I am so excited to announce that Warwick Books have won the Wellcome Book Prize 2017 #CuriousWindow competition! We were runners up in 2015 and beat some really fabulous bookshops with terrific displays to win the national prize this year.
This was a Warwick wide effort. We're really gratefully to Sue & the team at Torrys, especially thanking Tony who helped to construct the syringe. A special mention for Robin & Sarah of Picturesque who helped bounce off ideas and find the necessary supplies to make our job easier. We are so lucky to run a business in a town where the independent traders support and encourage each other.
We have really enjoyed hosting a series of 'Meet the Author' events in the shop over the past few weeks. These included Dallin Chapman'Tree of Shadow', Rory Clements 'Corpus' and Julia Forster 'What A Way To Go'.
These intimate event's are enjoyed by owners, authors and attendees alike. Join us for the next one!
Dear Mog and Pauline,
Thank you for giving me such a warm welcome to your lovely shop on Thursday.
Over the past ten years, I have been to many events, small and large, at
festivals, libraries, reading groups, big bookshops and small indies like
you - but I have never experienced a better atmosphere. I felt thoroughly
engaged with you and your audience.
I wish you every success with your shop. You deserve it.
Very best wishes, Rory
It has been some time since I posted on the Blog. The end of 2016 raced by with a busy Christmas shopping season, some great new stock and a lot of work behind the scenes. Thank you to each and every one of you that chose to shop local this Christmas. When you buy from us, and not from the Online competitor or massive national chain, you are supporting two local people (who are saving hard for a deposit for their first home in the town!) and enabling us to put something back into our community. We have really enjoyed hosting some community events and working with local schools. It is a big part of why we do what we do.
This lovely review arrived in my Inbox this week and sums us up perfectly. Thank you Letter Press Project!
Right, must continue planning some awesome events - watch this space!
One of the joys of having our shop is discovering new authors and new titles. Often we hear from publishers, from book fairs or others in the industry but the most exciting is hearing from our customers.
This week we were introduced to Tree of Shadow is the first in a trilogy from author Dallin Chapman. We wanted to share..
Set in two very different worlds, Tree of Shadow, follows the story of Galen, who lives in a community infused with love and spirituality, and Lukas, who inhabits a fallen world, full of chaos and evil. A momentary collision of worlds and a chance meeting between the two, as boys, sets in motion a series of unforeseen events, in which the protagonists travel to places beyond their imagination, fuelled by a desperate need to meet again as grown men. This is a quest: to understand the limits of pursuing knowledge, to learn to live in harmony, and to pay the price for succumbing to temptation.
This is published by Steve Newman Stratfords publishing house. Very exciting!
Competition time! Write us a letter or create drawings about your favourite book ever in order to win a copy of 'Here comes Mr Postmouse' by Marianne Dubuc and other goodies. Tell us why it is your favourite book, be creative, inventive and original.
Post or deliver your masterpiece to the bookshop before the 1st of September.
Don't forget to leave a phone number or an email address, so we can contact you if you win.
We had a wonderful summers evening with a walking tour of Warwick followed by a talk by Chris from Pevsener. Thank you to all who joined us!
“The book is reminiscent of Alexander McCall Smith’s No.1 Ladies Detective Agency in its eccentricity – it will win you over completely.”
Waterstones Book Club
Huge thanks to all that joined for our Meet the Author event this week! Vaseem Khan was an excellent speaker and his latest book 'The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown : The Second Baby Ganesh Investigation' is an utter joy to read.
Thank you also to our partners The Square Wine Company, who provided a range of delicious beverages and indian nibbles!
This book would make an superb holiday read!
For centuries the Koh-i-Noor diamond has set man against man and king against king. Now part of the British Crown Jewels, the priceless gem is a prize that many have killed to possess.
So when the Crown Jewels go on display in Mumbai, security is everyone's principal concern. And yet, on the very day Inspector Chopra visits the exhibition, the diamond is stolen from under his nose. The heist was daring and seemingly impossible. The hunt is on for the culprits. But it soon becomes clear that only one man - and his elephant - can possibly crack this case...
“Debut Mumbai-based ‘cosy’ – complete with baby elephant – keeps things heart-warming while tackling corruption at the highest levels and violent crime at the lowest. Endearing and gripping, it sets up Inspector Chopra – and the elephant – for a long series”
The Sunday Times
'Warwick Books is fast becoming a proper community bookshop. A worthy candidate for bookseller of the year!'
