Hello dear friends
Don’t you just love a ‘Cosy Corner’ in a Bookshop where you can get comfortable and check out the book you may want to buy? I do. It brings back some good memories of past times.
You see, I have just found out that Saturday was Celebrate National Bookshop Day and I couldn’t wait to put something in writing about it. This annual event is a celebration of Australian bookshops and a recognition of the role bookshops play in local communities.
There is something about bookshops that I love. As long as I can remember I have loved both libraries and bookshops … anywhere in fact that houses books. I should have known way back when I was a child, that I should be doing something associated with books. Guess what? It has only taken me almost sixty years to make this dream come true!
What took me so long folks?
Perhaps I felt I had to have a ‘real job’ and that reading and writing and anything else to do with books did not constitute a money-making proposition. But I never thought about occupations in a library or in the publishing industry. It never once crossed my mind.
But now that I have retired from all that ‘real work’ I have the satisfaction of pursuing my real love: BOOKS … and WRITING of course.
Last week one part of my dream came true when I finished my Diploma of Publishing, Proofreading and Editing. I have now had some work as an editor and more is coming along in dribs and drabs. What a journey it has been! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would arrive at this place.
Dear friends, if I can’t own a Bookshop, the next best thing is to work with anything to do with books. So yes, I want to celebrate National Bookshop Day today … a bit late … but better later than never.
In fact, what got me started on this topic was an article I read about Bookshops on the Starts at Sixty website which informed me it was National Bookshop Day. If you want to read all about celebrating books go to this link; it’s a great read: www.startsatsixty.com.au/entertainment/books-entertainment/celebrating-bookshops-do-you-have-a-favourite
Vivienne Beddoe who wrote the article poses some good questions:
- Have you a favourite bookshop?
- What, in your opinion, makes a good bookshop?
- Are bookshops going to be a thing of the past, fond memories of old folks?
Great questions Vivienne! Methinks they deserve some answers so here goes:
1. Have you a favourite bookshop?
Firstly I do have a favourite bookshop albeit a new one that I discovered recently. You may remember me writing about The Clarence Corner Bookshop and Cafe which I found when i happened to be in an inner city area. I never expected to find such an amazing Bookshop so full of second-hand books that I could spend a whole day there. I find myself pining to go back again very shortly and I will stay much longer next time.
2. What, in your opinion, makes a good bookshop?
A good bookshop for me, must have a ‘Cosy Corner’ where you can sit in a comfortable armchair and have a good look at a book you may want to buy. It doesn’t have to serve coffee although I think that adding coffee would be an enticement I could barely refuse folks!
Now here is an interesting thing. Down the end of my street is a second-hand shop which belongs to a charity: The Salvation Army. This shop sells all manner of things, but it has an amazing range of books. However, the best thing about it is this: they have a COSY CORNER! I sat there recently in a beautiful big Armchair tucked away in a private area (complete with a lovely lamp) to have a look at a recipe book and take some time out.
All I need now is a coffee, I thought to myself that day. When I went back a couple of weeks later, I was delighted that they now had added an area for coffee! They must have read my mind … and I promptly told them so.
This is a great place for me to escape to on Monday afternoons when I’ve finished my big housecleaning for the day and I feel the need to get out for half an hour. Now, I have THE perfect place to escape to … complete with coffee; my two favourite things.
3. Are bookshops going to be a thing of the past, fond memories of old folks?
Oh, I do hope that Bookshops never become a thing of the past; not in MY lifetime anyway. While I know that bookshops are closing everywhere and we cannot escape a changing world, I do hope some specialty shops will always remain. I cannot imagine a world where books cease to be printed! No. I CANNOT and WILL NOT imagine it folks. In fact, I know a lot of young people who love books in exactly the same way as I did as a child.
So dear friends the hope that books and bookshops will continue, remains ever with me …
And so, I believe that we MUST celebrate Bookshop Day every year! We must make sure that Bookshops remain and do our bit – whatever that may be – to help them continue on for a long time to come.