Celebrating five years as Moose Jaw’s “bookseller to the world”, Post Horizon Booksellers has become an important part of the literary landscape in this city.
Owner and bibliophile Nelson Reid remembers the very first sale: a biography of John Wayne, sold to a collector. Since then, collectors have taken home many other treasures: one of three known copies of a Canadian cookbook from the late 1800s, the first printing of a journal of exploration by a contemporary
of Lewis and Clark, the exhaustive catalogue of Canadian Pacific Steam Locomotives that went to
Finland, and the early Oz editions that went home to… Kansas.
Another book that made its way home was a memoir of pioneer farming south of Moose Jaw. Found
online by a customer in Vancouver, when Nelson mentioned the book was signed, she said, “I know. It
was written by my grandmother and she signed them all. But there’s a new generation who never got a
copy in her lifetime. This will be for one of them.”
It’s all about pairing people with the books they need, “like the serendipitous find of books on the Soviet Era, made during a family reunion here in Moose Jaw, which helped a researcher complete her master’s thesis.”
Not everything is from the past though. New books are included in the collections. “We have works by
local authors and Saskatchewan writers, some in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Festival of Words
held each summer in Moose Jaw. You might even bump into an author browsing the shelves.”
So whether its poetry or a pocket novel, kid’s books or CanLit, for research or relaxation, collectible or contemporary, this is a bookstore that can keep you reading – at home and on the road.