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Catch Ups: Marianne from Books Kinokuniya

07 May 2020

We want to help our community stay in touch with some of the retailers they may be missing right now... Introducing our Catch Up series, where we chat with some of your favourite retailers, and check in to see what they're up to at the moment!

First off the bat is Marianne, long-time member of the Books Kinokuniya family. Read on to find out more about her, what she's been busy with, and what she's been reading. 

Books Kinokuniya is currently closed in-centre, and will be re-opening from Monday 11th May. 



TG: Tell us about your role – where would we usually find you in the store (pre- and post-closure)?

M: I’m the assistant manager of our English Books department, so my job is making sure our team of booksellers are happy, healthy and in the best place to get great books into our customers’ hands – from a safe social distance right now, of course! Our English Books department is pretty big, so if I’m not knee-deep in roster spreadsheets in the office, I’m running back and forth across the store to catch up with all our teams. That hasn’t really changed since we’ve closed, except now I do spend a bit more time helping out our online orders department, who are busier than ever!


TG: What is the most rewarding part of your job?

M: I love working with such a passionate, book-loving team. Our staff put so much love and care into what they do, and it’s so rewarding to see them relish a job well done, and to see our many loyal customers have a great experience as a result. There’s nothing better than seeing someone leave the store with a book in their hand and a smile on their face!



TG: What’s your top recommended read for us right now?

M: I’m very excited to sink my teeth into Olivia Laing’s new book, Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency. Her earlier book of essays, The Lonely City, is one of my all-time faves, so I have high hopes for this new one. I think it’s going to be the timely read we all need!


TG: What has been a popular seller over the past few weeks?

M: Speaking of timely reads, we’ve been selling bucketloads of Julia Baird’s recent book, Phosphorescence: On awe, wonder and things that sustain you when the world goes dark. It’s in a beautiful hardcover edition, and is all about how we can find our inner equilibrium, even when the outside world feels chaotic and uncertain. I hope the many copies we’ve been posting out have brought a little light to readers in these strange times.


TG: How have you been keeping busy during this time? 

M: I’ve been doing a lot of Youtube workouts and zoom dance tutorials, but if I’m honest, most of my time at home has been spent following my two cats, Groob and Biscuit, around the house. They get up to all sorts of things! Who knew?


TG: What will you be getting your mum for Mother’s day?

M: Noise-cancelling headphones – I think she needs a little quiet time!


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