Kestrel Books

About Our Business

In 1985, Ron Fryer first opened the doors of Kestrel Books to the Vancouver public. At the time there were many bookstores around the city (far more than there are today) but reading and book collecting had always been a passion for Ron. For years he had been dutifully packing his tiny townhouse with stacks of books in preparation to open his own shop. As he so eloquently put it, “My wife was patient but I know that she wanted our kitchen table back; every time you turned around, books were everywhere… piled to the ceiling.”

Setting up shop on Broadway, 1985. Believe it or not, all those shelves you see in the photos are still in use in our shop today!

When the original shop on Broadway was damaged by a fire, the business relocated to Cambie street at 16th. Construction of the Canada Line on the Cambie Street corridor in 2006 forced another move across the city to where Kestrel Books currently stands at 3642 West 4th Ave, happily nestled among the tree-lined streets of Kitsilano. The shop is located just west of Banyen Books near Alma Street and Jericho Beach.

Kestrel Books were proudly awarded the Silver Award for ‘Best Used Bookstore in Vancouver’ in the 2010 Westender Newspaper’s ‘Best of the City” awards.

Now well into our third decade as a knowledgeable & reliable dealer of vintage books, we carry rare, fine, out of print & antiquarian books, as well as general inventory. Follow us on INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK to get first glimpses at new & exceptional additions to our ever-growing library. 

Expect Queen Ruby our bookstore ambassador to greet you as you enter; she is very affectionate, so bring the kids along to say hello.

From Archie Comics to Medieval Manuscripts, there is a collecting field for any budget and any age; if you want to expand your mind (and your bookshelf) visit us today.