The Montreal literary landmark, The Word Bookstore, turned 40 yesterday! The Word, located in the heart of the Mcgill ghetto at 469 Milton is a self-described “independent second hand bookstore.”

Founded in 1975 by McGill grads, Adrian and Luci King-Edwards, The Word hasn’t lost any of its charm from 1975 as the store has retained a similar decor for its 40 years in business. Don’t let that fool you, however, Adrian King-Edwards is known for his store’s neatness and the “tight ship” that he maintains at The Word.

According to The Montreal Gazette, before being a bookstore, 469 Milton was the location of a laundry. During their first few months in business, Adrian and Luci kept getting customers mistaking their bookstore for a laundry. Even though Adrian and Luci divorced in 2010, The Word will remain a family business. One of Adrian and Luci’s twin sons, Brendan, who grew up at the store and who is now 34, is the next in line to take over operations of The Word. We look forward to seeing what Brendan does with the place and we are looking forward to 50 years in business!

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Featured image courtesy of The Word