It is Sunday in our part of the world once again, time for our book hunting expedition posts in GatheringBooks. Every week we share books that have spoken to us and found their way (unwittingly or with careful deliberation) into our hands and hearts and bookshelves. It is our chance to feature the books that have adopted us and are well on their way into transforming our lives through their pages.
For the past two weeks, I have been sharing my book hunting journeys in Budapest (click here for Part One and here for Part Two). And since I have also made a side-trip to Bratislava during my two-week sojourn in Eastern Europe, here are some of my book finds near quaint Old Town in Slovakia.
Martinus.sk Bookstore in Slovakia
Book shops are indeed my home away from home. It does not matter where I am in the world, so long as I enter a book store, I feel that I am home.
Happy inside the book store!
Most of the titles though are in Slovakian.
Great book covers, though.
Tuting’s Book Finds
Evidently, books being printed in a foreign language does not stop us from buying them.
My Book Finds
Since we were about to meet Petra Nagyová Džerengová, I made sure I bought her bestselling YA novel Klára a Mátohy illustrated by Katarina Gasko. The picture book in verse Ratlik Karlik by Vandali also caught my eye with its inventively-strange illustrations.
Coffee Date with Bestselling Author Petra Nagyova Dzerengova
What a rare privilege indeed to meet Slovakia’s bestselling author, Petra, who also happens to be the Deputy Mayor of Bratislava. We had coffee in her gorgeous office. We are hoping that she could visit us here in Singapore for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in 2014.
Naturally I had my book signed.
Petra also very kindly shared with me the English translation of her book – and guess what, this has not been published yet! She is indeed, a generous and beautiful soul.
I just had to have my photo taken in Petra’s office building. Steeped in history and absolutely beautiful.