TORONTO — As marches and demonstrations take places across Canada and the U.S., book reviewers and storeowners are seeing an increased interest in books that explore anti-racism and the concept of white privilege.
Sean Liburd is one such owner. His Afrocentric bookshop in Brampton, Ont., has seen an overwhelming demand for books related to anti-racism and diversity.
A majority of the literature sold at Knowledge Bookstore, the shop he co-owns, is written by Black authors and discusses African history and culture.
“On Tuesday night, when I last checked at eight o’clock, over 1,300 Canadians had actually visited the website,” he told CTVNews.ca over the phone on Friday.
On Thursday night, Liburd shipped over 60 books – more than he would in an average week.
“We’re a small bookstore, so we don’t usually get this many orders.”