FROM THE EDI­TOR YVONNE KERR

The Dominion Post - Your Weekend (Dominion Post) - - Front Page -

“Should I lay down my iphone and re­pent, turn again to the halls of print and hold a book like a tal­is­man once more, a re­minder of how truths on pa­per have set me free: truths of the imag­i­na­tion, of sci­ence, of faith? Visit my lo­cal book­shop while it still re­mains and buy New Zealand made? Yes, I think so.”

If there was ever a call to duty, th­ese words by Kiwi writer and poet Jef­frey Hol­man are it. And to­day, NZ Book­shop Day, in its third year, is your chance to leap into ac­tion, tune out ex­tra­ne­ous noise (Hello Face­book! Hello In­sta­gram!), ex­tract that mo­bile de­vice from tightly clasped fin­gers, and track down your lo­cal book­store. Nielsen fig­ures show that book sales are on the rise. Community book­shops too, are stand­ing their ground; this year Unity Books in Welling­ton cel­e­brates 50 years; The Chil­dren’s Book­shop in Kil­birnie will turn 25; Pa­per Plus cel­e­brates 35 years; and re­mark­ably, on this very day, Hed­ley’s Book­sellers in Master­ton will mark its cen­te­nary.

Dozens of events are lined up na­tion­wide to lure you through book­ish doors, coax­ing you to re­mem­ber the piv­otal role La­dy­bird Books or Enid Bly­ton played as you crawled, tod­dled and fi­nally, walked; the pop-up cre­ations your par­ents leafed through at bed­time; the alien sounds read aloud, help­ing you form your first vowel, your first word, your first sen­tence. My 10-month-old is fas­ci­nated by books – frown­ing, con­cen­trat­ing, rais­ing his tiny eye­brows. He picks at the colours and shapes on each page as if to im­plore them to jump to life. That was all of us once. Page 8.

IT’S A GIRL!

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