The history of literature begins with the invention of writing, in Bronze Age Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. Writing developed out of proto-literate sign systems in the 30th century BC, although the oldest known literary texts date from the 27th or 26th century BC. (ref: Wikipedia)If you want to learn more the Wikipedia site has more, mostly hyperlinks that's why I kept this short. I myself have not checked out what a proto-literate sign system was/is!
I don't have any novels or many books for sale, but I do have a couple cookbooks, books on massage, and an art book. I chose the Ayurvedic Cookbook from my tiny collection, well, because it's so cool and informative and healthy! You can check out this book and others, and other stuff for that matter at Le Petit Marche. Bon appetit!