The Book Man

Chilliwack: 604.792.4595Abbotsford: 604.853.7323
Open 364 days a year. Hours: 9:30-5:30 & Stat Holidays 10:00-5:00

Meet Our Cats

Cat Culture

bookstore cats
Our furry friends can't wait to meet you!

We are pleased to introduce you to our two bookstore cats Gatsby and Beatrix, who are sweet and affectionate. All our cats take pride in providing love to visitors at both of our store locations.

Agatha: Store Cat, Abbotsford Branch

Gatsby, our resident bookstore cat of thirteen years, retired in December of 2022 to the comfort of our Store Manager Jessica’s house.  His ‘big paws’ were filled by Agatha, who has swiftly proven to be an absolute gem of a bookstore kitty!  

Agatha is so sweet, and takes her job very seriously; napping on her cat tree, wandering the aisles, harassing people for pets, and getting the zoomies here and there.  She’s so soft, sweet and lovely, and we feel very lucky to have her paw-some purr-sonality gracing our aisles!

Steinbeck: Store Cat, Chilliwack Branch

Steinbeck joined us in 2022!  This big, orange, floofy furball was one of our foster cats, and The Book Man himself demanded that he become part of our permanent bookstore family!  We officially adopted him, and he has been settling in comfortably ever since.  You’ll find him napping smack dab in the middle of the aisle, chasing treats, playing with our visiting foster cats (and stealing their food, of course) and climbing up on top of shelves to fall fast asleep with his tail hanging over the edge.


FOSTER CATS - Come and meet our adoptable cats!

We have partnered with five rescue agencies to bring you an ever changing variety of adoptable cats!  We have a “Cat Window” at the front of our store where you’ll find one/two cats in the evenings, who wander the aisles during the day in search of their furr-ever homes!

To date we’ve successfully found homes for dozens of cats.  Our partner rescue agencies work hard to find us friendly kitties who can handle the social aspects of the bookstore.  It’s the purr-fect opportunity for anyone looking for a feline family member to come down and meet some prospective kitties – or – just come and give them a pat and say hello, that’s totally okay, too!

Adoptable cats are featured on a sandwich board outside of the bookstore, and wear special “Adopt Me” collars so that you can easily find them!

Our partners are:

Forever Homes Cat Rescue
ABC Cat Rescue
Safe Haven Animal Shelter
Abby Cat Daddy
Ena’s Community Cats

With 6,600 square feet of books between
two convenient locations,

We're Sure to Have
What You're After.