You’ve probably noticed that the United Kingdom has suddenly adopted that tribute to greed and consumerism that is Black Friday. It’s no matter that we’re not actually celebrating Thanskgiving here because stores have realised they have (another) perfect reason to enter into price wars and entice us to spend.
If you’re like me and that sounds like your perfect version of hell, then I’m happy to present Civilised Saturday. On Saturday 28 November 2015, booksellers around the country are putting on events that will capture your imaginations, inspire your dreams and most of all, present you with the best of the season’s book recommendations. An antidote to Black Friday, the event is brought to you by the brilliant minds behind the Books Are My Bag campaign so you know you’ll be well looked after.
Here are just some of the events taking place at independent bookshops nationwide:
The Bookworm at Selkirk are having a ‘Famous Five - High Tea’ with cake, scones and homemade jams, Christmas stories and music from a local band.
The staff at the Edinburgh Bookshop will be donning their best retro cocktail outfits, serving sandwiches (without crusts!) and playing fabulous music including Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday
Dulwich Books will be serving Winter Pimms, afternoon tea, homemade cakes and offering tailor-made book recommendations and lots of Christmas festivities including a ‘Where’s Santa’ prize draw