Yesterday was #BookshopDay, a national campaign from the Booksellers Association, celebrating the world of bookshops. We, as booksellers, are greatly supported by the BA and lots of superb publishing houses, who champion the bricks and mortar bookshop. As a result of this energetic campaign, we have wonderful Winnie the Pooh bags to give away to our customers*, from Egmont, as we celebrate 90 years of that silly old bear.
We were approached by Book Machine, to contribute to their amazing website this week, with our top tips for bookselling, from the shop floor. I am not sure that we are experts, but we gave it our best shot. The article can be found here. If you haven’t visited the site before, it’s certainly worth a read, although I warn you now, you may well lose hours in there. We’re most grateful for the opportunity to share our love of bookselling with others and also to Book Machine for linking their social media this week to the #BookshopDay campaign.
And on to the day itself. In the afternoon, we were joined by Nicky Dee, author of a fantastic series of dinosaur books. Each book focuses on one particular dinosaur; packed full of fascinating facts, with accurately drawn illustrations. Not only did Nicky share dino facts with the children, she also brought with her, the teeth from a T-Rex! The children got to handle the artefacts, as well as plenty of opportunities to ask Nicky questions. It really was a brilliant afternoon – I know that I learnt a lot!
If you didn’t get a chance to meet Nicky yesterday, we are delighted to be able to tell you that she has agreed to take part in next year’s Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival.
* Whilst stocks last