There will be books, books and more books—a veritable cornucopia of books—at Toronto’s Word on the Street this coming Sunday, September 25th. Buy a book; give a book; read a book! And as you browse your way through the bountiful tables do drop by Inanna Publications – booth 328. I will be there from 12: 00 to 13:00 hours engaged in two of my favourite activities: buying and selling books!
Bonnie Lendrum is the author of Autumn’s Grace, the story of how one family manages the experience of palliative care with hope and humor despite sibling conflicts, generational pulls and career demands.
Back in the 1950’s one of my Canadian heroes, Mel Hurtig, was an Indie bookstore owner and publisher. In his Edmonton stores, authors could stage plays, perform readings and drink coffee with patrons. How cool was that?
This lucky author will be reading at one of these locations (10702 Jasper Avenue) on Sunday June 5th at 2:00. The bookstore is now named Audreys Books Ltd. It’s owned by two invincible spirits, Steve and Sharon Budnarchuk, who have made this author from the east feel quite welcome in the west.
Please tell friends and family to drop by on Sunday afternoon to say “Hello!” and to support these Indie Booksellers.
I’m delighted to be supporting Authors for Indies on Saturday May 2nd, 2015. Independent bookstores have always pleased my senses and filled me with hope. There’s that slightly earthy smell of ink, paper, and glue when one first opens the door. I usually pause, take a breath, and then register the quiet. Only then do I take in the lively colours and graphics that distinguish one book from another. It’s later, as I pick up items of interest, that I register the embossing of paper covers and the feathery edges of first editions.
But it’s the quiet that I welcome. It gives me the mental space to wander and explore the stacks with no sense of hurry. Conversation, if it’s happening, is usually subdued. The upshot is that I concentrate on the moment and allow myself to be absorbed by possibility… by the titles that may extend the boundaries of my knowledge and experience.
That’s where the hope lies. Each new book fills me with the expectation of accomplishing some new thing. Appreciation. Understanding. Skill. Seldom have I been disappointed. There is always something to learn.
Lately, I have been purchasing books for young nephews, nieces and god-children. I can count on the staff in independent stores to guide me toward authors whom I have not yet encountered… authors who will excite young imaginations and extend their boundaries. I have come to realize that this process of reading-learning-discussing is a cycle, a tradition to be handed on, and that too fills me with hope.
On Saturday May 2nd, please plan to visit your local independent bookstore to let the proprietor know how much you appreciate the contribution the store makes to literary life in the community. I will be at one of my favorites, Bryan Prince Bookseller between 12:00-2:00 and look forward to discussing books with you.