Winn and Srinivasan to headline Bookshop Day 2021

Winn and Srinivasan to headline Bookshop Day 2021

Rayor Winn, Lara Maiklem and Amia Srinivasan (pictured) are among the authors lined up for in-person events on Bookshop Day, an annual celebration hosted by the Bookseller's Association (BA).

Launched in 2016, Bookshop Day takes place this year on Saturday 9th October. Booksellers, publishers, authors, illustrators and poets work collaboratively on the campaign to encourage consumers to shop in their local bookshop and ensure their high street is thriving as part of the BA's campaign encouraging customers to "Shop Early, Shop Local" ahead of Christmas.

Maiklem, author of Mudlarking and A Field Guide to Larking, both published by Bloomsbury, will be doing an event at Festival in a Factory in Stoke-on-Trent, with books provided by the local Waterstones.

Among other Bookshop Day events, Nigel Warburton will interview Srinivasan, author of the recently released Sunday Times bestseller The Right to Sex (Bloomsbury) at Blackwell’s Oxford. Winn will be involved in an event as part of Dorchester Literary Festival. Author Ann Cleeves will also be signing books at The Bound in Whitley Bay. 

Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie A Carter, authors of Grown: The Black Girls’ Guide to Glowing Up (Bloomsbury Children's), will be doing an event at the newly opened Book Haus Bristol. The founders of Black Girls’ Book Club will be sharing stories and offering honest, practical advice on how to "own your choices, to live your truth without fear, and to be grown on your own terms without limits or apologies". 

Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre will be hosting a Kevin VS The Unicorns (OUP Oxford) series of events at Max Minerva’s Marvellous Books.

Graeme Macrae Burnet will be embarking on a mystery drop-in tour of bookshops in the north of England, starting at The Book Case, Hebden Bridge. Max Hastings, Phil Earl, Alexandra Page and Joe Shute are also on the bill to feature at events.

Author-illustrator Dapo Adeola has created this year's Books Are My Bag tote, which will be available to purchase in shops on the day. In addition, 21 billboards featuring Adeola’s artwork and "Choose Bookshops" messaging will be displayed in Edinburgh from 4th October, in the run-up to Bookshop Day.

Bookshop.org, the independent book-buying website, will be offering free shipping on all purchases made through its website on the day.

Opening its doors just after Bookshop Day, Afori Books will be the UK's biggest supplier of books by Black authors, and Brighton's first Black-owned bookshop. After operating online for more than a year, owner Carolynn Bain launched a crowdfunding effort on her website to raise £10,000, allowing her to open a bricks-and-mortar bookshop.

Meanwhile, the independent community bookshop Once Upon a Time Bookshop in Alston, Cumbria will be moving into a new shop and will be reopening on Bookshop Day.

Shops across the UK will host late-night openings, poetry slams by local DJs, book club dinners, theatre performances, children's storytelling, treasure hunts and virtual events.

Commenting on the plans, Emma Bradshaw, head of campaigns at the BA, said: “We are always excited to celebrate Bookshop Day but this year is going to be even more special. Last year, celebrations had to take place in a different way, with a focus on online activities and virtual events. 

"This year, we are so thrilled that bookshops will be able to welcome customers in person, and booksellers have been busy organising the most amazing celebrations, from late-night openings to theatre performance to poetry slams. They really are creative people. With Christmas fast approaching, we encourage customers to start their gift shopping from Bookshop Day and to show ongoing support to these champions of the high street.”