Sunday, 3 December 2017

Abi Curtis's Imaginary Bookshop

Today we welcome Abi Curtis to Writer's Little Helper to take part in the Imaginary Bookshop series to celebrate the publication of her novel, Water & Glassdystopian tale about human nature and the animal world.


What would be the name of your imaginary bookshop?
The Lantern

Where would your imaginary bookshop be located?
In a lighthouse

Would your bookshop have any special features?
Curved shelves, a reading platform right at the top

What would make your bookshop different from all of the other ones?
It would have an amazing view at the edge of the landscape

What sections would you have in your bookshop? And what sections would you ditch?
I would have a short-fiction section, as this is under-represented. I’d have fiction, but not separated in ‘genre’ categories. I’d have a larger poetry section than you find in most bookshops.

Every bookshop needs a display table. Which books would you have on your display table? Why?
My display table would have sea-themed books, but from different genres – fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Because I became fascinated by depictions of the sea when writing my recent novel.

If you could run only one author event who would you have? You can pick a living or dead writer.
I think I would have to have Shakespeare.

What sort of event would they run?
A word-inventing workshop

A customer comes up to your till with a copy of your novel and asks you to give them a reason on why they should buy it. What would you say?
Because you can immerse yourself in it as if you were under the ocean.

What sort of cake would you offer when launching your book in your bookshop?


Abi Curtis is Professor of Creative Writing at York St. John University and is an award-winning poet. In 2004, she received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. Her first poetry collection, Unexpected Weatherwas published after winning the Crashaw Poetry Prize in 2008. In 2013 Curtis won the Somerset Maugham Award for her second poetry collection, The Glass Delusion, which allowed her to travel to Istanbul, where inspiration for Water & Glass began to flourish. Water & Glass is her first novel.

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