If ever you needed an excuse to visit your local independent book shop, today’s the day as it’s national Bookshop Day!
What’s Bookshop Day?
Every year over a thousand bookshops around the country take part in Bookshop Day by holding special events, creating bespoke window displays and more. It’s organised by Books Are My Bag, a nationwide campaign run by the Booksellers Association to celebrate bookshops. You might have seen the iconic Books Are My Bag (BAMB) tote bags on an arm near you.
A big part of our #indierocks campaign is supporting local independent bookshops so Bookshop Day is right up our street (ahem). But don’t just take our word for it, here are a few reasons directly from BAME as to why you NEED to support the Bookshop in your life:
- You love books
- You may be about to make a purchase you’ll value for the rest of your life
- You’ll be shopping on your local high street
- You’ll be helping create local jobs
- You might just find a book you never knew existed
- You’ll find great gifts for friends and family
- You can talk to real people about books they know and love
- You’ll be part of your local book-loving community
What will we be doing?
We will be celebrating by rocking up at our local independent bookshop, Forum Books and buying a book or two (well it is Bookshop Day). They have a choc a block day filled with loads of lovely signed books, special independent book shop editions and lots of authors stopping by including Mari Hannah and Matt Wesolowski.
If you’re not local to Northumberland (it’s not your fault) don’t panic, bookshops all around the country are getting involved. The Portobello Bookshop in Edinburgh will be holding a children’s storytime with Anna Doherty. Hungerford Bookshop will be throwing open their doors after hours, sticking a glass of wine in your hand and offering 10% off all stock, and the lovely Imagined Things in Harrogate will be tote-ing you up and offering you the chance to win a free gift or voucher if you purchase a book.
See you in the fiction aisle!
So what are you waiting for? Down tools, forget the weekly food shop and pause the footy, GET BOOKSHOPPING!!!!