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Rare Book Auction
Held at the start of our Biennial Book Fair, it’s a fabulous opportunity to buy something rare and wonderful for yourself or as a gift. Click to see what will be on offer at the next Auction.
Biennial Book Fair
The UQ Alumni Book Fair® is the prime fund-raising activity of Alumni Friends for UQ scholarships. The next Book Fair is to be held on 3-6 May, 2019.
Pop Up Book Sales
We know that our bibliophiles read far too much to wait for the biennial book fairs, so to keep your brain entertained we’ve introduced our pop up sales, held in time for Christmas and other times during the year.
Check out some of our latest news (including reviews of books that have been donated). You never know, you might find that ‘must read’ everyone’s been talking about.
The Books Team
Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, MC, AFC, is a looming, almost mythic figure on the landscape of Australia’s cultural history. A decorated veteran in WWI – who served in Egypt, in France, and at Gallipoli before he was awarded the military cross – Kingsford Smith became arguably the most recognised pilot in Australian aviation. He embarked Read more about Charles Kingsford Smith at the The UQ Alumni Book Fair® and Rare Book Auction[…]
The UQ Alumni Book Fair® is only weeks away (starting the 3rd of May) and there are so many reasons to come and check it out. The UQ Centre will become home to thousands of books of every kind, ready to be picked up on the cheap. It will be a weekend full of easy Read more about How a Cheap Paperback Can Change Your Life[…]
It appeared just another day of book-sorting when one of our dedicated volunteers came across a rare treasure. At the bottom of a cardboard box, cast aside and forgotten, was a first edition copy of Carl Friedrich Gauss’ Recherches Arithmetiques. For those of us less mathematically minded, this name may mean nothing. Any keen mathematician, Read more about Carl Friedrich Gauss, Recherches Arithmetique[…]
The Rare Book Auction will take place on the 3rd of May at the Fryer Library, UQ St Lucia, kicking off at 6pm. It will be an exciting evening where guests can bid for over 140 lots of exceptional books, including six lots of especially rare and prized pieces. The UQ Alumni Book Fair® begins Read more about The UQ Alumni Book Fair® and Rare Book Auction is approaching fast…[…]
Amongst the dusty books and volatile tape dispensers that seem to have a mind of their own, there is more than meets the eye at the UQ Alumni Friends Bookhouse. At the heart of the not-for-profit organisation is the diverse and generous community of volunteers, who not only work tirelessly towards every Fair, but are also willing to Read more about Nostalgia Through the Pages of a Book[…]
It’s great to be on a countdown to the 2019 Rare Book Auction, to be held on the opening day of the UQ Alumni Book Fair® on 3rd May 2019. The 2017 Rare Book Auction was the first book auction I have ever attended. And it certainly won’t be the last. I can’t wait until Read more about Looking Forward to the 2019 Rare Book Auction[…]
The Great Alone (Kristin Hannah, St Martin’s Press, $29.99pb, ISBN 9781447286004, January 2018) Hannah Kent is master in depicting heroines who withstand incredible adversity to become ultimately victorious in the game of life – the happy ever after. It is unfortunate that Hannah’s flair falters as she smothers her story line with questionable circumstances and Read more about The Great Alone Review by Eva Turek-Jewkes[…]
The UQ Library website includes a number of fascinating on-line exhibitions. Including this one! Some background information on some of the significant donations (of funds and of special books) by Alumni Friends, and as a result of the work of the UQ Alumni Book Fair volunteers.
My wife Lana and I were recently invited to a morning tea at Fryer, where we and other visitors swapped stories. Simon Farley showed us a book, in French, “A Supplement to Bougainville’s Voyage” (Supplément au voyage de Bougainville), a translation of an unofficial published account of the voyage of the Endeavour, attributed to English midshipman Read more about Fryer Library Memories, by Peter Hadgraft[…]
Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc. have donated $50,000 to launch the fundraising for the creation of a dedicated teaching space within the Fryer Library at the University’s St Lucia Campus. The University of Queensland’s Fryer Library intends to transform part of its reading room into a teaching space that will allow for Read more about Friends Unite to Support UQ Fryer Library Teaching Space[…]