Celebrated as the “most magnificent bookstore in Canada, possibly North America” by journalist Allen Fotheringham (and many others!), Munro’s Books in Victoria, British Columbia is as culturally significant as it is beautiful.
Founded in 1963 by Jim Munro and his first wife, the 2013 Nobel Prize–winning short-story author Alice Munro, this Victoria landmark has been housed in the centre of the city’s Old Town since 1984. The Munro’s Books building was designed in 1909 for the Royal Bank of Canada by the architect Thomas Hooper, and the neo-classical building features a 24-foot coffered ceiling.
While Alice Munro has not had any official affilitation with the bookstore in decades, her name still offers a powerful connection between the store and the greater Canadian literary world. Munro’s Books recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and continues to be a landmark business in British Columbia’s capital city.
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