Saturday, August 13, 2011

It's not only "books"

If you thought that Rainy Day Books ONLY sold books, then expand your thoughts because this little bookshop is always well worth a visit.

You'll be pleasantly surprised at what is in this wonderful bookshop.

Firstly let's start with some "old and preloved" knitting books.   (Yes, knitting is popular at all times, and many of the older pattern books are quickly sold and even become part of "personal collections").  The following selection are Patons Knitting Books from around the late 1940s and 1950s.

© Rosemary (a regular visitor to Rainy Day Books)


Thursday, August 4, 2011

New Window Display

This week's window display highlights the beauty of ferns, palms, mosses and .....   With a small selection of books on the subject, the window is looking particularly lovely.   Have a look at the Pages - Window Displays to see some more photos.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mountains of Books!

Used, rare & out-of-print book fair
Ferny Creek in the Yarra Ranges

Melbourne Cup Weekend – October 29 & 30, 2011

Mountains of Books, the annual bookfest organised by second-hand and specialist booksellers from the Yarra Ranges and beyond, will be held on Melbourne Cup weekend, October 29 and 30.

Since Mountains of Books was first held four years ago the book trade has undergone huge changes, with Kindles and Ipads now a large component of the new book market. However the thrill of a secondhand find is not part of the ebook revolution. Because of the paperless reading revolution, regional bookfairs continue to attract crowds of booklovers, enthused by the adventure of chasing an elusive title, reclaiming childhood favourites, or simply picking up holiday reading at a good price – books you don’t have to stop reading when the aircraft starts its descent.

With this in mind, Mountains of Books will continue to champion traditional bookselling by bringing together a dozen knowledgeable and friendly booksellers offering thousands of used and out-of-print titles, including an eclectic range of fiction and non-fiction titles including collectibles in genres such as children’s books, cookery, art, fashion, Australiana, gardening and militaria.

Mountains of Books will held in Ferny Creek, less than an hour east of the CBD, in a picturesque setting opposite Sherbrooke Forest, with ample parking, playground and picnic facilities on site. The tourist meccas of Sassafras and Olinda are a short drive away.

Further information: 
Meryll Williams         Rainy Day Books     03 9762 0862 

In brief:
4th annual used, rare & out-of-print book fair
Saturday October 29           10am – 4pm
Sunday October 30             10am – 4pm
Ferny Creek Recreational Reserve Hall, Cnr Hilton and Clarkmont Roads, Ferny Creek, 3786
(Melways map 75 D1).

A good read!

Alys Clare   
Out of the Dawn Light (Severn House 2009) introduces Lassair, a 14-year-old girl in a Fenland village in 1087 England. Lassair has the gift of finding lost objects and dowsing for water, and is in training with her aunt to be a healer. But Lassair has more important things on her mind — will her friend Sibert ask her to dance even though her womanly shape refuses to emerge? William Rufus has just taken the throne after the death of William the Conqueror, and the common people are not happy with the harsh new regime. Lassair’s father is hard pressed to support his large family and comply with the demands of the Norman overlord. When Lassair’s older sister Goda, who delights in making everyone miserable, becomes pregnant with her first child, Lassair is sent to care for her. Sneaking out for the Midsummer Night festival, Lassair meets Romain, an attractive and wealthy stranger, who convinces her to set off on a quest with Sibert to find a mysterious object on the coast. Eager to escape Goda’s demands for a few days, and to finally see the ocean, Lassair agrees, though neither Romain nor Sibert will tell her anything about the object they are searching for. Treachery, murder, and the clash between the pagan gods and Christianity enliven this first in a series.