I hope you're all well, and that you're not melting in this ridiculous, but rather wonderful, heat wave. Because of the amount of books we have in the bookshop, not much sunlight can actually creep in, so it's rather nice and cool. Though one of Bernard Black's wine lollies wouldn't go amiss.
So. Yes. Where have I been? Well. I've finished doing the book tour for More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, which was wonderful (if exhausting as I was doing most of it in the evenings, after work, travelling up and down the country at silly hours). It was all very much worth it, and thank you very much to those who came along to the events to say hello. It was lovely meeting you all. There may well be a couple more events later on in the year; I'll post about those on here nearer the time.
At the moment I'm working on two new books, more details of which I'll hopefully be able to tell you guys in the next few months. One of those is my novel, which I'm going away for a week to work on, soon. It'll just be me and my computer in an internetless cottage in Cornwall, right on the cliff tops. This will be the view from my desk:
I'm really looking forward to it. Though I've never spent a week entirely on my own, and I may well go a little bit mad. I'll report back!
Thank you to everyone who's been sending us messages about the bookshop, asking if we're staying open. Nothing has been decided yet, but we're hoping to be here until at least the new year. So, you've got time to come and visit us! (If you'd like to come to the shop on a day I'm here, please drop me an email a few days before to check if I'm around. I am there most week days, but occasionally work off-site, and I'm off to the Lake District for a week in August. I know bloggers from France, Mexico and Israel came in last week on a day I wasn't there, looking for me - so sorry! Always best to email beforehand :))
Hello folks! I hope you're all enjoying the sunshine! Here's a very brief video of me at our bookshop (Ripping Yarns, in Highgate). I'm going to do a proper video with a shop tour soon, but thought I'd show you this in the mean time. :)
(If the video doesn't embed properly in your browser, you can view it here)
Have a lovely weekend! x
PS. I've been getting quite a few messages this week about signed copies of 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' and 'More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops.' Those are available over here (click) and I can ship to anywhere in the world. :)
This week is Independent Booksellers' Week, so please go forth and buy some books from your independent bookshop (not that you need an excuse ;)).
This Thursday, 4th July, I'm spending a very busy day at Simply Books in Bramhall, and I'm very much looking forward to it. I'll be heading up very early in the morning, and running a poetry workshop with pupils from the local school. After lunch I'll be helping out in the bookshop, followed by an event with some young book reviewers, and then an evening event which you're all invited to! It will start at 7pm, and I'm told there will be Pimm's. I'll be chatting about the world of bookselling, the weird things customers say in bookshops, and signing copies of both 'Weird Things...' and 'The Hungry Ghost Festival.' SO, if you're in the area I'd really love to see you there. It's going to be a lovely day! x
Jen Campbell is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' series, and 'The Bookshop Book.' 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 is currently writing a short story collection. 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.