Bibliophiles may want to view the following scenes through their fingers, it’s the very worst of all horror scenes. In Hull, City of Culture, an author has stumbled across a skip full of books outside a closed down independent bookshop!
Author of Isolation Junction Jennifer Gilmour lives in the city and yesterday while walking home stumbled across these terrible scenes. Hardbacks, paperbacks and even some rare editions, all piled up, open to the elements in a skip in the city.
Gilmour wasn’t the only person peering in either, here are the images she snapped, and she’s now appealing for someone to save the books.
West Hull Books, an independent bookshop, closed a few months ago. It stood on the corner of Anlaby Road and Hawthorn Avenue in the west of the city and it’s outside this shop that the skip stands. So far the weather is dry, but unreliable at this time of year and there seems to be no firm plan on how to save the books.
The author has taken home some books from the skip, but the logistics of finding out who is responsible for them, transporting them, and finding a home for them seem impossible right now. However, if you do live in the Hull area, you may want to rescue a few homeless books yourself!
Jennifer Gilmour’s debut novel Isolation Junction (US – UK) was released last year and tells the story of a mother of two young children, an abusive husband, and a place she is trapped in she called Isolation Junction.
The VW truck transports crates of well loved books and is a welcome sight in and around Cincinnati. The bus doesn’t have a permanent location and is a welcome sight to students and families, offering pedestrians and market-goers a personal and intimate bookselling experience. Many of the books for sale Moore has read personally or purchased while travelling, giving buyers that personal experience as Moore has something to say about every book she sells.
New books are nice, but can be pretty expensive. This, together with other factors, means second hand volumes are a go-to option for many a voracious reader.
Various websites and outlets sell used – or pre-loved – books, often for bargain prices. But they may not have the specific title that you are looking for in mind. And, it can take a while to find what you are after. So, it pays to know about all the different ways to find secondhand books, and ways of honing in your search. Read More
The group stormed Politics and Prose bookstore last Saturday afternoon while a scheduled talk by Jonathan Metzl was taking place. The speaker is a professor of sociology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and has just released ‘Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland.’.
Although many of us may never get the opportunity to peruse the shelves of the impressive city bookstores or intimate independent stores around the world, Instagram is the next best thing.
Every good Reading Addict follows more bookish accounts on Instagram than anything else, and we are happy to add a few more to your feed.
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The support comes in the wake of a petition created by Waterstones employees which has received over 8,000 signatures thus far. It demands that Waterstones’ managing director, James Daunt, should see that booksellers are paid a wage of at least £9 an hour, or £10.55 for those in the Greater London area.