I have two lovely opportunities for you to get your hands on some goodies!
First, I am delighted to let you know that, thanks to our friend Cathy Rentzenbrink at Quick Reads (check out Quick Reads at www.quickreads.org.uk ), Galaxy are again offering out chocolate to IBW bookshops. We have 200 cases of chocolate for the first lucky 200 bookshops to email us and say they would like it. The chocolate is designed for use for Girls’ Nights In, or for competition prizes, or quiz prizes. Anywhere where there is a good connection between reading and chocolate!
Email email@example.com with your FULL POSTAL ADDRESS to snag your box of chocolate!
And secondly, Fiction Uncovered are offering independent booksellers the chance to win a Fortnums Hamper and six bottles of prosecco by entering their Window Display Competition – the winner to be announced during IBW.
Now in its third year, Fiction Uncovered celebrates and promotes eight living British writers of any age who have already published at least one novel or short story collection. It is funded by the National Lottery and supported by Arts Council England. The 2013 Fiction Uncovered selection will be announced on Thursday 16 May 2013 by chair of judges and author Louise Doughty, Sandeep Mahal, (Programme Manager at the Reading Agency), Lynne Hatwell (who blogs at dovegreyreader) and writer Courttia Newland.
This year Independent retailers are invited to enter a Fiction Uncovered window competition from 16 May 2013 with the winner announced in IBW . The independent bookshop which puts on the best window display featuring the eight titles and celebrating British writing will win a luxury Fortnum and Mason’s hamper and six bottles of prosecco.
· Entries will be judged by the Fiction Uncovered team
· Please send a minimum x 2 high-resolution JPEG files depicting your display to firstname.lastname@example.org, by the midday on 1 July.
· By entering your photos into this competition you consent to us using them on the Fiction Uncovered website and social media outlets.
Posters and Fiction Uncovered tote bags will be available to retailers, libraries, reading groups and other literary organisations across the UK. The posters will be downloadable from the Fiction Uncovered website on 16 May and the tote bags can be ordered from email@example.com
We are delighted to bring you authors and offers from Penguin in this bulletin.
The following authors are available for bookshop events, signings or Strictly Come Bookselling:
Area: Bath, West country, but would travel if there is a shop who adores her and is keen to work with her for an event
Elizabeth Fremantle, debut author of Queen’s Gambit
Area: London Based but will travel
Samantha Young – Scotland’s answer to EL James
James Oswald – farmer come crime writer
Signed copies are available for:
- Consolations of the Forest by Sylvain Tesson (nice indies book) – Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hook, Line and Singer by Cerys Matthews– Natalie.email@example.com
- Cooked by Michael Pollen– Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mohsin Hamid ’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Amelia.email@example.com
Window Display Competition
Penguin is running a Window Display Competition for The Other Typist , coming from Viking in June. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org
Penguin are also offering author events for Salley Vickers, Jay Griffiths, James Robertson. Contact Amelia Fairney – Amelia.email@example.com
Let us know what you are up to – email firstname.lastname@example.org with your IBW plans.
And don’t forget our Non Book Product Showcase on Monday (20th May) in Oxford – we have just heard that Thorntons are coming along to the Showcase, and we also have a great offer of a visit to Barefoot Books Studio in Oxford afterwards – and extra discount too! Email email@example.com for more information or to book a place. It’s FREE to BA members.
We are really chuffed today to bring you a brand new, exclusive and delicious IBW Collectible from the Independent Alliance publishers.
The Independent Alliance is delighted to offer five limited edition Written Word Posters to independent bookshops to sell exclusively for IBW.
The Alliance has asked five of their authors to hand write a section of their work or poem and we have reproduced these as A4 sized frame-able prints on beautiful FSC accredited offset paper with the handwritten text over a background image of the book cover. The author will then individually sign each of the 200 prints.
The prints that we will have available are:
Yann Martel – Life of Pi – 9781782112228
Robert Macfarlane – The Wild Places – 9781847089175
Mark Forsyth – The Etymologicon – 9781848316430
Ruth Ozeki – A Tale for the Time Being – 9781782112297
Simon Armitage Poem - 9780571309238
Each print will be priced at £20 and will be supplied in a tube so that customers can then frame.
If you would like to place an order for any of these limited edition signed prints then please email Sam Brown - firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you really enjoy selling these beautiful exclusive prints.
