from The Bookseller:
[Louise Doughty] will be speaking at The Great Bookshop Debate during Independent Booksellers Week on 2nd July from 7.30pm-9.30pm at the new flagship Foyles shop in Charing Cross Road, which will focus on the future of bookselling.
Doughty said: “All authors are passionately attached to high street bookshops: the opportunity to browse, the expertise of the staff, the chance of a decent coffee while we are at it…but we almost all own e-readers and, like any other book buyer, love the swift access of online shopping as well as loving other people having access to our own works.” She added: “We are a greedy breed: we want both outlets to thrive. Does the battle for bookselling need to be Godzilla versus the Mutos or can the two come to a cheerful accommodation? Authors are very much hoping they can.”
Besides Doughty, panellists will include author Mark Forsyth, author, Kate Gunning, key accounts manager for Penguin Random House, Siôn Hamilton, retail operations director at Foyles, Robert Hiscox, founder of Hiscox Insurance and co-owner of the White Horse Bookshop in Marlborough, Wiltshire and Nicholas Lovell, a writer, consultant and gamer.
The debate will be chaired by New Statesman editor Jason Cowley.
The event is being held as part of Independent Booksellers Week – an annual celebration of independent bookshops nationwide, which takes place from 28 June-5 July.