High fashion for Hedley’s Books
One of the country’s leading independent bookstores is turning 110, and it’s doing it in high fashion.
Hedley’s Booksellers, from Masterton, has teamed up with fashion designer Karen Walker to create a pop-up bookstore in Auckland.
Starting Saturday, the store will run out of Walker’s Newmarket shop. Alongside the shop’s normal fare it will sell 110 titles selected by both Walker and Hedley’s owner, David Hedley.
Hedley said he met Walker through his son Alex, who is also involved with the book industry.
‘‘We met up, and we found we had this joint passion for reading and printed books,’’ he said.
‘‘Despite the differences between us – she’s a city person, I’m a country boy – we found we had a lot in common in reading.’’
The books at the Newmarket store span a wide range of genres, and include literary classics, food, fashion and - a Hedley’s speciality - music.
One of the standouts, Hedley said, was 2017 Man Booker prize winner Lincoln in the Bardo.
’’It got us talking. Karen had heard an interview with the author on the radio, and I’d been reading it so we both really connected on it,’’ Hedley said.
‘‘It recently won the Man Booker, it’s one of those special books.’’
Hedley’s was founded in 1907 by William Hedley, David’s grandfather, and stocks a wide selection of both new and used books.
David Hedley said recent business in the book industry had been solid after a slump earlier in the decade.
‘‘The business in printed books has been pretty strong again, we’ve seen growth for the first time in about 10 years.’’