Starlight Books promotes the discovery of adventure and the unknown through its inventory—a combination of rare and collectible books, as well as used classics and current bestsellers. This booklover’s paradise gets its unique name from its previous incarnation as a single-unit New Age haven. A lover of all things books, owner Margaret began building her collection of rare books with her late husband over 40 years ago. Together, they decided to become full time booksellers when their own collection expanded to unmanageable numbers. Starlight Books was opened in 1993 and quickly grew to become one of the largest used and rare bookstores in the GTA.
Customers come from all over Southern Ontario to take advantage of their competitive prices and rare finds. Word of their impressive inventory has spread as far west as British Columbia and as far south as Florida with many high international sales through their online inventory. A consistent highlight of the 21-year business has been the pleasant surprise of once in a while finding a hidden gem among the donations of older collections that end up selling high to serious collectors.
The clientele of Starlight Books consists of regular customers who have been coming to the store since it opened. However, the staff often meets new customers who have come to experience the great customer service, impressive selection and fascinating treasures within the store. Management regularly entertains innovative ideas to keep the business vital, especially during these challenging times affecting the entire book industry. Some fun and exciting ways they maintain interest is with inventory specials, three-day sales, and support of community-based literacy initiatives.
Starlight Books wants to promote literacy and appreciation for the printed word not only within their community but across Canada. They have supported local writers and love feeding the minds of all types of readers. The walls of Starlight Books are no different than the front and back covers of books. Within both, you’ll find wonder, adventure, treasures and a story that’s all your own.