Numbers up for IBW 2011

Numbers up for IBW 2011

More retailers than last year have signed up to take part in Independent Booksellers Week.

Today (15th June) the Booksellers Association, which is co-ordinating the event, confirmed 262 indies across the UK had agreed to hold events starting from this Saturday until 25th June to help publicise their businesses and form closer links with authors and publishers.

Last year, 251 took part.

Authors such as Edmund de Waal, Maggie O'Farrell and Tony Parsons are among those lined up to feature in events for IBW as well as Ann Widdecombe, Hugo Vickers, Mavis Cheek, David Nobbs and Dave Gorman.

Meryl Halls, head of membership services at the Booksellers Association, said: "Independent Booksellers Week has always been well supported by authors around the country and this year looks set to be even better than ever."

Goldsboro Books in London has already sold out tickets for a mini-crime festival in which 40 crime writers are due to commemorate a real-life, historic murder on their Cecil Court premises.

Co-owner of Goldsboro, David Headley, said: "It is a sell-out so we anticipate 300 people attending."

This year IBW will culminate in National Reading Group Day on Saturday 25th June, a new initiative which will encourage booksellers to organise their own Reading Group Day or partner with other organisations such as local libraries, to create a lively reading group initiative.