BOOKSHOP OF THE MONTH | CARAVANSÉRAIL

Caravansérail is a gorgeous bilingual bookshop, gallery and cultural space nestled in London’s Brick Lane, which offers a wonderful aray of adult and children’s titles in both French and English. Head there to find your newest read and grab a coffee surrounded by beautiful books, shelving and art. The shop front is spectacular (the blue is so striking and inviting) and their signage and branding is stunning.

Since opening in September 2017, co-owners Laura and Anne have hosted various events featuring authors, artists and musicians, cementing themselves as a hub within the community.

There’s something for everyone in the shop, from a carefully curated selection of cookery titles chosen by a local chef, or the wide range of translated fiction – a focus for Laura.

We caught up with Laura and Anne and asked them a few questions:

1. Congratulations on being chosen as our February Bookshop of the Month! We’ve talked a bit about you and the shop but how would you describe Caravansérail in five words?  
A home for hybrid cultures.

2. Where is your favourite spot in the store?  
The children’s nook! A place to shelter and escape from the buzz of the city. A perfect spot to read, whether you’re with kids or not.

3. Where do you like to read? 
Anne: in the wilderness! I used to live on the West coast of Canada and my favourite spot to read so far has been in Dorreen – an abandoned mining town in British Columbia that you can only access by train. A heaven lost between mountains, forest and river. Comfortably seated on the porch of a cabin, a steaming mug of coffee in one hand, a book in the other… and not too far away, a bowl of freshly picked blueberries. Sublime!
Laura: nothing beats the combination of reading and fireplace for me, wherever it may be.

4. If you weren’t a bookseller what would you be? 
Anne: aside from Caravansérail, I am running an artist residency and an artists agency. Supporting and promoting the work of emerging artists is the cement of these three activities.
Laura: I’d probably be doing something in publishing.

5. Excluding Caravansérail – what is your favourite bookshop?   
Anne: I love browsing the beautiful bookshops in the Quartier latin in Paris – a day well spent!
Laura: without hesitation Daunt Books, Marylebone.


Caravansérail can be found at:
5 Cheshire St
London
E2 6ED

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BOOKSHOP OF THE MONTH | BUTTON & BEAR

Kicking off 2018, our January Bookshop of the Month is Button and Bear, a children’s bookshop in Shrewsbury owned and run by Louise Chadwick, former director of programmes at BookTrust.

Button and Bear has been designed with children and parents in mind with the goal of getting children interested in books as early as possible. Opening in September 2016 the bookshop also has a café, a gift shop, a breastfeeding area and what can only be described as a magical woodland events space. They run a multitude of regular events including their highly praised Stories & Rhymes in the Woodland (check out their Facebook reviews) and they’ve cemented themselves as a community hub for customers.

We caught up with Louise to ask her a few questions:

1. Congratulations on being chosen as our January Bookshop of the Month! We’ve talked a bit about you and the shop but how would you describe Button and Bear in three words?
Friendly, knowledgeable & unique

2. Where is your favourite spot in the store?
Our hidden woodland room downstairs where we hold storytimes, events & birthday parties. There are no windows & it feels cosy & magical.

3. Where do you like to read?
Everywhere! But mostly when I can lose myself in the book and become part of the story.

4. If you weren’t a bookseller what would you be?
I previously worked for a book charity inspiring people to read focusing on children & parents, which is what I do now through Button & Bear. If I wasn’t a bookseller I would still be out there championing the importance of reading for pleasure & making sure as many children & parents had access to books.

5. Excluding Button and Bear – what is your favourite bookshop?
Tricky to choose just one but I would say that Booka Bookshop in Oswestry is a lovely environment and has brought some great authors to the market town.


Button & Bear can be found at:
28 Castle St
Shrewsbury
SY1 2BQ

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Bookstore of the Week | The Book Shop Liskeard

This week we are off to sunny Cornwall for our #BookstoreOfTheWeek; The Book Shop Liskeard!

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Found in the small but friendly Cornish market town of Liskeard, The Book Shop Liskeard is a cheerful, dynamic and pleasing independent bookshop with a terrific range of titles, special stationery and a welcoming atmosphere that will make you want to stay forever. This welcoming atmosphere is only a small part of the reason the store was shortlisted for the Best Independent Bookshop of the Year Award in 2013 AND 2014.

Constantly seeking out new ways to entertain and please its book loving patrons The Book Shop Liskeard plays host to book signings, poetry readings, talks and you will always be greeted incredibly imaginative shop-window displays.

