Four independent booksellers have taken action to find alternative ways to support their industry through the challenges of coronavirus — with the support of some of the publishing world’s biggest names.
Indie bookstores Linghams in Heswall, Merseyside, Booka Bookshop in Oswestery, Shropshire, Book-ish in Crickhowell, Powys, and Forum Books in Corbridge, Northumberland are working in collaboration with authors, publishers and fellow indies across the UK to host a series of live author events during lockdown.
The ‘At Home With’ initiative will see a host of authors take part in Facebook Live events, allowing readers to engage with authors from the comfort — and safety — of their own homes.
The series of live events kicked off on Monday April 20 with ‘At Home with Jack Monroe’. The food writer and activist dialled in from her home office to “give a little love” to independent bookstores and answer questions from fans.
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Other famous faces in the line-up include comedian, actor and writer Robert Webb, whose 2017 book How Not To Be Boy — which dealt with issues of masculinity and growing up in working class Lincolnshire — was hailed as “enormously poignant” on its release.