Sunday, 21 September 2014

Bookshop A Day #17: Torbay Bookshop, Devon

On the run up to release of The Bookshop Book on the 2nd October, I'm going to be blogging about a bookshop every day to celebrate wonderful bookshops and booksellers all around the world. (#bookshopaday). Today I want to tell you about:

The Torbay Bookshop, Devon


I had a chat with Sarah, who runs the shop:

Where can we find you?

In sunny Paignton, in South Devon


Describe your bookshop in three words. 

Welcoming, memorable, fun


What’s going to catch our eye as soon as we walk through the door? 

The browsing tables full of the latest reads and our special choices.


What’s the best event you’ve ever done? 

A four hour marathon Book Signing with Francesco da Mosto, the Italian count who did ‘Francesco’s Venice’ on the tv. Queues round the block, overexcited customers desperate to meet him, attended by local BBC tv.


And your best customer moment? 

When any customer comes in specially to tell me that the book I recommended really touched them.


Recommend a book you’ve been loving recently. 

A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness, an academic romp through history with vampires and witches!


Why did you become a bookseller? 

From a publishing background it seemed a natural choice and our local town didn’t have its own bookshop.


Why are you still a bookseller?

It sort of gets into your blood and your customers would be horrified if there was any mention of moving on.


If you could open a bookshop anywhere else in the world, where would you open it and why? 

I love where we are, so nowhere else would better it. 


Sum up what books and bookshops mean to you in one sentence. 

To exist without books in my life is unthinkable, bookshops are the best way to communicate all those thoughts and ideas on paper to the world.


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Details of The Bookshop Book are 
here. You can pre-order signed copies (shipping worldwide) here

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Sleeping Dogs and a Book Tour

Happy weekend, folks! I hope you're having a good one. Mine consists of writing, emails, press stuff for The Bookshop Book, tea, cake, and this little one sleeping beside me:


I thought I'd put up a blog post letting you know where I'm heading on my Bookshop Book book tour! These are the dates that have been confirmed. There will be more. If you'd like to get in touch with me about doing an event, you can drop me an email. 

If you're near any of these places, please do come along - it would be lovely to see you :)

Sunday 5th October 2014
Wigtown Book Festival
3pm talk about The Bookshop Book, Q&A and signing. Buy tickets.

Monday 6th October 2014
Book Corner, Saltburn-on-sea
7pm-8:30pm: booksigning and meet the author event.

Saturday 11th October 2014
Special event in London
details to be announced

Tuesday 14th October 2014
West End Lane Books, London
7:30pm. Talk, Q&A and signing.

Wednesday 15th October 2014
7:30pm-9pm: Waterstones Castle Street, Norwich
Chat about 'The Bookshop Book.'
Tickets are £6 or £4 for concessions and loyalty card holders, with £3 redeemable against a purchase of the new book on the night. Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday 16th October 2014
Blackwell's Oxford
'Will Bookshops Exist in 100 Years?' A discussion with Jen Campbell and Mark Forsyth. 7pm. More details here.

Saturday 18th October
Ebb and Flo Bookshop, Chorley
- more details soon

Tuesday 21st October 2014
Waterstones, Hampstead
evening event - more details soon

Wednesday 22nd October 2014
George Bayntun Bookshop, Bath.
7pm talk and signing. Tickets £6.

Wednesday 29th October 2014
7:30pm: The Big Comfy Bookshop, Coventry.
Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry, CV1 5EA
Audience Q&A and signing.

Friday 7th November
Much Ado, Sussex
evening event - click for details

Monday 10th November
Hull Literature Festival
- more details soon

Monday 17th November 2014
Shakespeare and Company, Paris
- more details soon

Thursday 20th November 2014
Beccles Books
- more details soon.

Thursday 27th November 2014
Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye
- more details soon

Saturday 6th December 2014
Pritchards, Merseyside
- more details soon.

Friday, 19 September 2014

The Bookshop Book: Sneak Peek!

Today I got to hold copies of The Bookshop Book for the first time. (Good news, folks: the book smells delicious!)

Here's a little sneak peek...







The Bookshop Book is out on the 2nd October. Details are here. You can pre-order signed copies (shipping worldwide) here

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Bookshop Book is back from the printers!