Its bright, comfortable atmosphere, wide range of books; fiction and non-fiction for adults, young adults and children, and exciting (yes we get excited about stationery) range of non-book items; notebooks, cards and bookmarks, among others, make this little shop feel bigger than its four walls would suggest. There truly is something for everyone in this little gem of a store.

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If you find yourself in their neck of the woods make sure your pop-in for a visit! We are sure Michèle, Roz or Ruth will greet you will a smile and a book recommendation if you need a little help picking out your next read. Even if you are not heading to the coast anytime soon, The Book Shop Liskeard has one more trick up its sleeve…

A spot on ordering service! 

If they don’t have the book you are looking for, they can order it AND post it straight to your door! If the book is a present, they will even personally wrap it…for no extra charge! Now that is what we call service.

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Find them at:

2 Barras Street
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 6AD

Telephone: 01579 342 112

Opening times:
Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 17:30pm
Friday 9:00am – 18:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 16:00pm

Bookstore Of The Week | Koenig Books Ltd

For our Bookstore of the Week are are taking you on a tour of Koenig Books Ltd, this is THE place for art, architecture and photography books and thoroughly deserving of the accolade Bookstore Of The Week.

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An inspiring, German-owned independent bookshop specialising in art, architecture and photography books Koenig Books is a European institution. In London they have three branches; the original London branch is based in the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park, a small branch in the Whitechapel Gallery and, our favourite, the newest store on Charing Cross Road. The latter is done out stylishly in black and every book is given space to show off its beautiful facade; books are displayed with their covers rather than spines facing out.

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Koenig are known for their huge selection of interesting coffee table books, on topics like art, fashion and design. But they also stock a great collection of non-fiction titles on art theory and a good selection of rare magazines. It’s also a good place to find independent books by small publishers, handmade titles and zines.

It’s luxurious displays and wonderful selection of books cater to all price ranges and they always have a good selection of books at reduced prices in the basement. Plus, all of the London branches of Koenig have full access to the stock of mammoth arts bookshop Buchhandlung Walther Koenig in Cologne, so if you can’t find what you want they can order it in for you!

If you are interested in the arts this is a bookshop not to be missed, we always find ourselves delighted and mesmerised by their selection of books. Have you visited? Let us know what you thought!

Find them at:

80 Charing Cross Road
London
WC2H 0BB

11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Bookstore Of the Week | Clapham Books

From Clapham, with Love.

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This week we are taking a trip to the South London for our Bookstore of the Week.

Found alongside Clapham Common, Clapham Books is a gorgeous little independent bookshop offering a great hand-picked selection of fiction, children’s and art books. They also regularly host events, including author appearances and signings, and for little readers Picture books storytime!  

The store is light, airy and organised with great care. If you can’t find what you are looking for, or need some ideas, the friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help.

Recently featured in the Guardian’s Local Bookshop Guide as part of their Best New Children’s Books Summer 2015 supplement, it’s clear we are not the only ones who have fallen in love with this shop! You only need to check-out their reviews to discover their loyal and passionate customers.

“There are so many interesting books here…they have a wide selection of new and old titles. The staff is kind and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this bookshop!” Daniel Elliott
“If I’m in Clapham I always find myself drawn up the high-street to this shop. As soon as my feet come through the door, my bank balance knows it’s in trouble! It’s well laid out with clear sections, and it’s not overcrowded. I get the feeling that every book of the shelves has been chosen with care, the quality and standard of books on offer is really high. There’s a small graphic novel section but again, the ones on offer are great. There’s always a new discovery to be made and the display of beautiful cook-books is generally my downfall! They also sell lovely, quirky cards which are good to stock up on. #WeHeartHitchcock” Evelyn Adams
“I don’t know any other bookshop in the area with so extensive collection of books. You can find bestsellers, graphic novels or classic books – they just have everything. The staff is very helpful and extremely knowledgeable.” Riley Coles
“A wonderful little bookshop filled with hidden gems. I look in most times I walk past and almost always find something to tempt me.” Gerard Earley
“Thank you Clapham Books. Nice little independent shop with someone behind the counter who knows about the things they are selling” Luca Carraro

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Do you live further east? Don’t fret they have a smaller sister shop in leafy Herne Hill; Herne Hill Books.

Tel: 020 7627 2797

Email: shop@claphambooks.com

Address: 26 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 0JA

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OPENING TIMES:

Monday to Friday         10am – 7pm

Saturdays                       10am – 6pm

Sundays & Bank Hols   12pm – 6pm

Bookstore Of the Week | News from Nowhere

News From Nowhere

This week we are venturing to Liverpool for our #BookstoreOftheWeek.

