October 9th is Love Your Bookshop Day in Australia. Now I’ve always been a sucker for a decent bookshop, preferably those that double as a Cafe. The quintessential aphrodisiac -books and good coffee.
Bookshops have been my lifeline throughout the pandemic. And we’re talking the small business in a local shopping centre where you still get personal service, that has storytelling sessions for the Little People during school holidays, that promotes local authors, runs a book club, donates a prize for the school fundraiser and might even hold the occasional Harry Potter Wizard Party.
So find yourself a local bookshop. Mine also has a craft club, gardening club and is committed to community. Picked up three copies of this little gem during the week (from Little Gnome @ Wynnum).
Preloved books continue to figure highly and I picked this beauty up for $1. Not only does it trace a young man’s efforts to locate a lost uncle during WW2 but the social commentary is fascinating.
Favourite read for September was After Story by Larissa Behrendt , a young indigenous writer. A daughter (lawyer) with a literary bent takes her First Nations mother on a tour of sites in the writings of famous English authors. European literature meets the power of First Nations oral storytelling.
Read a couple of absolute shockers and I’m a bit concerned about attending my next bookclub meeting. Is it acceptable to simply say that a book “sucked”?
Little Harry is getting a book for his 1st birthday as well as his next Errol Flynn DVD : The Sea Hawk.
October also means another Book Fest so of course I’m busily saving up my gold coins.
Yep, love your bookshop and remember “that the secret to a well-balanced life is a cuppa in one hand and a good book in the other.”