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An interview with Sorensen Books : Your Vancouver Island Bookshop

Biblio checks in with Sorensen Books : Your Vancouver Island Bookshop to learn more about their book business, collecting interests and more! To view and shop their inventory, click here.


When did you get started in bookselling?

I started selling books in 1990 while working for two bookshops in Kelowna BC Canada. The Book Bin and The Okanagan Bookman.


What drew you to bookselling?

I was a student at the time and it was a great summer job to be around books.


Did you have any mentors in becoming a bookseller?

Yes for certain Bob Ross in Kelowna of the Okanagan Bookman. From there I went on to work at a few other bookshops in Victoria BC then started my own shop in 2005.


What are your specialties as a dealer?

I deal in mainly history relating to Military, transport and local interest. I prefer to buy academic libraries.


What's the most amazing book you've ever sold?

A first edition of Redoute's Les Roses.


What is your favorite part of being a bookseller?

That everyday in an open shop you never know what exciting book, photo, postcard or document will be brought through your door. You never stop learning and searching.


Do you have an open storefront or have you in the past?

Yes.


If so, do/did you have any bookstore pets?

We sponsor a cat named Torrie who is at a local shelter. The bookshop raises money each month for his care and the care of other cats at the shelter.


What is your favorite bookshop (other than your own)?

In Victoria? Probably Bolen Books for new books and for second hand I would say Chronicles of Crime as I am a big mystery buff.


What do you personally like to read? Collect?

Mysteries to read but to collect I collect Dryad Press - a craft press and a few other things.