"When we read, we start at the beginning and continue until we reach the end. When we write, we start in the middle and fight our way out." - Vickie Karp
Saturday, 1 September 2012
CALLING BOOKSELLERS AND LIBRARIANS ACROSS THE WORLD
Customer(holding up a book): What’s this? The Secret Garden? Well, it’s not so secret now, is it, since they bloody well wrote a book about it!
I announced yesterday that I'm writing a sequel to Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, which will be published next year. *happy dance*
(FYI Obviously that ---> is not the new cover. Greg will be designing a new cover, and inside illustrations, and it will be snazzy. It won't be me just changing the initial cover a bit in MSPaint. You may now breathe a sigh of relief.)
SO. Like the first book, there will be a section in this book called 'Weird Things Customers Say in Other Bookshops.' & that's where you come in, lovely booksellers! Now is your chance to send in the weirdest, funniest and down right mind-boggling 'Weird Things...' quotes you have heard. Librarians, we'd love to hear from you, too!
Please send your quotes in the body of an email to me at email@example.com, subject heading 'Weird Things submission.' You can send as many quotes as you like. Please set them out as a script. Deadline is the 15th November. We had a great response last time, and I'm really excited to see what you guys send over.*
If you could help spread the word to other booksellers, by tweeting this blog post, or sharing it on Facebook walls etc, that would be fantastic. &, if you're reading this and you're not a bookseller or a librarian, then get yourself along to a bookshop and say something bizarre asap! x
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.
OUT NOW (click for details) signed copies
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.
Sunday 5th October 2014 Wigtown Book Festival 3pm talk about The Bookshop Book, Q&A and signing. Buy tickets. Saturday 11th October exciting event in London - more details soon
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?' Discussion with Jen Campbell and Mark Forsyth. Tickets £6. More details here.
Saturday 18th October Ebb and Flo Bookshop, Chorley - more details soon
Tuesday 21st October
evening event - more details soon
Wednesday 22nd October George Bayntun, Bath evening event - more details soon
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 2014 Much Ado Books, Sussex evening event - more details soon
Monday 10th November Hull Literature Festival - Central Library, 7:30pm. Book tickets
Thursday 13th November Winstone Books, Sidmouth, Devon 7pm author talk and signing