"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
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
'Weird Things...' events
What am I up to at the moment? Well, I'm getting ready for the launch of 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' - which is just three weeks away, 5th April [eek!]. It all seemed so very far away, and now it's just around the corner. Zut alors and bloody hell.
I've got a couple of events lined up for the book:
Tuesday 10th April: I'll be talking about 'Weird Things...' and signing books at The Edinburgh Bookshop in Bruntsfield. 5:30-6:30pm.
Tuesday 17th April: I'm going to be doing a day as writer in residence at Blackwell's in Oxford. I'll be writing poetry inspired by each floor, doing podcasts, blogging, tweeting, listening out for more 'Weird Things...' followed by an event in the evening at 7pm where I'll talk about 'Weird Things...' read some poetry and sign some books.
Thursday 19th April: I'll be joining Scott Pack and Sarah Salway at the 'Firestation Bookswap' in Windsor. Tickets are £5, or free if you bring a homemade cake!
If you're near these places, it would be lovely to see you there - an encouraging smile or two, and all that jazz. I'll keep you all posted on any other events [& if you're reading this and you're a bookshop and you'd like me to stop by, drop me an email].
Around launch date I'll be doing a blog tour, and we'll be doing a couple of giveaways via Twitter and Facebook [so follow/like if you want to keep an eye out for those]. Also, I'll be doing a few radio things, which I'll post details about soon if you'd like to listen to me babble [in a very intellectual way, obviously].
SO, at the moment I am a very excited/nervous person, looking forward to getting a copy of the book and seeing it on shelves in bookshops. I'm excited for you all to see it, too, obviously! Greg's illustrations are wonderful, and I hope the book makes you giggle over several cups of tea.
*wanders off to be nervous/excited somewhere else*
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 2nd October 2014 (click for details) pre-order
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 - more details soon
Monday 17th November Shakespeare and Company, Paris evening event - more details soon
Thursday 20th November 2014 Beccles Books - more details soon.
Thursday 27th November 2014 Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye - more details soon
Saturday 6th December 2014 Pritchards, Merseyside - more details soon.