I’ve been having some fun at Westgate Books lately. A couple of weeks ago I wandered into the store looking for Saskatoon: A History in Photographs by Jeff O’Brien, Ruth Miller and William P. Delainey. They didn’t have it but the staff that was helping me went to look in the warehouse. Instead of the book I was looking for, he came up with two books, Saskatoon, the First Half Century by Don Kerr and a Saskatoon, Hub City of the West: an Illustrated History by Gail McConnell.
I looked at them and took them both. I also put my name down on a list if Saskatoon: A History in Photographs came in. A couple of days later I got a phone call that told me that my book was in and come to pick it up. Last Friday I went back to get it and it was the wrong book. It was Saskatoon: A Century in Pictures by William Duerkop, John Sarjeant and William Delainey In hindsight I kind of wondered if there was a bit of miscommunication when I ordered Saskatoon: A Century in Pictures but I looked at this book and I realized I wanted to read it as well. I had a blast all week looking at it. So has Mark.
Since I am talking about books, it looks like Gail McConnell was doing Kickstarter long before Kickstarter was a thing. The last 20 or so pages of her book is dedicated to patrons who helped pay to publish her book. Local Saskatoon businesses sponsored the project and she does a one page profile on each company. Who knew a history book could be so cutting edge.
While I was getting that book, another staff at Westgate Books went looking for the book in case they missed it and found me another book on the history of electric transit in Saskatoon. I didn’t have the money on me to get it so they put that away for me. I’ll wander by this week and get it. Now I am curious as to what other books I will find in my brief stop at the store.
I know being in the used book business is a hard business to be in but I haven’t had as much fun shopping as I have had in Westgate Books in a very long time. I hope that still counts for something.