Claudia Winkleman, Stuart Turton, Katherine Rundell and other authors will be contributing to mark Bookshop Day on 3rd October.
Claudia Winkleman will be in conversation with Emma Freud in a live online event in partnership with Waterstones, discussing Winkleman's debut, Quite (HQ) on Tuesday 29th September. Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell will be taking part in a family online event with Blackwell’s Heffers Bookshop on Sunday 4th October.
Stuart Turton will be in conversation with crime writer Will Dean, discussing Turton’s new murder-mystery, The Devil and the Dark Water (Raven Books), on Wednesday 30th September.
Simon Farnaby will be signing copies of his new book The Wizard in My Shed at Pickled Pepper Books and The Children’s Bookshop in Muswell Hill while florist Hazel Gardiner will be creating a floral art installation in Sevenoaks Bookshop, inspired by Jessica Love's Julian at the Wedding on publication day, Thursday 1st October. Gay’s the Word bookshop will also feature a floral window display inspired by the book, created by Floral Evolution, on display from Monday 5th October,
Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and Blue Peter Book Award winner Katherine Rundell will be signing copies of The Book of Hopes, a collection of stories, poems, essays and pictures for children from over 100 children’s writers and illustrators, edited by Rundell, and published by Bloomsbury. Contributors include Lauren Child, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, and Axel Scheffler, and the collection is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters and everyone working in hospitals. The signed copies will be available exclusively in bookshops, with a donation from each sale going to the NHS Charities Together.
A new collection of Virginia Woolf’s essays, How Should One Read a Book, with a new introduction and afterword by Sheila Heti will be available exclusively in bookshops from Bookshop Day, published by Laurence King, ahead of its general release later in October. A percentage of sales made during the bookshop exclusive period will be donated to the Book Trade Charity.
Booker shortlisted author Graeme Macrae Burnet will be visiting various bookshops on Bookshop Day and signing custom book plates, as he celebrates the publication of his new novel Case Studies.
The celebration will also see Waterstones Guildford host its LGBTQI+ Book Club on Zoom, discussing Queer Intentions by Amelia Abraham on Tuesday 28th September, artists Alan Lee, John Howe and Ted Nasmith mark the 40th anniversary edition of Unfinished Tales by J R R Tolkien and The Secret Bookshelf by hosting an online quiz, and a chat event around books to recommend to friends, as well as various special offers.
Dr Peter Lovatt, author of The Dance Cure, has choreographed 20 micro-dances each based on his book and a Book Club Boogie, with a special ‘Bookshop Boogie’ that can be used in book clubs. Lovatt has also created a video called ‘Boogie on down to the Bookshop’ featuring The Book Hive, Jarrolds Book Store and Waterstones Norwich, released to mark Bookshop Day.
Chicken and Frog Bookshop is working with The School of Life Press to launch a poetry competition, while October Books is giving away a free "blind date" with a book to every customer. Every customer who buys a book will receive a bonus mystery book on Saturday 3rd October.
Booka Bookshop and Scholastic are hosting a virtual event with Laura Wood to mark the publication of A Snowfall of Silver and Drake the Bookshop and publisher Tiny Tree Books will be sharing readings with authors and giveaways online.
Welsh former international footballer Neville Southall will be doing an At Home with 4 Indies event, with the first 100 registrants receiving a signed bookplated copy of his new book, Mind Games, on Tuesday 29 September.
The Children’s Bookshop, Huddersfield, is planning a bear hunt, a competition to guess the number of books in a bag, and a “booky dip”, while Natasha Farrant will be doing a live event at The Book Nook, answering questions and talking about her new book, Voyage of the Sparrowhawk on Saturday 3rd October.
Lost in Books is hosting an author signing event with local author Anna Chorlton, who will be visiting the shop to talk about her writing process on Monday 5th October in Lostwithiel, Cornwall.
Picture book author-illustrator, Emma Lazell will be taking part in two events with Chiltern Bookshops, while Huntingdon's Niche Comics & Bookshop is celebrating its ninth birthday on the high street, and will be marking the occasion on Bookshop Day with cake, drinks and special offers. Bridge Bookshop will be offering goodie bags and special offers on Bookshop Day and Lee-On-The-Solents The Bookshop will be offering activities, discounts and special offers on certain items.
Charlotte Nichols MP will be visiting Forget Me Not Bookshop on Bookshop Day and Sarah Jones MP will be visiting Waterstones in Croydon.
Four new bookshops are to open this year in time for Bookshop Day. Moonraker Books, Chapter 2, will open its doors in Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, while Not Just Books is due to welcome book lovers in Thetford, Norfolk, and Kemp’s General Store and Kemp’s Books will be launching in Malton, North Yorkshire. A new bookshop from publisher Little Toller Books will be opening its doors in Beaminster, Dorset, and welcoming new customers on the day. Specialising in natural history, the store will also stock books for children, and will be partly curated by writers, booksellers, musicians and poets.
Emma Bradshaw, head of campaigns at the Booksellers Association, said: “There are countless reasons to visit your local bookshops this Bookshop Day, or join in the fun online. We’ve spoken to hundreds of bookshops over the past six months who’ve been blown away by the support from their customers, and we know they’ll need that support now more than ever, as bookshops continue to face the full force of the immense challenges to the high street.
"With Christmas fast approaching, we encourage bookshop customers to start their shopping from Bookshop Day, whether in their local bookshop or online. With more bookshops than ever before now offering orders via websites, over the phone, and email, it couldn’t be easier to shop with your local bookshop.”