Urban Landscape

The Double Hook Book Shop Closes
A Photo Tribute

In 1974 Hélène Holden, Joan Blake, and Judy Mappin opened the Double Hook Book Shop. In 1976 the store moved from Ste-Catherine Street to its present Greene Avenue address in Westmount.

It was a point of pride at the Double Hook, named after Sheila Watson's modernist novel, The Double Hook (1959), that they carried only Canadian-authored books. At the end of July 2005, the Double Hook Book Shop will close its doors. After more than thirty years, Judy Mappin, the last remaining active partner in the business, has decided to retire. The warmth and generosity of Judy and her staff will be missed by writers and publishers across Canada, and fans of Canadian Literature beyond our borders.

Partners Hélène Holden, Joan Blake, and Judy Mappin, circa 1979. Photo: Montreal Star

Staff members, David Daly, Francine O'Halloran,
Mary Keating, and Michael Power

Judy Mappin, Penny Hamer, Francine O'Halloran, and Michael Power

Erika Courvoisier, Michael Power, Carol Devlin,
Judy Mappin, and James from CanPar

Mary Keating, Joan Wilkes, and Judy Mappin

Judy Mappin and Joan Blake during Jewish Book Week in 1982

Mary Keating, Nancy Grant, Trace Sitter, Judy McDougall,
Joan Lindsay, and Judy Mappin

Judy Mappin and Maggie Siggins at the launch
of Riel: A Life of Revolution

Leo Kennedy, author of The Shrouding

An inscription to the Double Hook staff, from Leo Kennedy

Nancy Marrelli and Simon Dardick, publishers at
Véhicule Press, with Judy Mappin

Bill Weintraub, Ted Phillips, Sheila Anderson, and Judy Mappin

Mordecai Richler at a book signing

Mary Di Michele

Judy Mappin, Roch Carrier, and Mark Abley

The Double Hook Book Shop on Greene Avenue

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