It’s Independent Bookshop Week! We’ve always been enthusiastic supporters of this important initiative here at Nosy Crow, and this year is no different. Running from the 18th – 25th June in 2022, Independent Bookshop Week was launched in 2006 and is part of Books Are My Bag, the consumer-facing campaign run by the Booksellers Association. The campaign celebrates independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland, and the role ‘indies’ play in their communities.
This year, we’re very happy to be twinned with Limestone Books for the duration of the week – an independent bookshop in Settle, North Yorkshire. Limestone Books opened at the end of September 2019. Owner and bookseller Tanya was inspired to open the shop by seeing fantastic independent bookshops in other towns, and through a desire to share her life-long love of reading. Tanya believes that a good bookshop is so much more than that – it’s a part of the community, and we wholeheartedly agree! They’re currently offering 10% off Nosy Crow titles for the duration of Independent Bookshop Week – an offer not to be missed! Keep an eye on their twitter for more Indie Bookshop Week content, and we’ll also be sharing posts to the Nosy Crow twitter, so do make sure you’re following that.
Also on the Nosy Crow twitter, we’re running a fantastic competition to win a 3 month Bookily card from National Book Tokens, loaded with £7.99 each month for you to spend in a bookshop of your choosing. We’re loving all of the interactions in the comments so far, where lots of amazing independent bookshops are already tagged! You can add your voice and enter the competition here. The giveaway ends on the 25th June, so don’t leave it too late!
On Friday 24th June, the penultimate day of Independent Bookshop Week, the Indie Book Awards 2022 winners will be announced. We were thrilled to have two Nosy Crow titles on the shortlist: Escape Room by Christopher Edge in the Children’s Fiction category, and Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush by Patrice Lawrence and Camilla Sucre in the Picture Book category. The full shortlists can be viewed here and all titles come highly recommended by independent booksellers from across the country. Best of luck to all the finalists!
Read an extract from Escape Room:
Read an extract from Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush:
And just in case you missed it, Nosy Crow staff recommended some of their favourite independent bookshops on our blog last year, and it seems apt to reshare their selections this week – you just might find a new, brilliant bookshop! Read the blog here.
How will you be getting involved in Independent Bookshop Week, and which bookshops will you be visiting? If you’re not sure of your plans, there are some great ideas here, and a tool to find your local indie here. And don’t forget to keep up with all the happenings through social media, with the hashtag #IndieBookshopWeek.
Happy Independent Bookshop Week!