Posts Tagged ‘popular literature’
Daily Xtra‘s Jeremy Hainsworth notes the end of an era in Vancouver.
Vancouver’s iconic gay bookstore Little Sister’s has been sold.
Jim Deva and Bruce Smyth opened the store in 1983, when they had trouble finding gay books for sale anywhere else.
Within two years, Canada Customs agents were seizing their shipments, leaving the store’s shelves increasingly bare and jeopardizing its very ability to survive as a business. Undeterred, the couple fought back and very publicly took Canada Customs to court.
The court battles that ensued spanned nearly two decades, as Little Sister’s championed gay voices, challenged censorship, fought for our stories and sexual freedom and became a key community gathering space in Vancouver.
But now it’s time to sell, Smyth tells Daily Xtra.
Friday night, I watched Star Trek: Beyond with my friend Jonathan and was pleased. This film, third in the reboot series, easily felt the Trekkiest of the three, and the most fun of the three. The plot works (compliments to star and co-writer Simon Pegg), all the major characters got development, canon was referenced without overpowering the plot, and Beyond at its best did capture a sense of wonder. The film’s relative underperformance aside, I would say it promises good things for the future of the franchise.
I am a fan. In recent years, my participation has been limited to reading the tie-in fiction of the Star Trek expanded universe, since that’s all we’ve had since the end of Enterprise a decade ago. I am quite excited by the impending Toronto-filmedseries Discovery. Showrunner Bryan Fuller’s reputation, that of the writers he is bringing with him, and the promises he has made about settings and representation, promise good things.
What do you think? Does Star Trek still have a future? Or do you think otherwise? This is the fiftieth anniversary of the franchise, after all. Is it time for something new?
What say you all?
News of the Glad Day Bookshop‘s impending move to Church Street has spread widely, to Canada’s Quill & Quire and to international sites like Gay Star News and New Now Next. I first learned of this from Daily Xtra.
Glad Day Bookshop is moving from a cramped, albeit charming, second-floor on Yonge Street to a massive ground-floor in Toronto’s Church-Wellesley Village — the space currently occupied by Byzantium, a martini bar and restaurant.
“The location and facility we’ve secured is what’s currently known as Byzantium, at 499 Church St,” says Michael Erickson, one of the owners of Glad Day, the world’s oldest LGBTQ bookstore. “We’re taking over the space, the lease, the liquor licenses, the equipment.”
“Byzantium in its current form is closing.”
At 250 square metres, the new location is more than three times larger than the current Yonge space. It also boasts a back patio, bar, large storage area downstairs and is wheelchair accessible. Erickson plans to install a wheelchair-accessible washroom as well.
The owners hope the larger, more versatile venue will allow them to incorporate several new revenue streams. “We’ll be re-opening as a bookstore-coffee shop-cocktail bar,” Erickson says. The current plan is to have the business operate as a coffee shop and bookstore during the day, and a bar and performance space at night. It may even become a boardgame café a few days a week.
People can donate to the bookstore to finance the move here.
This is big. I sincerely hope it works out–I think it can, but still, I need to hope. I think it not inaccurate to say that not only the future of Glad Day, but the future of Church Street as a gay area, depends on this working out.