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Published February 21st 2015
"A good book is the best of friends" Martin Tupper
There is a book just right for everyone at Eltham Bookshop.
Every community has its hub and if Montsalvat is Eltham's artistic centre, Eltham Bookshop is its welcoming fireplace in the heart of the Main Street. There's something comforting about bookshelves filled from floor to ceiling. Books for everyone. You can't settle in with an electronic device quite like you can with a book.
The right book stays with you forever, like a reliable friend.
I took Medea's Curse by Anne Buist off a table to find it had been signed by the author at a dinner with book lovers a little earlier in the month. Buist's husband, Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect), was also there in conversation about writing, relationships and publishing. Events like these are frequent treats arranged by bookshop owner, Meera Govil. To stay informed of similar events, email Meera at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to receive the electronic newsletter.
Spend some time looking at books and something is sure to catch your eye.
Upcoming events are planned at nearby High Schools and in the bookshop itself. In the past, events have been held at Montsalvat, local restaurants, Eltham library and Edendale farm, always with authors, books, signings and conversation. Entry cost ranges from being free to the price of dinner including a book or voucher.
Having read the majority of the fiction she sells, Meera shares her insights, written up here on cards on the shelves.
Such is the reputation of the bookshop, Meera is able to request some authors for literary chats with book clubs, so gather a party of 20 and ask her what she can do. And speaking of book clubs, Chatterbooks is a club especially for 7-14 year olds held on the fourth Sunday of the month where children have the chance to talk about their favourite book with like-minded peers. The children's area of the shop is better than a candy store window and children may not be able to keep their hands off.
Children have their own colourful section and there is a Sunday bookclub for 7-14 year olds who want to share their book love with friends.
Community is vital for Meera and she is active in keeping people connected through their interest in the arts and local culture. Currently campaigning for Eltham Town Square to remain a public space, Meera imagines a variety of uses for the outdoor area which is to the rear of the bookshop. Everything from book readings, school bands, craft demonstrations, blogger meets or wine tastings could happily occupy the space, bringing a cultural vibrancy to Eltham's existing artistic depth. The Town Square can make this culture visible to all.
Eltham Bookshop owner, Meera Govil, standing at the rear of the store, adjacent to Eltham Town Square.
If you read, travel, cook, indulge, learn, create, question, converse, care, or even if you don't, there is a book for you and it could be the best friend you ever make. Meera will help you find it. Find the Eltham Bookshop on Facebook.
Eltham Town Square. Meera imagines a multitude of cultural uses for the space and is campaigning to keep it for the community.