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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > March 2019 > History in motion

History in motion

Itah Sadu, co-owner of A Different Booklist, sees continued vitality despite a neighbourhood’s ongoing change

“MAYBE WE were crazy to buy a bookstore when bookstores were clearly going out of the marketplace,” says Itah Sadu, co-owner of Toronto’s A Different Booklist. Sadu and her partner, Miguel San Vicente, took over the Bathurst Street store in 1999, a year before the closure of the nearby Black-owned bookshop Third World Books. “I think, in hindsight, what made us get into the book business [was] not necessarily because of our love of literature and books, but for the conversation,” Sadu says. “We wanted to encourage the narrative that young people of African descent in Canada read more when they see themselves relected in the books.”

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