Owners, Dave Worsley & Mandy Brouse

Owners, Dave Worsley & Mandy Brouse

Words Worth Books has been at the heart of vibrant Uptown Waterloo for almost 30 years.

Not only is the store a valuable resource for procuring hard-to-find, quality books and magazines of all descriptions, but it provides the region with a thriving cultural drop- in centre for arts and literature-related community events.

Words Worth Books considers itself a champion of the printed word—dedicated to stocking the best in new Canadian and international fiction from independent and literary presses, as well as a vast and carefully considered backlist of titles, including a top-notch Mystery section. As a proud and long-time member of the Waterloo community, we are committed to showcasing local interest publications. We coordinate with many local religious institutions to bring you the best religious literature from all faiths; our connection with the universities, the Perimeter Institute and CIGI ensure our commitment to stocking textbooks, science books, and international affairs books; we offer the best children’s books, carefully selected by our staff (several of whom have experience in childhood education); we offer our services in obtaining out-of-print and rare books; and we stock an exciting array of educational and book-related DVDs.

More than just a retailer of printed wares, Words Worth also serves the region in a cultural capacity through our many readings and outreach programs. Since the early 80s, Words Worth Books has hosted some of the most exciting authors to visit the region. Between our Spring and Fall Reading Series’, we offer at least 30 nationally recognized authors a year, catering to a wide variety of tastes and interests. We have created and maintain four thriving book clubs that are open to the community at large. We also host a variety of kids programmes in our beautifully-designed and inviting children’s nook, including the twice-monthly “Books & Babies” and monthly “Family Sunday” programmes. In addition to all of this, we offer our services as a ticket agent to various community event planners, and we use our in-store bulletin board and electronic newsletter to publicize community events. We are pleased to donate to hundreds of local charities and school programs, and to have staff on countless local committees and organizations.

Words Worth Books is a great bookstore—but it is also more than that. It is a vital part of the region’s cultural, social, and political community. We are proud to have had multiple generations of book lovers walk through our doors, and we look forward to greeting many more generations to come.

We’re deeply thankful to our loyal customers for recognizing the value of a place like Words Worth Books, and for making it possible for us to continue doing what we love.


David Worsley became co-owner of Words Worth Books in 2011, after managing the bookstore for 12 years. In 2006 he won the prestigious Hand-Selling Award from Haper Collins Canada. Dave is currently an editor at The New Quarterly and sits on their Wild Writers festival program committee and volunteered his time on CKWR FM Monday with the Arts for nine years He has also volunteered with the Ontario Arts Council in connection with block grant funding for independent publishers. At Words Worth Books he facilitates speaker and lecturer events with our corporate and non-profit community partners, which is among the many hats he wears at the store. He has also facilitated a men's only book club for four years and is an exceptional recommender of mystery and crime titles. David has over 25 years experience in the book industry.

Mandy Brouse became co-owner of Words Worth Books in 2011, after working for six years at the bookstore. In 2010, she received the Young Bookseller of the Year award from the Canadian Booksellers Association namely for her social media marketing achievements and her dedication to children and teen literacy. Mandy is also dedicated to local arts and culture in the Region and volunteers for The New Quarterly's Wild Writers festival program committee, is a Poetry Editor for The New Quarterly, and is a Board member for Neruda. She has also volunteered with the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council in connection with block grants for independent publishers. Mandy is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Culture, and is a Board member with the BIA, via the City of Waterloo.

Her past work has included volunteering with One Book One Community, Arts Awards Waterloo Region, and the Let’s Read Literary Committee.

In 2012 she went back to complete her Honours B.A. in English Literature at the University of Waterloo.

Our History:

  • 1984  -  Words Worth Books opens its doors in the heart of Uptown Waterloo under the ownership of Tricia Siemens and Chuck Erion. Over the next 25 years they build the store into the beloved cultural icon we know today.

  • 1999  -  David Worsley joins the team as store manager and begins sharing his opinions on books with a passion and vigour that results in a nationally- recognized handselling award (as well as increased book sales).

  • 2005  -  Mandy Brouse joins the team as publicity officer and revolutionizes the business through her savvy use of new media and social networking, earning her the first ever “Young Bookseller of the Year” award from the Canadian Booksellers Association.

  • 2011  -  Tricia Siemens and Chuck Erion retire, passing the torch of Words Worth Books’ mission of promoting the printed word to new owners David Worsley and Mandy Brouse.

  • 2012  -  With the help of many loyal and strong customers, Words Worth Books relocates to its present location at 96 King St South: two doors down from its previous location.


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