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Pandemic opens new chapter of activity for local book store

Owner of Manticore Books will address, virtually, the February meeting of CFUW Orillia later this month
Michael Fredson, owner of Manticore Books, will be the guest speaker at this month's virtual CFUW Orillia meeting.

Has technology erased the desire to curl up with a good book - to just enjoy a story or to learn something new? Are libraries and book stores remnants of the past or are they enjoying a welcome resurgence as we move toward the future?

“Books, Books, Books, and Everything Related” will be the topic explored by CFUW Orillia members as they listen to and interact with Michael Fredson from Manticore Books at their monthly virtual meeting on Feb. 23.

Fredson is originally from Hamilton. He studied Science at the University of Guelph and worked there for 11 years, then moved to Orillia when his partner, Thamara, accepted a position at Lakehead University.

In 2013, they became the proud owners of Manticore Books on Mississaga Street and since that time have increased the visibility of this unique and independent book store, the largest north of Toronto.

Besides being involved in the book store, Fredson and his partner are “the parents to two busy, crazy, wonderful boys.”

Fredson firmly believes that books are a welcome respite from screen time and the modern hectic pace and the success of his business has proved that people still need and love books. It is certain that if anyone is looking for a particular book or one that piques their interest, it can be found at Manticore Books.

CFUW Orillia offers amazing social connections, life-long learning opportunities, a commitment to advocacy, new friendships, and is dedicated to promoting education. Currently, we are gathering online until such time that we can meet in person again.

Membership is offered to all women who believe in our goals and value lifelong learning. For more information, please refer to the website


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