2,000 Bookshops celebrate UK & Ireland’s first Bookshop Day

Atwood, Palin and Paxman join fight for Christmas bestseller

Competitions, author visits, bookshop parties and more!

Around 2,000 bookshops will celebrate the UK and Ireland’s first Bookshop Day on Saturday 8 October, as this year’s biggest Christmas titles hit the high street. Bookshop Day activity will span special events, author visits, competitions, bespoke window displays and more.

With titles by Margaret Atwood, Michael Palin, Graham Norton, Ben Fogle, Jeremy Paxman, Miranda Hart, P.D. James and more hitting the shelves two days beforehand, Bookshop Day will mark the point at which bookshops across the country gear up for the Christmas season.

The focal point of this year’s Books Are My Bag campaign, Bookshop Day (#BookshopDay) will be an opportunity for bookshops and book-buyers to celebrate their love of books and bookshops, and the vital role that bookshops play in our communities.

Highlights of this Bookshop Day include a special Famous Five edition Five Go Bookselling (Quercus), available exclusively in bookshops.

Book clubs in bookshops

Bookshops across the UK and Ireland will be opening their doors to book clubs throughout October. Bookshops already confirmed to host a book club include Southcart Books and Lutyens and Rubenstein. The book club that shows the most bookshop love in October with the hashtag #BookshopDay will be in for a special prize.

October is also looking to be a strong month for bookshop openings with two high profile openings confirmed so far; Foyles Chelmsford, and Jaffe and Neale in Stow-on-the Wold.

Other bookshop events confirmed include:

  • A Millie Marotta colouring competition in bookshops across UK with an illustration from her latest book, Curious Creatures, entry via social media #BookshopDay
  • Toppings in Bath will be hosting an event with Margaret Atwood
  • New bookstore Foyles Chelmsford is inviting Cressida Cowell to open its children’s department on Bookshop Day, with cupcakes, biscuits and a 20% discount on offer on Bookshop Day itself
  • Westbourne Bookshop in Bournemouth has Horrible Histories illustrator, Martin Brown, celebrating his new book: Lesser Spotted Animals
  • Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh, will be running prize draw with the chance to win Coralie Bickford-Smith’s limited edition Books Are My Bag tote bag, and her new children’s book, The Fox and the Star. The bookshop will also be doing a mystery book draw and will be offering a free orange BAMB tote with every purchase while stocks last. Its Bookshop Day party will include music, treats from local suppliers, a kids’ ‘crafternoon’ and spoken word event with Ross McCleary and Andrew Blair
  • Far from the Madding Crowd in Linlithgow, Scotland will be hosting a Shetland Afternoon Tea with crime writer Ann Cleeves
  • Chicken and Frog Bookshop in Essex will be hosting a meet-the-author with children’s writer Nicky Dee
  • Walker Books has unveiled an exclusive Books Are My Bag t-shirt design, featuring artwork from A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston
  • Picaresque Books in Dinghill, Scotland, will launch of S.G. Maclean’s The Black Friar
  • Cogito Books in Hexham will be holding an afternoon tea with Sue Gee
  • Book Corner in Saltburn will be hosting a book signing with Saltburn-based crime author, Jennie Finch

To coincide with Bookshop Day, special edition Coralie Bickford-Smith Books Are My Bag bags will go on sale exclusively in bookshops. There will also be a Winnie the Pooh children’s bag from Egmont.

Customers and booksellers alike will also be invited to share their love of bookshops on Bookshop Day with the hashtags #OnlyOnTheHighStreet and #BookshopDay

Alan Staton, Head of Marketing & Communications at the Booksellers Association, commented: “The reaction from bookshops to the UK & Ireland’s first Bookshop Day has been fantastic. Bookshop Day will be an opportunity for bookshops to engage with new and existing customers and – above all – celebrate their shared love of books.”

To find out what events are happening near you keep an eye on http://www.booksaremybag.com/ and @booksaremybag.

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