Charmaine has a lifelong passion for books and reading. In 2010 she converted her thirty-year dream of owning a bookshop into a reality, following a career as an academic. She loves literary fiction, gardening books and cookbooks, and memoirs and travel books and children’s picture books and— well, all books really. They are objects of beauty that tantalise our senses and enrich our homes. Charmaine has her best days when discussing books and reading with others, and finding just the right book for each person and/or occasion. Mostly Books is a central part of our local community of book lovers and readers, and may it continue to be so for many years to come.
Kate reads slowly and makes notes in the margins of her books. She’s a fan of fiction, short stories, art books and children’s picture books. Some favourite authors are Anais Nin, Jeanette Winterson, Haruki Murakami and Miranda July. Kate likes finding the shared love of an author with someone or introducing people to new writers they haven’t heard of. She’s particularly interested in Japanese and erotic fiction (not necessarily at the same time). When she’s not at the bookstore she’s at her studio working on new creations for her Honors degree in Sculpture.
Ever since she started working in her first bookstore at age 17, Jess has always loved selling, reading and talking about books. She particularly likes reading fantasy, science, history and gardening books, but often finds herself falling in love with nearly every other book that comes into the store too! Most of all, she loves the thrill of being able to make someone’s day by tracking down and finding a book that they’ve been searching for but haven’t been able to find anywhere else.
Ben writes and reads frequently. He has been selling books at Mostly Books since one of the months in 2014. When he is not in the shop he is probably working on a play, review, essay, short story, or tweet (@BenMBrooker). As of this writing, Ben is reading books by Eric Schlosser, Geoffrey Robertson, Margaret Atwood, and Albert Camus. Ben has recently assumed control (as much as is possible) of the Young Writers Group, which has been going strong since July 2012.
Annie has been getting in trouble from an early age for reading in the dark. She is a bit better at controlling herself these days, but is still sometimes known for reading past sundown. She has degrees in English, Psychology, French and Professional Communications and is currently a Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival.
Annie has worked with Adelaide Writers’ Week on two festivals and has been involved with the SA Writers Centre Dubnium Young Editors project. Currently, she is happy to contribute to making events happen for writers (especially emerging ones) while working in this lovely independent bookshop. She likes good books and soft textiles, little dogs and bright colours, writing that makes you double take and art of all kinds.
Faith has succeeded Elizabeth as the world’s best book keeper. The transition was so seamless that you are probably still unaware that either of them exist.