Tuesday, 23 July 2013

We have moved to Wordpress

This Blogger blog has ended and instead you should read all about Blackwell's bookshop Manchester on Wordpress.

This blog just ended up being a channel to bang on about events, and that was never the intention.

Our Wordpress blog should ensure more diverse content, including postings directly from our shop floor, putting you into the heart of the bookseller action like never before! (Assuming you'd appreciate 1,000 Vines of booksellers stickering and destickering books...)

See you over there!

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

A Modern Family book launch with Socrates Adams

Join us on July 25th to launch Socrates Adams' new novel A Modern Family.

You may remember our last launch with him. Remember? We packed the shop to the rafters and we all had a lovely time.

A Modern Family follows the life of a popular car show presenter who has the perfect job but doesn't have the perfect family. Author Jenn Ashworth says A Modern Family "is filled with wry observation, ruthless satire and, underneath it all, a real warmth. It is scathing, truthful and hilariously, painfully funny." The book is being released on the brilliant Blue Moose Books.

Our launch takes place in the shop at 6.30pm on Thursday July 25th, and it is absolutely free to attend. We'll even put on refreshments, courtesy of Blue Moose.

The Facebook event page is here.

See you on the 25th.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

This @PenguinUKbooks @RandomHouseUK logo needs a caption

So publishers Penguin and Random House have merged. Fifty Shades meets Roald Dahl. Dan Brown meets Peter Rabbit.

Their new logo is simply their old logos side-by-side (see above).

For those with a bit of imagination, the new logo looks too odd not to be commented on. It demands a picture caption.

Comment below with a comedy caption for their logo. Or tweet us. We'll include your submissions on this blog.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Make some, er, noisy for a bookstore in Boise*

We love this idea of a little table-and-chair display outside a bookshop (inset), complete with books to browse.

This is Trip Taylor Bookseller in Boise, Idaho. Inside they have used books, open mic poetry nights, a chessboard and a poodle called Apollo.

Alas, the outside display is not something we could get away with on Oxford Road. But we still have chairs to enjoy the sun outside our cafe.

Trip Taylor, we salute you.

* we were hoping 'Boise' rhymed with 'noise', but it's pronounced like Boysie from Only Fools And Horses.. and even then, it's weak rhyme with 'noisy'. BLOGGING'S DIFFICULT, YOU KNOW

Friday, 14 June 2013

Paul Morley pops in for a cuppa

Here is Paul Morley signing his book The North (Bloomsbury Publishing) in our shop.

There are a few things we love about this picture. Maybe it's the person sneakily stealing the coffee in the bottom right corner. Maybe it's Maggie keeping an eye on The North. Or maybe, just maybe, it's Paul's 'author face'.

Needless to say, we now have stacks of signed first editions of The North now in stock!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Students get complaining after tuition fee rise

Universities are more likely to get complaints now tuition fees are higher.

A report by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator says appeals jumped by 20% in the first year of the new fees in England and Wales.One upheld complaint was from a PhD student who said their university examiners did not understand his subject.

Complaints against universities are still incredibly rare, and we think we have it pretty good in Manchester.

Not included in these complaints were [Censored] University that ran a course on Jedi mind tricks, [Censored] University that gave students food with drawing pins in, or indeed [Censored] University which is famously downwind of a sewage treatment plant.*

* All allegedly (according to online reviews) and none, thankfully, in the UK!

Monday, 10 June 2013

£29 Nook in stock again... get 'em while they're hot*

At the risk of repeating ourselves, we have received a LARGE delivery of £29 Nook Simple Touches.

We have stacks of covers, chargers and accessories too - even waterproof slipcases!

* actually room temperature like most, er, objects and that.