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Wednesday
Feb282018

THE FIRST SIGN OF SPRING: BALFOUR’S HALF PRICE SALE IS BACK

All the signs are here. Buds on trees. Slush sluicing down drains. Squirrels raiding bird feeders. And marking an end to all things snow and ice: The Balfour Books Half Price Sale comes once again.  

It’s time to dust off your bicycle and head down to your favourite College Street bookstore, to relieve us of our overstocked shelves and stacked countertops. Fashion. Philosophy. Art and Canadian Icons. And that oversized photography book you promised yourself you would buy if that freelance gig came through. Now it can be yours.

 

Four Days Only!

 

Saturday March 17th

Sunday March 18th

Monday March 19th

Tuesday March 20th

11AM TO 8PM

 

Spring is here again. Come get your next best reason to stay inside!

 

Thursday
Jul032014

Classic Covers Reimagined

Emma Mazerall, a copywriter here in Toronto, shared some new book ideas with us.
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Thursday
May092013

Burn After Reading 

All ye need know. 

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Tuesday
Mar192013

Music for Browsing 

On a winter's night a traveller from Montreal came into Balfour with a shiny 12-string guitar and started singing songs...

Patrick Krief, guitarist for The Dears, was touring in support of his solo project simply titled Krief. 

This in-store performance was for a video shoot for Heartstrings.tv, an online music video archive of artists performing in unusual and unexpected locales. Although they don't make the cut, while the singer played, the customers continued to browse around with expressions of quiet delight. 

Then, after strumming out a few haunting melodies, Krief disappeared into the blizzards that brought him.  

(All right, he went on to his gig at Sneaky Dees.) 

 

Thursday
Jan172013

If On A Winter's Night Part Two 

In 1941, John Steinbeck travelled to Mexico to script a documentary about a rural village's transition"in the long moment when the past slips reluctantly into the future'. The Forgotten Village offers a kind of 'photo comic' version of the same tale, mixing still pictures 'selected for thei rintrinsic beauty and the graceful harmony with which they accompany Steinbeck's text'. 

For the Vorticist in your life, Ezra Pound's Personae offers "the definitive collection of shorter poems" by the Transatlantic modernist, including works from the English avant-garde manifesto magazine "Blast." Reprint edition from 1971, but will still makes you look pretty damn smart if left casually lying around. 

Also from the seventies, this photo-cover of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep brings a whole Charlie's Angel vibe to the femme fatale.  UPDATE: SOLD 

We must stop now. It's silly.