"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 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.