Independent Booksellers Week, the Booksellers Association’s campaign to celebrate independent bookselling, begins tomorrow, Tuesday 1st July 2008, with hundreds of bookshops around the country gearing up for a week of special events including author signing sessions, quiz evening, readings and more.
Shops taking part have been supplied with posters, bookmarks and balloons to help give the week a party atmosphere.
If you’re taking part, please take this opportunity to post details of what’s on at your bookshop; and if you’re a customer please take this opportunity to provide feedback — either here or, even better, in person at your local independent bookshop!
Two shops that deserve particular congratulations — although they may not be explicitly taking part in this week’s events — are:
- Minehead’s Under The Rainbow, who now have their own attractive and independent web page online at www.undertherainbowbookshop.co.uk
- Leicester’s Christian Resources, who have been in touch to confirm that they are indeed a truly independent bookshop: they are not, repeat not, an SSG franchise!
Leicester’s independence is truly music to my ears: my thanks to Revd Peter Hebden for this clarification.