The Booksellers Association is holding the first Bookshop Day for the UK and Ireland on Saturday 8th October and it will also continue its Books Are My Bag campaign, now in its fourth year.
Bookshops are being encouraged to host special parties, events and book-signings to mark Bookshop Day and the start of the crucial autumn selling season. Bookshop Day will replace the Big Bookshop parties that booksellers were previously encouraged to hold in the run-up to Christmas.
The new date closely follows a big day in the publishing calendar: Thursday 6th October, when several big autumn titles are released, including Sebastian FaulksÔÇÖ Pistache Returns (Hutchinson), Michael PalinÔÇÖs A Sackful of Limericks(Random House Books), James PattersonÔÇÖs Filthy Rich and A Woman of God (both Century), Jamie Vardy: From Nowhere, My Story (Ebury Press) and Rick SteinÔÇÖs Long Weekends (BBC Books), among others.
Thursday 20th October will be this yearÔÇÖs ÔÇ£Super ThursdayÔÇØ: that is, the biggest day of book releases before Christmas. A plethora of potential big-hitters are published on that day, including Jamie OliverÔÇÖs Christmas Cookbook(Michael Joseph), Phil CollinsÔÇÖ autobiography Not Dead Yet (Century), Martina ColeÔÇÖs Betrayal (Headline), Julia DonaldsonÔÇÖs Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle (Macmillan ChildrenÔÇÖs) and Ken ClarkeÔÇÖs autobiography, Kind of Blue: A Political Memoir (Macmillan), among many others.
Come 26th November, bookshops will also be encouraged to hold events for Civilised Saturday for second year in a row. The event has been billed as bookshopsÔÇÖ answer to Black Friday, a day renowned for heavy online discounts in the run-up to Christmas.
This year award-winning book cover designer Coralie Bickford-Smith has designed the limited edition Books are My Bag canvas tote, which will be on sale exclusively in bookshops, with A A MilneÔÇÖs beloved characters Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin featuring on this yearÔÇÖs childrenÔÇÖs iteration, to mark Winnie-the-PoohÔÇÖs 90th year.