Friday, 28 November 2014

London Bookshop Crawl

On Monday I took the lovely Melina Souza on a bookshop tour of Central London. There are over 100 bookshops in London (a good tool for looking them up is the London Bookshop Map), so we weren't able to go to all of them. We were able to go to twelve, though. We met at Platform 9 3/4, drank lots of tea, bought lots of books and looked at hundreds of different editions of Alice in Wonderland. You can watch our bookshop adventure over here. :) xx

Saturday, 22 November 2014

I love my job

This week at the bookshop...

Little girl: My brother’s guinea pig died last night. Do you think we can eat it? My mum says that booksellers know lots of things, so I thought that I’d ask you.
Me: Erm… does your brother want you to eat his dead guinea pig?
Little girl: No. My brother wants to bury it in the garden, but I think that’s stupid.
Me: Why?
Little girl: Because it’s cold outside and his guinea pig didn’t like the cold. (Pause) Also, I like eating new things. My dad let me eat sushi last week and I liked that. So perhaps I’ll like guinea pig, too.

Friday, 21 November 2014

a few photos from my event at Shakespeare and Company, Paris

You can see my video of my trip to Paris over here

For more information on Shakespeare and Company, click here. For information on The Bookshop Book, go here. :)

Hope you all have a lovely weekend! 


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops shortlisted for the Leserpreis Award

This is rather lovely news! The German translation of 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' - "Verkaufen Sie auch B├╝cher?" - has been shortlisted for the Leserpreis Award for Best Humour Book of 2014, nominated by readers (which makes it extra special). If you'd like to vote for it, you can do so over here. :) Thank you, lovely German booklovers! xx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Paris VLOG // Shakespeare and Company

I am just home from Paris. I did an event at the fabulous Shakespeare and Company (one of my all time favourite bookshops), and this time I slept in the bookshop for a night, which I'd never done before. I had lunch with the glorious Sylvia Whitman (owner of S&C), and she told me all about her future plans to open a Bookshop Farm - a working farm an hour out of Paris, where writers can stay and work (so long as they pitch in with the animals!). She's going to build tree houses as writing stations. I think you can all join me in saying I Want To Go To There.

I filmed my visit for a little vlog, and you can watch that over here :)

Monday, 17 November 2014

Paris and a new video

Good morning, guys! I'm heading off to Paris in a minute to do an event at Shakespeare and Company tonight. I'll be vlogging my trip, and will upload a video next week showing you around some Parisian bookshops :)

This week's Youtube video is up: I chat about 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops,' 'The Bookshop Book,' falling in love with reading, and cassette tapes. You can watch that over here. 

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! xx

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Signed Books For Christmas

Hello my loves! It's that that time of year again. Our bookshop's starting to look Christmassy, and I'm sorting out a Christmas gift-guide blog post for you, like the one I did last year :)

Aaand, if you would like to give a signed copy of 'The Bookshop Book,' 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops,' 'More Weird Things...', or 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' to a friend for Christmas, then you can grab one below :) I'm shipping to anywhere in the world, and can add a name inside as well as a signature. I'll also giftwrap for free - just leave any notes in the 'Notes to Buyer' section when you check out. Please see the bottom of this post for last postage dates before Christmas. :)

If you'd like to order more than one book, or have any questions, just drop me an email and I can work out postage costs for you. :) xx

1 x copy of The Bookshop Book - Jen Campbell (click here to read blurb/more details)

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1 x Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops [UK edition] (click here to read blurb/more details)

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(click here to read blurb/more details1 x More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops (UK edition)
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1 x copy of The Hungry Ghost Festival (click here to read blurb/more details)

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Last order dates in time for Christmas:

Asia, Australia and New Zealand: 1st December 
Africa, Caribbean, Central & South America, Middle East: 3rd December
Eastern Europe: 5th December
USA and Canada: 10th December
Western Europe: 12th December
UK: 20th December

Lots of love xxxx

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

falling in love with stories

You can read an extract from The Bookshop Book on the history of Shakespeare and Company in Paris, over here. 

I also wrote a piece about falling in love with stories.

"....Books do this to us because we all love stories. Stories offer up places to escape to; characters who become alter egos; different worlds that we want to get to know. It’s why I love reading; it’s why I love working in a bookshop and it’s why I write books myself. Human beings have been making up stories for things we don’t understand, or can’t explain, for as long as we’ve been around to do so: moral tales and fairy tales, myths, legends and everything in between. We have a desire to want to unravel things, even if we can’t. We want to empathise and we want adventure. Books allow us to do that. They allow us to explore..."

You can read the rest over here.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The Autumn Cosy Book Tag

Hello, everyone! I hope you're having a lovely week. Thanks very much to those who came along to The Bookshop Book event in Hull last night :) The next stop on the tour is at Winstone Books in Sidmouth, Devon on Thursday 13th, then Shakespeare and Company in Paris next Monday! For all details and dates, please head over here.

I've just posted my fourth Youtube video, in which I do the Fall Time Cosy Book Tag, and talk about books, leaves, tea and log fires. You can find it over here. :) xx

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Hull Literature Festival: 10 November 2014

Tomorrow (Monday 10th November) at 7.30pm, I'm going to be doing an event at the Humbermouth Literature Festival in Hull. :) All details are over on their website. Come along if you're nearby! xx

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Friday, 7 November 2014

GIVEAWAY: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

Happy Friday, folks!

The other week I read Michel Faber's new book 'The Book of Strange New Things' and completely fell in love. In fact, I loved it so much that I had to go out and buy another copy to give away to you all. So, if you'd like to enter the giveaway, just head over here. It's open internationally :)

Hope you all have a great weekend! xx

Monday, 3 November 2014

'Weird Things...' Read Along Book Club November 2014

Hi guys - the November Book Club is posted :) We'll be reading The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton - about a girl born with the wings of a bird. If you'd like to read along with us, head over here - the more the merrier!

This week I'm also going to be giving away a copy of Michel Faber's brilliant 'A Book of Strange New Things' over on my Youtube channel, so stay tuned for that :)

Happy Monday! xx