Visitors to Monty Lit Fest’s Summer 2022 event can buy books from not one, but two, local booksellers.
Oswestry’s Booka Bookshop will be running a pop-up bookshop at Montgomery Town Hall, while Montgomery is also home to The Montgomery Bookshop, staunch supporters of the Festival in the local community.
Beyond the Festival, there are plenty of reasons to support our local indies whenever we can. Here are just five of them:
They are integral to our communities
Anyone who has been to an author event at Booka or sat by the wood burner in the The Montgomery Bookshop on a cold winter’s day will know the great value these bookshops have beyond the books they sell. They are community hubs, places where we can come together over our love of books – or even just for a chat.
They are “placemakers”
Research by the UK’s Booksellers Association has described local bookshops as “placemakers”, creating a halo effect for the communities around them and contributing to the “visibility and vitality” of towns.
They know us
Is there anything better than a conversation with a knowledgeable bookseller about the latest books they know we might like? Local bookshops offer a carefully curated selection of hand-picked books – just for us.
They’re the ethical choice
Whether we’re talking carbon footprint or fair taxation, local bookshops win hands down over a certain Everything Store every time.
They support authors
Indie bookshops play an invaluable role in the publishing ecosystem, championing authors and introducing them to a wide range of readers. Without them, we’d see a much narrower range of books published.
Need we say more?
Whether you’re a Montgomeryshire local or hail from further afield, if you love books, seek out your local indies, buy your books there and cherish them. The world would be a much poorer place without them.