Oxfam’s annual book festival involves all kinds of literary events across their network of shops up and down the country.
Bookfest, now in its fourth year, celebrates the central role books play in people’s lives, and the impact that buying a book from Oxfam can have on the lives of people living in poverty around the world. Over the course of the festival fortnight, a whole host of book related events will take place in Oxfam shops across the UK, featuring a range of activities for the whole family.
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On Thursday 19 July, I will be a guest at Oxfam’s shop in Chester.
I’ll be there from 1 pm to 3 pm to chat about books and the Oxfam Bookfest campaign, and to answer any questions about my novels. I will have a selection of both books for sale, and will happily personalise each copy.
The shop is located at 19 Bridge Street Row East, Chester, CH1 1NW – I hope you can make it!
Map and directions are here
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Did you know ..?
- Oxfam has 148 specialist bookshops and sells books in nearly all of its 685 shops
- Oxfam’s shop network is supported by over 22,000 volunteers, with over 4000 specialist book volunteers staffing Oxfam’s bookshops
- One paperback sold by Oxfam could buy two books for a school in Somaliland and just £1.75 could buy books and pens for a school in the Philippines
Books at Oxfam
A recent survey showed that the most donated authors to Oxfam shops are (with last year’s position in brackets):
1. Dan Brown (1)
2. Ian Rankin (2)
3. James Patterson (8)
=4. Alexander McCall Smith (5)
=4. John Grisham (New entry)
Oxfam’s most sold authors are (with last year’s position in brackets):
1. Stieg Larsson (1)
2. J.K. Rowling (6)
3. Jo Nesbo (New entry)
4. Lee Child (New entry)
5. Terry Pratchett (4)
Although the survey illustrates the ongoing popularity of the best-known authors, it found that the most donated and sold genre overall is non-fiction.
Oxfam shops stock a huge range of books across all genres and are one of the few places where you can find rare and collectable books. The charity recently sold a first edition of Samuel Beckett’s 1938 novel Murphy at auction for a massive £12,000.
The survey of Oxfam’s network of shops and bookshops was conducted to celebrate the launch of the charity’s annual literary festival Bookfest (2-15 July 2012).
Bookfest is a great opportunity to celebrate this and we really hope that the public will get involved by coming along to their local Oxfam shop or bookshop to enjoy the brilliant range of events and promotions taking place during the fortnight.
Source: Oxfam Media Centre
Don’t forget: Thursday 19 July, 1 pm – 3 pm at Oxfam’s shop in Chester.
See you there!