Looking for something different to do this month? What could be more exciting than exploring new ideas and worlds with their creators? At the Hungerford Bookshop, we are believers in opening up book discussion and giving our customers access to the many brilliant authors out there. Take a look at some of the acclaimed writers we have hosted over the years. Our events are always held at one of the fantastic (and often historic) local venues in Hungerford and ticket prices often include money off the title being discussed and a glass (or two) of wine. See below for our latest events.
BookYak Goes On-Line!
This year, before our lives changed due to Coronavirus, we had our first 'BookYak' evening. People came together in the bookshop to chat about the books they had been reading and enjoying recently.
Now, during Independent Bookshop Week (20-27 June) we will be holding BookYak as an online event on Zoom this Tuesday at 8pm
As well as hearing about the books you have been reading recently we will be highlighting forthcoming books that we are especially excited about.
So, register here. The Zoom link is below, and we'll send it to you again just beforehand. On the night sit down with one or two books to hold up to the screen so we can see what you are talking about, and maybe a glass of wine or cup of tea. No need to have a speech ready about your chosen books - just a few words about what it was about or why you liked it. It's all very friendly and informal.
We hope to see you there!
Little Book Jamboree - Sunday March 8th
On Sunday 8 March 2020, and in celebration of World Book Day earlier in the week, Hungerford Bookshop and Hungerford Hub are hosting a whole day of book events and activities to celebrate books and reading for pleasure.
Little ones can start the day at the bookshop with Sunday Storytime at 10am before heading to the hub for some fun book-related craft activities.
Kids can catch three awesome authors throughout the day in the hub/library:
• Anna Fargher’s The Umbrella Mouse is a timeless, heart-stopping tale of courage, resistance and friendship drawing on the true stories of animals caught in the conflict of WWII, and winner of the 2019 Sainsbury’s Book Prize for Fiction and selected for Waterstones Book of the Month. It’s beautifully illustrated by Sam Usher (who grew up in Hungerford). 12:30 (7-12 year olds)
• Laura James will introduce Fabio: The World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective, captivating capers for five- to seven-year-olds. Many children will know Laura’s Pug stories. Her talks are always fun and interactive. 2:30pm (4-7 year olds)
• Local author Debi Evans will be telling children about The Secret Adventures of Rolo, her series of books about a time-travelling dog. With luck, Rolo will be making an appearance himself. Rolo is a Jack Russell who explores and explains history to children aided by dragons (though we can’t promise live visits from them). 4pm (7-12 year olds)
Ongoing will be a big book swap at the bookshop – a great way to refresh your shelves – a book character hunt and of course this is the perfect opportunity to swap your World Book Day Vouchers for the special books in the bookshops, or use them to get £1 off one of the authors’ books on the day.
We are lucky to have a dyslexia expert on hand too. If you have concerns that your child may be dyslexic, Jacqui Flisher is the person to see for friendly informative advice. She’ll be in the hub from 11.00am to 12.30pm.
So spend your Sunday celebrating stories.
Tickets for the author events are £2 and can be bought here. Alternatively, ask in Hungerford Bookshop or the Hungerford Hub for more details.
This is a very special bookshop. Seriously diverse and fascinating authors come to talk about their books. All in all, it gives a new dimension to Hungerford and is one of the main reasons it would be hard to move to a new area!
Belinda Coote, Customer