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Wednesday, July 22, 2009


OK, it had to happen sooner or later I'd NEED to talk about books. Today I'll be putting together a collection for display and sale at Erie Beach reunion. I so appreciate the local folk who take my big, disparate collection and put them out and talk about them to the reunion clients.

I recall my early days as a "bookie" of going to reunions or conferences or whatever and poring over the Herald House display and deciding which one or two books I could actually buy.

I also recall, over the years, hearing people speak about the stack of books they already had but hadn't had time to read yet. That just amazed me! To own a book and not immediately sit down and read it right through! Astounding!

But now I have come to realize that not everyone is the kind of book-lover I am. Not everyone needs to know what is to be known--or at least, not via the pages of a book. (I acknowledge there are other sources.) And I even have a small stack that I have yet to find the time to read.

But it is great to have a chance to find them, skim some, deeply delve into others, and then to talk with my favourites with other bookies, to recommend the perfect book to someone who's searching. Maybe I might be able to infect someone new to the world of books. It will be fun to be there are Erie Beach myself. If you're around, do come over and we'll talk books!


  1. I find it curious that books seem to be standing the test of time and modern change so well. There are downloadable electronic versions of books for your IPod or devices such as Kindle, etc. but books continue to be published and read, mostly in their old paper form. I have heard of publishers cutting back on the number of books they publish, but over all, books seem to go on rather far. A bookstore continues to be a place of quiet delight; an oasis one can occasionally steal away to in the midst of the busyness of life.

    Books have been a great blessing to me and my family. For twenty-three years I made my living selling books, primarily children's books and literature. What a joy!

    Some day, I suspect, the world may get to the point where books printed on paper are a curiosity item found in museums or attics, but happily, (in most respects), that does not now appear likely in the immediate future.

  2. I will take a bound book any day over electronic, there is something so soul satisfying about opening, touching and reading a book printed on paper, from a fellow bookie, so many books remain to be read....I am hooked on the printed page and hope the powers that be never do away with them.


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