"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
Monday, 11 July 2011
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops...THE BOOK.
I have been dancing around to this news, silently, for a while, but now I can tell you! Hurrah!
A month ago I got a visit at the bookshop from the lovely Hugh, who works for Constable and Robinson and who, incidentally, used to work for Ripping Yarns bookshop ten years ago. He said he really liked 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' and would like me to write a book length collection of them.
So, since then, Hugh and my agent Charlie have been chatting away and talking about clauses and percentages and all that jazz and now I can officially announce that a book-shaped, illustrated 'Weird Things' will be available to buy in bookshops in the near future. Hurray!
I have lots of lovely images in my head of people going in to bookshops to ask for a copy of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops - it has a nice ironic ring to it, don't you think?
Dance with me!
[PS: Indie booksellers: I will be calling on you tomorrow, so do check back!]
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