Portrait of four Independent Bookstores in the Townships

Updated on Oct 30, 2023

Over the past two years, independent bookstores have seen their sales explode and they have never had as much momentum as they have today. People come to browse through their books, of course, but also because they’re true places for sharing, and making new discoveries is a given here. Let's take a look at 4 bookstores in the Townships for which the key word is proximity!

By Marie-Claude Masse

©Librairie Appalaches


The highly awaited bookstore Appalaches launched its operations on Wellington North, in Sherbrooke, in October 2020. It has become a most preferred destination thanks to the expert advice of its staff, the great care they take in selecting books - the literary, children’s books and graphic novel sections are all especially well-stocked! - and its cultural offer (exhibitions, launches, etc.). Not only does this bookstore have good reason to define itself as a true meeting place, but it can also be proud of the expertise put forth by its team of booksellers.

→ What makes it stand out? Its vast selection of graphic novels and the staff’s very reliable recommendations.

88, Wellington Nord, Sherbrooke – 819 791-0100

©Librairie Les Deux Soeurs

Librairie Les Deux Sœurs

The latest addition to Sherbrooke's bookstores, Les Deux Sœurs has a strong inclination towards children's literature from Québec as well as from diverse communities (queer, aboriginal, etc.). Here, it's not surprising to find children's books and feminist essays on shelves side by side! In this friendly place, you’ll be welcomed as if you were coming home and you’ll certainly leave carrying the perfect book with you. Plus, you can take your time to read, get great tips from the staff, and expand your literary horizons.

→ What makes it stand out? Its educational mission and its little boutique section 100% made in Québec.

285, King Ouest, Sherbrooke – 819 678-9296

©Librairie Le Repère

Librairie Le Repère

Open since 2017 and located in the heart of downtown Granby, The very charming and dynamic children's bookstore Le Repère is a genuine Ali Baba's cave for 0-17 year olds (and their parents!). Inside this pretty and colourful shop, you’ll find picture books and novels for children and teenagers, graphic novels for everyone, mangas, educational books, books relating to family matters, and a small general literature section for adults. Several events and contests are held here, and you’ll be most warmly welcomed, well informed and advised! The whole package!

→ What makes it stand out : Its youth litterature specialty, its dynamic and friendly atmosphere.

243, Principale, Granby — 450 305-0272

Biblairie GGC

The oldest bookstore serving the public for more than 45 years! With its 50,000 square feet, the Sherbrooke branch (the largest in Québec!) offers books, games, art supplies and stationery all under one roof. Its extremely well-stocked and diversified shelves (60,000 books!), its dedicated staff and its commitment to spreading and promoting culture make Biblairie GGC a key player in the vast Québec book industry. Psst! You’ll also find a GGC outlet in Magog!

→ What makes it stand out? Its massive book inventory and its sustainability over time.

1567, King Ouest, Sherbrooke – 819 566-0344 | 401, Principale ouest, Magog — 819 847-4050

Brome Lake Books

A stay in the delightful town of Knowlton will have you discover this famous bookstore which has become a literary landmark for an author famous for her intrigue novels. The family at the heart of Brome Lake Books has dedicated itself to offering the community their expert advice for over 20 years. In fact, they’ve developed a close relationship with best-selling author Louise Penny, who draws inspiration from the region for the settings of her stories.

While you’re here, discover the Three Pines section, a corner entirely dedicated to the popular works of Ms. Penny. This unique space offers the author’s most ardent fans the opportunity to write her a personal note or to browse the exclusive collection of memorabilia she’s personally selected.

→ What makes it stand out: Its corner 100% dedicated corner to Louise Penny works and the fact that it is located on the Townships Trail and the Route des vins.

45 Lakeside Road, Knowlton, QC J0E 1V0

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