The British Book Industry Awards celebrate the greatness of the British book trade and the people behind it – the best books, the best writers, the best bookshops, the best publishers - from industry greats to those starting out. This year we represented the Midlands as Pauline was nominated and shortlisted for Bookshop Manager of the Year, sponsored by publishing giant Harper Collins.
Having taken over Warwick’s only independent bookshop just 12 months ago and despite no previous experience in retail management we are delighted to say the shop is thriving, thanks to our lovely local customers. We have won a number of prestigious prizes for window displays and a grant from American Novelist James Patterson to refit the store. Within the industry our achievements have been acknowledged and to our surprise we were nominated alongside industry favourites Waterstones and Blackwell’s. We were overjoyed!
Bonnier Regional Manager Graham Evans recognised “Pauline is a natural bookseller, enthusiastic, hardworking and innovative. She also has an easy way with customers that turns them into friends. As a result, Warwick Bookshop is fast becoming a proper community bookshop. A worthy candidate for bookseller of the year.”
Pauline received great praise from major publishing houses in support of her nomination. Richard Fortley of Faber & Faber said“Pauline is an outstanding bookseller, with great enthusiasm and knowledge of books, the trade and her customer's needs. When it comes to customer service, I've not seen many better than Pauline. She's always engaging, friendly and willing to help her customers and often goes the extra mile to find a customer's sought-after title.”
The British Book Industry awards were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London and presented by Mariella Frostrop, creating a BAFTA-esque recognition of books and booksellers. At the awards ‘My Brother is a Superhero’ by David Solomons was awarded Children's Book of the Year and Book of the Year went toAndrew Michael Hurley for ‘The Loney’.
Pauline came runner up in her category, pipped at the post by the UK’s busiest bookshop, Waterstones Flag Ship store on Piccadilly. We had a marvellous evening and it was widely acknowledged that Warwick Book’s have achieved something to be proud of this year with industry colleagues stating we are ‘An independent to watch’ in the future.
We had a wonderful evening – made perfect when Mog was introduced to Judith Kerr the author of her namesake ‘Mog’ books!
I am extremely proud to announce that Pauline has been shortlisted for the
BOOKSHOP MANAGER OF THE YEAR
sponsored by HarperCollins
“Pauline is an outstanding bookseller, with great enthusiasm and knowledge of books, the trade and her customer's needs. Since taking over the bookshop I've seen the range develop and grow and, more importantly, work financially. When it comes to customer service, I've not seen many better than Pauline. She's always engaging, friendly and willing to help her customers and often goes the extra mile to find a customer's sought-after title. She's also very good at matching books to customers, often suggesting titles and authors the customer may never have considered or heard of. I've also witnessed several occasions where Pauline has been called upon to act as a sort of tourist guide, directing customers and tourists to local amenities and attractions, and every time she's done so with enthusiasm and friendliness. Pauline is an outstanding bookseller and it's a great pleasure for me to call on her and her bookshop.”
Richard Fortey Faber & Fabe
Our nomination was supportedby a great many colleagues in the industry and Pauline was overhwelmed by their support and kind words. Waterstones, which leads the bookselling contingent with five shortlistings, faces stiff competition in Book Retailer of the Year, squaring off against Blackwell’s, Ireland’s Dubray Books, Foyles, Sainsbury’s and W H Smith Travel. It also has two staffers shortlisted for Bookshop Manager of the Year (sponsored by HarperCollins): Anjuli Clayden, who runs the Dorking store, and Jonny Green, whose “cluster leader” role gives him responsibility for the chain’s Piccadilly flagship and the two Hatchards shops. Clayden and Green battle Marion Akehurst, manager of Blackwell’s at the Wellcome Collection—who was shortlisted for the award in 2013—and Pauline Giacomelli, co-owner of independent Warwick Books. A manager from either Blackwell’s (four wins) or Waterstones (three) has won the award for seven consecutive years.
We have fingers and toes crossed and will let you know the outcome on the 9th of May!
“ Full of enthusiasm, approachable and armed with a wealth of knowledge, this book selling team is remarkable!”
Lottie Legend Press
“Pauline is a natural bookseller, enthusiastic, hardworking and innovative. She also has an easy way with customers that turns them into friends. As a result, Warwick Bookshop is fast becoming a proper community bookshop on the backof her and her partner’s hard work and application. A worthy candidate for bookseller of the year.”
Graham Evans Bonnier Regional Manager
A lovely article in the local paper about our Richard Burr Bake it Yourself event! This was a real success and we hope to be able to bring you more of these events in conjunction with Oken Kitchen in 2016.
We were delighted to hear we have won the top prize in the window dressing competition run by the Warwick Prize!