Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Founder of Iconic Victoria Book Store Munro's Books Dies

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Founder of Iconic Victoria Book Store Munro's Books Dies

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Founder of iconic Victoria book store dies

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VICTORIA - The man behind a beloved bookstore in downtown Victoria has died.

James Munro, the founder of Munro's Books, died at his home in Victoria on Monday.

He was 87 years old.

The store's managing partner, Jessica Walker, says Munro's death was sudden and surprising, but he didn't suffer and was surrounded by family members.

Munro opened the book shop in 1963 with his ex-wife Alice Munro, and Munro's Books switched locations several times before settling into a former bank on Government Street.

James Munro retired in 2014 and gave the store to Walker and three other longtime employees.

A statement on the shop's website says Munro delighted in discovering new books and promising writers, and his importance in the literary culture was recognized in 2014, when he was named to the Order of Canada. …

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