With Covid restrictions being eased, bit by bit, bookshops are open again, and authors across the UK have been supporting their local book sellers as part of the annual Independent Bookshop Week.
In Jason Korsner’s part of northwest London, a popular local children’s bookshop, The Bookworm, has recently closed, leaving The Book Warehouse, Golders Green, as the only independent bookshop in the area.
Jason bookended Independent Bookshop Week with two visits to the Book Warehouse, reading his children’s books, I Like To Put Food in My Welly and What Can You See? to customers and locals passing by.
Because of the ongoing Covid measures, this was the first chance Jason had had to read his books in public since an event in September.
“I’ve always brought my own children into The Book Warehouse as customers, so it’s great to be able to help to attract more people,” said Jason.
During two sessions, reading his books outside, a number of people stopped to chat, listen to him reading his books and some requested signed copies.
But Jason noted, “There were some people who saw me, came for a chat, went into the shop and bought books – just not mine. But I guess that’s the point of Independent Bookshop Week. I’m looking forward to Independent Author Week.”