"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, 21 November 2012
Blackwell's Children's Book Tree 2012
I blogged about this last year, and have to blog about it again, because it's so wonderful! Blackwell's in Edinburgh and their Children's Book Tree.
Working with Edinburgh Women’s Aid, Edinburgh Young Carers and other local organisations, Blackwell's have received book requests from vulnerable local children.
These requests are on glittery tags which adorn the Christmas tree in the children's section of Blackwell's.
Each tag has a little message: '7 year old boy would like a book of your choice', for instance, or '15 year girl would like a book by Patrick Ness'.
You pick a tag, buy a book which corresponds with it, and the lovely staff at Blackwell's will gift wrap the book and ensure it reaches the child who requested it in time for Christmas.
If you're unsure which book to choose, the staff will help, and if you can't make it to the shop in person, you can do it over the phone - just call 0044131 622 8225.
So: children who will be living in difficult circumstances at Christmas, who have caring responsibilities beyond their years or who won’t be at home over the festive period will each receive a book to treasure, a book they can't wait to read.
It would be lovely if you could spread the word about it, and take part if you can!
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.