all time, not only because it’s beautifully written, but also because of how much I learned about Indigenous ways of living in harmony with the world. The Intersectional Environmentalist is another great one, that helps to expand on typical environmentalism by looking at how to dismantle systems of oppression so we can protect both the planet and the people who inhabit it!
Some other cool spots in the area include Alternative Thinking, an eco-market great for finding gifts, and Snakes & Lattes, a board game cafe, located a little bit west of the bookstore.