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Mostly Books celebrates 41st birthday

Adelaide bookshop Mostly Books will celebrate its 41st birthday with a free event on 8 November.

Situated in the inner-southern suburb of Torrens Park, Mostly Books was founded by Jacqueline Cookes in 1977 and purchased by current owner Charmaine Power in 2008.

Since taking the reigns, Power has stocked the shop with a wide range of books for diverse interests with a particular focus on literary fiction and children’s books, as well as prioritising Indigenous, LGBTQIA+ and feminist authors.

In regards to the bookstore’s milestone, Power said: ‘It is true that the book industry has undergone immense change over the past four decades, but we are glad that we have managed to adapt and grow in response to these challenges. Without our supportive community of readers we would not still be here, so we wanted to thank the many customers who are dedicated to shopping local.’

Mostly Books manager and buyer Annie Waters added: ‘We are living through a time of great uncertainty and I think books are more relevant than ever. People are looking for reliable commentary and assurances about the state of the world, or for an escape through fiction. I feel very lucky to work in a shop with the same values as me and relish the opportunity to start important conversations through literature.’ Earlier this year Waters was shortlisted for ABA Young Bookseller of the Year.

Local author and long-time customer Carol Lefevre will speak at the free event, which will also include ‘champagne, cake and discounts for loyal patrons’. Mostly Books will be raising money for Catherine House, which supports women experiencing homelessness.

For more information about the event, see the Facebook page.


Category: Local news