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Manchester Book Market

Readers of Manchester unite – this week St Ann’s Square will play host to Manchester’s first independent book fair, so go along and do your bit for the independent book industry.

Published on August 29th 2006.

Manchester Book Market

As generic book chains and multinational supermarkets bully their way to a monopoly of the book industry, it can be hard for independent publishers and booksellers to squeeze in for a piece of the pie.

But it’s one between the eyes (or at least on the little toe) for the Goliaths of the book industry this weekend, as independent publishers from all over the country converge on St Ann’s Square for the first Manchester Book Market on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September.

This brand new initiative will give members of the public the chance to buy books directly from the UK’s leading independent publishers and booksellers, and will provide a unique opportunity for readers to support writers and publishers working at the roots of the industry.

The two day market will feature over 40 publishers, with the independent sector’s leading lights travelling from all over the UK to take stalls.

In addition to browsing the stalls, literature fans will have the opportunity to hear readings from 25 North West authors and poets, in the live literature café. Readings will take place on Friday and Saturday, from 1pm to 2.15pm, 3pm to 4.15pm and 5pm to 6pm.

One stall not to miss will be that of acclaimed Manchester Poet Mike Garry, who will be selling books and promoting his poetry collection Manchester Meander. The collection follows Mike as he journeys around the suburbs of Manchester, including Gorton, Rucholme and Fallowfield. Mike, whose vast following includes the freshly toothed Sean Ryder, will be reading Mancunian Meander at Manchester Art Gallery at 6pm on Thursday 31st August, and at 7pm on Saturday 2nd, at the Basement Café on Lever Street.

So make sure that whatever you are doing this weekend, it involves a trip to Manchester Book Fair. Browse the stalls, meet the authors and poets, and really take advantage of the opportunity to get to grips with some local, independent literature - even if it’s just to have a quick look on your way out of Waterstones…

Jayne Robinson
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Manchester Book Market
Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September 2006-08-29 St Ann’s Square

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