One of the themes of the pandemic has been a re-examination of our consumer priorities, and nowhere has Vancouver made its vote for a new world order clearer than in the good ol’ fashioned book. With Indigo closed to in-store shopping and Amazon being a tougher and tougher choice to feel good about, into the vacuum came the little guys: Pulpfiction, Massy, the Paper Hound, MacLeod’s. All offer some form of delivery (some by bike), curation and—maybe most importantly—interaction. We should have known that these scrappy survivors would be best equipped to rise to the challenge of keeping our city literate and connected at the time we needed it most.