All the fun of a book fair

Lions Joan Forester and Ann McGirr amongst 500 boxes of books. Photo Bruce Barnard.

The weather gods are playing right into the hands of the Harbour City Lions.

Because there’s an old expression about getting lost in a world made of books, coffee and rainy days. And for the Lions’ annual book fair this weekend at Tauranga Race Course, the gods are delivering periods of rain one day and occasional showers the next. Perfect!

The annual fundraising fair has moved from the Devonport Road pop-up shop to a more expansive setting at the racecourse, where you’ll find “many more books, much more car parking and better facilities,” according to Lion Joan Forester. “The quality of the books is superb and they’re all very well priced.”

A massive 500 cartons of books are on sale, with 25 to 30 books in each carton. “A lot of excellent fiction,” says Joan, “lots and lots of fiction.

“Those books sell better and we can ask more because they’re popular.” The more the Lions make, the more they can give back to the community. There’s also lots of non-fiction. ”Many war books this year. They’re so popular these days.”

The book fair is the culmination of many months of preparation by 28 Lions and volunteers. “And we would like to thank Tauranga for its generosity,” adds Joan.

The annual book fair starts on Friday, November 10, at Tauranga Racecourse and runs from 5-9pm and again on Saturday and Sunday (8am-5pm).

Remember, a book is a magical thing that lets you travel to far-away places and have wonderful experiences without ever leaving your chair.