One of the things I’ve been involved with over the past few months is meeting with the owners and a group of other customers of Mostly Books , which is my home from home in Abingdon, to help set up a Literary Society for Abingdon called ‘Mostly Booklovers’.
Mostly Booklovers is now officially launched and a great programme of author events is already in place for the first few months of the year. Membership costs £12, and members will get reduced or free admission to all the events. The full details are on the events diary here . But the programme starts with a biggie! …
Joanna Trollope will talk on Tuesday January 20th, at 1930, venue – the School of St Helen & St Katherine in Abingdon to coincide with the paperback publication of her latest novel Friday Nights. Tickets are £6 (or £4 for MBers), and it’s going to be a great evening.
Also Kate Summerscale, author of brilliant The Suspicions of Mr Whicher will be visiting in April, and there are other great authors lined up for inbetween, including Richard Fortey talking about the Natural History Museum, and locally brought-up author Bethan Roberts.
This is beginning to sound like a commercial for the book shop, but owners Mark and Nikki are doing so much to develop not just a literary vibe in Abingdon, but a fully inclusive bookloving community, and they deserve continued success for that. (The shop won the Bookseller award for best new bookshop of the year in 2008).
So if you’re passing near Oxford, why not detour to Abingdon and visit this great little bookshop!