Judith Kerr and Philip Pullman join IBW celebrations

Judith Kerr and Philip Pullman join IBW celebrations

Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) will feature the 50th anniversary of The Tiger Who Came to Tea as well as Philip Pullman exclusives and a nationwide poet tour from Carol Ann Duffy.

Initiatives for IBW include a limited number of the author's complete library available exclusively for independent bookshops with an exclusive Book of Dust tote for this year’s Books Are My Bag children’s bag in October. Three indies will also be offered Pullman events in stores. More than 400 independent bookshops are participating in the week-long event taking place from 16th to 23rd June.

To commemorate the half-century anniversary of Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea, HarperCollins Children’s Books will be hosting bookshop tea parties across the country, as well as providing all participating stores with 10 specially designed tote bags only available throughout the week of IBW.

This year also marks Pan Macmillan’s 175th birthday and 21 years of Picador Poetry. To celebrate, poets Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay and musician MC John Sampson will be leading the ‘Shore to Shore’ tour. The group will be travelling the breadth of the country, performing their work in local independent bookshops, to “highlight IBW and to bring poetry to the heart of the communities that they serve”, according to a spokesperson for the event.

Hachette is organising author visits to bookshops with Diana Henry, Victoria Hislop, Elly Griffiths, Marie Hannah, and Ruth Hogan all taking part. The publisher’s children’s books division is also planning a “bespoke POS” and “flagship IBW event” to celebrate the Oi picturebook series by Jim Field and Kes Gray.

Meanwhile this year’s Bookshop Crawl will be led by blogger Erica Jones of The Bookshop Around the Corner on 16th June. She will spend a week in the Cotswolds visiting a number of independent bookshops to highlight the range on offer.

The IBW Book Award is returning, with the shortlist announced in May and the winner due to be announced on 15th June, while the Bookshop Heroes promotion is also back “shining a light on the people behind the bookshops”.

“Bookshops are high street heroes for so many communities and towns, providing culture, events and connections – and the booksellers, those that run the shops, are often unsung heroes themselves,” an IBW spokesperson said.

For further updates visit indiebookshopweek.org.uk.