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Offering a bold and refreshing alternative to chain bookshops, News from Nowhere is a Liverpudlian institution, and is many things beyond being the city’s longest-running community bookshop. Calling themselves a Radical & Community Bookshop, they are a not-for-profit, a worker’s co-op, and are fiercely committed to social change, which they inspire through their radical titles as well as their links to the blogs of local justice warriors and the information on local events, covering everything from mindfulness classes to women’s rights meetings, LGBTQ book clubs, and self-improvement workshops.

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News From Nowhere is a hub for change and togetherness, and continues to uphold this reputation by stocking books studied in English modules at surrounding universities, and selling them at cheaper prices than many bigger stores. Through this initiative, they prove their commitment to cultivating intellectual thought that is rooted in accessibility. This is a forum for community spirit and thought-provoking conversation, with a dash of world-wide cultural music, demonstrations, and posters and badges on the side!

The bookshop stocks a nice collection of fiction, but everyone knows this is the place to go for politics, environmental studies, human and animal rights, feminism, culture, and sexuality! Come by to join the conversations and take part in a collective movement for education and change.

For more information visit their website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

News From Nowhere, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool L1 4HY

Opening Hours:

Mon-Sat- 10 am- 5:45 pm

Sun- 12 pm- 4 pm (longer in December)

0151 708 7270      Nfn@newsfromnowhere.org.uk

Bookstore of the Week | Bookseller Crow On The Hill

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Flying By The Bookseller Crow on the Hill

Part book-shop, part intellectual social circle, part events space, and wholly innovative and creative: The Bookseller Crow on the Hill beats at the heart of Crystal Palace with its ‘lively and unpretentious’ bookshelves and book clubs. Established in 1997 and co-owned and managed by Jonathan Main and Justine Crow, its name is also derived from the haughtily intelligent birds which are plentiful in the area. The Bookseller Crow on the Hill stocks modern fiction, American literature, crime, and an impressive and colourful children’s section, and also offers local history, high-quality cookery books, and graphic novels; they have something for everyone, and appeal to a wide scope of interests without compromising on quality. The staff are knowledgeable, and welcome both questions and suggestions.

In keeping with their inclusive methods and desire to open people’s minds by getting them to open more books, they hold a popular monthly book club, where they choose the title, offer discounts on it all month, welcome anyone and everyone, and then eat, drink, and discuss. Their choices are varied so as to both include everyone and also challenge people to pick up titles they wouldn’t otherwise read, and they are always relevant and thought-provoking to inspire conversation.

Building on this idea, they offer membership to their Flight Club (whose first rule is read more books!). Each month they send members a book they think deserves to be read, with an explanation as to why and even a bookmark! Books often come signed by authors, and subscriptions are available for delivery to UK, Europe and Rest of the World addresses, with all postage included.

The bookshop also puts on events, where they host authors to read and discuss their latest novels. Owner Jonathan writes an acclaimed blog, and their taste in music is much appreciated by their cool clientele, who welcome the tunes that play while they browse. This is a place where signed-editions and snacks are on hand, and cutting-edge thought is combined with classics on the backlist. It has a small, community-oriented spirit with a widely open mind and a broad reach.

For more information on the store, bookclub, and events, visit their website, and follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

50 Westow St.

Crystal Palace

London SE19 3AF

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri- 10 am- 7 pm

Sat- 9:30 am- 6:30 pm

Sun + Bank Holidays- 11 am- 5 pm

020 8771 8831  jonathan@booksellercrow.co.uk

Bookstore of the Week – Rye Books

Rye Books

This week we are venturing down to leafy South East London for our Bookstore of the Week.

Introducing Rye Books.

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Rye Books is a colourful little bookshop in East Dulwich owned by Alastair Kenward. The bookshop, open for 4 years this November, has a very strong sense of identity. From its bold stripes to its bewitchingly simple logo, Rye Books hold’s its own in a difficult market for small independent bookshops.

Kenward clearly listens to his customers, stocking a beautiful range of books encouraging reading in young children and literacy as well as a collection of books for adults. With cookery, popular culture, including the bestselling Wes Anderson Collection and The Grand Budapest Hotel, and tomes on travel the shop is a haven for kids and their adults.

