Event news: Independent Booksellers Week 29th June – 6th July

29 Jun

Independent Booksellers Week starts today! What better way to get your weekend off to a good start than visiting your local independent bookshop for some reading treats?!

Over 360 bookshops around the UK are taking part in Independent Booksellers Week with talks and events taking place throughout the country, exclusive collectibles on offer from the likes of JRR Tolkien, Ann Patchett and Yann Martel amongst many others, and appearances bestselling writers including Antony Beevor, Kate Mosse, Rachel Joyce, Ann Widdecombe, Richard Madeley, Deborah Moggach, Kate Humble, Jack Straw, Malorie Blackman and Ruth Ozeki who will be visiting bookshops to discuss why they matter so much to them and the valuable role that they play.

The headline event will be a debate at the Southbank Centre in London on Wednesday 3rd July. Entitled The Perfect Storm: Why Bookshops Are in the Frontline in the Battle for the High Street,chaired by James Runcie, Literature Director of the Southbank Centre, the debate will be an opportunity for the book industry, media and members of the public to meet to discuss the issues facing bookshops today. The panel will include leading independent bookseller Nic Bottomley (Mr B’s Emporium), award-winning author Kate Mosse, Chair of the Society of Authors Anne Sebba , Gordon Wise of Curtis Brown literary agency and Lindsay Mackie (New Economics Foundation). Tickets are available at: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

I’ll be posting throughout the week highlighting some of the events and special collectible items available as well as telling you about some of my own favourite independent bookshops around the country. Happy reading all!

Find your nearest independent bookshop 

Find out more about Independent Booksellers Week and the events taking place at: http://independentbooksellersweek.org.uk/

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