Friday, January 22, 2016

The Read with Booksellers NZ

I sell dead people
by Marcus Greville

Death doesn’t lend to easy commercialisation. Which isn’t to say that it can’t, or isn’t, harnessed in the commercial realm to great effect, but those who treat the dead without respect can do great harm to the living. How do we booksellers deal with the death of a prominent figure? There have been many conversations behind the counter (and everywhere else) with the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, which raised the spectre of retail and death in my mind.

Thank you to Jenna Todd from Time Out Bookstore, Chris Lumsden from Wanaka Paper Plus and Niki Ward from Vic Books for sharing their thoughts about this sensitive topic with me. Read on.

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