Want to feel old? I've just had to explain how to use a stamp to our work experience boy. As in, Do you lick it?
Hello, I just wanted to say our fingers have been running till-hot blisters for the last week - and some nicely warm ones for the whole of the last year if I'm honest - so thank you to every single person who continues to support us, it means so much to know that our contribution to the community is both acknowledged and appreciated. To be fair, we have put on some brilliant author events this year. Beginning with Tom Drury back in February when no one knew who he was, and ending in December with Tom Drury when the Guardian, the Independent and Mariella were telling you he is the greatest contemporary American novelist you've never read. We also had a visit from Miriam Toews (who if you haven't read her is the greatest Canadian novelist you've never read) reading for the first time in a bookshop in the UK. We had the fantastic Kevin Barry who went on to win the Goldsmiths Prize. And we had Max Porter who didn't go on to win the Goldsmiths Prize, but deserved to, equally, top man. We had Melissa Harrison, shortlisted for the Costa, Jami Attenberg making her second visit to the shop from Brooklyn (the first time 18 months ago, Jami who? - not so much this time though eh, kids, what with the front page New York Times review). I could go on. Fuck it I will, go on. We had the always brilliant Jim Bob, the gentleman Phil Earle (hopefully not for the last time) the always gorgeous Evie Wyld, flight man Ben Johncock (twice) Stuart Evers, twice (thanks Stuart). Kathleen Alcott reading for the first time in the UK, along with the super Rosie Garland. We had crime writers, Stuart Neville, Stav Sherez, William Shaw. We invented our first Lit Fest, with Jami, with Tom Cox, with Travis Elborough and our own Karen Mcleod. I'm sure I've missed some, but if I can be forgiven, my fourth beer is kicking in now and I need to go and cook pizza. Thanks again to everybody who has and does support the shop - with particular personal mentions for David Vallade for ART and Bianca for SKILLS multiple, and of course the very special members of our book groups, who contribute loads. Not just wine and snacks. Although those too. We wish you a very Happy Christmas. As ever, if you leave shopping with us until 4'o clock tomorrow afternoon, then the shelves may well look like a down-at-heal coconut shy, but, as ever, you take your chances. PS we've been asked quite a few times for shop vouchers that people can buy online, or request from a member of their family, etc. Should they be useful for you, here they are. http://booksellercrow.co.uk/shop-category/shop-vouchers/?sorting=name_az Cheers, and I hope that your one is both good and delicious. Jonathan x Link