Blackberry Books has been a family affair from the start. Our founder and Guiding Spirit is Lucy Stewart. Lucy may be retired, but she is just as busy as ever. After managing the store for many years Joseph and his wife Jocelyn have purchased Blackberry Books from Lucy and her husband Dale. Joseph is also the main buyer and public relations guy.
The rest of the Blackberries are Mary-Ann, the assistant manager, Jennifer, Caitlin and Graham.
After fifteen years of bookselling and store managing (with a two-year break for having her third child), the dream came true. Lucy's second husband, Dale, helped her to open Blackberry Books in the exciting new urban space called Granville Island. You might say this was her fourth child. Now that she is supposed to be taking life easier, she works out more and and takes bridge lessons. Joseph and Jocelyn let her babysit occasionally.
Twenty six years ago, Dale started singing in the choir of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver and he's still singing in the choir. Dale and Lucy play bridge as a team at least once a week.
When he's not working, Joseph loves reading history, fiction and travel writing; some of his favorite authors are Hunter S. Thompson, Martin Amis and Douglas Coupland.