Bookstore Moments

Jill McIvor and Jacqui Dumas opened Aspen Books on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton in 1977 and sold it in 1985. In those 8 years the store hosted many book launches and author readings, some of which are pictured below.

Timothy Findley
Timothy Findley
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W. O. Mitchell
W. O. Mitchell
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Sandra Birdsell, Merna Summers and Elizabeth Smart
Sandra Birdsell, Merna Summers and Elizabeth Smart
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Sandra Birdsell and Charles Hilton
Sandra Birdsell and Charles Hilton
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Roch Carrier and Guy Vanderhaeghe
Roch Carrier and Guy Vanderhaeghe
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Peter Gzowski
Peter Gzowski
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Pauline Gedge
Pauline Gedge
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Myrna Kostash
Myrna Kostash
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Mort Ross, Sam Selvon
Mort Ross, Sam Selvon
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Monty Reid, Jon Whyte, E. D. Blodgett
Monty Reid, Jon Whyte, E. D. Blodgett
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Matt Cohen, Greg Hollingshead and Stephen Scobie, Douglas Barbour
Matt Cohen, Greg Hollingshead and Stephen Scobie, Douglas Barbour
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Matt Cohen and Louise Wayman
Matt Cohen and Louise Wayman
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Merna Summers, Inge Vermeulen, Rudy Wiebe and Cora Taylor
Merna Summers, Inge Vermeulen, Rudy Wiebe and Cora Taylor
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Lois Simmie
Lois Simmie
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Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood
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Lynn Johnston
Lynn Johnston
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Helen Forrester (aka June Bhatia) and Avadh Bhatia
Helen Forrester (aka June Bhatia) and Avadh Bhatia
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Leonard Cohen signing Book of Mercy
Leonard Cohen signing Book of Mercy
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Evie Mandel and Margaret Atwood
Evie Mandel and Margaret Atwood
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Elizabeth Smart and Alice Munro
Elizabeth Smart and Alice Munro
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Identifying a need for a community space that focused on feminist and other progressive issues, Jacqui Dumas opened Orlando Books on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton in 1993. A few of the many enjoyable events hosted by the bookstore are featured below. The store closed in 2002.

Sally Ito & family
Sally Ito & family
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Paula Gunn Allen
Paula Gunn Allen
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Women of Edmonton's Left Bank
Women of Edmonton's Left Bank
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Theresa Shea and Eunice Scarfe
Theresa Shea and Eunice Scarfe
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Taste This
Taste This
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Steven Ross Smith and Sue Goyette
Steven Ross Smith and Sue Goyette
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Sharon Batt
Sharon Batt
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Pride Week Quartet
Pride Week Quartet
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Olive Senior
Olive Senior
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Olga Costopoulos
Olga Costopoulos
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Nicole Brossard
Nicole Brossard
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Lorie Miseck
Lorie Miseck
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Lisa Robertson
Lisa Robertson
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Kristjana Gunnars
Kristjana Gunnars
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Jenny Kelly
Jenny Kelly
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Jacqui Dumas and Marna Bunnell
Jacqui Dumas and Marna Bunnell
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Janice Williamson
Janice Williamson
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Kay Stewart and Sean Stewart
Kay Stewart and Sean Stewart
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Ashok Mathur
Ashok Mathur
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Di Brandt
Di Brandt
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Gilbert Bouchard and Daphne Marlatt
Gilbert Bouchard and Daphne Marlatt
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Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas (aka Maureen Irwin and Michael Phair)
Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas (aka Maureen Irwin and Michael Phair)
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Tom Wayman
Tom Wayman
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Cori Brewster
Cori Brewster
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