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Celebrating Warwickshire's independent bookshops

Leamington Editorial 17th Jun, 2024   0

AUTHORS will be among those celebrating independent bookshops in Warwickshire this weekend.

Kenilworth Books, based in Talisman Shopping Centre, is set to host its Indie Publisher Day on Saturday June 22 to highlight the range of writers in the area has produced.

The event also takes place during Independent Bookshop Week – an initiative to highlight the vimportant role independent bookshops have in their communities.

Running from 10.30am to 3pm, Kenilworth Books will host a selection of writers who have all been supported by independent publishers to make their mark in the book industry.

Among those taking part are Anthony Ferner, whose novel Small Wars in Madrid is set against the backdrop of Eastern European unrest, together with published poets Chris Burleigh and Oliver Comins.

Author, speaker and walking tour guide Adam Wood will be chatting about true crime and the dark deeds to be found in his book Bloody Kenilworth, while Ashley Wakelin talk about all things Midland Red, and Graham Gould and Peter James will launch their latest local history book A Parcel of Land.

“We’re always keen to champion our local talent,” said Charlotte Vaughan, manager of Kenilworth Books, “and feel that making the event a part of Independent Bookshop Week this year gives us even more reason to celebrate the value of indies.

“Supporting the talent that’s right on our doorstep is a key role of an independent bookshop, and we’re lucky that we have such an incredible variety of talent around us.”

With books signings happening throughout the event, there will also be a variety of family and children’s activities, such as crafting, colouring, and story trails, led by children’s authors Julia Rawlinson and Emily Harper.

As well as working with their local community, Kenilworth Books will also be giving back to the wider community by raising money for BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity who each year get millions of children reading, especially those from low-income families or vulnerable backgrounds. Throughout the month of June all the money given for their counter top treats and locally loved fudge will be donated.


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