"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, 25 April 2012
a few things, and a virtual book event
Earlier today I talked about 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' on Insight Radio. You can have a listen to that over here.
I've got some more events planned for the book, which is great. I'll be updating the left hand side bar with those as details are finalised. I'm particularly excited about being invited to talk at The Wigtown Book Festival later this year - a bookish haven if ever there was one! Thank you also to those who came along to The Firestation Bookswap last week; it was a lot of fun, with some excellent questions from the audience [such as: if you could have any literary characters as parents, who would you choose? I chose Fantastic Mr Fox and his wife. Got to love Roald Dahl.] If you're a bookshop and you'd like me to come visit, then drop me a line.
Now, for those who can't make it to an event, I thought I'd have a virtual event on here. It won't be at a specific time, so you'll be able to see it whenever you like. Basically, I'd like you to email me any questions you'd like me to answer [they can be about anything you like; they don't have to be about 'Weird Things...']. You could Tweet them or leave them in the comment box, if you wanted to instead. Then I'll make a video where I answer them. I might even get Miles to help me act out some scenes from 'Weird Things...', too. So, yes, ask away! xx
ETA: Some questions received so far: 1. How old is your tortoise? 2. Can I hear your Geordie accent? 3. If you had a daemon what type of animal would it be? 4. You said you can't make good paper aeroplanes, but that you can make an origami box. Show us the origami box. [Excellent questions, keep 'em coming!]
Jen Campbell is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' series, and 'The Bookshop Book.' 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 is currently writing a short story collection. She runs a Booktube channel over at youtube.com/jenvcampbell
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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.