Update: I still have prints for sale at this shop but no books sold so no longer stocked.
211 Bernard West.
Montreal’s only curated English language bookstore. Est. 2007
When I dropped off a small handful of books on a Friday night, the place was packed. My over-sized courier bag and I could hardly move around! This is a dream of a comic shop, I half expect Nemo and Micky in his plane of bread to come dancing through. I would like to move to an apt near by just so I could wander in and discover things on casual afternoons. Sounds totally kiss ass but it’s true. Great and very helpful hip staff and a smart customer base. Also lots of regular readings events and workshops. The kind of place you plan to stop at on a trip if you don’t live in the city, and feel just a little smug for no good reason, for living in the same town as it. :)
Monastiraki is as much a signature shop as D&Q.
A few blocks south, on busy St-Laurent, Artist and founder Billy Mavreas turned a family curiosity shop into a arts and culture hub! I took refuge there from the cold winds to say high and left a few books lighter. They were being laid out very nicely when I left, awaiting readers and homes. I plan to be back there soon with the prints I have left from Expozine.
Monastiraki showcases an increasingly refined selection of hand crafted and found objects the blur the lines between art and product, and a growing selection of prints and books by local creators and artists.
Workshops for kids and regular vernissages of all kinds of local art, live events, and a browsing friendly space make it a favorite stop when on the stroll in Mile End.