This weekend sees the kick-off of Independent Booksellers’ Week, a fantastic national celebration of independent bookshops, which runs from 18 to 25 June.
It’s all about recognising the special contribution that these bookshops make to local communities and to people’s reading, offering a passion, knowledge and range of books that some of the chains can’t match. This year, the week also includes National Reading Group Day on 25 June, which marks the flourishing trend for book groups in the UK, and the often strong link these groups share with their local independent bookshops. There will be advice on making contact with an established reading group, setting up your own, and ways of getting the most out of relationships with booksellers.
We’re very happy to support both initiatives – and equally delighted that National Reading Group Day in particular will support the work of Book Aid International by encouraging Meet Talk Give events within Reading Groups! With the help of independent bookshops around the UK, and the support of local reading groups, we’ll be changing more lives in sub-Saharan Africa.