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Archive for February, 2011

Many thanks again to the 78 for hosting our quiz. I was unable to make it this time, but by all accounts everything went as well as usual. Next one should be around May.

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Crime month is winding down and making way for our retro Childrens books promotion. If quirky ephemera in this category appeals, please drop in. I’m not 100% sure exactly when it is but I’ll post here when I know.

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We have some excellent events coming up in March. As I’ve previously mentioned here, during the week of March 8th, Oxfam is inviting you to celebrate women’s acheivements as part of Interenational Women’s Day (‘Have a Bit of a Do’ is the page name at Oxfam’s website).

At the bookshop we have Caro Ramsay, the celebrated crime author, returning for her second reading on Wed 9th March at 7.30. Tickets are available from us for £3 each. I found Caro to be an engaging and generous speaker last time. Recommended.

Also booked (date to be confirmed) is Pat McIntosh, author of medieval mysteries. Pat has also done a reading with us before. For the event that time she changed into a home-made reproductions of a medieval outfit for the event.  The Q&A involved many questions about historical detail and its incorporation into a contemporary genre. Unique, a bit of fun, and a must for fans.

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Lastly today, just to draw attention to our refreshed New Product ranges on the cusp of Fairtrade Fortnight.

The new gardening range covers a range of goods from gloves to the popular Ellie Poo planter. There are even seed packs and plant kits for children that contain paints to customize their pot as they like.

The relaunched Everyday range includes some of the Faith toiletries range from previous years as well as the sub-range of toilet cleaner, fabric conditioner and washing powder that we’ve had in some form or another for a few years now. And the popular lipbalm that appeared before Christmas is also available, along with many other lines. Best to pop in to us and have a browse.

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A date has been booked for out fifth Literary Quiz (these are a regular occurance now so I guess I should drop the numbering). It will be on Tuesday 22nd February in its usual venue, The 78, on Kelvinhaugh Street. Quizmaster Derek likes to change things up from quiz to quiz, as regulars will know, so center your chi and bring an open mind. And if you haven’t been before, it’s a predominantly literary quiz, branching out into related genres and sometimes film or other crossover topics . Prizes for the highest placed teams and decent food on offer if you want to get there early. Not a bad idea as it can be busy. Start time is usually 9 o’ clock, give or take.

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A word of thanks and congratulations to Hyndland Primary School who raised £1700 pounds to purchase an Unwrapped classroom from us this week. I believe they organised a sponsored pirate treasure hunt. All credit to them, it’s a huge sum of money and it’s a generous and considerate gesture to use it for this end. Well done kids!

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The new bookshop at Royal Exchange Square in Merchant City is due to open, hopefully by next week. The manager, Gillian, previously worked at the Ayr shop, and I think she’ll do a great job. It’s a smaller unit than ours, about a third the size of our shop (going by numbers of books) but it’s very stylish and striking. They’ll concentrate on high quality non-academic non-fiction and fiction offers, possibly offering some academic stock when the demand is high for that. I recommend a visit when it’s up and running.

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