Friday, January 27, 2012

Local profile - Meera Govil

Bookshop owners have not had an easy time these past 12 months.  And in many ways, I think 2011 was a challenging year for Meera Govil - owner of the Eltham Bookshop - in more ways than one.  The mark of someone's character is how they cope when things aren't going their way and that's why I have the utmost respect for Meera.  The lady is a fighter!  Bookshops, like cafes and galleries, are the heart and soul of any great community and I will continue to buy my books from Meera this year.  Read on for more.

Name: Meera Govil
Occupation: Bookseller
Lives/Works: Eltham
How long have you lived/worked here?: 18 years

Describe yourself/what you do:
I set up Eltham Bookshop 14 years ago in the main street of Eltham because I perceived a gap in the retail strip and wanted to fulfil a dream I had carried with me since I was a child.  The philosophy of the bookshop from its inception has been to stock world literature across all genres, to provide the highest quality of customer service, to organise community events whereby writers can be presented and are able to converse with their readers.

There are three literary festivals organised during the year in partnership with community groups and the University of Melbourne.  Past Matters in April celebrates indigenous literature, New Voices in July presents first time published writers and World Matters in October explores political, environmental and social justice issues through fiction, non fiction, poetry and music.  A monthly book club meets at the bookshop and local writers who produce works of quality are launched with pride.  The bookshop also helps with fund raising for local schools and community groups such as The View Club.

Best thing(s) about living/working in Melbourne's north east:
People respond to community gatherings and there is a great deal of empathy for the world of ideas and knowledge.

For more information:
Ph: 9439 8700
Address: 970 Main Road Eltham
For Book Matters, find us on Facebook!

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