UPDATE ON MARCH 1, 2014 – BETTER BOOKS AND BIBLES HAS MOVED TO 636 16 Ave NW. PLEASE SEE THE POST ABOUT THE NEW STORE, HERE.
“Endeavouring to bring you treasures, both old and new”
I am delighted that there is a new bookstore in Calgary, which is not only new books, but also used books, and not only that but also Christian books. What more could I want?
When Pilgrim Books closed in 2011 after 25 years of business, I was shocked. Weren’t there plenty of people like me who considered it a Mecca for booklovers and treasure hunters? I felt a bit lost, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized it had been my ultimate destination in the city, and I’d miss the women that worked there.
The store is easily accessible, at 636 16th Avenue NW, near Peter’s Drive-In, SAIT or Motel Village, a couple of doors down from White’s Flowers. It is full of treasures, as I’d hoped it would be. Robert greeted me as I paid my first visit and he gave me a quick tour. I surveyed the colorful shiny new books in the entranceway, and I found the store filled with cozy nooks and inviting little rooms for various categories. Later, Robert introduced me to David, the manager. I recognized some of my “old friends” and eventually (I was there for over an hour) brought some of them home with me.