"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
Thursday, 13 September 2012
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores - released today in America and Canada [here's the chance to win a copy!]
Well, hello, American and Canadian types! Today, 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores' can be found in your bookstores! Hurray! I am watching eagerly with binoculars from across the pond. Copies from my lovely American publishers [Overlook], arrived in the post today. They have that excellent new-book smell (the books, not the publishers. Though I'm sure they smell great, too).
This edition contains extra quotes from American and Canadian booksellers, such as:
Customer: If I had a bookstore, I’d make the mystery section really hard to find.
Quite an excellent idea, really! So, North American folk! You can now track down 'Weird Things...', RRP $15. Please do say something totally absurd to the bookseller you buy it from. It keeps us on our toes, you see.
And, because I'm feeling nice today, I'm going to do a giveaway! Everyone who replies to this post will have their name put into a hat, and the name pulled out of that hat will win a signed copy of 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores' (this is open to everyone, everywhere). I'll pick a winner tomorrow (Friday) night [midnight GMT].
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.