National Bookshop Day

What great fun it was to celebrate National Bookshop Day on Saturday morning, first at the Children’s Bookshop at Beecroft and then at my local Better Read Than Dead at Newtown.

Reading in the PARK on King Street Newtown

The Beecroft gig turned out to be more of a pre book launch for Sounds Spooky (its not even out till September 1). Sarah and I read the story, chanted the verses and thenextracted ideas from the gathered throng for Sarah to use in a gost illustration that she created. Now THAT was a stunner watching Sarah create the ghost character from Sounds Spooky! Authors can be very jelous seeing these works create right before our very eyes! Thanks to Paul at the Bookshop (our room upstairs was filled with bodies and also decorated with spider webs and all sorts of spooky bits and pieces) and to our publicist at Random House -Dorothy- for getting this gig together. Jacqueline Harvey, John Larkin and Belinda Murrell were also there (they got to sit in the bookshop window). Of course after we read the story and chatted it was a signing session. Most memorable though and just wonderful to overhear was one little boy who turned to his father and said “I don’t have to be scared at night now!” As an author of the text that just gives me goosebumps!

jealous of these illustrators

And it is always a buzz to support my local independent book store Better Read than Dead – and this year … well all I will say it was such a buzz sitting on a specially created park on King Street Newtown (see top photo) – which is also the Princess Highway, National Highway 1 leaving Sydney. How many people can claim to have sat on a park bench on the driving roads of our Highwaty 1? We certainly got some crazy looks from passers-by! The time at Better Read began being the bag man behind the counter (it brought some interesting bookselling memories). Then with a few kids in tow it was outside into the specailly created park (one of the parking spots) to read from Sounds Spooky!

with Gandalf, Alice and Pippi Longstockings

the bagman


What a great day! Hooray for National Bookshop Day. Go on, go out and buy a book from your local bookseller!

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