Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Spread The Word - The Book To Talk About 2008

We're busy slaving away over a hot bookshop, putting the final touches to the literary part of the Abingdon Arts Festival - which is just over two weeks away (gulp). You just wouldn't believe how much effort goes into some nice looking fliers, posters and tickets when you've been used to whizzing off home-made marketing collateral on the trusty old inkjet. Phew! We've also added a new event - which I'm bursting with excitement to tell you about. But first...some back story. This year, the powers-that-be that organise World Book Day put together an initiative called Spread The Word. In very simple terms, they picked a longlist of 100 recently-published books which were neither bestseller nor Richard & Judy, but nevertheless were great reads - and asked the public to vote on them. The idea was to stimulate the kind of buzz that surrounds the larger literary awards, but for smaller presses and authors. Nicki and I thought it was a noble idea, and just the kind of thing for World Book Day (which in the UK has tended to focus mainly on children's reading). We drew up our own shortlist based on those books we liked - and were delighted when two of the authors we'd picked were shortlisted for the £5,000 prize (which will be announced on World Book Day itself). So I'm even more delighted that both of these authors - Angela Young and Eliza Graham - will be coming to Mostly Books for an event on Monday 3rd March - three days before the winner is announced. Exciting or what? Now, obviously we'd like loads of people to come along on the Monday event (7.30pm) for what I feel will be a very special event. But if you can't, go take a look at the shortlist and vote for your favourite book and learn more about the two authors from their websites: Angela Young and Eliza Graham. Tickets are £3 - redeemable against a purchase on the evening. Numbers will be limited, so please phone or email to reserve a ticket. Fingers crossed for these two on Thursday March 6th - but good luck to all the books and authors on the list. I feel all of them would be worthy winners...

Friday, February 01, 2008

Exciting developments

We never meant to take a month off blogging– honest (actually, now I look at the last post date, it’s more like six weeks). Sure, we took a break over the Christmas period, and then we were a bit busier in January than we thought we would be. But mostly we've been putting together a series of events for our first literary festival programme - as part of the Abingdon Arts Festival 2008. It's all very exciting. We have children's author David Melling teaching kids how to draw, and we've also invited back Judith Blacklock after her tour de force at the shop before Christmas. We are particularly excited to have Barbara Trapido headlining on March 1st at the Guildhall, Abingdon. The author of Frankie & Stankie, and Brother of the More Famous Jack, she will be reading from a new book she is currently writing. Roger McGough will be performing on the evening of March 15th - we haven't organised this, but we will be selling books at the event, and we have tickets for sale in the shop. There are still a couple of events we are finalising - but for all the latest news, visit out Festival page on the website. And for anyone out there who has been looking for an excuse to visit the shop, there might be an event to entice you to come to Abingdon...