Life­line’s first gi­ant book fair The printed book alive and well in the age of dig­i­tal

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Life­line’s pop­u­lar book fairs through­out the year have proven time and again that the printed book — con­trary to dire pre­dic­tions — con­tin­ues to thrive in an age where dig­i­tal con­tent rules.

ThThTh­ese Th­ese reg­u­lar com­mu­nity fundrais­ers held around north­ern Syd­ney— Syd­ney—by by Life­line Har­bour to Hawkes­bury ( (H2H) H2H) and run al­most en­tirely by ded­i­cated vol­un­teers to raise funds for vi­tal cri­sis sup­port and sui­cide pre­ven­tion ser­vices— ser­vices—are are renowned for the vast num­ber, range and qual­ity of books on of­fer. Ev­ery genre of fic­tion and non­fi­fic­tion nonfiction for young and old is rep­re­sented, and each event draws book lovers and se­ri­ous col­lec­tors from far and wide.

This year Life­line H2H is adding a new lo­ca­tion to its book fair cal­en­dar: Mac­quarie Uni­ver­sity. More than 50,000 books will be avail­able in over 50 gen­eral and spe­cial­ist cat­e­gories—in­clud­ing Art, Mil­i­tary, His­tory, Cook­ing, Com­mer­cial Fic­tion and Lit­er­a­ture. The col­lec­tion of books for young peo­ple — from ba­bies and chil­dren to late- late-teens teens — will be par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive in size and va­ri­ety, and is sure to draw many fam­i­lies and school stu­dents to this fan­tas­tic new venue.

In ad­di­tion an ex­tra­or­di­nary as­sort­ment of rare spe­cial edi­tions will be avail­able on a first- first-come­come­first-served ba­sis. Among the rare vol­umes to be snapped up are: Para­bles of the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge, a fas­ci­nat­ing il­lus­trated book show­ing the prepa­ra­tion and con­struc­tion of the city’s iconic land­mark; and Nor­man Lind­say Etch­ings, a com­pre­hen­sive cat­a­logue fea­tur­ing the artist’s unique work.

Whether you’re an ar­dent book buff or first-time fair vis­i­tor, you will de­light in brows­ing as well as bar­gain hunting amid the stag­ger­ing ar­ray of good-con­di­tion items (in­clud­ing CDs and DVDs) on of­fer at a frac­tion of re­tail price. Don’t miss this fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity event and the op­por­tu­nity to start on some early Christ­mas shop­ping and/or to stock up on your sum­mer read­ing. “Be­fore com­ing here I would never have dreamed of giv­ing pre-loved books as gifts, but I’ve just changed my mind” and “I can’t be­lieve the qual­ity and the amaz­ing prices”, are two com­ments we reg­u­larly hear from first-time vis­i­tors to our book fairs.

And re­mem­ber: ev­ery cent you spend will go to­wards Life­line Har­bour to Hawkes­bury’s suite of ser­vices, in­clud­ing the 24/7 tele­phone cri­sis hot­line 13 11 14, com­mu­nity aid, and group coun­selling for peo­ple strug­gling with gam­bling, hoard­ing, fi­nan­cial is­sues, sui­cide be­reave­ment and much more.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Life­line or the Mac­quarie Uni­ver­sity Book Fair, go to www.life­line­h2h.org.au

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