The CWA strongly believes in local booksellers and works where it can to support and encourage their work.
We do this in several ways.
1. By fostering communication and cooperation to mutual benefit between CWA author members and bookshops. In 2017 we appointed a Booksellers Champion in Aline Templeton to initiate, oversee and liaise wherever we can.
How does this work? On one practical level, if you’d like a crime writer to talk at an event at your bookshop, we’ll do our best to find you one. If you’re already holding an event with a CWA member participating and you would like us to help promote it, let us know (with as much notice as possible) and, where appropriate, we will publicise it to our members and also to our thousands of Crime Readers’ Association subscribers. We also work wherever we can to support libraries and are open to hearing your views of how we can do that.
2. National Crime Reading Month. The CWA’s initiative promotes events and reading projects that happen in May. Bookshops as well as libraries are major hosts.
We have a dedicated website for this where events are listed according to geographical region: www.crimereadingmonth.co.uk . If you’re looking for an author, suggestions on how to set up an event or publicity for an event you already have planned: contact us.
3. Literature that’s connected with the CWA that you and your customers might also find useful.
We can supply digital posters and flyers for you to use in your library, helping to make you more indispensable than ever to the aspiring writer and the public at large.
4. Competitions that support writers. For example, the CWA Margery Allingham Short Story competition, and the Debut Dagger competition for the opening of a crime novel from an unpublished writer.
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