It's two weeks until publication date, and look what just came back from the printers! I am full of nervous-excitement and looking forward to sharing this with you all on the 2nd October.


Details of The Bookshop Book are here. You can pre-order signed copies (shipping worldwide) here

Bookshop A Day #16: Linghams, Heswall

On the run up to release of The Bookshop Book on the 2nd October, I'm going to be blogging about a bookshop every day to celebrate wonderful bookshops and booksellers all around the world. (#bookshopaday). Today I want to tell you about:

Linghams, Heswall


I had a chat with Eleanor, who runs the bookshop.

Hi Eleanor! Where can we find you?

248 Telegraph Rd, Heswall, Wirral CH60 7SG

www.linghams.co.uk


Describe your bookshop in three words.

Multicoloured multisensory Tardis


What’s going to catch our eye as soon as we walk through the door? 

Out of your left eye: A tall stand with all the latest books in media: eg R4 book at bedtime, book of the week, classic serial etc

Out of your right eye: a big table with all the latest new super glossy hardbacks of every kind.

And behind that there’s a shelf where your subconscious eye will see all the latest hot paperback fiction just in.


What’s the best event you’ve ever done?

There have been so many but the one that stands out recently was with Andy NcNab. Shop jammed to overflowing with people. He was compelling, electrifying and knew exactly how to work the crowd. (Also extremely good-looking)

This is the thank you present we gave him afterwards:



We also had a great event with Michael Winner years ago who wrote us up afterwards in his column in the back of the Sunday Times.


And your best customer moment?

There have been many hilarious ones but the most moving was when we recently attended the funeral of a greatly loved customer and were told Linghams was where she loved to be most.


Recommend a book you’ve been loving recently.
‘The Goldfinch’: Donna Tart. Also ‘My Salinger Year’ Joan Smith Rakoff


Why did you become a bookseller?

Because I LOVE BOOKS (statutory dull answer but nothing else would do)


Why are you still a bookseller?

As above. NOT for the money (there isn’t any). And because its so wonderful to be right there when the newest books comes out by a favourite author. And because we love meeting all the wonderful authors when they come to do events.


If you could open a bookshop anywhere else in the world, where would you open it and why?

I would like to open a shop like ‘Shakespeare and Company’ in Rome because it’s the home of everything cultural and the most wonderful city in the world. (Or Mumbai because the Indian nation really take their books seriously and it's a fantastic cosmopolitan city)


Sum up what books and bookshops mean to you in one sentence.

Like the Narnian wardrobe or Mr Ben’s changing room, books and bookshops open a door to time travel, world exploration, scientific understanding, expanded imagination, human insight, and self- discovery.

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Details of The Bookshop Book are 
here. You can pre-order signed copies (shipping worldwide) here

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Bookshop A Day #15: The Ullapool Bookshop, Scotland

On the run up to release of The Bookshop Book on the 2nd October, I'm going to be blogging about a bookshop every day to celebrate wonderful bookshops and booksellers all around the world. (#bookshopaday). Today I want to tell you about:

The Ullapool Bookshop, Scotland



I had a chat with Katharine, who works there. 

Hi Katharine! Where can we find you?

The Ullapool Bookshop is situated in North West Scotland, only 55 miles from Inverness. Ullapool is a small village and is the main port for the Outer Hebrides. Ullapool has its own Book Festival annually in May and the Ullapool Bookshop is open 7 days a week all year round.


Describe your bookshop in three words.

Bright, airy and eye-catching.


What’s going to catch our eye as soon as we walk through the door?

Each section is labeled clearly, with display tables showing local interest books, new fiction and Non-fiction titles. Also our staff always endeavour to greet customers too, so a warm welcome always awaits. Although the entrance area to the shops is quite small, inside it is surprisingly spacious inside.


What’s the best event you’ve ever done?

As we are a small bookshop, events are quite hard to accommodate. However, we do receive quite a few passing visits from authors who have stopped by, including: Ian Rankin, to Louise Welsh (New Honorary Chairman of Ullapool Book Festival), from Zoe Strachan, to Matthew Zajac and including a Poet touring Scotland on a bike! A diverse mix of visitors in only the past twelve months!


