Bookshop Day

Bookshop Day Bringing People Together

Bookshop Day is an annual celebration of bookshops, and book lovers are encouraged to go to their local bookshop, or support them online if they can’t pay them a visit in person. With booksellers on hand to share personalised book recommendations, Bookshop Day is also the perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping early.

The theme for year’s Bookshop Day is “Bookshops bringing people together”, highlighting the key role of bookshops as community hubs, as well as retail spaces. The day also celebrates readers who found love in a bookshop, as books have a special power to connect people (even romantically!).

Guests can expect author events, children’s book groups with a chance to become a bookseller for a day, freebies, special offers, live music and bookshop birthday celebrations.

Bookshop Day Events

Cogito Books (Hexham, Northumberland) are inviting their children’s book group members to become booksellers for a day, working the till, unpacking book deliveries, chatting to customers about recommendations and serving delicious Bookshop Day cake. This will take place throughout the day on Saturday 14 October. More info about the bookshop can be found here.

Featherbed Books (Tyne and Wear) will hold a joke-telling session where children tell jokes led by Martin Ellis from Zymrgy Publishing, who compiled The Little Book of Jokes for Kids of All Ages. This will take place on Bookshop Day at 12:00pm – 1:00pm. More information can be found here.

Books Are My Bag: Limited-Edition Bag

Illustrator Poonam Mistry is this year’s designer of the Books Are My Bag Limited Edition Bag, which will be available exclusively in bookshops from Bookshop Day onwards, while stocks last.

Poonam’s style incorporates her love of nature and explores the relationship between pattern, shapes and colour creating beautifully intricate illustrations. Brought up around Indian fabrics, paintings and ornaments, she cites them as a source that heavily influences her work. She has collaborated with Penguin Random House, Tate Publishing, Buster Books, Hachette among many others, and she’s represented by ASH Literary.

Poonam joins the likes of artists and illustrators such as Jackie Morris, Dapo Adeola, Charlie Mackesy, Sir Peter Blake, Tracey Emin and Orla Kiely, who have designed previous editions of the bag.

Emma Bradshaw, Head of Campaigns at the BA, commented:

“We’re delighted to see lots of wonderful events already confirmed to take place on Bookshop Day. Celebrating all high street bookshops, from indies to chains, the day is a brilliant opportunity for customers to meet and chat to their local booksellers, discover the next book they’ll fall in love with, and take part in dozens of author events and celebrations.

“We want bookshops to continue to bring people together throughout the year, every year, and book lovers to show their support to these national treasures of our high street.”

Details of Bookshop Day events taking place across the country can be found here