Former Abbotsford bookstore owner publishes book of Jewish poetry – Abbotsford News

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A former local bookseller will be touring Canada this spring to promote his new book of poetry with a stop in Abbotsford.

Simon Constam owned and operated The Bookworks on Montrose Avenue for 13 years until 1990 before moving back east.

“I love the place,” Constam said. “I have incredibly wonderful memories.”

Brought Down is a book of Jewish poetry that Constam says has universal appeal and is open to people of other faiths.

“The book is basically about my daily struggles with God,” he explained. “There are a lot of Jewish terms, but there is a glossary at the end that explains them.”

Originally from Ontario, Constam moved to the Fraser Valley and worked for StarFM. He had a popular radio spot called “Simon Says” which explored various trivia. He produced over 300 episodes.

He opened his bookstore in Abbotsford with institutional sales in mind, primarily to the various prisons in the area.

“We had a strong reputation in the community,” recalls Constam. “We had Pierre Berton come to the bookstore once and 300 people lined up to get autographs for their books.”

Dates, times and locations for reading Constam’s book in Abbotsford will be released at a later date.

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