And your best customer moment?

There are many probably every day, and all 4 of us who work in the Bookshop, probably have many different moments to tell. However, for me, it is lovely to help customers to find a book and we love talking about books. Recently, I was asked for help recommending books for first an 8 year old boy, then for his 11 year old sister. Once they had chosen books, another customer came over and said how lovely it was to hear me talk about books and how totally in tune these kids seemed to be with my suggestions. That was a lovely moment for me.


Recommend a book you’ve been loving recently.

I read fiction widely, so I’ve thoroughly enjoyed The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May. However, a new travel book by Guy Grieve called ‘Sea Legs’ journeying with his very young family on a yacht from Venezuela to the Isle of Mull, is enthralling me at the moment. His descriptions are very vivid and as a reader, you seem to be with them at all times and through all their ups and downs.


Why did you become a bookseller?

Really by chance, although I have always loved books and talking about books too. As well as working in a Bookshop, I also run my own small business distributing Classical CDs throughout the UK. Through this I got talking about books in the Bookshop, and eventually ended up working part time in the Ullapool Bookshop as well. I am very lucky to have both of my main interests and passions (books and music) both being my work. How lucky am I!

Why are you still a bookseller?

I love all things book-related really, I like also working with people and enjoy the discussions that we can have in a bookshop on a daily basis. For me my book selling career is very young, I’ve only been a bookseller for nearly 3 years, so I still have lots and lots to learn, which is exciting!


If you could open a bookshop anywhere else in the world, where would you open it and why?

I would open a shop anywhere really, as long as it was an independent Bookshop. I think it is so important to keep independent bookshops and in particular to retain independent shops at the forefront of our lives. Bookshops always contain much more than just books, they are an integral part of all of our lives.

Sum up what books and bookshops mean to you in one sentence.

Books (and I can also include Music?), really mean everything to me, with the journeys they can take you, the friends that you can make and also the tales that they both can tell.

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Details of The Bookshop Book are 
here. You can pre-order signed copies (shipping worldwide) here

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Bookshop A Day #14: The Bookshop, New Delhi, India

On the run up to release of The Bookshop Book on the 2nd October, I'm going to be blogging about a bookshop every day to celebrate wonderful bookshops and booksellers all around the world. (#bookshopaday). Today I want to tell you about the wonderful:

The Bookshop, New Delhi, India


I had a chat with the brilliant Rachna, who runs it. 

Hi Rachna! Where can we find you?

Right beside the magnificent 15th century tombs of the Lodi sultans in Lodi Gardens, but here’s an address:

The Bookshop
13/7 Jorbagh Market
New Delhi 110003
India

# 011 24697102 thebookshop@hotmail.com


Describe your bookshop in three words.

Literary, Friendly, Community-Hub

What’s going to catch our eye as soon as we walk through the door?

It’s a small shop, so it’s like walking into a cave of literary treasure. Everywhere you look there is scintillating literature from India and the world.


What’s the best event you’ve ever done?

We launched Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children in Delhi before he became a world-renowned literary figure.


And your best customer moment?

When Gabriel Garcia Marquez visited Delhi, he strolled into The Bookshop and spent an afternoon there, browsing and chatting with the founder of the store, KD Singh. The next day he said in a newspaper interview that it was one of the highlights of his visit to the city.


Recommend a book you’ve been loving recently.

How is one even possible, so here are three. Passion Flower, by Cyrus Mistry / The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker/ My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff


Why did you become a bookseller?

My parents started The Bookshop because my father was always a bit of a maverick and decided that rather than go into the family business he would follow his passion for literature and start a bookstore that would stock literary fiction and quality non-fiction. I grew up in this environment and decided that there was nothing else I would rather do than work with superb books.


Why are you still a bookseller?

Because working with books is the only thing that interests me. In addition to being a bookseller, I also run a major literature festival and am associated with a publishing company—so books are my universe.


If you could open a bookshop anywhere else in the world, where would you open it and why?

New York-quite simply this has to do with the buzz I experience every time I’m in an iconic indie in that city


Sum up what books and bookshops mean to you in one sentence.

Life itself.

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Details of The Bookshop Book are 
here. You can pre-order signed copies (shipping worldwide) here