Storytellers, Inc. is an award-winning independent bookshop in St. Annes who stock a range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s books. They have well-attended monthly book clubs and regular author events.
altB’s Clancy Mason caught up with bookseller Katie Clapham for a quick fire round of ‘What gift would you recommend…’
…for children?: Our lovely range of Djeco jigsaw puzzles make lovely traditional Christmas presents and we stock The Puppet Company toys which have an amazing range of animals so even rather obscure requests can be satisfied – my favourite is the highland cow!
…for stationary lovers?: Our gorgeous notebooks featuring artwork based on classics like Anna Karenina and Pride and Prejudice from the company who make the totally brilliant ‘Baby Lit’ books are just perfect for book lovers who like to scribble their shopping lists in something stylish.
…for learning a new hobby?: We’ve just started stocking a great new range called ‘Writing Maps’, they’re brilliant for getting people writing on different topics from food to family, and they’re a really neat, low cost item that will make a perfect stocking filler for any new or aspiring writers who are making it their new years’ resolution to put pen to paper.
…for planning new adventures?: Travel guide books are always fun when you’re planning a trip and I’ve just discovered the Citix60 range – city guides written by creatives who know the coolest spots and the best things to see. You’ll need a lovely travel journey to document your findings too – we stock the beautiful Rifle Paper Company journals.
…for a winter read?: I’m a big believer in a ghost story for Christmas so I recommend any short stories by Susan Hill. Profile Books do these beautiful little hardback editions, I’m collecting them all. Of course, the best is The Woman in Black.
CM: What are your most popular items which sell leading up to Christmas?
KC: I’m sure we’ll be selling lots of David Walliams’ new title, The Midnight Gang in the run-up to Christmas, and I’m expecting The Girl who Saved Christmas to do really well too. This is the next Christmas story from fab author Matt Haig, whose A Boy called Christmas was a real hit last year.
Luxurious colouring books for adults are still selling well and they make great Christmas presents – an ideal activity for when the turkey is in the oven. For the adults I expect we’ll sell lots of Alan Bennett’s book and maybe some lovely cookery books, but I hope people come and browse our gorgeous stock and pick something really unique. A surprise is the best sort of present!
CM: Depending on if you’ve been naughty or nice this year, which item in your shop would you most like Santa to give you?
KC: I’m constantly dropping hints to my family that there are plenty of things on our shelves that I’d be very happy to see on Christmas morning. There’s a lovely new gift edition of the 80’s children’s classic Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel where all of the stories have been collected in a lovely hardback book with an introduction from Julia Donaldson – I love the illustrations and the stories are perfect so I hope there’s a copy of that under the tree for me! Also some poetry pamphlets from The Emma Press would make brilliant stocking fillers or table presents.
CM: Do you have any special events leading up to Christmas?
KC: We’ve got a fab multi-author event happening on Monday 12th December for our teen/Crossover audiences for a brilliant book that also supports a really important cause. Stripes publishing are donating the proceeds for their festive short story collection to CRISIS, a homelessness charity. I’ll Be Home for Christmas features new seasonal short stories from some of the top teen/YA writers in the UK. Authors and event details TBC but keep an eye on our website for news. It promises to be a totally fun and festive way to start the Christmas season, and it will be a great opportunity to get signed books for your friends and family for Christmas gifts!
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