We are antiquarian booksellers and writers working from our little bookshop in London, Ontario. The texts we love are bizarre and charming: local history, true crime, the occult, fine literature, artist's books, erotica, counterculture, Canadian art, comic books. Most of all, we love books and we share that mutual love with our favourite clients.
Jason Dickson has been a used and antiquarian bookseller for the last twenty years. His column The Antiquarium appears regularly in Canadian Notes and Queries (CNQ). His book London: 150 Cultural Moments (written with Vanessa) was published by Biblioasis in 2017. Three of his other books (spooky literary ghost stories) were published by Bookthug. His latest title, Raw, about artist Michael Bidner, will be published by the McIntosh Gallery in 2019.
A freelance writer, editor and local historian, Vanessa Brown is the author of The Grand Old Lady: A History of Hotel London and London: 150 Cultural Moments (written with Jason) which was published by Biblioasis in 2017. She is also a murderino, and wants to remind you to stay sexy and don't get murdered! Her latest book, The Forest City Killer, will be published with ECW in 2019.
Our little shop is an oasis of bibliophilia in downtown London, Ontario. We are settled in a lovely neighbourhood of old houses, active students, arts and culture. We keep the light on for books in our quiet little city. Our space is well organized but also packed with delightful titles. But frankly our customers are what lights up the space. Fascinating people come through our door, or correspond with us online or by snail mail, and this shared love is what keeps us going.
We hold regular events in our spooky little basement and on our main floor. We've had film shoots, band recordings, readings and lectures, film screenings, as well as student clubs meet up here and it is simply amazing. As we are both writers, we're always ready to share in the culture of print and publishing in whatever shape that takes. Each day brings unexpected events and people into our little space, reminding us that books are a big world filled with fantastic people and ideas.
We're also very involved with the active and interesting community of artists and promoters in our little city. We get bored easily and often cook up some ridiculous idea to try out. London has been very kind to us. These labours of love have included starting Kangaroo Variety (a live arts magazine) with 121 Studios, the Bad Art Festival with London Fuse, as well as other one-offs such as film screenings, award sponsorship, and mentoring young people who (like we once were) are simply looking to find out how the hell one becomes a writer. (Hint: there's no straight answer). We have also curated art shows, written extensive local histories, and have been local media trouble-makers (a role we love, frankly). All of this is run out of the little ship we call Brown and Dickson.
Altogether we're busy, dedicated folks, and are always ready to hear from book collectors, events organizers, or eager arties looking for a place to call home. Please do drop us a line if you're interesting in learning more. And do say hello if you're in the neighbourhood!
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