Lots of new books on our shelves now, replenished from the summer season! We really enjoy the summer holiday vibe at Blarney Books. There are the happy faces, the returning happy-campers who stop by and say hello each year and there are always new friends to make! Each year we’re asked by numerous visitors if we’ll do coffee, and each year we say we’re still thinking about it. Each year we are asked if the online sales and/or Kindle readers are having an impact, and we have to say that yes, there is an impact but we don’t feel it’s detrimental to our business. One visitor even asked if we do weddings! (Why didn’t we think of getting married in a bookshop?) Now, this we would consider…
Our Biblio-Art competition seems to have reached new heights this year. We have artists from all over Australia entering, and the enthusiasm is apparently contagious. Our guest judge has been lined up (and we’ll reveal this down the track), and we’re feeling very lucky to have her on board! We love seeing the entering artists take up the challenge with real gusto. It’s not an easy job to create an artwork inspired by some of these vintage books, but – well – that’s pretty much the idea! We’re throwing down the gauntlet!
Our current exhibition by Sam McCaw, ‘Between Narrative and Knowing’ ends at the finish of the March long weekend, which is also Port Fairy’s Folk Festival weekend. So be sure, if you’re here for the Folky, to drop in and see this! This exhibition is a response to the book, The Letter Killers Club by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky. The novel is a complex exploration of the idea of the book as restrictive container, and the Letter Killers Club seek to liberate conceptions. With Sam’s work, you can count on the unexpected. Toads, prams, landscapes, dreamscapes, a projection and some up-ended furniture all feature in this exhibition. On until March 10.
The next exhibition, “Go Figure!”, is in response to the book, The Last Word by Ben McIntyre, by local artist Madeline Honan-Hoey. This exhibition will be launching on Saturday, 15 March, at 6pm. Everyone is invited to come along and support this young artist with her first solo exhibition. ”Go Figure!” continues until 6 April.