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:

Jen on Twitter:

The Facebook Page:

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!!


    1. Steph Author

      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. :)

    1. Steph Author

      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…


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