"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
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
competition: two signed copy of 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops'
So, today is Valentine's day. It's also 50 days until the publication of 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops,' so here's a competition. There are two signed copies of 'Weird Things...' up for grabs, and anyone can enter. I want to hear the weirdest/worst chat up lines you've ever heard. You can Tweet them, with the link #weirdchatuplines. If you don't have Twitter, you can enter the competition by leaving a comment on this blog post, or on the facebook page.
One signed copy of the book will go to my favourite weird chat up line, and one will go to the best literary weird chat up line. For instance, some guy once came up to me at my desk at Ripping Yarns, holding a copy of Romeo and Juliet, and said: 'Baby, let's write our own romantic novel.' Ew. [Once I'd controlled the nausea, I pointed out that Romeo and Juliet is actually a play.]
So, go forth, lovely people. Shock me...humour me...make me worried about the human race. Your deadline is midnight [GMT].
NB: If you post your chat up lines here or on facebook, they still have to be Tweet-length [that's 140 characters or less including #weirdchatuplines]
Jen Campbell is the author of the best-selling 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' series. 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. Her new book, 'The Bookshop Book' is forthcoming autumn 2014, and she is currently writing her first novel.
Forthcoming autumn 2014 (click for details)
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.
Wednesday 15th October 7:30pm: 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.
Wednesday 29th October
7:30pm: The Big Comfy Bookshop, Coventry.
Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry, CV1 5EA
Audience Q&A and signing.