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GLOBOsapiens Used Bookstore owner Cathy Buttazoni doesn’t have a favourite book.

“Books touch you in different ways,” Buttazoni said.

Although, it’s fair to say she does have a favourite series. A shelf running the perimeter of the store near the ceiling features dozens of Arabian Nights books.

Photo by Katlyn Streilein GLOBOsapiens Used Bookstore (3096 Portage Ave.) sells 24-book advent bundles geared to different age groups and tastes.

“I just love the story,” she said. “I went to Tunisia. I actually went to the Arabian Nights museum.”
These books aren’t for sale, unlike the roughly 40,000 others in the 3096 Portage Ave. shop.

Buttazoni has assembled advent book bundles for kids as a seasonal offering. Each package contains 24 books, including image-heavy reads, first chapter books and assorted Christmas and non-Christmas themed titles. A local teacher recently dropped off a stack of French language books Buttazoni will be offering in her advent collection.  

In one day, the shopkeeper sold two of the kids bundles and three of the tween bundles. Bundles can be put on hold by calling the shop.

“Just for the tween books, it’s just a matter of finding out what they’re going to read,” she said.

Buttazoni will try to accommodate other kinds of book advent packages by request.

Linda Holatko dropped by the store on Nov. 23. Holatko was a GLOBOsapiens customer back before Buttazoni sold the shop in 2013, and after she returned in 2017 following a move to Norway. Prior to this location, Buttazoni had previously operated in Charleswood.

“She’s got great variety,” Holatko said. “She’s always got something I haven’t read before.”

GLOBOsapiens won the CommunityVotes Winnipeg 2021 platinum award for best bookstore.

At the end of her visit, the St. James resident approached the counter with an armful of books. Holatko picked out a murder mystery, an autobiography, a few romance novels “to pass the time,” and Northern Deception, a novel set in Churchill, Man., by Canadian author Laurie Wood.

“I like to read something local, as well, which she has prominently displayed,” Holatko said. “I enjoy coming here every few months.”

Buttazoni invites any local artists who design book-related crafts to get in touch. To add another touch of charm to her shop, Buttazoni wants to offer displays of jewelry or bookmarks.

Behind the counter, visitors can find the “Boss Lady Reads” section. Buttazoni invites customers to recommend her books each year for her birthday.

But there’s a catch.

She only accepts books that are people’s true, lifetime favourites — no fad books, nostalgia picks, or books associated with movies she’s seen. Buttazoni reads what she can, and any titles left over at the end of the year are placed in what she calls her senior retirement library.  

“It’s special,” Buttazoni said. “I had to read my first western. I had to read my first urban fantasy … It gets me outside my box.”

For more information on Buttazoni’s collection, including the book advent bundles, call 204-837-7034.

Katlyn Streilein

Katlyn Streilein
Community Journalist

Katlyn Streilein is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. She can be reached by phone at 204-697-7132 or by email at

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