Located in the heart of historic downtown Ottawa, Prairie Fox Books is a fiercely independent store selling a remarkable selection of literature. Spanning nearly any genre you could think of – thrillers, mysteries, general fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and a sprawling middle grade and young adult novel department – this cozy store has it all. Prairie Fox also features a small picture book selection, carefully curated to not overlap with the options offered at the neighboring educational store, Rock Paper Scissors.
You’ll also find that the store stocks a wide variety of book-related merchandise, such as apparel featuring the covers of classic novels, literary-themed socks, stationery, cards, magnets and other assorted gifts and collectibles.
Prairie Fox Books’ historic brick building normally would play host to a variety of exciting author events and literary-themed parties throughout the year, but COVID-19 has waylaid plans for many of those gatherings. In an effort to support local authors and bring literature events back to a community of voracious readers, Prairie Fox has created the inaugural Outdoor Literary Festival in nearby Washington Square Park. The beautifully manicured downtown park, which hosted the first of the famed Lincoln-Douglas debates, is a perfect open-air event space.