Vanguard Programmer Colin Geddes’ Favorite Bookstores

At Word and Film, Colin Geddes shares his four favorite bookstores within the Festival radius. Check them out while you wait for your film to start or if you have some time to kill after not making it into the screening of your choice. In fact, all four bookstores are so good, we suggest making a point of visiting them.

It’s a truism of film festivals that industry attendees never have time to do anything but watch and buy movies. This despite being held in some of the prettiest and sexiest places on Earth (Park City, Cannes, Telluride, Busan, Abu Dhabi). So when it comes to book browsing, the producers, writers, agents, execs, and filmmakers who scour the world of literature and publishing for material all year long must forgo the pleasure during those hectic days spent running in and out of dark theaters and bargaining feverishly. That’s a shame, because Toronto, whose annual international film festival kicks off September 5, has an enviable collection of bookstores big and small….This was a running theme echoed by pretty much everyone we asked. Until we reached out to Colin Geddes, a Toronto film festival programmer since 1997 who programs the Midnight Madness & Vanguard sections. Geddes eagerly laid out his personal picks for the top four bookstores in the festival’s orbit.

Click through to see Colin’s recommendations ranging from specializing in used books to genre to graphic novels and a curated collection of curiosities.
Between them, you’re sure to find a copy of Joe Hill’s Horns.

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HORNSScreening Times:
Friday, Sept 6th, 6:00 PM THE BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA
Sunday, Sept 8th, 1:00 PM SCOTIABANK 4
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