Tuesday, August 22, 2006

"Farmers' Market"

Found an interesting article in Bookseller about a cool new thing, a Farmers' Market set up for independent booksellers. Unfortunately, it is September 1 & 2nd in Manchester, UK in St Ann's Square. I wish I could drop everything and go, but I've already spent a ton of money this month and must be good! It is an interesting premise though. It reminds me of the new markets that are happening in the States for Indie crafts! Read more about it here...

http://www.cids.co.uk/event.asp?f=1&action=view&id=73688

I think I might write and see if I can get some publicity material or something. It would be good to know how to contact some of these publishers.

I already support one independent bookseller, Persephone Books. They republish books, ususally written by women but not all, that they feel should be out there for people to read. I love getting their free quartely newsletter and finding out what new titles they have. They put out about two every few months. I recently purchased a book by Virgina Woolf called "Flush". Check out the titles and more about the publisher:

http://www.persephonebooks.co.uk/index.htm

I've been to the store front also, which was just what you would imagine. It was an old building in a old part of London. There were packages to be sent and paperwork here and there, but they had made the front part very comfortable with chairs. They were happy to let you browse away.

One more bit of information I've picked up today...two of my favorite writers have come out with new books. Michael Palin, of Monty Python fame, is releasing some of his diaries. The book is called "Diaries 1969-1979: the Python Years". The topic is self-explained I believe.

The other writer is my most favorite non-fiction/travel writer Bill Bryson. He is coming out with a Fiction book this time. It will be interesting to see how this goes. "The Life and Time of the Thunderbolt Kid" has gone on my wish list!

Happy Reading...I promise to post a review soon. I've finished a Martha Grimes book and I need to get the time to do a review for it. I'm reading another Muriel Sparks at the moment "The Comforters". I have to get it done, because I had to interlibrary loan it.

3 comments:

Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

I'm very excited reading about a Monty Python book!!!

Lotus Reads said...

Hello, Dawn and thanks for the headsup on Bill Bryson's first fiction book, I will definitely be looking out for that one. His travel books continue to be oh so popular - there were atleast 5 people in close proximity to me on my flight from London to Toronto with Bill Bryson books in their hands.

I'm also going to have to check out Persephone Books. Thanks!

Lotus Reads said...

Hi again, Dawn!

Thanks for the e-mail, I'm going to respond soon, but in the meantime, just wanted to let you know that BBC's "Book of the Week" is featuring "Thunderbolt Kid", Bill Bryson's new one! I'm excited, but I also await your review!