Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores North American Giveaway

I’ve posted about this hilarious book before, compiled by writer and bookseller Jen Campbell, and it’s finally just been released in North America! Jen’s generously offered to send a lucky winner a signed copy all the way from England. Thinking about Christmas yet? This book will make the perfect gift for a bookseller friend or any booklover who’s spent time browsing in a bookshop.

Customer: Have you read every single book in here?

Bookseller: No, I can’t say I have.

Customer: Well, you’re not very good at your job, are you?

A simple Twitter question posed by John Cleese — “What is your pet peeve?” — inspired Jen Campbell to start a blog that collected all the ridiculous conversations overheard in her bookstore, everything from “Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?” to the hunt for a paperback that could forecast the next year’s weather; from “I’ve forgotten my glasses, please read me the first chapter” to “Excuse me … is this book edible?”; and from “Can books conduct electricity?” to “My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that’s ok… isn’t it?”

In addition to these gems, Overlook and Jen Campbell have selected new material from booksellers throughout the United States and Canada, thanks to very generous (and eager) submissions. Christopher Sheedy, at Re: Reading on the Danforth, has a bit in there, too!”If we didn’t know it already, this irresistible book is proof positive that booksellers are heroes, the world over.” Hear hear!

For more info:

Jen’s blog: http://jen-campbell.blogspot.com

Jen on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/aeroplanegirl

The Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/weirdthingscustomerssayinbookshops

Jen is currently accepting submissions from booksellers and librarians for the sequel, More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops, which will be published next year.

Now! To enter the contest, simply write “Pick me!” in the comments, and I’ll have the draw in a week, on November 7. Good luck all! Trust me, this book, with all its weirdness and quirky illustrations, will make you laugh.

UPDATE: Weird Things just got nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award!!

  29 comments for “Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores North American Giveaway

  1. 1 November, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Pick me! Pick me!

    (Does that count for two entries? ;))

    Thanks for the giveaway, Steph.

  2. Mar
    1 November, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Pick me, please!

    • 1 November, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Gah! When you add please, it’s hard to say no! But everyone is going into a hat at the end… :)

  3. 1 November, 2012 at 9:25 am

    :) We can thank Jen! I’m glad she offered.

    Thanks for entering, Kara!

    Haha about the two entries! Nice try. ;)

  4. 1 November, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Pick me!

    I’ve been following Jen on Twitter for a while. The gems she collects are hilarious. Would love to win a copy of her book.

    • 1 November, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Thanks for entering, Jenni! And I know. The things people say!!

  5. Richard
    1 November, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Pick me! She’d only have to post it to Wales then – much cheaper!

    • 1 November, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Ha! This is the North American edition, though. Wouldn’t you prefer the UK one?

  6. Karen Edgin
    1 November, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Pick me! I’m a nice redhead who loves books!

    • 1 November, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      :) Unfortunately, hair colour doesn’t count. Unless it’s lucky! :)

  7. 1 November, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Meeeeeeeeee please! xo

    • 1 November, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks for entering, Trish! We’ll see if those extra “e”s bring you good fortune! :)

  8. Richard
    1 November, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Who says I won’t get that too?!

    • 1 November, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      I’m not sure how much of a difference there is! I think a few extra entries in the NA version, and the title’s different. But no problem! You’re entered. Jen has approved. :)

  9. 1 November, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Pick me! :)

  10. 1 November, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Oh, I’d love to get hold of this! Since I didn’t win it in your last giveaway (sobbing).

  11. Niall
    1 November, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Please pick me?

    :-)

  12. Greg
    1 November, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Pick me!

  13. 1 November, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks for the entries, Kelsey, Niranjana, Niall, and Greg!

  14. 1 November, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Kelsey: you and Trish make it hard for me. You send me books, and I’d love to send you one, too!

    However, the draw’s got to be done with closed eyes… :)

    • 6 November, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Of course! :)

  15. Carrie
    2 November, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Pick me! I’m a public librarian, and I find these hilarious!

    • 2 November, 2012 at 10:09 am

      Oh yeah, of course you would! The questions (and the treatment!!) we get in a library (I used to work in Reader’s Advisory)! Oy.

  16. rhonda
    2 November, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Pick me I need a goodvread and a good laugh.Lomazowr@gmail.com

    • 2 November, 2012 at 10:20 am

      A good laugh is guaranteed!

  17. 7 November, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Is it too late for me to enter? If not, pick me!!

    • 7 November, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Just about to do the draw, you guys! I wrote your names (Brenna, not too late, you’re included) on separate pieces of paper and folded them up and tossed them around, and now I’m going to close my eyes and pick (I tried to get Lucy, my dog, to pick, but she stuck her nose up at them. Spoilsport!).

      And the winner is…

  18. 7 November, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Rhonda! Congratulations, Rhonda!

  19. 7 November, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Thank you all for reading this blog and for participating in this giveaway. Stay tuned: you never know; Jen may ask me to give away the sequel!

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