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One of my favourite shops in the city is closing. Good Egg, delightful purveyor of fine books and all things cookery, riveting storefront window displays, for many a must stop destination, directly across the street from us, in Kensington Market. Their lease was up. Word is the landlord/s asking for $35,000 more a year. So […]

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THIS FRIDAY + SATURDAY Julie Mannell Heather Kelly Noah Zacharin Canisia Lubrin Devon Gallant Tamar Rubin Brian Henderson Laurie D. Graham Emily Rosello Mercurio Bill Howell Zach Pearl Mike Madill VALLUM CONTEMPORARY POETRY ISSUE 15:1 MEMORY AND LOSS TORONTO LAUNCH FRIDAY APRIL 27TH 7PM Doors 6:30 Poetry 7-ish  Wear socks to be seen (we’re shoeless). […]

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In the pink

  You know she’s having one* when the shop is looking this snappy! Come. Partake. Enjoy. We so appreciate your business.  knife | fork | book *Photos: KIRBY She’s Having a Doris Day

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Two presses

  * it IS possible. you have value. you have permission * | ** raging against the dying of the light ** LYNNE DESILVA-JOHNSON @OnlyWhatICan BROOKLYN. Home of two remarkable small presses we carry here at the shop, UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE and Lynne Desilva-Johnson’s THE OPERATING SYSTEM. Visits to both proved not only ‘inspired,’ but […]

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Where the books are

  NORMAN NEHMETALLAH (Coach House Books) and myself were off to visit our moms this weekend (his in Windsor, mine in Toledo), which afforded us the grand occasion to meet up at Norman’s old haunt, Windsor’s independent publishing phenom BIBLIOASIS, an oasis it certainly is. Tina was in full welcome mode, and I stocked up on […]

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Hello Spring

Thank you Lisa, Coach House Books, Rick’s Cafe and all who attended in welcoming Spring. knife | fork | book UP NEXT at KFB:  March 23rd  STUART ROSS | STEVE MEAGHER. March 26th ERIN MOURE  CHUS PATO Secession / Insecession TORONTO BOOK LAUNCH (NOTE: Sunday 3-5PM). March 30th  JULIE CAMERON GRAY | NYLA MATUK. March 31st METATRON SHOWCASE. APRIL 1ST  VALLUM CHAPBOOK SHOWCASE. April 6th MIKE […]

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A poetry Broadside/Ephemera* show is in the works for early Spring at knife | fork | book. This is a call for submissions. Contact KIRBY at with “BROADSIDE” in the subject box. Looking to display, promote, and sell the best of our independent publishers/presses. *Ephemera as in cover art, mock-ups, actual woodcuts, letterpress oddities and […]

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What keeps me here

  Anansi. Anthuser. Apt.9. Arsenal Pulp. Baseline. BookThug. Brick. Canadian Magazines. Coach House. Coffee House. Copper Canyon. Desert Pets Press. Dumagrad. Fellow independent booksellers. Frog Hollow. Gaspereau. Gesture. Goose Lane. Guernica Editions. Invisible. Krupskaya. Mansfield. Metatron. The Operating System. Palimpsest. Pedlar. Porcupine’s Quill. Puddles of Sky. Self-publishers. Signature Editions. The Song Cave. Sunny Outside. Thee […]

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But a glimpse of our first month. What it is to be welcomed. Thanks everybody. Thrilled to be here. knife | fork | book @ Rick’s Cafe 281 Augusta Avenue Kensington Market Toronto

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KILBY SMITH-McGREGOR KIDS IN TRIAGE ROXANNA BENNETT THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE THURSDAY NOVEMBER 3RD knife | fork | book @ Rick’s Cafe | 281 Augusta Avenue | Kensington Market Doors open 6:30PM | Reading 7PM Excerpt: Kilby Smith-McGregor IN CONVERSATION: ROXANNA BENNETT’S UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE The Town Crier, May 18, 2016. Photo: Kilby Smith-McGregor