Read all about it! Now is the time to stock up on your summer reading. It’s also a wonderful time for a bit of reminiscing.
This year, 2016, marks many fascinating anniversaries and the Children’s Hospital Book Market can help you celebrate them all. Take a stroll down memory lane Apr. 26-30 at St. Vital Mall and revisit some moments in history at great prices.
Know that with every book purchase you are helping sick kids in hospital and to fund pediatric research.
There are maps and volunteers to help you navigate 65 categories for your reading adventure.
While some folks line up hours and even days waiting for Apple stores to open when new iPhones are released or for camping passes to the Folk Festival, this writer will be there when the table covers are removed and the book market begins.
I buy every copy I find of my all time favourite book to give as presents. Because everyone should read 84 Charing Cross Road. Author Helene Hanff is 100 this year and her classic, made into a top rated movie, set the stage for unrequited love in modern literature.
Apple is now 40. Read all about Steve Jobs and the computer giant in Biographies.
Love theatre? It’s no mystery how you can get a head start by reading all the works of Agatha Christie for MTC’s Playwright Festival next January.
This year is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death this year (at age 52). His complete works are to be found in Drama and Classics.
In keeping with our very own, Nellie McClung turns 100 and many titles by and about her are located in Canadiana.
Roald Dahl is 100. Ditto Beverly Cleary. She’s still alive. And so are all their books in the Childrens section. Beatrix Potter is also 100 and her originals are in Specials and reprints are in Childrens.
Charlotte Bronte is 150 but she is ageless in Classics. Harold Robbins is 100 for those who remember the 60’s. James Herriot is 100. In Cold Blood is 50.
Take a trip down Route 66 for its 90th anniversary and the 100th of the BMW by visiting the Transportation section and make a detour to Travel for Mt Rushmore’s 75th and then to the San Diego Zoo’s 100th. The CN Tower is 40. If you prefer to fly, 2016 marks 100 years Boeing has been overhead.
2016 is the 50th anniversary of Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie. You can get anything you want in the Cookbook section of the book market.
2016 is also a banner year for the Entertainment section as Rocky turns 40, Batman is 50 and we’ve been watching Oprah for 30 years and Thelma & Louise have been cliff hangers for 25 years. The Cannes Film Festival is 70 this year. We’ve been singing Stand By Me for 30 years and the Music section has been blessed with amazing donations of sheet music as well as books about musicals.
For Science buffs, Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity has been around for 100 and for sports fans, the Toronto Blue Jays turn 40.
If you can read this thank a teacher. It’s the 65th anniversary of the Retired Women Teachers Association of Manitoba and there are many reference books, texts, dictionaries, writing manuals, EAL books, children’s and young adult books for current teachers to supplement their classrooms.
With 65 categories to choose from, the Children’s Hospital Book Market is making history one book at a time. Happy Anniversary!