Friday, September 19, 2008

Alberta's Literary Industry Mourns the Loss of Barbara Mousseau

Former owner of Volume II Bookstore in Edmonton, Barbara Mousseau, has died. Barbara bought Volume II in the '80s and ran the store for 15 years until she retired in 1995, but she continued to work there part-time until her death.

“Barb was just a great lady … a classy, classy woman, and a wonderful, great bibliophile,” says Gail Greenwood of Edmonton's Greenwood’s Bookshoppe. And Sally Maulucci, western trade representative for Oxford University Press Canada, says that Mousseau “was always a joy to call on as a customer in Alberta…. I do think that Barbara was one of the great booksellers.”

Alberta's publishing industry will certainly miss such an outstanding supporter of the literary arts scene in this province.

Our thoughts are with Barbara's family and friends.