This is me on the way to the book safari.
It’s cold outside so I am dressing up warmly.
Going to library, Macleod’s, Kingsway book store and some other random bookstore.
Stopped in to fuel up before heading out. Just grabbing some coffee for now but after I finish at Macleod’s, I’ll grab some juice and more coffee. I’m doing a quick second hand bookstore search before I head out so that I have a rough plan of attack.
The two books that I’m hoping to get today are Dante and the Sword of Shanara. There will likely be a few more books purchased before the day is out.
One of the things to always remember when going used book shopping is to bring cash and bring a bag. Some used bookstores still operate on a cash only system and some bookstores either give you used bags or bags that can’t support the weight of your purchase. So it’s best to come prepared!
I arrive at Macleod’s and head straight for the classics where I last saw a copy of Dante’s combined copy of inferno, purgatory and paradise. Unfortunately, when you wait for two or three years, you may not find that same book on the shelf. Alas Dante, the specific book I was looking for, was no where to be found. They were also sold out of Terry Brooks. However I was able to find this:
I would like to leave Macleod’s with at least one book so here I go.
I was referred to Albion books just up the street, so I figure that I’ll just pop in there quick before I go.
Going into Albion I am immediately confronted by two Sanskrit English Dictionaries and the only reason why I don’t buy them both right away is that I’m not sure if I already own them or not. After searching around and not finding the books I wanted, the bookstore owner, a patron and I gave a brief nod to the downfall of the used bookstore. The other patron and I reaffirmed to the owner how much his store, and stores like his means to us and why we can’t replace shopping in person for a good book.
The owner then regaled us with a tale of marginalisation, the act of writing in the margins of books. Where one of his customers was given a Lewis Carrol book for a special occasion by her boyfriend when they later broke up, she scrawled all sorts of things in the margin and then sold it to the bookstore owner who, not knowing what had happened, put it directly out on the shelves in the kids’ section. He found out that she had written about his inadequacies as a lover. The bookstore owner promptly removed the book.
After we all share a laugh, I make an impulse purchase of an Alfred Hitchcock paperback. Then I head back out, grab myself a cup of tea and get into the car so I can drive out to Wayfarer Books.
I head out to Wayfarer Books. I don’t normally head over to the North shore so I am a bit spellbound by Lionsgate Bridge and quickly enjoy the view as I leave Stanley Park and head over to North Vancouver.
I am using Google Maps to direct me because I have no direction sense. But even so, I soon realise that Wayfarer Books is no longer there.
Desperate to find another bookstore I plug in a general used bookstore search into Google Maps. I am rewarded. A mere three blocks away from my current location, there is another bookstore, Booklovers.
I enter the bookstore and begin to look around. By this point I’ve given up on finding any of the books that I am looking for, but then the owner approaches.
She is friendly and leads me to the section where the authour that I am looking for is. I not only find the book that I am looking for, I find the. Whole series! (Plus a few extra books of course!)
After getting all of the books I wanted….well what I could afford for the day, I headed home.
Here is my haul from the book safari for January 2016.
Stay tuned to this blog for more of these jaunts throughout the year!