Blogettes! I'm so sorry, I feel as though I have abandoned you. Many apologies. I haven't disappeared from the internet at all - seriously, would I disappear from the internet? - and have been uploading lots of bookish videos over on my Booktube channel. There are now over 100 to watch, and I hope that you're enjoying them.
This week I spoke at the Bookseller Marketing and Publicity Conference about Booktube - I made a video about that prior to the event, here, and will be making another next week about my thoughts on Booktube and the book world at large.
I also filmed a 'Day in the Life...' type video, where you can follow me around, writing, bookselling and book signing, and have also branched out with more 'out and about' type videos, interviewing Kirsty Logan (author of The Gracekeepers), chatting to Leo Nickolls - fabulous book designer - about beautiful books, and will be doing more videos like that in the future.
As for reading - my favourite recent reads are Sum by David Eagleman and Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman. I now pair these two books together in my head whenever I think about them - despite them dealing with different topics. Sum is a collection of short stories about different sorts of afterlives: one where, when you die, your new job is to act of the dreams of the living. Einstein's Dreams is a set of short stories set around the time Einstein was developing his theory of relativity. All are about different universes where time materialses in different ways. They're both fascinating and I highly, highly recommend them.
I hope you're all having a wonderful summer! If you have any reading recommendations, let me know :) xx
Hello, folks! I was despairing about humanity a bit and thinking about the WONDERFUL power of books and so created the 'BE A GOOD HUMAN' book tag, chatting about books that promote diversity, understanding, and generally make the world a better place. You can watch my video over here, and all the books are listed and linked below :) xx
Good morning, folks. I recently made a video recommending fiction and non-fiction books involving circuses and The Victorian Freak show - from Angela Carter and Alice Hoffman to The Ressurectionist and The Book of Barely Imagined Beings. You can watch it over here; I hope you like it :) xx
If you're in the city this week, I'd love to see you! (You can always keep an eye on the events page for future events, too. In the summer I'll be doing events in Cornwall and Sweden, with more to be added :) )
"Those of us who dwell within mounts of books—a sierra of them in one room, an Everest in another; hulks in the kitchen, heaps in the hallway—can tell you that, in addition to the special bliss of having and holding them, it’s a hefty, crowded, inconvenient life that’s also an affront to the average bank account..."
William Giraldi writes about his love of books. It's a lovely article, and you can read it here.
My most requested video is a Bookshelf Tour, and I've been putting it off as I have a nasty habit of hiding piles of books under tables and in cupboards... BUT this week I bought a new bookcase, assembled it all on my own (proud moment - it'll probably fall down next week). Thus, I decided to bite the bullet (before more piles of books start to materialise and whilst my shelves are looking organised) to film a bookshelf tour, in which I show you all my books and pick out some of my favourites.
Jen Campbell is the author of the best-selling 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' series, and her new book 'The Bookshop Book' is out now. She's also an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her poetry collection 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' is published by The Rialto, and she lives in London, where she works at an antiquarian bookshop. She is currently writing her first novel and she runs a Booktube channel over at youtube.com/jenvcampbell
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From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over three hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we’ve yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole). The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.