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Ann Donald Covers the Bible

The Cookie and Biscuit BibleThe Green BibleAnn DonaldHoly Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments, King James Version with Concordance, 1st South African EditionThe Sound Effects Bible, How to Create and Record Hollywood Style Sound Effects

Kalk Bay Books proprietor Ann Donald is, perhaps, one of the more qualified people to pass comment on the subtle skill required for shelving books – in particular the various categories of The Holy Bible.

This week she shares her insights on this specialised job which she describes as “an under-appreciated art form, but one that allows for creativity, and occasionally, sublime irony”. Donald also re-examines some of her personal prejudices about genres, categories and book covers:

There is a perfect logic to The Green Bible ending up in the “save our world” section, however; it is the inherent objective of the Good Book.

The more I think about this, the more I question the labels that guide us in our selection of books.

How many times have we spurned novels because of their genre: romance, crime, science fiction, fantasy? Not to mention our instinct to ignore the injunction not to judge books by their cover.

I have a personal distaste for jackets with gold-foil titles and too many splashes of baby pink, and had always rejected science fiction. I stand by my pink-cover aversion, but a few years ago I was encouraged to rethink my sci-fi prejudices.


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