The annual celebration of independent bookshops take place this week. Independent Bookshop Week runs from the 16th to the 23rd June and this year’s celebrations are expected to be the biggest yet.
Independent shops play a key role in the community. There is a certain charm around their quirky spaces filled with strange stories, each shelf overflowing with potential to whisk you off to a new world. These bookshops are places of passion; created by people who love books for people who love to read. That passion can be passed on, with the recommendation of a book you’d never think to pick up, or a discussion about what you’re reading at the moment. Independent bookshops can offer a personalised community-style service that differs from their chain-store counterparts. Independent bookshops are a perfect space to meet new people and expand your horizons.
This year’s national Independent Bookshop Week celebrations are set to be bigger than ever! With events taking place nationwide, why not check out your local ‘indie’ bookshop and see what's happening? There could be a big name visiting as a part of the celebrations.
It has been announced that the bestselling author of The Book of Dust and His Dark Materials Philip Pullman and the first female, Scottish Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be visiting a number of different bookstores across the country for readings and signings, with unique gifts to mark the occasion. Head over to The Bookseller website to find out more about the events planned.
Here at LoveReading we are passionate about supporting independent bookshops and are are delighted to today launch a serial Bookshops of the Month feature here on the LoveReading Blog. As you may know, LoveReading is under new management, and this means that we work from a number of different offices up and down the country. We will be sharing some of our team’s faves, but are also here shouting out to all you indie bookshops out there, get in touch, tell us why you’re so wonderful and unique.
Our new series will reveal gems that you’ve been living right next door to, or offer you somewhere to explore on your travels around the UK.
Support these Book Shop Heroes, visit your local bookshop and buy a book. Every £1 spent in a bookshop generates a further £1.91 in the local economy. What bigger reason did you need?!