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David Mirvish Books
In 1974, David Mirvish opened an art bookstore as an outgrowth of his David Mirvish Gallery. The gallery had exhibited abstract artists and colour field painters and sculptors since the early 1960s, with those represented including Jack Bush, Frank Stella, Anthony Caro, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Tim Scott, Hans Hofmann, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Larry Poons and Milton Avery.
Over the years following 1974, the Bookstore sold the Sunday New York Times at a discount; ran weekly specials on new and overstocked books; and featured hard-to-find material on art, design and literature - plus cookbooks and travel books - always with an aim to sell good quality at good value in the tradition of the parent store, Honest Ed's. Book launches and artist and author book-signings were regular events. When The Museum for Textiles was a part of Mirvish Village - before it moved to its permanent home on Chestnut Street - the Bookstore installed texile exhibitions organized by Simon Weagemaekers and Max Allen. Later exhibitions were mounted in conjunction with such publications such as Toronto: A City Becoming, The Quilts of Gee's Bend, Folk Furniture of Canada's Doukhobors, Hutterites, Mennonites and Ukrainians, Otto Rogers: Reading Writers Reading and Abstract Painting in Canada.
The Bookstore closed its doors to the public on March 1, 2009. It now focuses on other projects, including the cataloguing out-of-print material for sale online through www.abebooks.com.