15 February - 22nd June 2019
Independent Bookshop Week (IBW), the annual celebration of independent bookshops across the UK and Ireland taking place from 15-22 June, has announced that Hachette UK will continue their longstanding support of IBW as lead campaign sponsor for 2019, with a special ‘OiBW’ Limited Edition Bag (inspired by the iconic Oi books), authors Cressida Cowell, Patrick Gale, and Ben Aaronovitch touring bookshops across the country, and much more.
Cressida Cowell and Patrick Gale
Katherine Rundell and Ben Aaronovitch
Run by the Booksellers Association as the key summer element of the Books Are My Bag campaign, IBW aims to raise awareness on the role of independent bookshops in their communities. It is designed to drive book lovers into their local bookshop during IBW and beyond.
This year’s IBW will celebrate holiday reading, bookshop tourism, and Bookshop Heroes.
OiBW Limited Edition Bag
Hachette Children’s Books will be producing a special OiBW Limited Edition Bag exclusively for IBW, featuring illustration inspired by the much-loved and hugely successful series of picture books by Kes Gray and Jim Field.
Author Tours - The 2019 campaign will include tours of award-winning authors across the country.
Hachette Children’s Books will be touring How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell with the paperback of The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic, which is published on 13 June.
Headline will be arranging a series of special musical events with Sunday Times bestseller Patrick Gale, for the paperback of Take Nothing With You.
And author and screenwriter Ben Aaronovitch will tour bookshops across the country, which will also have the opportunity to order an exclusively signed independent bookshop edition of The October Man.
Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and prize-winning author Katherine Rundell (Bloomsbury) will release a powerful short essay for adult readers on the importance of children’s literature exclusively for IBW. Why You Should Read Children's Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise explores how children’s books ignite, and can re-ignite, the imagination and create new perspectives on the world. During IBW, Katherine will be visiting independent bookshops around the UK, talking about her essay as well as her new adventure story for children The Good Thieves.
Emma Bradshaw, Head of Campaigns at the Booksellers Association, said “This year’s IBW is already looking bigger and better than ever. We’re hugely excited to have Hachette continuing as our lead publishing sponsor in 2019, and extremely grateful for the incredible support we’re receiving from across the publishing sector, from all our partner publishers. Publishers have been full of ideas for IBW 2019 and we look forward to revealing more about this year’s plans in the coming months!”
Ben Aaronovitch commented: “I love a good independent bookshop, nowhere else can get the same sense of cosy familiarity coupled with the excitement of never knowing what you're going to find on the next shelf. I think, like libraries, that they are cultural resource we will lose at our peril.”
Visit your Indie Book shop and find your next read
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