Independent Book Store Day, April 27th (and all year long)

Everyone has special days of the year they treasure, and for many independent, locally owned book stores around the country, that day is April 27th. The small “indie” book store community is very closely knit, having weathered the storms of the internet era, the rise and fall of “big box” stores, the 2008 recession, and the numerous and various obstacles that every small business faces.

On a day like today, indies celebrate the unique relationship we have with local authors, local schools, and a global community of writers and readers of all stripes. We take pride in the unique flavor we absorb from our customers and the personal energy we invest in relationships built on careful words and beautiful art.

Is Canterbury Book Store good at celebrating holidays? Not really, but we have coffee cake from across the street, fresh coffee from down the road, and the soft sounds of our local National Public Radio filling the air. For us, it is just another great day to be in Escanaba.

Winter craft projects - fingerless gloves

Some say I should just turn up the heat in the store, but I took this as an opportunity to get crafty. I present to you, instructions for making fingerless gloves:

Step 1: Gather scissors, chalk, and a pair of gloves from the breeding population in the back of your closet:


Step 2: Put on gloves, use chalk to mark them just below your last knuckle for each finger of the glove

Step 3: Use scissors to cut fingers on the chalk line you marked on them. And I can’t stress this enough, remove gloves before cutting them with scissors.


And voila! Enjoy your functional and stylish new garment.


Hear here! Audiobooks are now an option

We are delighted to have found a great way to connect our customers with inexpensive, download-friendly audiobooks.

There is a company called which partners with small book stores like ours to offer a wide array of audiobooks individually or with a membership subscription. You can find us there, or our friends at Snowbound Books, and a number of other bricks and mortar shops around the country. Check it out:

Perhaps you have tried Audible but do not care for the aftertaste of Amazon, or if you just want to make purchases from small businesses and local taxpayers - well, try it and let us know what you think.

(PS - If you would still prefer an audiobook on CD, we do have a small selection at the store and the Escanaba Public Library keeps plenty in stock. Easy listening!)