Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the
Spine, where we spotlight upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.
This week I chose to do this meme because there is a book I am really excited about. As someone who works at a bookstore, we are always having conversations about all the crazy things customers do and say. And we have all said that we should write a book about it. Someone finally has! This book actually was published first in England, and now it is being re-released in the United States. And the really cool thing is that they have an email address where booksellers can send their funny stories before the book is published. Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
From the hugely popular blog, a miscellany of hilarious and peculiar bookshop moments:
‘Can books conduct electricity?’
‘My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that’s ok… isn’t it?’
A John Cleese Twitter question [‘What is your pet peeve?’], first sparked the ‘Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops’ blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller’s collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor. From ‘Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?’ to the hunt for a paperback which could forecast the next year’s weather; and from ‘I’ve forgotten my glasses, please read me the first chapter’ to’Excuse me… is this book edible?’
This full-length collection illustrated by the Brothers McLeod also includes top ‘Weird Things’ from bookshops around the world.
If you are a fellow bookseller, and would like to send in some stories, go check out the author’s website here for information how to do it. I have lots of good stories, but can’t remember actual conversations much longer.
What are you waiting on this week?