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You can feel the passion Alastair Kenward has for putting the right book into the right hand the moment you enter the shop, they are always happy to give recommendations. Rye Books is a place we would visit whether we knew exactly what we wanted or not! You know the moment you go in you are going to leave with at the very least the book you went in for…

The store has a warm, welcoming feel, it is a place we could easily hide and spend an hour or two. Not in the least because they have cake.

They stock a gorgeous array of new books, but they also have a second-hand section where you can buy a book for as little as three pounds. Plus, they host regular events include children’s storytime for babies and children up to four years old and an interesting assortment of author events, from cookery demonstrations to author talks. But the crème de la crème of Rye Books, as if there could be more we hear you cry, they host film nights in association with Free Film Festivals!

Rye Books is a perfect little local bookshop. We highly recommend a visit, plus, show them some love on Facebook and Twitter.

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Find them at:

Rye Books
45 Upland Road
London
SE22 9EF
Rye Books also has a bookstall every Saturday at the North Cross Road market.

#BookstoreoftheWeek – The Book Nook

Let us introduce you to The Book Nook; Brighton and Hove’s award winning independent children’s bookshop complete with a café and a pirate ship! Named Children’s Bookseller of the Year 2015 this little shop is everything you want in an independent children’s bookshop.

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The Book Nook offers a wonderful range of books for children of all ages. From first words to uncovering the seven wonders of the world to poetry and the latest young adult sensation, the Book Nook is full of books that will excite and inspire children everywhere (including the big kid inside!). Their knowledgeable staff are on hand for recommendations and words of advice and their passion for promoting books and reading feeds directly into the store’s frequent special events.

They host authors and illustrators, book and character days, poetry and book review competitions and daily story times at 4pm Monday – Friday! You can find a full-list of events on their website.

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Their child-friendly, stimulating environment also caters for the adult in tow. The Book Nook has excellent facilities with a café where parents can relax over coffee and homemade cakes whilst their children play safely in the incredible wooden pirate ship and enjoy their latest book.

The Book Nook are so much more than just(!) a fantastic bookshop they are part of the Brighton & Hove community. They work closely with local schools and nurseries and this engagement with the community shines through in their knowledge and popularity. We can see why they won Children’s Bookseller of the Yearfor the second time no less, their love affair with the written word and drive to get kids reading is an inspiration to the publishing industry. For this Book Nook, we are giving you another award this week, you are our #Bookstoreoftheweek.

Visit them at:

1 St Johns Place
First Avenue
Hove, East Sussex BN3 2FJ

Opening Times:
Mon – Fri: 9:00 – 17:30
Sat: 9:30 – 17:30

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#BookstoreoftheWeek – Page 45, Nottingham

In 1994, two guys working in the basement of a Virgin Megastore realised they could to it better and Page 45 was born!

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The Page 45 plan is simple: Stock a wide range of excellent comics and graphic novels, find people who love them (and people who don’t know they love them yet) and bring the two together with insight, knowledge and passion in a friendly, welcoming place! Stephen, Dominique, Jonathan and Jodie know all there is to know about comics and will have something for your taste. Their stock is vast and varied but you will only find the good stuff here, they guarantee it and are happy to help you with honest recommendations and reviews. In their own words, “there can be no talk of Page 45 without talk of Mark”, the co-creator of Page 45, Mark Simpson passed away in 2005 leaving an incredible legacy in the comic shop that was his pride and joy. Loved by creators and customers alike, Page 45 have endeavoured to continue his mission to inspire and promote excellent comics and find that ‘something new’. Page 45 also works with school libraries to promote literacy in and outside the classroom by introducing diverse and quality graphic novels to school curriculum through the School Libraries Association.

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It’s worth a visit for the great comics, great staff and great window displays but, if you can’t make it to Nottingham, you can order from Page 45 online with worldwide shipping or as a digital comic. They also have really helpful pre-order and preview pages where you can see what’s coming up and how to make sure you get a copy. And they’ll even give you a little bit of that friendly in-store attitude with their online recommendation form.

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In a city filled with brilliant independent shops, Page 45 fits right in as “a total treasure“, and they’ve got the silverware to back it up: in 2012 Page 45 was voted Best Independent Retailer in Nottingham, in 2013, the Best Independent Business in Nottingham, and in 2004 Page 45 won the only ever Diamond Comics Award for Best Retailer In The UK!

And we’re not Page 45’s only fans, in the words of Neil Gaiman:

“I’ve long thought that Page 45 is the best graphic novel shop I’ve ever been to…”

See for yourself!
9 Market Street, Nottingham, NG1 6HY
0115 9508045
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 9am – 4pm