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Family business Black Bond Books to buy Hager Books in Kerrisdale


BC’s independent book industry appears to be on solid footing more than two years after the pandemic devastated many other industries.

Today, family-owned Black Bond Books announced that it will buy another independent retailer, Hager Books, which is located at 2176 West 41st Avenue.

Hager Books founder Louise Hager described it as a fabulous match, as the two have emphasized a community-based approach to selling books throughout their history.

Management and staff will remain at the Hager Books site, according to a press release from Black Bond Books.

“Ten years after acquiring the Book Warehouse on Broadway, Black Bond Books is thrilled to add Hager Books to its family of bookstores. I agree with founder Louise Hager, it’s a perfect fit,” said Cathy. Jesson, president of Black Bond Books. .

Last April, the Right covered the history of Black Bond Books in an article ahead of Canadian Independent Bookstore Day.

Jesson then explained that his mother started Black Bond Books in 1963 in Brandon, Manitoba. The first BC store opened in White Rock in 1977.

Over the next few years, as family members moved to the west coast, more stores opened in the Fraser Valley.

Ten years ago, when Book Warehouse owners Tom Banks and Sharman King decided it was time to retire, the Jesson family agreed to carry on with their store on West Broadway. This Book Warehouse location was managed by Jesson’s daughter, Caitlin, who is also the company’s chief operating officer and vice president.

“Hager Books is such an integral part of the Vancouver literary scene,” said Caitlin Jesson. “We are thrilled to continue this legacy with the incredible team of booksellers you have all known and loved.”

This fall, Black Bond Books will become the official bookseller of the Vancouver Writers Fest. For the past nine years, the company has also been the official on-site bookseller at the annual TED conference in Vancouver.

Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of Black Bond Books.