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Matt Lucas Hosts Singing Competition for Bookshop Owners

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In October, Matt Lucas releases his memoirs Little Me: My Life from A-Z and to celebrate he’s hosting a little competition for bookshop owners.

Canongate who are publishing the memoirs are hosting a singing competition at their website right now and to enter bookshop owners must film themselves singing and send it in. The winner will have Matt Lucas visit their shop on December 5th to sign copies of Little Me. Read More

Huge Response to Newham Bookshop Appeal for Grenfell Tower Victims

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Yesterday saw one of the worst residential catastrophes in living history in London, as a tower block housing 600 residents was devastated by fire as they slept, leaving scores dead and many homeless. Seventeen people are confirmed dead but there could be more than a hundred people still missing and hundreds left homeless.

It’s an unbelievable tragedy and this morning, a London bookshop put out an appeal to raise funds for the victims. Newham bookshop’s owner Vivian Archer tweeted from the bookshop’s Twitter account early this morning appealing for items for a charity raffle for the victims and the response has been phenomenal. Read More

The Wild Detectives Turn Classics Into Clickbait.

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The Wild Detectives was founded by Javier Garcia del Moral and Paco Vique who were so passionate about books, food, and decent alcoholic drinks, that they created Los Detectives Salvajes. Their mission statement is as follows: “The Wild Detectives is to curate all those things that matter, those serious pleasures which turn life into experience”

Based now in Dallas, Texas (too far away from me, for my liking!) the team bring the bookish people of Dallas a place to be to enjoy locally brewed beer, locally roasted coffee and, most importantly, a rich selection of books, records, and stimulating conversation. They have impressed so many that they were invited to give a TedXTalk at the University of Texas to speak about why they decided to put a bar in their bookshop.

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Book Shops Versus Clothes Shops

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If you’re one of those people who is filled with dread at the thought of clothes shopping, but could spend many a relaxing hour wandering around a bookshop then you might think you’re a bit odd. But you’re not alone, I love it too, and I’m sure there are many of us who feel soothed at the very act of walking through the door of a bookshop.

I hate shopping, it’s my least favourite thing in all the world, but give me a bookshop, especially a second hand one, and I could wander for hours! Read More

Regional Award for The Big Comfy Bookshop

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The Big Comfy Bookshop in Coventry is exactly as the name suggests. An independent bookshop café, the store is warm and welcoming and a firm favourite of For Reading Addict’s Shan, and clearly she’s not the only one as the shop has picked up a regional award.

What’s On Magazine has named The Big Comfy Bookshop Best Independent Coffee Shop/Café in Coventry & Warwickshire, proving that books and coffee go together perfectly! Read More

Author Finds Skip Full of Books Outside Closed Bookshop

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Bibliophiles may want to view the following scenes through their fingers, it’s the very worst of all horror scenes. In Hull, City of Culture, an author has stumbled across a skip full of books outside a closed down independent bookshop!

Author of Isolation Junction Jennifer Gilmour lives in the city and yesterday while walking home stumbled across these terrible scenes. Hardbacks, paperbacks and even some rare editions, all piled up, open to the elements in a skip in the city. Read More

Bookshop Staff take the Bookface to a Hilarious New Level

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Many libraries and bookshops have done their own take on the Bookface, where you line up a book cover with your own face, to creative and often funny results. But the Instagram page of French independent bookshop, Librairie Mollat have taken the idea one stage further, and we think it’s brilliant!

It doesn’t take much to hold a book up to your face but these are amazingly creative, matching hair styles, skin tones, and even various other body parts to creative and often hilarious effect. Read More

Bookshop Project Demonstrates the Gender Gap in Fiction

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In recent years it seems we’re spoiled for choice for female authors, and while it’s been a long time coming, men still dominate the fiction section. The gender gap in fiction is huge, and although it is closing, male authors are still dominating the shelves, even when it comes to writing female characters.

To demonstrate this issue, one bookshop has taken a unique approach in a performance art project. Loganberry Books in Ohio brought in the staff and shelved all general fiction works by men backwards, leaving only women’s work spine out and legible. Read More

Celebrating the Bookmobile

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Coming from a rural location, the sight of the mobile library as a child was a welcome one, and these mobile libraries still operate around the UK, albeit under limited funding and resources. Around the world and through history people have relied on these bookmobiles for education and literary enlightenment, especially in hard to reach locations, and often funded by charity. Read More

Waterstones Accused of Disguising Chain Stores as Indie Bookshops

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Over the last year or so we’ve heard quite a lot about the revival of the indie bookshop, these treasure troves of books have never been so en vogue as people turn their backs on Amazon and the big chains and turn to high street treasures.

However, now Waterstones Booksellers has come under criticism for opening several small shops in small towns and doing so without the Waterstones name, under the guise of an independent bookshop. Read More