amongst books

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Monday, December 19, 2005

The Bibliophile

This morning on CKCU at 6am. Nigel Beale spoke to Tracy Quan, former prostitute and author of Diary of A Manhattan Call Girl: A Nancy Chan Novel, then John, our favourite blogger and literary gadabout about e-bay and then Richard Fitzpatrick about Canadian literature and customers in his used bookstore on Dalhousie in the Market. There was a brief bit of the Odyssey thrown in at the beginning and some lovely music from Amelie.
Lots of literary references thrown in to the Quan i-view: Flaubert, Colette etc. John's discussion of e-bay finds and techniques was quite interesting. He owns a play by Morley Callaghan that he got from Annex Books in Toronto...many other copies were destroyed in a fire. You have to get up pretty early in the morning to beat John on E-bay apparently. He's one of those last minute guys, but he doesn't use sniper software that places bids in the closing moments of the auction. No mention was made of my favourite place to buy books on line: abebooks.com.
In his conversation with Fitzpatrick, Beale questioned the notion of buying Canadian literature for nationalisms sake. He also got Fitzpatrick to discuss some of his pet peeves about customers. At a recent half price sale, customers quibbled over the pennies. Fitzpatrick says he sells mostly reading books rather than collectables. His advice for anyone who's considering collecting is to collect what you love. It'll be interesting to hear subsequent shows. I'm advocating for Nigel to play the Moxy Fruvous song: My Baby Loves A Bunch Of Authors on his show. Now time for breakfast.

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