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Mother Tongue’s last lick

Tonight, July 20, will be Ottawa bookstore Mother Tongue’s last event before the shop closes forever tomorrow.

As Xtra reported last month, the feminist touchstone’s owners chose to close the business due to financial reasons after 18 years of operation.

"We’re no longer making a living,” co-owner Evelyn Huer told Xtra last month. “It’s been increasingly difficult to be sustainable and also to keep the spark there for us."

Mother Tongue’s demise is not an isolated incident, as many independent bookstores are losing business to big-box retailers and the advent of the Kindle. 

Tonight’s closing event will feature a reading by author Shari Graydon, a performance by Renee Noxon and other special guests. 

Come out to help close the store and assist Mother Tongue in leaving a lasting legacy. 

Mother Tongue Books

1067 Bank St 

Closing party, Fri, July 20, 7pm 

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