have some great news. The Forest Bookshop is
the proud recipient of a generous grant from
the author James Patterson, awarded in recognition
of our efforts to encourage children to read
and future plans to enhance our children's department.
To this end we are launching a new monthly Saturday
activities event which will be free for all
to attend... with prizes too!
So do come along to...
Forest Bookshop Saturdays
This monthly session will be launched on Saturday
(October 11) with Books Are My Bag Day (No.
2). Some may cherish the cloth bags from last
year - this year we have a limited number of
drawstring bags featuring Rafe Khatchadorian,
the narrator of James Patterson's Middle School
series. Anyone who buys any children's book
will be entitled to one of these strictly limited-edition
bags... In addition, we're offering 50% off
the new Middle School book, The Worst Years
Of My Life (meaning it will cost just £3.49).
The Middle School bags and books will be offered
on a first come, first served basis. Hopefully
we'll have enough for throughout the day (9am
to 5.30pm), but we must add the proviso while
Children (who must be accompanied by an adult)
are also welcome to while away some time colouring
in and completing puzzles here in our shop.
for grown-ups, we have even more limited edition
Tracey Emin Books Are My Bag, priced £4.99
each or free with total purchases over £30
- the artist's own handwriting appears on the
bag, and on one side her favourite authors,
including Jane Austin (sic).
We also have a small number of the funky orange-lettered
BAMB bags which we had last year for £2.49
each, or free with total purchases over £20.
Forest Bookshop Saturdays continues on November
15 with a visit from author of the children's
book, The Hundred Decker Bus, Mike Smith. Mike
will be in our shop from 11am to 4pm. Children
are encouraged to come in and draw and colour-in
their own bus deck on a box which can be piled
up to create at least the first layers of this
colossal vehicle! Mike will also sign copies
of his book.
AND FOR GROWN-UPS...
supernatural thriller writer Phil Rickman will
be dropping into our shop on Saturday November
8 from 11am to 12.30pm to sign copies of his
outstandingly good new novel, Night After Night.
This spinetingler is set in a lonely crumbling
house in Winchcombe in the Cotswolds, close
to the megalithic Belas Knap and Tudor Sudeley
Castle, the restored mansion of one of Henry
VIII's spared wives, Katherine Parr. It pits
ghosthunters and psychics against sceptical
media pundits in a too-close-for-comfort reality
TV setting, seen through the eyes of a young
researcher who becomes only too aware of the
house's intensely troubled history.
Peter Wyton launches the second edition of the
New Oxford Book of War Poetry, published in
hardback to commemorate the centenary of the
First World War, with selected readings including
his own poems, at the shop on Thursday November
6, from 6.30pm. We hope to include other poets
and readings at this event... more details in
the next newsletter.