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Archive for October, 2010

Brief post.

The usual thanks: quizmaster Derek for the fiendishness (the picture round – he giveth, round 5- he taketh away) and the hosting; The 78 for having us, serving us, and generally being affable; the teams for attending, groaning, whooping, and giving generously for the raffle. Another success. Apart from my absymal performance. With John absent, there was no hope of me finishing anywhere but the thick end. I didn’t hand in answer sheets. I kept mental notes for 3 rounds, then I conceded defeat.

Literary Quiz V is due for release in January, plot and guest stars will be announced in due course.

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And check out the new Unwrapped catalogue here

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Pleased to announce that Oxfam have secured a property for a satelite shop in Merchant City. This will our first store in Glasgow centre since the Renfield St standard shop some years ago. The unit is located on Royal Exchange Sq, adjacent to Pauline Books & Media. I’ve seen the unit, it’s stylish inside and looks out onto the entrance to Goma. It’s going to make a great little niche bookshop. Opening is set for the new year.

The new shop will need volunteers! So if you know anyone who would be interested, please let us know at the bookshop and we can get them the relevant details in due course.

Lit Quiz 4 is almost here. If you haven’t got your team organised, then you have 2 choices. Turn up and fly solo, or organise a team. There are no other alternatives.

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First off, our fourth Literary Quiz is booked for Tuesday 26th October. As ever, it’s at The 78 on Kelvinhaugh Street, and Derek will be flexing his considerable brain matter to confuse and perplex all teams. I couldn’t attend Quiz III, so I’m looking forward to this. Here’s a copy of the promotional poster:

 

Next I wanted to mention our hand-made bags, a collaborative venture between volunteers. They’ve sold really well, so much so it’s difficult to keep up with demand. Here’s a selection of a few on display:

 

Raw figures are in for bookfest 2010. It’s definitely made a significant difference to our book business again this year.  Similar growth to 2009  is in evidence, and this contrasts with sales over the same period in 2007 and 2008 (non Bookfest years). The approach was a little more low-key this year, so it’s good to see that it still brought a unique benefit.  

Lastly, this week saw two fine individual sales, both of which I would have made myself if my bank balance was in healthier shape. First was a gorgeous signed retrospective of Ken Currie, which we pitched for £40. Ken is an important, internationally reknowned artist, and this title is a detailed look at the movement in his output over his career to date. Second, an imposing monograph of Helmut Lang, the photographer, at £100. Thick, oversized, with a comprehensive collection of images, this went to one of our regular customers. Thanks go to the donor – I recall the particular donation – who provided us with these two titles and many more photographic monographs, filling all the shelves of one of our display cabinets.

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