Why Books Are My Bag
The simplest of messages are always the most savvy - and most memorable! Here's one for you all - if you love books, get down to your local bookstore, and show them some big gooey Michelin-Man-sized love!
I could walk you through my childhood memories of picture books, tell you how books were my friends from an early age, tell you about hours spent under the willow tree in my parents garden, with my head buried in a book. I could recite the Shakespeare etched on teen-angst ridden grey cells, and jolly on about all the wonderful books that have kept me going long into adulthood. I could tell you about all those amazing stories that still keep me up at night - the ones that make me laugh like an insane lady one minute, and turn me into a bedridden weeping baby, the next. But, I'm sure your own book memories are so much better.
The sad truth is, we are losing bookstores everyday. According to an article in the Guardian earlier this year, "73 Independent booksellers shut up shop in 2012 - more than one casualty for every week of the year - bringing the number left in the UK down to just 1,028."
The reality is that if we love our bookstores as much as we keep saying - we need to put our money where our mouth is. And, while online megastores may well fill our internet landscapes at every turn, it would be a tragedy to see bookstores and libraries go the way of dinosaurs. Books are so much more than a quick buck at the click of a mouse. They are much, much more. There's a connection - books, people, stories and storytellers, we all belong together. We all make memories together.
Tomorrow, the 'Books Are My Bag' campaign celebrates books and bookstores with a big book party! Yes, Britain and Ireland, that means you. However, lets not just stop here - where ever you live, the Ukraine, Japan, Alaska or even, I don't know, the Falklands? It doesn't matter, you remember that Ice Age thing, right? Yes. Well, it's not too late - you can still show your love for books. Lets keep our bookstores open for future generations.