“It’s a myth that authors or publishers buy space on our tables,” said Pete Birchenough, bookseller and fiction buyer at Foyles Bookshop in Cabot Circus, Bristol.
Pete has a lot of autonomy and can decide (within limits), what to buy and where to display it. “If a book comes in and we like it we can decide whether to get more copies in.”
He’s a fan of Murakami and he’s curated the current Murakami display on the oval tables by the front door, designed to catch attention. “It’s a great book and it’s doing really well.”
This isn’t the first bookshop Pete has worked for but he says that he likes the amount of decision-making and autonomy that Foyles lets the local store have. Pete is a writer and currently writing a near-future collection of stories.
I’m delighted that Foyles is keen to support book-selling at Novel Nights. They’re keen to meet more readers in Bristol.
They will be supporting Novel Nights by selling, No Good Brother, by Tyler Keevil.
Ask the Bookseller
Pete will also be invited to the stage to talk about what is selling well at the moment in the shop and any publishing trends. Our next event is on June 27th at 7.30pm at The Square Club, Clifton, Bristol.