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Glad Day Books

Similar to the Little Sister's situation is the story of Glad Day Books in Ontario. Jearld Moldenhauer, former owner of the Toronto gay and lesbian bookstore, has received more than 400 seizure notices since 1985. Although Moldenhauer has launched several successful lawsuits against the government, the censorship practice continues. For example, in August of 1994 a shipment of Samuel R. Delaney's The Madman bound for Glad Day Books was stopped at the Hamilton Airport and sent to Ottawa for inspection. As has been the case with many of the titles seized en route to Little Sister's, several Canadian bookstores already stocked Delaney's novel. Delaney has been awarded three Nebulas and a Hugo for his literary work.

These and other seizures of imported books of gay and lesbian erotic literature have had an impact on the distribution of literature in Canada. Canadian bookstores are becoming more reluctant to order shipments of sexually explicit gay and lesbian literature. Bookstore owners must pay for stock they are unable to sell (while it languishes in a government warehouse awaiting a final decision on its suitability for the Canadian book-buying public). If the books/periodicals are deemed unsuitable for sale in Canada, booksellers must hope that the stock is returned to its distribution point, rather than destroyed. Some American distributors are becoming wary of Canadian orders. In fact, Golden-Lee Book Distributors Inc of Massachusetts no longer handles Canadian orders, claiming the costs of doing business with Canadian bookstores are just too high.

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