"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
Monday, 11 November 2013
The Bookshop Book - Your Stories
Writing 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' has been a lot of fun; an affectionate look at the more bizarre side of bookselling. Now, I'm writing a new non-fiction title: The Bookshop Book, which will be published by Constable & Robinson this time next year. It's going to be a history of books and bookselling, a look at interesting bookshops of the world, and interviews with authors, booksellers and customers about what bookshops mean to them. There's so much research to do, and I'm rather enjoying myself.
NOW- we've all got stories to tell, and that's where I would love to hear from you guys. I want to know why you love bookshops; which bookshops you'd like to sing the praises of; if you've got a memory you want to share, whether it be happy, sad or amusing. You could even tell me about your ideal bookshop; if you could open one, where would it be? What would you stock? Anything you like! If you'd like to get in touch with me, you can drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to chat to as many people as possible, from across the globe, and include some of your stories in the book itself - with your permission, of course. So, if you'd like to drop me a message, that would be wonderful.
In the same vein: I'm currently researching and getting in touch with bookshops - if you're a bookseller and you'd like to get in touch to tell me a story, then please get in touch with me, too!
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.