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The roots of Black Bond Books span three generations of book lovers and many miles to Brandon, Manitoba. The original store is depicted above in a wall mural painted by Rick Lee (Surrey, BC) from an original photo of the street.  
 
Madeline Neill assumed management of the store in the mid 1960's, and the company has never looked back. The name was derived from the combination of Celia Black and Catherine Bond, the great grandmothers of current President and daughter of Madeline, Cathy Jesson. 

 

Cathy joined Madeline in the running of the Brandon store, eventually taking over management in 1972 when Madeline moved to the BC coast. The first BC location was opened in White Rock that same year. Madeline eventually coaxed Cathy and her family to move to the coast in 1977 where Cathy opened their second location in Langley. Making it a true family operation, Madeline's other children, Vicky Plett and Michael Neill, joined the company in ensuing years. This allowed for further growth of the business with locations opening around the Lower Mainland.  

 

In May 2012, the original Book Warehouse location on Broadway and Ash was ready to close its doors permanently. Cathy and Mel felt this store was just too special to lose, and after looking at the business plans it was clear that Book Warehouse was a strong business with much customer support. With their daughter and third generation bookseller Caitlin Jesson at the helm, Book Warehouse was re-opened after only five days of renovation and is still going strong. With the success of the Broadway location, a second Book Warehouse store was opened at Main and King Edward. 

 

Black Bond Books celebrated its 50th year in 2013. From our small beginning in Brandon to our now 10 Lower Mainland locations, Black Bond booksellers enjoy sharing their favourites and putting the right book in your hands, either for yourself or a special gift. Our love of books is the kind that knows no bounds. 
 
Black Bond Books currently has over 100 book lovers on staff, some of whom have been with the company for over 30 years. Mel as Business Manager, Cathy shopping North America to find the best book values, and the help of their skilled staff has made Black Bond Books what it is today. For over 50 years we have grown as a proud independent Canadian bookseller offering fast personal order service with no added costs and outstanding customer service, whether in person or online. Let our staff of avid readers recommend something to lose yourself in! 

                                                              

 

Pictured left to right are Caitlin Jesson, Cathy Jesson, and Madeline Neill