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<strong>Longhouse Books</strong><br /> <br /> It was a concept predicted to fail in a hurry. Who was crazy enough to stock a bookstore with nothing but Canadian titles? Yet Longhouse Books proved the naysayers wrong when it opened at 630 Yonge Street north of Wellesley in 1972. <br /> <br /> Partners Beth Appeldoorn and Susan Sandler opened the store out of anger. “There were Canadian books around, but they weren't given the emphasis they deserved,” they told the <em>Globe and Mail</em> in a 1995 interview. “That little Canadiana section was insulting. We jumped in at the right time. But we did think about it, and we had good advice. We were not totally stupid, but we probably were crazy.”<br /> <br /> Of the many launches held at Longhouse, the owners felt Margaret Laurence’s appearance to promote <em><a href="http://archives.cbc.ca/arts_entertainment/literature/topics/161-802/">The Diviners</a></em> was the most memorable: <em>Margaret had never done a launch in her life because she was always very nervous, and Margaret didn't take crowds. But there was a crowd of people. Somebody came in and said, “What movie is showing?” We had to drag Margaret right away downstairs to the basement to give her a Valium. She never knew it was Valium. She thought it was an aspirin. But she was so shaky. She came back up and did a fabulous two hours of signing and talking. We put her behind a little table with chairs so she could hold onto the table.</em><br /> <br /> Appeldoorn and Sandler sold the store in 1989, which promptly moved to 497 Bloor Street West. It closed six years later.<br /> <br /> <em>Advertisements in the </em>Globe and Mail<em>; September 25, 1979, (left) and December 15, 1990 (right).</em>
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Longhouse Books

It was a concept predicted to fail in a hurry. Who was crazy enough to stock a bookstore with nothing but Canadian titles? Yet Longhouse Books proved the naysayers wrong when it opened at 630 Yonge Street north of Wellesley in 1972.

Partners Beth Appeldoorn and Susan Sandler opened the store out of anger. “There were Canadian books around, but they weren’t given the emphasis they deserved,” they told the Globe and Mail in a 1995 interview. “That little Canadiana section was insulting. We jumped in at the right time. But we did think about it, and we had good advice. We were not totally stupid, but we probably were crazy.”

Of the many launches held at Longhouse, the owners felt Margaret Laurence’s appearance to promote The Diviners was the most memorable: Margaret had never done a launch in her life because she was always very nervous, and Margaret didn’t take crowds. But there was a crowd of people. Somebody came in and said, “What movie is showing?” We had to drag Margaret right away downstairs to the basement to give her a Valium. She never knew it was Valium. She thought it was an aspirin. But she was so shaky. She came back up and did a fabulous two hours of signing and talking. We put her behind a little table with chairs so she could hold onto the table.

Appeldoorn and Sandler sold the store in 1989, which promptly moved to 497 Bloor Street West. It closed six years later.

Advertisements in the Globe and Mail; September 25, 1979, (left) and December 15, 1990 (right).

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