THE NOVEL CURE: An A-Z of Literary Remedies by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin – both School of Life bibliotherapists – is a quirky popular reference book for literature lovers weary in brain and body and in need of a novel cure; an A-Z of literary remedies that offers a cure in the form of a novel for all kinds of ailments of the mind and body – whether you have stomach flu, a broken heart or just feel a bit fat, the authors can recommend a novel (or a combination of novels) that will help ease your pain.
Written with authority, passion and wit, it features a wide range of books, from the classic to the contemporary, from the much loved and well known to the undiscovered gem.
The book will be published in September by Canongate, so IBW events are very much being seen as pre-publicity for the book and there will be postcards available for bookshops and customers during IBW. Though Susan is not available until the autumn, Ella is available for selected events during IBW.
There are a number of ways a bibliotherapy session could work as a bookshop event – if you have a good idea, or would like to find out more about hosting an event with Ella during IBW, please contact Sam Brown – email@example.com
Orion Books is offering Annabel Pitcher, the author of Ketchup Clouds, for events during IBW. Annabel lives in Holmfirth in Yorkshire and is available for events within a day trip of Holmfirth. Annabel is the author of the fantastic My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece which has won over 25 major awards.
For more information or to arrange an event with Annabel contact Nina Douglas at Orion on Nina.Douglas@orionbooks.co.uk
We are pleased to let you know about authors being offered by Templar for IBW events:
Contact for all authors is firstname.lastname@example.org
Belinda Rapley – author of new series of young readers (7+) The Pony Detectives. Based in Norfolk.
Adam Stower – illustrator of Silly Doggy!, Naughty Kitty! And Slam! – Brighton area
Emily Diamand – author of Flood Child. New title for Templar out 1 July, Ways to See a Ghost
Jonny Duddle – author/illustrator. Based in North Wales – not available to travel too far
Teresa Flavin – 3rd title, Shadow Lantern in the Sunni and Blaise mysteries. Based in Glasgow
Lara Faraway (aka Sara Starbucks) author of Fairythorn Tales – based in Sussex
Good luck with all your author event planning for IBW. Keep us posted – send details of all your events to email@example.com
Bloomsbury is offering the following authors for IBW:
Please contact Emma.Bradshaw@bloomsbury.com
Area: Bath & within an hour by public transport.
Area: West Kensington & within an hour by public transport.
Area: Westbourne Park. Anywhere in London.
Bloomsbury Children’s Books are offering:
Mark Walden, author of the HIVE series of books is available for events in schools. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Sykes – Princess Ponies – A magical adventure series of princesses, ponies and friendship aimed at 5-7 year old girls. Audiences of between 50-60. Julie is based in Hampshire.
Contact: Melissa. Jowett@bloomsbury.com
We are delighted to bring you a great £2.99 backlist promotion offer from Hodder & Stoughton and Headline for IBW this year, featuring the following titles:
- The Teleportation Accident 9780340998427
- The Girl on the Stairs 9781848546509
- Cloud Atlas 9780340822784
- The Shining 9781444720723
- Harry’s Game 9781444760019
- Mr Rosenblum’s List 9780340995662
- House Rules 9780340979075
- Rules of Civility 9781444708875
- End of Your Life Book Club 9781444706383
- The Book of Summers 9780755390854
- About Last Night 9780755371310
- Far to Go 9780755379439
- Buried Secrets 9780755342136
- Cuckoo 9780755377992
- The Flying Man 9780755383405
Little, Brown has the following authors available during IBW. Contact the publicist for more information or to arrange an event.
Chris Brookmyre, When the Devil Drives
Area: Scotland and rest of UK
Marcus Berkmann, A Shed of One’s Own
Area: London based but a/v across UK
Stella Duffy, The Purple Shroud
(Virago) Area: London and rest of UK
Sarah Churchwell, Careless People
(Virago) Area: Norwich, London and rest of UK
Fiona Walker, The Summer Wedding
Area: Worcestershire, Birmingham (& 100 mile radius)
Jennie Erdal, The Missing Shade of Blue
Area: Scotland but will consider other areas
Roy & Lesley Adkins, Eavesdropping on our Ancestors in Jane Austen’s England
Jane Gardam, Last Friends
Area: Lives in London and Kent, limited availability across UK
Lisa Ballantyne, The Guilty One
Area: Lives in Glasgow, so preferably Scottish or Northern events
Area: Lives in Nottinghamshire
Annabel Markova, a former BBC journalist and screenwriter. Annabel’s 9th novel, The Family Thief is published on 6th June.
Area: Clapham and London areas (zone 3 max)