Bookshop Day – a festival of literature events for Brighton & Hove’s book lovers

Bookshop Day returns on Sat 14 Oct. Started by The Booksellers Association, this annual celebration of bookshops will see craft parties, workshops, live music and special events taking place in bookshops across the country, including Brighton & Hove.  

From author events with Harriet Muncaster, AF Steadman and Billy Sloan, to children’s book groups being invited to become a bookseller for the day. There will also be freebies and special offers. Plus, live music and bookshop birthday celebrations. Bookshop Day will have something for everyone. 

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.

“We’re delighted to see lots of wonderful events already confirmed to take place.” – Emma Bradshaw, Head of Campaigns at the BA.

“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. They can also discover the next book they’ll fall in love with. Or, 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.”

The theme for this year is ‘Bookshops bringing people together.’ The theme highlights their key role as community hubs as well as retail spaces. The events also celebrate readers who found love in a bookshop, as books have a special power to connect people.

Hove’s award-winning independent The Book Nook stocks an extensive range of inspirational, inclusive and quality literature for young people of all ages and abilities.

For Bookshop Day they’re hosting a fun-filled Evil Emperor Penguin event. Expect a special appearance from its author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson. Her critically-acclaimed graphic novel series tells the story of a peculiar flightless bird plotting to take over the world from the frozen wastes of Antarctica. Children aged 6+ are being encouraged bring along drawing materials. Anderson will then teach everyone how to create their very own comic series.

Any self-respecting bibliophile will be eagerly awaiting the release of this year’s ‘Books Are My Bag’ limited-edition tote bag. The bag sports a design by Illustrator Poonam Mistry. Her style incorporates a 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. Poonam joins the likes of artists and illustrators such as Jackie Morris, Dapo Adeola, Charlie Mackesy. Also, Sir Peter Blake, Tracey Emin and Orla Kiely, who have designed previous editions of the bag.

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