Indie Bookselling Panel
The New York Times recently said ‘Indie Bookstores Are Back, With a Passion’ but how are Scotland’s independent booksellers faring? We’re excited to bring together some of the best independent booksellers Scotland has to offer across comics, children’s books, radical books, general fiction and non-fiction to discuss the ins and outs of their business.
After 20 years of retail management in the entertainment retail sector Alby opened Little Shop Of Heroes, an independent family controlled comic store. Opened with a mission statement of inclusiveness and the promotion of reading to all ages, Little Shop Of Heroes actively support the comic industries “Raise a Reader” campaign and strives to break down gender stereotypes. Alby is organizer of Dunfermline Comic Con, a not-for-profit venture to promote comics, the writers, artists and all of the creatives involved in their production.
Elaine is the owner of Edinburgh’s radical independent bookshop Word Power Books which was opened formally with James Kelman in 1994. The shop seeks to promote small and independent presses outwith the mainstream runs and Elaine also runs the Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair.
Marie is the owner of The Edinburgh Bookshop, established in 2007. The have won multiple awards including UK Children’s Bookshop of the Year 2014 and Scottish Independent Bookshop of the Year 2014 and 2015. Marie was formerly marketing manager of the James Thin chain.
Ann is Events and Marketing Manager at the South Bridge branch of Blackwells in Edinburgh and will be acting as chair on the panel.