Celebrate Your Local Indie Bookshop This Week

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 64 months ago
Celebrate Your Local Indie Bookshop This Week

Inside Review Bookshop in Peckham.

Show your local indie bookshop some love because Independent Booksellers Week starts tomorrow. Tesco will never go to the trouble of identifying brilliant but non-blockbuster books and creating a display just to tell you about them; and we don't know about you, but we can look at particular copies on our shelves and remember the exact time, place and smell of the shop we discovered them in. You don't get that with Amazon.

There's a panel discussion about bookshops' place in the battle for the High Street at the Southbank Centre on Wednesday 3 July, with Kate Mosse, Gordon Wise, Anne Sebba, Lindsay Mackie, Southbank Centre's head of literature James Runcie and bookseller Nic Bottomley. Simon Mayo takes over the tills at Dulwich Books on Tuesday lunchtime as part of a national Strictly Come Bookselling project to get authors into bookshops in a hands-on way (Dulwich Books runs a summer season of events all next week, too). And Saturday 29 June is National Reading Group Day, so take the opportunity to find one near you.

A couple of years ago we made it a mission to visit as many of London's independent bookshops as we could, so you can explore our list or tell us which ones we missed in the comments. And you can always see what literary events are happening each week in our Books section.

Last Updated 28 June 2013