In the fall of 2000, Bison Books first opened up in a cozy little spot on Donald Street. The proprietor, Michael Park, was an experienced bookseller, and he had more books than space! By 2003, we had outgrown that location, and moved to 265 Kennedy Street, which lasted another few years, before we expanded into the space next door. In the fall of 2010, we moved to our current location at 424 Graham Ave., and Aimee Peake completed her purchase of the business.
We now have 2,250 bright and sunny square feet, with lofty ceilings and towering windows which look onto one of downtown Winnipeg’s busiest pedestrian streets.
We maintain a general stock of 20,000 meticulously-curated books, with a focus on antiquarian books, Indigenous Studies, Canadian Art and Literature, and Western Canadian History, and extending to classics, philosophy, cookbooks, and beyond. We endeavour to keep our shelves well-organized and our shop clean and tidy, for the pleasure and convenience of our in-shop customers. The soundtrack is an ongoing source of debate however!
We buy books almost every day, which ensures that we maintain a fresh, current and high-quality selection. Some of our books come in as part of large collections, and sometimes we buy just a book or two at a time. We’re always buying, we treat people fairly, and we pay outright for our books, which helps us to maintain loyal sellers and a continuous influx of treasures.
We regularly carry out appraisals, work with clients on collections development, and issue custom lists on request.
In 2009 and 2010, we organized Winnipeg’s Heart of the Continent Book Fair, and have also exhibited at the Vancouver Book Fair, the Ottawa Book Fair, the Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair, the California Book Fair, and Rare Books LA.
Bison Books is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada, and we adhere to their Code of Ethics. We are also proud affiliates of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.
We collaborate with Dominion Antiques, to host in-home contents sales, and we work with Dominion at their Art and Antique auctions.