Bookstores are integral to Stratford’s Literary Landscape

Bookstores are a part of the Stratford’s vibrant arts community with seven stores in total, ranging from full-service to specialty bookstores. See below for brief descriptions of each bookstore.

Fanfare Books

Fanfare Books knows how to catch a bookworm – a carefully selected assortment of new and used books on sale outside the store makes passerby stop and take notice of all that Fanfare has to offer. Head inside for a large selection of books of all kinds, and feel free to ask questions of the friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Fundamentals Books and Toys

Whether you’re a child or a child at heart, you’ll be able to find a huge selection of children’s and teen books at Fundamentals Books and Toys. Select a book from their stacks of options, then stop by their puzzle and games corner to pick up something the whole family will love.


Coles offers shoppers a wide selection of fiction, nonfiction, YA, self-help, and children’s books at reasonable prices. Can’t find what you’re looking for? The friendly staff are there to help.

The Wee Book and Photo Shop

Don’t let its size fool you, The Wee Book and Photo Shop offers bookworms an admirable selection of new and used novels of all kinds. After searching the stacks head to the photo section at the back of the store to get a themed photo taken!

Yesterday’s Books and Things

Mystery lovers rejoice! Yesterday’s Books & Things has a huge selection of used mystery books. They have also cultivated a large selection of books on the theatre, fiction and nonfiction novels, and romance. If books aren’t your thing, stop by to peruse the antiques scattered throughout the store – you just might find something one of a kind..


Have you always dreamed of a house full of books? You’ve come to the right place; Book Stage offers you the chance to browse a cottage stuffed floor to ceiling with books. Browse through new and used books, or speak to the owner about their collection of rare and collectible books.

Gospel Lighthouse

The Gospel Lighthouse is Ontario’s leading chain of Christian bookstores. They offer Bibles and religious books for all occasions.

There are many events to choose from!

The thing about this festival is, writers want to come here because it’s a beautiful part of the country and audiences are great. I think it’s an excellent chance to come see your favourite author.

Michael Winter, Award-Winning Author

There’s just so much variety and experience at the Stratford Writers Festival that there’s something for everyone. It’s just delightful.

Mary Sanderson, Stratford Writers Festival Attendee

The Stratford Writer’s Festival is an amazing event, since the literary community in Stratford is both large and diverse. Having authors visit and share their books and writing experience benefits Stratford’s writing community, and all the dedicated readers here as well. It’s a great opportunity to hear from authors who otherwise wouldn’t be visiting our region, and to enjoy literature alongside other art forms like music and fine cuisine.

Melanie Kindrachuk, Stratford Public Library

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