Love your Bookshop Day

‘What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.’

― Neil Gaiman

In an age of Internet sales a humble bookshop could seem archaic. In a march to digitise and automate, something so small as a bookshop could be considered an afterthought. Yet, those of us who frequent shelves and bookstalls, who know of other lives and worlds and realms within pages, we know a bookshop is more. It is the soul of a place, wherever that place may be, and the heart of a community.

This Saturday 12 August marks Love your Bookshop Day, an occasion that invites anyone to celebrate his or her local bookshop, with events and programs throughout Australia. Drop into your local this Saturday to support and celebrate what makes your bookshop special.

A taste of the events happening around Adelaide:

  • Booked at North Adelaide has a giant book raffle (drawn at 4 pm)
  • Dillons Norwood Bookshop has book readings (2 pm), face-painting and giveaways
  • Imprints Booksellers on Hindley Street has countless of activities and prizes
  • Matilda Bookshop in Stirling has book-buying advice from authors, an illustrator in residence and a competition for a stack of books
  • Mostly Books in Mitcham will be championing a young writers group along with raffles and more

And of course we are open with our Mile End store, 1 – 5 pm. All books are 3 for 2 (cheapest book free) with a free cat or dog book bag if you spend over $75. We have an I Love My Dog and My Dog Loves Me book giveaway as well.

Links! Book Market! AUTHORS!

Okay kids, it’s time for some links and some fun.

First up, we have 10 Words Every Writer Needs to Know, including the very awesome scripturient, to describe someone with a passion for writing. I’m going to be including all of these in emails to our authors from now on!

Secondly, we have a collection of images showing writers with their typewriters. From the very beautiful Sylvia Plath doing a spot of typing outside in the sun, to Nabokov dictating to his wife Vera, all of these are very cool – and offer a little glimpse into the writing habits of some of the greats.

Thirdly, do you know how to use the term Orwellian? The Guardian (who else?) is here to help, with a long discussion of the use and misuse of the word. Conclusion? It would appear that pretty much everything is Orwellian.

Now, we’ve got the book market this weekend, with 3 books for the price of 2, the sausage sizzle, author signings, and the perfect opportunity to snoop around our (lovely) new office. You’re all coming, right? And then we can wander down to the Wheaty for a beer after!

Oh, and you guys are probably wondering which authors are coming along. Numbers aren’t final yet, but so far we’ve got:
On Saturday Paul Heywood-Smith, Mike Lucas, Cameron Raynes, Miriel Lenore, Barbara Santich, Alex Frayne, Mary Lou Simpson, Ray Tyndale, Diana Chessell, Stephanie RadokValerie Volk and Peter Monteath.
And on Sunday Margaret Merrilees, Wilf PrestMeg HaleLydia Laube, Patricia Sumerling, John Raftery, Janet Raftery, Mike Ladd and Ashley Mallett.

Phew! Let’s Billie Holiday this week into gear: