In a world where the internet is ever reaching, and small indy booksellers are competing in the shadow of giant on line companies, IBW is a way of celebrating these little book-havens and shouting to the world that indy bookselling is still very much alive.
‘Independent bookshops are far and away the best, I don’t buy in larger chain bookshops, I like the independents. It’s the people in the independent bookshops, they’re so knowledgeable, and they pick better books.’
Janice Markey, Teaching Assistant, Book-crosser, Book lover.
So in the spirit of Independent Booksellers Week, here are some authors favourite Indy Bookshops . . .
Just Imagine Children's bookshop in Chelmsford - Julia Jones
Julia Jones is an author and owner of Golden Duck (UK) Ltd.
Leaf Old Cross in Hertford - Alice Hemming
Alice Hemming is a picture book writer. Her first book, The Black and White Club, will be published by Maverick in September.
Mostly Books is a family run indy bookshop that started as a labour of love in 2008 when it won the prestigious New Bookshop of the Year Award. Mostly Books is full of friendly staff who always greet you with a smile, that are very knowledgeable about their stock and spend time to help you find the right books. MB’s is more than just a bookshop; it stretches out to the community with a huge calendar of author events, and books groups. It also has great tie with local schools bringing authors to meet the pupils, helping to inspire the next generation of writers.
The Norfolk Children's Book Centre is in the middle of nowhere (off the A140 between Aylsham and Cromer), but they'll always give you a cup of coffee. What I like is that they have books you won't find in many other booksellers. Yesterday I bought a glorious American picture book called Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert.
Mostly Books in Abingdon – Sally Poyton
The Norfolk Children's Book Centre - Paeony Lewis
Paeony Lewis, is a children’s author of picture books. http://www.paeonylewis.com
Scarthin Books in Cromford - Mel Rogerson
Derbyshire has its fair share of indie bookshops, but Scarthin Books in Cromford, is one of the best. Spread over three ramshackle floors, it's impossible to leave without finding at least one gem amongst the shelves of new, old and rare books. My favourite place in the belly of this organic beast is, of course, the Children's Book Room. Packed full of brilliant titles, from picture books to YA novels, it has a magical air that only true, well-worn bookshops can bestow. And if all this literary loveliness gets too much, there's always a cup of tea and a slice of chocolate cake waiting in the cafe on the other side of the corridor. Scarthin Books is more than a shop, it's a door to other worlds. Long may it exist!Words and Pictures, the SCBWI British Isles blogzine.
The Thatcham Bookshop - Anita Loughrey
Anita Loughrey is an author of children’s books she also writes for The Writer Forum Magazine.
Finally we finish with a newly opened Bookshop! Last weekend children book author Julia Jones OPENED Between the Lines Bookshop in the village of Great Bardfield Essex. Must surely be the newest bookshop in the country! It’s great to see that in a financial downturn that indy bookshops are still opening. Good luck Between the lines!
So why not have a look to find out where your local Indy Bookshop is, and what events they're running this week! Follow this link to find our your nearest Independent bookshop; Independent Bookshop Directory.