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6 Forrest Walk, Subiaco 6008
6 Forrest Walk, Subiaco 6008
08 9388 1728
HOBBY IS READING
Local blogger Nathan Hobby, who writes for The Annotations of N.D. Hobby, takes time out
from his own writing to share with us what he’s reading right now.
“I recently finished Gabrielle Carey’s Moving Among Strangers, a fascinating memoir about
the secrets in her family, which she begins to unearth after writing to an old family friend, the
Western Australian writer Randolph Stow, just before he died. It serves as an entree to
the long-awaited biography of Stow, which a biographer is still working on, but gives us
glimpses of the great writer, who lived and wrote in his own authentic way.”
Anything second-hand always comes with a story,
and that works double in the case of antique books.
Ilonka McGill, the owner of Serendipity Books in
West Leederville, is no stranger to a good tale,
opening the shop with her late husband as a matter
of necessity. “We collected books at home,” says
Ilonka. “We had piles and piles of them, and
we were running out of room. We put an ad in
the paper to sell some, and it went from there.”
Opening the shop in 1974, Ilonka says that some
of that stock still remains. “We stock rare books,”
she says. “We get a lot of people searching for
information on their families. They come in and say,
‘I’ve been looking everywhere for this book,’ and
it’s nice to be able to help them find it.” Family
history is a theme at Serendipity, with Ilonka’s son
David set to take over the shop when she retires. “It’s
important to know about the books in order to sell
them,” says Ilonka. “You need to know their histories,
their value. It can’t just be anyone.” 256 Railway
Parade, West Leederville.
For the lovers
BOOKLOVE | Does your blood curdle when you see
the words ‘I don’t read’ on a prospective date’s online
profile? Ours too. Beaufort Street Books has come up
with a solution by way of the cutest idea we’ve heard...
ever! BookLove is a bi-monthly night of speed dating for
book nerds – wax lyrical on your three favourite books
with a rotation of partners, and you might walk away
with the Rosalind to your Orlando, or the Heathcliff to
your Cathy. (Note: if you’re an Anastasia looking for her
Christian, we recommend another night entirely, you
sordid thing). 567 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley.
BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK | Gone are the hours spent
agonising over what to buy at bookshops, reading
a zillion blurbs, scrutinising a million covers, and
wandering the aisles in indecisive anguish. Elizabeth’s
Bookshop in Subiaco has the perfect solution: a shelf
lined with books wrapped in butcher paper, scrawled with
a few clues to each book’s contents. They call it a ‘blind
date with a book’. We call it genius. No more judging
a book by its cover... 29 Rokeby Road, Subiaco.
Fast facts about our State Library.
• It contains 3849m of private archives, 15,800 hours of
oral histories, and about 35km of books and journals.
• It has an extensive genealogy section, with volunteers
from the Western Australian Genealogical Society
available to help you search your family history.
• Home to over 50,000 music scores, it is one of the
largest public music-lending libraries in Australia.
• The library works to promote children’s reading,
with The Place for 0-12 years, and Better Beginnings,
a literacy program aimed at young people.
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