Patrick McGahern Books

images“I’m never going into the book business,” a young Liam McGahern insisted to his father Patrick on one of many book-scouting sessions disguised as family vacations. What a liar that Liam proved to be. Not only is he now running the Ottawa rare book store that his father started in 1969, his doing so has established one of the first book store “dynasties” in Canada; at least according to David Mason, a noted Toronto rare book seller. The small store is a destination for business travellers and Ottawa residents alike. The visitors are those who have purchased from a Patrick McGahern catalogue, and are eager to experience the tall stacks of printed treasures in person.

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