As many of you will know, we run Bookends of Fowey, the new, second-hand and antiquarian bookshop in Daphne du Maurier's hometown of Fowey as well as the Daphne du Maurier website. We are operating on a mail/telephone order basis currently, and we would love you to buy your du Maurier books from us, and indeed any other books that you want to read during this time.
News from Bookends of Fowey – 15th June 2020
Firstly, we would like to say a huge thank you to the customers in Fowey and on-line who have continued to buy from Bookends during the time we have been closed. We could not have managed without you.
We are re-opening slowly and carefully, so we will be at the bookshop on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 9.30 until 12.30. We ask people who are travelling a distance to telephone us first to make an appointment or to make sure we will be here. Our lovely local customers can just pop into town and knock on the door.
There will be a few new ground rules, such as small numbers of people in the shop at any one time and using the hand sanitiser before you touch the stock so that we can all work together to begin to make Bookends accessible to everyone again. A list of the new guidelines will be on the shop window ready for you to check on before you come in.
We continue to have a great range of new and second-hand books for sale at Bookends or on-line via our website ()https://www.abebooks.com/bookends-of-fowey-fowey%2c-co…/…/sf We are also able to get new books that we don’t hold in stock, from our wholesaler, for you to either collect from Bookends or have mailed straight to you.
Best of all, we are having a 50% sale on all our second-hand books, including some absolute treasures, as a welcome to all our customers old and new.
New items on the website for June are another blog by Stephen Alexander, this time talking about Daphne du Maurier’s short story The Blue Lenses. (You should read the story first as his blog includes spoilers!) You will find this piece on the Interesting Facts pages.
Also, sad though understandable news that the Daphne du Maurier Society of North America have decided to cancel their July meeting, because of ongoing worries about Covid-19.
New to our website is a gorgeous montage of pictures of Daphne du Maurier taken at different times throughout her life. We have put these pictures onto the website now to celebrate the day of Daphne’s birth, on May 13th 2007. We also hope it will cheer up everyone who was expecting to have been in Fowey at the Fowey Festival of Art and Literature which take place each May, but which had to be postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. You will find the pictures in the Pictures of Daphne du Maurier Photo Album or by clicking here: https://www.dumaurier.org/gallery.php?id=4
If you haven’t seen it before, we introduce you to the Daphne du Maurier Perpetual Calendar with artwork by Pat Thuysbaert click here: https://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=660&nc=2
We also have two fascinating articles based on both the novel and the early film of Jamaica Inn. You will find them within the top item on our Interesting Facts page or by clicking here: https://www.dumaurier.org/menu_page.php?id=161
In April we brought you news from the Daphne du Maurier Society of North America, we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the classic film of Rebecca directed by Alfred Hitchcock. We also brought you news of an article from Irish film director, screenwriter, novelist and short story writer Neil Jordan, in which he discussed Daphne du Maurier’s short story The Birds. On our Interesting Facts page, we brought you information about Alec Guinness and Cecil Beaton and their connection to Daphne. Then, on the Book Recommendations page, we made some suggestions of books that you might like to read during the lockdown, that we are in the midst of, three books which all have a link to Daphne du Maurier. Watch this space and see what we have in store for May.
As you know the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature due to take place in May has been postponed until late September. The good, indeed excellent, news is that our wonderful Festival Director, Brenda Daly supported by the Board of Trustees has managed to re-book nearly everyone, so the structure of the September Festival looks almost the same. The not so good news is that, as a non-profit charity, the Covid-19 pandemic has come at a terrible time financially. To lose our festival because of financial problems at this stage would be very sad indeed. 2021 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Fowey Festival; a milestone everyone would like to reach.
But you can help.
To raise emergency funds to cover ongoing costs and ensure the festival survives, please join in our crowdfunding scheme and donate what you can. Click here for full information: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?campaignId=11702
March 17th 2020: A statement from the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature trustees has confirmed that the Fowey Festival has been postponed to September 25th – October 3rd, 2020. For full information, please go to the Fowey Festival page on our website or to the Fowey Festival website www.foweyfestival.com
As a new month begins, we have exciting news here at the Daphne du Maurier website. The Daphne du Maurier Society of America is joining us. By joining together, we can promote their events and learn from any discoveries that come about thorough their meetings, and we can share the knowledge and information that is constantly growing here on our website. For more about this exciting development look at our news page http://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=626&nc=2 and click on the Daphne du Maurier Society of North America link halfway down the righthand side of this page. We are sure you join us in welcoming this new society as we move forwards together in spreading the word about Daphne du Maurier and her writing.
Also new for February, du Maurier expert Dr Laura Varnam attended the Society for Analytical Psychology event about The Scapegoat on Sunday 2nd February. At the event, there was a special screening of the 1959 adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel The Scapegoat, followed by a panel discussion about the book and the film. Laura has written an article, for the Daphne du Maurier website, in which she reviews the event and shares some of her research on the adaptation. For the full article, go to our Interesting Facts page or click here: https://www.dumaurier.org/menu_page.php?id=157