Zoe Brooks, 4, was delighted with her haul at the Founders Book Fair. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Nelson’s biggest book bash is back


Bookworms queued for hours in the rain, armed with bags, suitcases and trolleys, ready to storm Founders Park and score a bargain on Saturday morning.

The annual Founders Book Fair sees hundreds of literary lovers sift through mountains of books, magazines, records, puzzles and DVDs from every genre imaginable.

The ten-day event has grown from its humble beginnings in 1988 in a garage to become one of the highlights on the Nelson events calendar.

The fair attracts young and old, all on the hunt for unique treasures.

Irina Bell says she comes every year to replenish her family’s collection of board games as well as find some sports autobiographies.

“I just finished Kieran Read and Brendon McCullum’s books and am looking for a new one.”

Irina also ensured to pick up some Dr Seuss for her young sons.

John Van Turnhout was dragged along to carry books for his family but ended up buying two bags worth himself.

Dean Schneider teaches environmental science in primary schools and uses books as rewards for his students.

The Founders Book Fair runs from 17 – 26 October from 10am – 4.30pm. Entry is $2 per adult or $5 for a ten-day pass. Children under 12 are free. Remember to bring a reusable bag for your books.