Galiano Island's independent bookstore! Your community-minded, globally-connected bookstore.
Growing readers since 1997.
COVID-19 Store Update
So proud of everyone in BC for all of your efforts to keep us safe and healthy! We look forward to seeing you in the store again very soon. In the meantime, we continue to provide books online, by a safe pickup at the store, by delivery on the island and by mail. Thank you all for your continued support of our bookstore!
Check out our new bargain and used book listings on our website open 24 hours.
Books discounted at least 40% to 50% and often from the original cover price.
BARGAIN BOOKS ARE BRAND NEW that comes from one of our three sources:
"remainder" books - books that the publisher has overstocked and sells off to booksellers at reduced prices
"hurt" books - books with minor damage in the store or simply a bit shopworn
hardcover books supplanted by softcover editions that we could not return
USED BOOKS ARE PREOWNED that have been read but are clean, have intact covers, are not missing any pages, and have little or no writing or highlighting inside.
Browse our stock of bargain and used books for a variety of fiction, non-fiction, mystery, and youth titles by such authors as Margaret Atwood Wayne Johnson and Louise Penny.
Here are some tips on how to navigate our website to find just the book you are looking for.
There are two ways to find books in the store:
Searching by title or author
First, if you know the title or author you can type that information into the “search” window at the top of the page. Just to the left of that search window, you will see another window with the word “Keyword” in it and a drop-down symbol (downward pointing arrow) on the right. If you leave that unchanged, you will get everything that has that keyword. This allows you to search for books even if you’re not sure of the exact title. To narrow this, you can click on the downward pointing arrow and select a narrower category, such as author or title.
For example, if you knew the word “king” was in the title and typed that in you would get all books authored by anyone named King as well as any titles that have that word in their title. The more specific the information or keyword category you enter, the fewer books will come up, and hence the easier it will be to find your book.
Browsing for books
The second way of searching for books is to click on the “Browse” box towards the top of the page on the left. When you click on it you will see several filters you can select such as “what’s in store”, “bargainbk stock” or “usedbooks”. By default, the “what’s in store” box will be clicked. This does not show books that aren’t in the store but can be ordered. To browse that, unclick the “what’s in store” box. If you just want to look at bargain or used books, click those boxes, but also unclick “what’s in store” or else you’ll see everything in the store. If you look down below those options you will also see a large number of subjects which you can click on to see titles that fall into those categories, for example, fiction, history, or humor.
Join the Climate Conversation
Focusing on intimate stories and local attentiveness, Rising Tides addresses the past, present, and future of climate justice through fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.
Join Catriona Sandilands and local contributors to celebrate the launch of the book where it began, Galiano Island.
Saturday, January 18, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Galiano South Hall
141 Sturdies Bay Road
Presented in partnership with Caitlin Press, Fondation Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, York University Faculty of Environmental Studies, and Galiano Island Books
Come visit the store and grab your copy of the new Margaret Atwood novel Testament. It is now available AND we have signed copies! Get your signed copy today to avoid disappointment!
Galiano Island Books is pleased to now offer access to audiobooks for all of our customers through Libro.FM. Libro.FM is an alternative to the widely-advertised Amazon-owned Audible.com that offers the same books, deals, and prices, but with the added advantages of being independently owned and supporting your independent local bookstore.
Check them out at https://libro.fm/switch to see how you can get two free books just for switching on Libro.FM (and you don't have to be a member of Audible to take advantage of the switch program!). Questions? Feel free to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can provide more information.
As always, it was only made possible by the hard work and unconditional support of so many people. We would like to give our most heartfelt thanks to:
Our fantastic authors and all of our loyal attendees who have supported us this year and over the years and make the whole thing very much worth the effort.
Ian Phyper and Gnosis Hotel Management and the staff at the Galiano Inn
Our sponsors on Galiano: Galiano Island Books, Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, Galiano Chamber of Commerce, Galiano Island Soap Works, Galiano Library, Woodstone Manor, Sturdies Bay Bakery & Cafe, Max & Moritz, Driftwood Village, Hummingbird Pub, Tour des Iles
Our community hosts: Driftwood Village, Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, Judy and Chuck Garland, The Red Door, Woodstone Manor
Our Festival volunteers: Jean Baird, Café Sandilands, Cedar Brown, Lori Seay, Charles Demers, Conny Nordin, Allan Forget, Carol Guin, Deblehka Guin, Emma Davis, Margaret Howell, Jennifer Margison, Kendall Kyle, and Olivia Dong and Jack Dong
Francine Renaud who created the original painting for our poster and Sharon King of Digital Marketing by Design for the poster design
Kris Krug, our Festival photographer, for his creative eye
Our superb staff at Galiano Island books:
Rob Butterfield, Jack Garton, Stella Kingscote, and Valerie Tessier
Mary Trentadue and Cedar Bowers for going the extra mile!
Debbie Holmes for once again promoting the Festival through displays on the ferries
Donna Moreau of DoMo Communications for her painstaking work on putting together our ads, promotional materials and this Program
Rob Butterfield, Dan Gaucher, Alex Catona and Jack Garton for entertaining us at the Red Carpet Welcome Reception
We are incredibly appreciative of the community support we receive and would like to shine a spotlight on these booklovers. For our first feature we spoke with Lee Trentadue, President of the BC Booksellers Association and owner of Galiano Island Books, in anticipation of her 5th annual Galiano Literary Festival, returning on February 21st to 23rd.
Lee Trentadue has long supported the book community, although it was her daughter Mary who inspired her to open Galiano Island Books - the first bookstore on the island. Trentadue's initial introduction to the local community was through a questionairre, inquiring about the categories of books people would like to see. The community responded positively, and the bookstore now features works from authors in the Gulf Islands, throughout British Columbia, and across Canada. Readers have shown extraordinary support for nearly two decades and additionally, the Galiano Library - which opened after Galiano Island Books - has proven to be an excellent partner in hosting author readings.
She explains that "being a part of a community of booksellers is very important" and that the BC Booksellers Association has shown tremendous support for her ideas, as has the Canada Council. And so, after attending the ABA Winter Institute one year and hearing a fellow booksellers' story, Trentadue founded the Galiano Literary Festival. Despite growing in stature, it has retained its charm - "people seem to actually like the intimacy of the Festival." With fewer outlets for publishers to send authors to, this type of environment is crucial for maintaining culture in BC and throughout the nation. The BC Book Prizes recognizes this need, but Trentadue notes that just "the fact there is a showcase is a big deal." We think the 3-day Festival is a big deal too, with its first ever red carpet, a sold out dinner, and readings by esteemed writers such as Audrey Thomas, Jack Hodgins, Grant Lawrence, and the Bowering trio: George, Thea and Marilyn. Find more details at: Galiano Literary Festival.
Galiano Island Books
76 Madrona Drive Galiano Island BC V0N 1P0 Canada