Ariadne’s note: World Poetry hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Moto welcomed Lavana and John La Brey, owners of the popular Renaissance Bookstore in New Westminster. A fascinating interview about the world of bookstores , community and our relationship with books. Music by Westfall Mountain Band , Ablaye Cissoko and Volker Goetze. E poem by Nasima Yasmin from Bangladesh : Regards for You.
Lavana writes: “Renaissance Books offers a welcoming environment for book lovers as well as artists. The store offers additional shelf space for books, from the trendy to the obscure. You will find used, out-of-print, hard-to-find books and new local authors books. We stock 130,000 titles, so you will be able to track down just about any book. Whether you locate what you want in our store or in our E-bay store, you will find that our selection is unparalleled.
Shelf space has doubled for Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, and also Arts & Crafts. The ever in demand Romance section has grown to incorporate space for Paranormal Romance and Romantic Suspense. We have now enough room to set-up sections based on popularity and demand from our customers.
Our new store also offers space for customer amenities.
A coffee bar where we serve Lattes & Cappuccinos with seating sections throughout the store to relax while completing your book selection.
A safe place to sell your books and to hold book launches/signing and above all meet your friends.
We are particularly fired up by our after hours concepts in live music, poetry readings, and arts and crafts workshops. We have the desire to make Renaissance Books a place where writers, musicians along with artists can get together and connect in a creative environment.
John and Lavana hope to see good old friends plus new shoppers at our new store on 6th Street between Columbia and Carnavon. After all, it’s something of a renaissance for Renaissance Books.”