Happenstance Books

A Million Words, At Your Service

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One of our city's most storied bookstores.

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New and Used Books

New books daily; buying books always.


Don't know what to read yet? That's why we're here.

Beyond the book

Art, photography, and much more within our four walls.

Owned by readers.

A bookstore owned by people who read (and love that you read too).

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In books since we were in diapers.

Happenstance owners Gustav Moore and Karla Fleck started Happenstance in 1978, in their garage. From there... it's a story.
They've spent decades parlaying their love of the written word into their own small paradise, making reading not only their passion, but yours.
"Gustav can find anything -- and I mean, anything. Sure, I could order my books online, and even save a dollar or two. But how does that compare to the pleasures of browsing, holding, and discussing books in a shop like this one?"
– Hollis Arnold, customer since 1978

Get in touch!

 Drop by 55 Sample Street, Kingston, Ontario, K1K 1A1

 Email us at happenstancebooks@gmail.com

 Call us at 613-555-1234

Monday-Wednesday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday-Friday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday Closed