Hastings & St Leonards. 15th June – 22nd June

Four booksellers have clubbed together to run a special bookshop week, with a series of events! We are all local independent businesses: Printed Matter Bookshop; Bookbuster; The Bookkeeper Bookshop; and Hare & Hawthorn.

The Bookkeeper Bookshop, on King’s Road, is run by mother and son, Carol and Robert. They sell fiction and non-fiction of as many genres as come their way. Running across the week during their usual opening hours, they are holding an exhibition: WHAT WAS LEFT BEHIND – display of a collection of clippings found in books. 

Printed Matter Bookshop, Queens Road, is run by Lee (former homeless & resettlement worker) and sells all new books and some music. Books vary from fiction, culture, social sciences, feminism and black culture to nature, graphic novels and social history. On Monday 17 June from 6pm JUSTYN BARNES will be giving a talk on his new book IKIGAI: Discover Your Reason for Being – entry is free!

Bookbuster, also on Queen’s Road, run for seven years by Tim, is a remainder and second-hand bookshop. They also sell a few records, cds and dvds, plus greetings cards, many by local artists. They run a monthly poetry event, SHEER POETRY. This month’s is a special Really Independent Bookshop Week edition: the compère is Pete Donohue, and as well as our regulars we have guest spots from the excellent Susan Evans, John D Robinson, and Lucy Brennan Shiels. It will run from 6pm-9pm on Thursday 20 June and entry is £2 per head (with complimentary wine).

Then on Saturday 22 June at 7.30 pm at The Bookkeeper Bookshop RACHEL NEUBURGER REYNOLDS launches her debut novel, DROWNING LESSONS. This is the first of five in the Red Frog Mystery Beach Series. She will be giving a reading, answering any questions, and signing copies too!

Hare & Hawthorn, on George Street, is a bookshop selling fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. They also sell greeting cards and gift wrap, stationery and pens, and have a bindery!

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