Cool Bookish Places

Cool Bookish Places: Crooked Timber Books

Lucas Maxwell


Lucas Maxwell has been working with youth in libraries for over fifteen years. Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, he's been a high school librarian in London, UK for over a decade. In 2017 he won the UK's School Librarian of the Year award and in 2022 he was named the UK Literacy Association's Reading For Pleasure Teacher Champion. He loves Dungeons & Dragons and is the author of Let's Roll: A Guide for Setting up Tabletop Roleplaying Games in Your School or Public Library. You can follow him on Twitter and on his blog.

Crooked Timber Books in Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada, is a unique and interesting bookshop overlooking a beautiful bay in an unspoilt part of the world.

It’s not a typical bookshop. It’s a centuries-old home with books in it. The house itself has remained almost completely unchanged. So much so that while browsing the shelves I ended up in what appeared to be a fully functioning kitchen.

Crooked Timber BooksWith close to 20,000 books for sale and 40,000 more in storage, there are rooms and rooms, each with a vintage typewriter sitting snugly on the shelves, waiting for you to get lost in.

Crooked Timber Books has been at their current location for about thirteen years. I’ve been kicking myself for not going in there sooner.

In addition to books, they also have a large collection of African masks, vintage jewellery, scarves, and giant collection of VHS movies that they are still in process of cataloguing.

Crooked Timber BooksEach room has beautiful original hardwood floors that make the most noise out of everyone as they creak and groan under your feet. I’m not kidding, people seem to treat it like a library or an archive, they browse in silence as the rooms seem to demand it.


Crooked Timber BooksThey also have a knitting area (yes, a knitting area) with vintage knitting and crochet patterns for you to soak up as you gaze around in wonder at all of the books.

Crooked Timber Books is a serene, beautiful place that should not be missed if you visit the east coast of Canada.