Today is Charles Dickens’ birthday (b.1812). One of the things I need to do more in the bookshop is celebrate literature! One of the things that seems to get lost in all the furore of trying to make ends meet is the purpose of having a bookshop at all – to promote, enjoy, share, explore and honour the literary creative process and its importance to civilisation.
As a small gesture towards promoting one of our very greatest novelists – our greatest? – anyone who buys a novel by Dickens today can choose another novel up to the value of £2 free.
In other news – I have decided that for the next few weeks the Film Club will meet on Sunday afternoons only. Attendance on Thursday evenings has been very low, and with the weather persisting in its evil ways I think it might be better to establish the Sunday afternoon films and wait until the evenings are a bit more inviting before attempting a regular weekday evening screening. We may still have the occasional film! And the selection of films on Sundays may broaden slightly, though the emphasis will still be on classics or gentler films – with the odd challenge thrown in!
We now have a little pile of books wrapped in brown paper with a nice red ribbon – the start of our ‘blind date with a novel’ feature. I have chosen a few paperback novels to wrap, and written a few words on the paper to give a very general indication of the kind of book hidden within. For those times when you can’t decide what to read, or are in the mood for a surprise or a literary adventure. A bit of fun, great for a wet weekend!
In the pipeline: more music, with some excellent local bands keen to come and play as well as those from further afield, some more storytelling, some adventures with exotic animals, and a week of celebrations for Shakespeare‘s birthday in April. And more!