One little bookshop repairs despair in search of books of Nobel Laureate

LiTTscapes – Landscapesof Fiction which treats with Naipaul
 and hundreds of other fictional works finds its place
among a tribute to Nobel Laureate Sir Vidia Naipaul
at Signature Stationary & Business Works

I was despairing. I was searching the bookshops to replace copies from my Naipaul collection that were borrowed and never returned. In any real country, the bookshops would be all over themselves to outdo the other in their displays of the works of the Nobel Laureate spawned by on and on its soils who had just passed. But not here. The biggest chain had none. It only stocked one that was on the school’s booklist, I am told. After all, school books is the biggest market and reading is about commerce, eh, and well, the parents filling their children’s booklist took those so there were none left, I am told. A few others had a few copies that had lingered in the back of stock rooms, and a couple that had remained on their shelves. I dreaded to ask for the works of the other Nobel Laureate, whose primary form was poetry and drama. 
I got a description from someone of what the shelves for local books in those stockrooms looked like, smaller than the little free libraries my friends were launching in different districts For The Love Of Reading. 
I know from experience with my own books that one has to beg and plead with the local bookshops to stock one’s book. If one is lucky they may take one or two copies and unless one is are constantly watching their shelves once those are gone, well…

The bookshops borrow the shortsightedness of the education system and they both feed into the myopia of the society, chasing cheap paperbacks, and that only when they are in fad. I had long tried to stop shedding tears at the unending spiral or about despairing about the numbness about the institutions that are  in name only. Hundreds of articles and book reviews and interviews and even a penning dozens of episodes of the television programme Booktalk and the society is yet still too deeply buried in the sands of ignorance. It is something tragic to have to add bookshops to the list of those institutions. The ones proactively promoting a culture of reading are less than the fingers on one hand.
And then I came upon this that moved me to tears. Happy tears.
One bookshop. It is not even a bookshop really, but labels iself a stationary supply store. ‘We have no other branches. This is our only one,’ the woman deputising for the owner told me. One bookshop had on its display, a tribute to the Nobel Laureate, Sir Vidia Naipaul, a photo encased, a few flowers below in reverence, and his books around. A handmade banner urges, “Support Our Local Writers”. Below the photo was what moved me even more: at the base of the photo, and surrounded with the copies of the books written by Sir Vidia Naipaul was my compendium of the literary imagination – LiTTscapes – Landscapes of Fiction: the book hailed as the quintessential go to book for everything one wants to know about the literature of Trinidad and Tobago. How the works and thoughts of Sir Vidia Naipaul fits into and was born from and seeps into and out of the lifestyles and Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago. 
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8TgWZPuEkE&w=320&h=266]Thanks to the little corner bookshop, Signature Stationary and Business Works in the Valpark Plaza where you can get a few Naipaul books and the book that puts him and the hundred others of our fiction writers in contexts of landscapes, culture, lifestyles.
We are such a long way from the societies where bookshops are not only commercial entities but institutions of learning, relaxation and exchange, and we may never get there as the local indifference encourages and forces one to seek reading needs from online sources.
We continue our journeys into the imagination this month of Patriots, with our LiTTributes to the NaTTion in our year of LiTTributes to the LaureaTTes at home and abroad in recognition of our distinguished literary and cultural heritage.
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