Welcome to Steven Temple Books

STEVEN TEMPLE BOOKS IS STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND IS SHIPPING TO EVERYWHERE IT IS ALLOWED.

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Having operated shops on Queen Street West in downtown Toronto since our founding in 1974, we closed the shop in March, 2014 and now operate from home in Welland, Ontario (close to Niagara Falls, only two turns from Toronto). We can see visitors by appointment. The books (currently around 10,000 of them) are priced, on shelves, and in categories. We continue to specialize in literary books, especially Canadian literary books, general Canadiana, and select out-of-print and rare books in various fields (mostly 19th and 20th century, though we do stock some earlier). We now have some ephemera, but don’t stock comic books, fairly recent used books, bestseller novels, nor paperbacks (unless collectible). Business is primarily by internet or mail. We welcome and pay attention to wants lists when they are for books we might actually find some day and which are worth more than a token amount.

We accept payment by Visa, MasterCard, Amex, PayPal, cheque (Canada and US only), money order, e-transfer (Canada only) – even cash.

Some recent arrivals…

  • ROSE, Carol
    BEHIND THE BLUE GATE

    Edition: First printing

    Vancouver: Beach House / Porcépic, 1997. Card covers. Text paper lightly toned, else fine. Inscribed by the author to a noted Canadian literary couple. Poetry. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53245
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  • NICHOL, bp (bpNichol)
    SELECTED ORGANS: parts of an autobiography

    Edition: First printing

    Winsor, ON: Black Moss Press, c1988. Card covers. With ink ownership signature of Leon Rooke. Fine copy. Prose. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53244
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  • WILLIAMS, Diane
    THE STUPEFACTION: stories and a novella

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Knopf, 1996. Terra cotta boards. Fine in fine jacket. Inscribed by the author to noted Canadian author Leon Rooke.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53243
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  • GLENNON, Paul
    HOW DID YOU SLEEP ?

    Edition: First printing

    Erin, ON: Porcupine's Quill, 2000. Card covers. Fine copy of this collection of short stories, a first book.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53242
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  • SARAMAGO, José
    CAIN. Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa

    Edition: First US printing

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. Brown boards. Fine in fine jacket, with ink owner name of noted Canadian author Leon Rooke.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53241
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  • FUENTES, Carlos
    LATIN AMERICA: at war with the past

    Toronto: Anansi, 2001. Card covers. pp (75). Text paper lightly toned, else fine. A new edition of this volume in the Massey Lectures series, first published by CBC in 1985. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53240
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  • NAUMOFF, Lawrence
    ROOTIE KAZOOTIE

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1990. Cloth & boards. Fine copy. Jacket has creases to spine and panels, orange spine lettering faded to white, VG otherwise. SIGNED by the author. A comic novel by this North Carolina author.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53239
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  • KROETSCH, Robert
    WHAT THE CROW SAID

    Edition: First of this edition

    Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1998. Card covers with flaps. A new edition, with corrections and an Introduction by Robert Wilson. Ink inscription at front (of Robert Wilson?), else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53238
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  • SULLIVAN, Rosemary
    LABYRINTH OF DESIRE: women, passion, and romantic obsession

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: HarperCollins, 2001. Card covers with flaps. Fine copy.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53237
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  • ADAMS, Michéle
    RAMSES IS LORD OF THE NILE

    Windsor, ON: Biblioasis, 2005. pp 14, stapled in pale grey paper coves. Fine copy. A promotional sampler from the author's forthcoming Bright Objects of Desire, a collection of short stories. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53236
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  • IRANI, Anosh
    THE CRIPPLE AND HIS TALISMANS

    Edition: First printing

    Vancouver: Raincoast Books, 2004. Red cloth with wraparound band, as issued. Fine copy, with literary agency's sticker at front.. A magic realist novel set in Bombay by this immigrant to Vancouver.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53235
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  • ALA, Salvatore
    STRAIGHT RAZOR and other poems

    Edition: First printing

    Windsor, ON: Biblioasis, 2004. Card covers in jacket. Inscribed by the author to Leon Rooke. Poetry. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53234
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  • WYATT, Rachel
    THE MAGICIAN'S BEAUTIFUL ASSISTANT and other stories

    Edition: First printing

    Sidney, BC: Hedgeroiw Press, 2005. Card covers. Fine copy. Inscribed by the author to Constance Rooke. Strong blurbs by Mavis Gallant and P.K.Page.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53233
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  • LEVINE, Elise
    REQUESTS & DEDICATIONS

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2003. Card covers with flaps.Laid in is a TLS from an M&S editor to Constance Rooke. A novel. Corner crease to first leaf, else fine.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53232
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  • THOMPSON, Judith
    PALACE OF THE END

    Edition: First printing

    Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2007. Card covers. pp 40. Fine copy. Inscribed to the dedicatee Constance Rooke. Three monologues about the criminal American destruction of Iraq.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53231
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  • GARFINKEL, Jonathan
    GLASS PSALMS

    Edition: First printing

    Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 2005. Card covers. Poetry.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53230
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  • PYPER, Andrew
    KISS ME

    Edition: First printing

    Erin, ON: Porcupine's Quill, 1996. Glossy card covers. Fine copy. 13 short stories. Author's first book, chosen as Notable Book of the Year by The Globe and Mail and The New York Times

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53229
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  • MUNRO, Alice
    RUNAWAY: stories

    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart.c2004. Second printing. Beige boards. Fine in fine jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53228
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  • BABEL, Isaac
    THE LONELY YEARS: the Lonely Years 1925-1939: Unpublished Stories and Private Correspondence

    Boston: Godine, 1995. Card covers. Three black dots to fore edges, else fine. Edited and with a new introduction by Nathalie Babel, not contained in the 1964 hardcover edition.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 53227
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  • SWAN, Susan
    WHAT CASONOVA TOLD ME: a novel

    Edition: First US edition

    New York: Bloomsbury, 2005. Black and grey boards. Fine in fine jacket. With good author inscription to Constance Rooke.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 53226
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A selection of our current highlights…