Name: Marion Castree
Role at Vic Books: Bookseller et al…
The book you are reading right now: ‘From the Cutting Room of Barney Kettle’ by the fabulous Kate De Goldi.
Favourite book of 2015: Panguru and the City’ by Melissa Matutina Williams.
Favourite quote of the moment: From the Book ‘Augustus Koch:Map Maker’ by Rolf W Brednich “The map is a silent abiter of power”
How long have you worked at Vic Books? 10 months!
What made you want to work in a bookshop? I have been selling books in Aotearoa for decades. Books and people, it’s my education. Vic Books is my latest choice!
Tell us about your first day at Vic Books: I remember a wonderful warm welcome, a day sharing reading histories, and pawing the books. (And learning the ropes of course, ahem.)
What is it about bookshops that you enjoy the most? Like many, I spend much more of my awake time at work than anywhere else. It has to be a sustained work life. Bookshops tend to provide an eclectic mix of wonderful people to work with, co-workers and customers. It’s the same with the books. All those books, new and old seem to always require fresh approaches to bookselling. Nothing is ever static. It’s the nature of the trade.
What are the best parts of working for Vic Books? All of the above plus extramural fun.
Favourite moment at Vic Books of 2015: Hard to choose really but there was a moment that really shone. We had a wonderful National Poetry Day event starring 11 much loved and acclaimed local poets. One of those times when you know it’s in the walls now.