River is reflective of our location and our ethos. Amherstburg is located right by the Detroit River and the vision we have of our shop is as a comforting but ever-changing entity.

Like a river that ever flows but changes and adapts to its environment so will River Bookshop be curated with ongoing help from you, our readers.

Books make readers’ lives better.

We believe that for a small town like Amherstburg to truly thrive it will help to have an independent bookshop.

Our River Bookshop wishes to make Amherstburg even better to live and visit by creating a shop that is grounded in our community but open to the world.

River Bookshop will be a community hub, a “Third Place” where people gather and will feel comfortable spending time.

There are four values that we will use to direct and operate our Bookshop.

They are all reflective our own personal values.


Taken together we believe that our River Bookshop values can have a huge impact on how our readers view their future, their potential and their opinions.

We believe that this discussion is important in a world bombarded with so much disquieting noise today.


We believe that reading can help educate.

Many people do not have the opportunity to travel the world to educate themselves fully so we will bring the world to you through books.


Books can bring joy, laughter, suspense .... and if you prefer a great horror story, they can even scare the Dickens out of you. (See what we did there?)


Books help our readers learn more, think more, create more, aspire for more, and be more.


With your ongoing help we will curate our store design, our titles and our activities so that they engage our authors, our readers, and our community.

Readers will show up for a sense of community. Our space is comfortable to make you feel at home.

“Let us remember that one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world”

                                                                                                                             Malala Yousafzai