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SAT’s pop-up bookshop

A POP-UP bookshop will be held at the Shetland Amenity Trust offices next weekend as part of this year’s Book Week Scotland.

The organisation will host a “traditional” bookshop on 28 and 29 November to promote its offshoot business Shetland Heritage Publications, which has produced 37 books over a range of local topics including nature and biography since forming in 2002.

In addition to giving the public the chance to browse books, a number of special events are also planned.

Andy Ross will launch his new children’s book Sammy Finds his Voice on the Saturday, while Taatit Rugs – The Pile Bedcovers of Shetland by Dr Carol Christiansen will be unveiled on the same day at the nearby Shetland Museum and Archives.

Val Turner will be interviewed by Marsali Taylor about the publication of a new Scatness excavation volume, which will be available to buy at the pop-bookshop ahead of its official release on 5 December.

Mary Blance will read from Real Shetland Yarns, while Charlie Simpson will delve into Charles Mitchell’s Up Helly Aa – Tar Barrels and Guizing.

Event organiser Emma Miller said the pop-up bookshop would help to promote the breadth of the trust’s publishing company.

“It’s a great way to remind folk just how many books we have published and showcase them all together, including the new ones we are releasing over the weekend,” she said.

“Our conference room is a beautifully restored space in the old ice factory and will make a perfect backdrop for a traditional bookshop where folk can come and spend time reading, browsing and just having a chat with us and some of our authors.”

“We have some great offers this weekend with up to 50 per cent off some books, and a free Book Week Scotland book for everyone who comes along.”

Shetland Library will also co-ordinate a series of events for Book Week Scotland, which takes place between 23-29 November.