Haruki Murakami

I rarely buy books new. Why would I, when I can get a paperback for 25c at Nova, the second-hand book store by the riverside? The rare occassion when I do venture to actually buy a book at Chapters is when they organize those book signings. If you are a regular, they call you and in case it happens to be a Margaret Atwood or Alice Munro or Rohinton Mistry, you don’t want to miss the occassion. A signed first edition hard cover, if preserved carefully, can be worth a grand in five to ten years – for a $30 purchase, that’s a 3000% return. Not a bad investment.

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Haruki Murakami