Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Rare Books Benefit Common Disease
The historic town hall will be transformed into an old world library-cum-bookstore as leading Australian and international booksellers share their wares - and knowledge - with members of the public.
Gathered together will be all things collectable - from first editions and fine bindings to vintage comics and cricket fiction. In fact, there are even collectable books about book collecting!
"You can collect almost anything," explained Book Fair coordinator and Melbourne antiquarian bookseller, Kay Craddock.
"Books are absolutely fascinating and you never know when you will stumble upon the next prize find. Book collections can grow in value and book collecting is a great hobby," she said. "Rare books also make an inspired gift and, at the end of the day, they really do furnish a room."
"This year, the Book Fair is paying tribute to Margaret Woodhouse, a founding member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers who died from an asthma attack in 1990," Kay Craddock explained. "Margaret was a wonderful bookseller and a mainstay of the Association in its early days."
"There is no cure for asthma, but asthma deaths are preventable - we just need to continue to take it seriously," Kristine Whorlow said.
History of collecting archives and books
A list of the top 10 myths for book collecting
Monday, March 9, 2009
Another used book shop goes down
An LA Observed reader who works at Cal State Long Beach stopped by Wilshire Books in Santa Monica and found the store cleared out. "Quietly closed at the end of December," he writes. The store had been there since at least the 1970s, and I found one website that proclaimed, "The world's best bookstore is Wilshire Books, on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, California. It is small and perfect in every way in which a bookstore ought to be perfect. Prices are fair, never more than accurate reflections of the market; frequently bargains." The review is so enthusiastic, let's hear more:
Its shelves are fastidiously maintained in strict alphabetical order (something ordinarily unheard-of among used bookstores, most of which are dusty if not actually dirty, and whose stocks are rarely in any order at all). It's a small room. If you go there in search of a particular title, you may be disappointed; but if you go looking for interesting books, you'll find plenty. The proprietor, Mr Lee Peffer, exercises his taste and discernment in purchasing stock: it's varied and lively. I get the feeling that I'm in a private library, except that everything's for sale!The phone has been disconnected.
This article from www.laobserved.com
The Joy of Books
Ever since I can remember, I've had books. As a child, my mother would always buy me a Little Golden Book each week at the grocery store. I suppose that is where my love of reading and books begin. She also always read to me and let me follow along with her at a young age. It's never to early to start a child's education and development. If one is taught at a young age to read and enjoy books, then they are less likely to feel intimidated when they start school.
There are books out there for everyone. Libraries and bookstores can be the most exciting places. Fantastic adventures await that are only limited by the imagination. When I pick up a book and start reading, I become immersed in a world not my own. Everything else seems to just melt away and I'm there...flying on a dragon's back, hunting vampires, or travelling in an uncharted land with kings, queens, and castles.
There a many authors to choose from based on the genre of interest. My personal recommendations include: the late Arthur C. Clarke who was a master of Science Fiction, Deborah Chester for Fantasy and Anne Rice for Horror/Vampires.
While fiction takes you to magnificent places, nonfiction teaches us all about a myriad of subjects. The possibitlies of things to learn about are endless. Want to fix a car, take up a craft, or peak into history? It's only a book away.
Many will think it pointless to promote reading in an age where it's much quicker and easier to watch a movie. And I do love movies, but books are a completely different type of recreation. Generally I feel much more connected to the characters in the novels I read. Advocate reading where you can, encourage young and older people alike. It only takes a moment to get a library card and it's totally free. It always amazes me at the number of people who have never even really read a book by choice. School's forced literature is a put off for many, but when you choose to read what you enjoy, it's completely different. I believe that anyone can benefit from the unique experiences a book can bring.