Celebrate Love Your Bookshop Day with The Bookshop Darlinghurst!
Today is Love Your Bookshop Day, an initiative of the Australian Booksellers Association which aims to celebrate bookshops across the country. Here at Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras we want to give a shout out to Sydney’s iconic LGBTIQI+ specialist The Bookshop Darlinghurst which will celebrate its 40th birthday in business next year.
This weekend for Love Your Bookshop Day they’re offering triple loyalty points to their customers and if you’re not already a member of their very simple but rewarding loyalty program this is the best possible day to join. Or if you prefer they offer a 10% discount to Mardi Gras members when you show proof of a valid membership.
The Bookshop Darlinghurst buyer Graeme Aitken (his/him) is making the browsing easier by recommending five new Australian titles that he has read or which are proving popular in-store.
This Much is True
By Miriam Margolyes
The irrepressible actress is a British national treasure with a string of famous stage and film roles (notably the Harry Potter films). However, she is also an Australian citizen and has been with her Australian partner Heather for more than 50 years. Miriam’s memoir was published last month and is immensely entertaining and often outrageous. But she is also very candid, providing her unfiltered opinion on the likes of William Hurt, Glenda Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Leonardo DiCaprio.
By Michael Burge
This crime novel is very evocative in portraying life in rural Australia in the recent past (1985 to 2005), particularly for those dealing with same-sex attraction. Journalist James Brandt is pulled back to his old home in the northern New England region by the shocking death of his handsome, outgoing cousin Tony. Found dead in the river, adjacent to the local cruising spot at the public toilets, James sniffs a story. He quickly discovers that gay bashing is still the local sport and his cousin’s ‘accident’ is not the only suspicious death.
Anything but Fine
By Tobias Madden
This debut YA (young adult) novel is a thoroughly captivating read of schoolboy ballet dancer, Luca, whose dreams are crushed by a crippling injury to his foot. Refreshingly this is not a coming out story - Luca is already out - but it is a love story, and the object of Luca’s crush is the handsome school jock Jordan who is Asian. Although his delightful new bestie Amina, a very studious Indonesian Muslim girl may have also fallen for Jordan’s charms.
All About Yves: Notes from a Transition
By Yves Rees
What happens when at age 30 you begin to wonder if transgender might apply to you? This was the question that confronted Dr. Yves Rees, a Lecturer in History at La Trobe University and whose life was upended by gender transition in 2018. Yet their experiences didn’t exactly match up with how trans lives typically played out. Gradually Yves came to understand that the trans experience was much more diverse and complex than they had been led to believe.
A Secretive Life
By Sara Hardy
This is a first novel from an author who has written biographies of Edna Walling and Joan Hammond – and Sara Hardy’s grasp of history informs the narrative which sweeps across the 20th century and the LGBTQ+ world. Real-life famous lesbians crop up in the narrative such as Dolly Wilde, Radclyffe Hall, Edna Walling and Vita Sackville-West. Cantankerous Cecilia serves as an ambulance driver in two world wars, frolics in decadent Weimar Berlin, competes as a rally car driver in the 1936 Olympics, and even serves as a part-time spy.
Due to lockdown, customers cannot enter the shop today, however, you can order online, have your order posted or collect in-store. You can even window shop from their always very tempting displays. From Monday 11 October, they will welcome doubled vaccinated people back in-store under the conditions of the health order.