Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Fair Day!

Well that time of year has come around again already! It's Bo'ness Fair Day on Friday as evidenced by the amazing arches being built all over town. As last year, the shop will be closed on Friday (along with most of the other shops in town) so we can all enjoy the day, but we'll be back as usual on Saturday!

And speaking of the fair, we're pleased to say we've sold out of our initial batch of Fair Day DVDs... but another batch will be along on Saturday though so don't despair, just make sure you reserve your copy before this lot is gone too!

Have a wonderful Fair day!

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Busy, busy, busy!

As I'm sure you can tell by the distinct lack of activity on all things online and electronic-y recently the shop has been a liiiiittle bit busy. We've had the popular annual Victorian Street Fair in town, lots of ticket sales for the Barony Theatre's hilarious production of The Holy Terror, and the brilliant charity Abba night, and of course our new-for-2009 selection of Bo'ness Fair Day cards arriving in the shop, as well as a whole raft of new books to love! Whew!

First, to the books...

New in this month we're loving the new book from local publishers, Pocket Mountains: Stirling, 40 Town and Country Walks. The latest in the series, this book includes walks round Bo'ness and Kinneil, the Antonine Wall and Muiravonside, as well as some lovely routes out as far afield as Bridge of Allan, Loch Katrine, Callander, Dunblane and all points in between. A great little pocket reference if you feel like a wander on a lovely sunny afternoon. (PS. We also have the Edinburgh book in stock too if you fancy a potter around the East coast's finest walks.)

Another couple of recent arrivals are the first two in a great new detective series for kids from Tanya Landman: Monday's are Murder, and Dead Funny. Both feature eleven-year-old detective Poppy Fields and are billed as '"Miss Marple" for the younger reader'. Having quickly finished the first book where Poppy solves a series of murders at an activity centre on a remote Scottish island, I'm interested to see how she gets on in Dead Funny when she tries to solve the mysterious death of ageing starlet Baby Sugarcandy whilst on holiday in the US. (Though by all accounts, Poppy is a very capable pre-teen, so I'm sure she'll manage to wrap it all up nicely!)

Finally on the books front, I'm currently racing through the Arsonist's Guide to Writer's Homes in New England by Brock Clarke which arrived in paperback a few weeks ago. A proper(ish) review will follow once I've finished, but from what I've read so far (up to page 106...) I can recommend it to anyone as a great read - wry observant humour, a well developed main character, and a carefully plotted story that unfolds new turns at just the right moments... all pulled together with a brilliant balance of wit and weirdness... my personal favourites. Thumbs up so far, and I've high hopes for the ending.

And next to the Fair...

This year we're stocking Fair Day cards which can either be bought plain, or can be personalised with your child's name / role. The cards we currently stock are Queen, Flower Girl, Fairy, Lady in Waiting, Queen's Herald, and a few general Thank You and Happy Fair Day cards. Our full range can be seen in the window, and judging on the success we've had already we'll definitely bring these back next year, albeit with an expanded selection to include more named roles as well as themed cards for each school's presentees.

Continuing with the Fair theme, copies of the much anticipated Fair Day DVD (as mentioned in the Bo'ness Journal last week) are due to arrive in the shop this weekend. If you've already let me know of your interest in it then I'll be phoning you as soon as the delivery arrives in the shop, and if not, what are you waiting for? They should be here this weekend so stop by and get your copy and have a wander down memory lane.

And finally (as if all that weren't enough!)...
To top off a busy few weeks, the programmes for the Edinburgh International Book Festival have just arrived in the shop. If you want to find out who's appearing this year then check out the website here or pop into the shop to pick up a copy of the programme for yourself. (You can book tickets from June 22nd onwards).