LONDONERS: Tomorrow night (Tuesday 9th December) I'm going to be chatting about The Bookshop Book (www.jen-campbell.co.uk/the-bookshop-book) and signing copies at The Notting Hill Bookshop at 7pm. (I'll actually be around before that if you want to say hi, but the talk starts at 7 ). If you're nearby, it would be lovely to see you, or if you know someone who lives in London then please pass the message on. It's the last date of The Bookshop Book book tour before Christmas. In the past two months, I've been up and down the country, and across the channel to France, and it's been lots and lots of fun. Thanks to everyone who's come along to an event! xx
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
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.
This is rather lovely news! The German translation of 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' - "Verkaufen Sie auch Bücher?" - 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
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 :)
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.
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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.