Having had the pleasure during Aye Write! of working with the pleasant, cheerful and efficient staff from Waterstones Sauchiehall Street branch, we were all delighted here at the Mitchell to read in The Bookseller magazine that the other local branch – on Argyle Street – is in the running for a Bookseller Industry Award. Ian Owens has been shortlisted as Manager of the Year for “transforming what was a neglected branch into a vibrant and profitable one, clearing out clutter to leave a classy shop that exemplifies Waterstones’ new approach, with plenty of clear space, lounging areas and a Cafe W“.
Not that you need an excuse to visit the store, but a good time to go would be 16th May when William McIlvanney will be in conversation with fellow crime author Craig Robertson. If Willie’s fascinating discussion with Ruth Wishart during his Aye Write! session last Saturday is any guide, then it will be well worth attending. The event is free but you need to contact the store for a ticket.
The talk is part of the store’s second Crime in the City festival. The full programme is not yet out but another confirmed event is: Jeffery Deaver talking about his new book The Kill Room, 24th June at 7pm in 29 Royal Exchange Square. Tickets £2 available from the store.
We wish Manager Ian good luck at the awards ceremony on 13th May.