Balancing the books: Reporter Olivia Ho gets a taste of the bookseller’s life

Straits Times journalist Olivia Ho spends half a day at Books Kinokuniya Liang Court working as a "bookstore elf".
Straits Times journalist Olivia Ho spends half a day at Books Kinokuniya Liang Court working as a "bookstore elf".ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

Reporter Olivia Ho gets a taste of the bookseller's life as she becomes a trainee for an afternoon at Books Kinokuniya Liang Court, which is closing after 36 years

On normal days, the Books Kinokuniya branch at Liang Court mall is an oasis of cheerful calm.

Strains of Vivaldi mingle with the tinkle of musical boxes in a glass display. Wandering the store's impeccably ordered shelves, one feels as if one is sinking into a warm bath of fiction and finer feelings.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2019, with the headline 'Balancing the books'. Print Edition | Subscribe