Friday, 24 June 2022

June events at Booka Bookshop

Message from Booka bookshop, Oswestry

June 2022
Welcome to our June Newsletter,

Here at Booka we are in the throws of Independent Bookshop Week. On Wednesday we welcomed Bestselling Author, Clare Mackintosh as a Bookseller for the Day, scanning in books, serving customers and of course signing copies. Throughout the week we have celebrated with Storytime's and school visits along with lots of instore giveaways and competitions!

Join us for plenty of book chat and summer reading recommendation. On Saturday 25th June, we are offering 10% off all purchases (also available online with the code IBW25)!
Attend any instore event and get 10% off any other purchases instore on the night.

Joanna Cannon – A Tidy Ending (Rescheduled Date)

Join us for an evening with Joanna Cannon, the bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Three Things About Elsie, as she talks about her new novel A Tidy Ending – a compellingly crafted mystery featuring an unfulfilled woman fleeing a dark past.

Gareth Owen – When the Music's Over

Join us for an evening with Save the Children UK's Gareth Owen as he talks about his memoir When the Music's Over.

An Evening with Baroness Floella Benjamin

Join us for an Evening with Baroness Floella Benjamin, one of the country's most beloved entertainers, as she tells her remarkable and inspirational life story.

An Afternoon with Elizabeth Macneal – Circus of Wonders

Join us for an afternoon with bestselling author Elizabeth Macneal as we celebrate the paperback publication of Circus of Wonders, her dazzling follow-up to The Doll Factory.

Jess Kidd – The Night Ship

Join us for an evening with Costa Award winning author Jess Kidd as she talks about her new novel The Night Ship, an imaginative historical epic of shipwreck, mutiny, fate and friendship. 1629.

Fiction - You Make a Fool of Death with your Beauty

by Akwaeke Emezi

Feyi Adekola wants to learn how to live again. It's been five years since the accident which killed the love of her life and she's almost a new person now — an artist with her own studio and sharing a brownstone apartment with her ride-or-die best friend, Joy, who insists it's time for Feyi to ease back into the dating scene.

Non Fiction - 100 Queer Poems

by Mary Jean Chan and Andrew McMillan

100 Queer Poems is a luminous anthology and celebration of thrilling contemporary voices and visionary poets of the past.

Click below for Bookshop Manager Ruth's full review.

Boleyn Boy

by Mark Noble

A special Packing Room Pick for a special Footballer, much to the delight of lifelong fan and season ticket holder, Ben!

Mark Noble's autobiography is available to pre-order now, out 10th November, signed by the 'Boleyn Boy' himself.

Pre Order Your Signed Copy

From Booka to Brooklyn

Forward – until the future, whatever it was going to be

Apologies to anyone who saw me shedding a tear on the train recently. I wasn't poorly, I wasn't homesick – no I'd just finished Emma Straubs heartwarming and hopeful 'This Time Tomorrow' – it's wise, wonderful, gentle and kind. We all get stuck sometimes and don't know which path to follow but if we have love around us, courage and honesty in our hearts we can face the future.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Emma as part of her UK tour. Not only is she an author but a Bookseller too – she owns 'Books Are Magic' in Brooklyn.

Despite her busy schedule she was happy to answer a few fangirl questions from a fellow bookseller.

So travel with us from Booka to Brooklyn to find out more:

Bringing Pride to Booka: What Representation Means to Me

As a child growing up in the noughties, I very rarely got to see myself in the books I read. There certainly weren't books with characters like me on display in the school library or available in bookshops. In the shadow of Section 28, and before the legalisation of Gay Marriage, it was certainly a strange time to come to the realisation I was a young lesbian. I often wonder if I would have realised sooner and saved myself a lot of heartache if there had been books with relatable characters in for me to turn to.

From Teacher to Bookseller

Gooday and a friendly 'hello' from Booka's newest bookseller! I joined the team at the end of March from what I believed would be a lifelong career in teaching. But as usual, life has its way of throwing curveballs at you when you least expect it.

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