Windows on Writers
Tomorrow I will spend an hour sitting in the window of Eltham Bookshop writing a particularly tricky chapter of my latest novel. It’s probably going to feel a little weird, but it’s a fun idea dreamt up by the completely awe-inspiring bookseller Meera Govil,
August 11th is National Bookshop Day and turning authors into a window display is one of Meera’s ways of celebrating. And we all need to celebrate and support bookshops. Although I buy some of my books on line, nothing can replace the pleasure of browsing the shelves of a well-stocked bookshop. They are places of inspiration and connection to a universe of writers and readers.
I’ll be in the window seat of Eltham Bookshop from 3.30-4.30 pm tomorrow afternoon. There’ll be other authors making themselves comfortable earlier in the day – we’ve been promised a cosy seat and a cup of best EBS coffee/ hot chocolate/cardamom tea or a glass of wine to spur us on to complete our magnus opuses.
Meera Govil is the Australian Booksellers Association and Text Publishing 2012 Bookseller of the Year and it’s not hard to understand why.
Here’s Meera’s take on tomorrow:
Window on Writers – celebrating the written word
Booklovers are invited to visit ELTHAMbookshop and find a shifting windowscape on writers as writers and poets sit in our window composing their next masterpiece.
You are allowed to ask them 3 terrifying questions about the kind of book they are attempting to write to try and guess who they are. A signed copy of their masterpiece will be given to the booklover who comes closest to the truth.
If you don’t win you can still get copies of their books signed, browse and buy more books and raise a toast to the good health of books, readers, writers and the bookshop.
All happening from 10.30am until 4.30pm at:
970 Main Road