Big in Blackwells
Blackwells of Oxford have kindly done a display for us, a semi-permanent one, currently sitting near the café so you can gaze appreciatively at our lovely covers as you eat your way through their cakes (their red velvet cake is particularly good). We’re still not quite over the shock of this, a mainstream bookseller showcasing our books in this way. We hear that it’s very good for sales.
Big in our own office
Inspired by Blackwells, and because we’re attending at least three events this autumn to sell books and meet our public, we’ve arranged for this elegant and beautiful creation to be made. It pops up, so we can carry it in its tube over our shoulders, and erect the banner in about 30 seconds as needed.
We’re hoping that this will attract the public at the Bathampton Show in September, BristolCon in October, and at the Bath & Bristol Small Publishers’ Gathering in November.
If you have suggestions for further outings, please let us know!
Big in September
The first Handheld Modern title, After the Death of Ellen Keldberg by Eddie Thomas Petersen, comes out on 3 September. Petersen is a well-known Danish TV director and author, who won a prize for his debut novel. The translator Toby Bainton sent us his draft translation of this subtle and slow-burning crime novel, first published in 2013, and we were hooked to the last page. If you really cannot put a novel down, or stop thinking about it, it really must be published, don’t you think? We hope it’ll be an even bigger a hit in English than it was in Danish.
Big in The Bookseller
A lovely surprise in the last two weeks was a splurge of praise in The Bookseller for our next book but one, Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Kingdoms of Elfin. Alison Flood pronounced it her Paperback Book of the Month, and our website stats had quite a spike. We’ve added a bit of Neil Gaiman’s blurb to the front cover to celebrate.
Big in book groups
We’ve been looking for a way to indulge our fondness for 20thC literature, and have decided to set up our own book group, with Desire the first book on the list.
For anyone in the Bath area, the group will meet on (mostly) the second Tuesday of the month at the Beaufort Bookshop in Larkhall: all details, and the full list of books, are on the special book group page on our website.
If you’re too far away from Bath but want to join in the reading, on your own or with your own group, feel free to borrow the list, and let us know how you get on!
Bath & Bristol Small Publishers Gathering, 3 November 2018
We’re delighted that so many tables for the Gathering have already been sold to local small publishers in the Bath and Bristol area, because we’ve barely begun the publicity!
The posters will be printed in September for putting up where people interested in small presses in the south west are likely to see them: if you’d like to have a poster, please email us, and we’ll arrange its delivery, probably by hand.
Kate & David