Spartacus Books blames gentrification for closure of Downtown Eastside store
One of Vancouver’s beloved independent bookstores is on the move.
On May 31, Spartacus Books will close its store at 684 East Hastings Street in the Downtown Eastside.
According to Spartacus Books’ Facebook page, the nonprofit, volunteer-run bookstore plans to set up a new shop in the area of Commercial Drive and East 18th Avenue.
Spartacus Books posted this week that it’s been “renovicted”:
We have called the DTES home for over 40 years. This is very sad news for our whole collective and the many folks who use our space. Gentrification effects us all and those least responsible are effected the most.
Follow our page to get updates about our situation. We will have statements, volunteer callouts and requests for support over the coming weeks. Please support your local radical book store and community space through this difficult transition.
Established in 1973, Spartacus Books previously shut down for 18 months in 2004 and 2005 due to a fire.
It stocks books, magazines, graphic novels, and academic journals on subjects as varied as anarchy, art, ecology, feminism, poetry, and queer studies.
According to its website, Spartacus Books is the “go-to resource for anti-capitalist, political books not found in big-box bookstores”.