Bookshops are back!

Finally, it is once again safe to wander around our favourite local bookshops, browsing and finding unexpected tittles, turning over a real book in our hands and marching it up to the tills. Although some things might be a little different, such as exchanging smiles beneath masks and extra hand sanitiser, one thing that will remain the same is the sanity and tranquillity that comes when, as a reader, you can once again return to your natural habitat and pick up a book in a bricks and mortar bookshop.

With their reopening, it’s important for us all to support local bookshops and ensure their survival. These safe havens where us readers can lose ourselves in, are essential to our community.

Although it’s brilliant that we can jump on our phones and browse every book on earth and order it within seconds, there is just something completely different about the feeling of physically being inside a book store, running your finger across the spines of an array of books and deciding on one to take home. It’s not just about the transaction of a purchase, it’s the experience.

With the reopening of bookshops also returns the chance for people to talk to others, for human connection. It feels only right that bookshops reopening coincides with the sun shining fiercer and blue skies above. A sign maybe, that brighter, better days are on the way…ones that we can spend wandering around our favourite bookshops, once again.

Please always support indies. Here’s a list of some of OWN IT!’s favourite local indie bookshops:

New Beacon Books – newbeaconbooks.com

Libreria London – libreria.io

Pages of Hackney – pagesofhackney.com

The Broadway Bookshop – broadwaybookshop.com

Burley Fisher – burleyfisherbooks.com

Stoke Newington Bookshop – stokenewingtonbookshop.com

Newham Bookshop – newhambooks.co.uk

HAPPY READING!

MARCH NEWSLETTER

Staying up to date with all things OWN IT!

Because Stories Are Life.


OWN IT! AGENCY SPOTLIGHT


Golden Globe winner Idris Elba signs multi-book deal with HarperCollins

We’re delighted to share that we’ve done an exciting deal for London/ New York: Iconic and multi-award-winning actor, musician, filmmaker, and activist Idris Elba and Robyn Charteris who have signed a global multi-book deal with HarperCollins to publish a range of children’s books launching in 2022.

Read more about it here.


Check out this interview in The Guardian by Katy Guest with the incredible, taboo-busting poet, Salena Godden, discussing her first novel Mrs Death Misses Death. 

Read the full article here.


PUBLISHING NEWS


In celebration of the one-year anniversary of publication, we are releasing three postcards of photographs from Stuart’s book One Saturday In 82 On Broadway Market. 

Read more here

With every purchase of Stuart’s book we’ll include a free postcard print.

Get yours at WWW.OWNIT.LONDON/SHOP


This month we’re also celebrating another Publication Birthday!


MOMENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE by MC Angel (Shauna O’Briain) (Published 29.03.2018)

Moments of Significance is a non-linear narrative packed with poetry, prose, fragments of memories and mediations on life, philosophy and politics from an uncompromising voice. Told through Shauna’s personal experiences of growing up on an inner-city London council estate as a White Working Class Queer woman, Moments of Significance is an exploration of society and the political told through a very personal collage of experiences.

Get your copy here


LISTEN TO THIS…

OWN IT! #FIRSTFRIDAYS.

On the First Friday of every month, we release a playlist carefully curated with songs exploring the featured book of that month. ⠀

Our March playlist looks at the themes within the book THE 392 by Ashley Hickson-Lovence

Head over to ownit.london/first-fridays/ to check out the full playlist or listen on Spotify/ Apple Music.


READ THIS…

FILM REVIEW BY JUDE YAWSON

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

Read here


IN MARCH WE CELEBRATED…

WORLD BOOK DAY

+ INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY