Author’s more than just window dressing

Katarina Bivald's will be reading her debut novel, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, live for more than five hours at Storytellers Inc
Katarina Bivald's will be reading her debut novel, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, live for more than five hours at Storytellers Inc
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A Swedish author will be settling down for the afternoon in the window of a local bookstore.

As part of Independent Bookshop Week, Katarina Bivald will spend five hours, and 37 minutes reading a chapter from her debut novel The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, which was released in the UK last week.

The reading at Storytellers Inc in St Annes will see her re-enacting a scene from the book, where a bookshop owner sits in their own window, drawing in an audience of passers-by to see how long she can read without stopping.

Katarina previously visited the shop, run by Katie Clapham, in February, as part of a national tour of independent bookshops where she bought books in the stores’ recommendations.

Katie said: “We have never had an author read in our window before, so this is something a bit different.

“Katarina came and had a wonder around our shop before, so we were delighted she wanted to come and do another event with us.”

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, already an international best seller, is about the joy of reading and of sharing books with others.

Tomorrow’s reading will echo a passage in the book, where the main character, Sara, sits reading in the window of her bookshop in Broken Wheel.

Sara has travelled to the Iowa town from Sweden, on the invitation from her bookish penfriend Amy - only to discover on arriving that she has died, as has much of the town’s spirit.

Passers-by in St Annes will receive a copy of the extract, and a free tote bag - in line with Independent Bookshop Week’s ‘Books Are My Bag’ campaign.

The reading will start at 11.23am and continue through until 5pm, and Katarina will return for an evening event at 8pm.

Storytellers Inc’s bookclub, and the general public are invited to join the celebration, with a further reading as well as discussions about Katarina’s inspiration.

Entry to the evening event costs £10, including a hardback copy of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend which retails at £12.99.