Nestled in the village of Kibworth in Leicestershire is our May Bookshop of the Month: The Bookshop, Kibworth. After leaving the music industry, owner Debbie James decided it was time to live her dream of opening a bookshop. It’s now nearly 10 years later and the shop is thriving – they’ve set up numerous book clubs, Kibworth’s own annual Book Festival and have won numerous awards, including Regional Independent Bookshop of the Year, James Patterson Awards and more.
With eye-catching, welcoming red window frames, oft-decked with a themed display, and stairs designed to look like books, it is immediately obvious that this is a place that is passionate about engaging readers of all ages.
The fiction room upstairs is cosy and inviting, with a lovely range of gift product also on display. The booksellers are friendly, enthusiastic and strong champions of children’s books in particular.
We had the chance to ask Debbie and her team some questions:
1. Congratulations on being chosen as our May Bookshop of the Month! We’ve talked a bit about you and the shop but how would you describe The Bookshop Kibworth in three words?
Colourful, friendly, tempting
2. Where is your favourite spot in the store?
On the sofa upstairs in The Fiction Room, gazing at the spines
4. If you weren’t a bookseller what would you be?
An orchestral percussionist
5. Excluding The Bookshop Kibworth – what is your favourite bookshop?
So hard to choose – can I pick 3?! Wenlock Books in Shropshire, Persephone Books in London and Buchhandlung Klaus Bittner in Cologne