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Bath Literature Festival Joins Forces With Mr B's Emporium Of Reading Delights

Posted at 7:19AM Wednesday 01 Oct 2008

Bath Festivals has announced that the award-winning Bath-based bookshop, Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights, will be the official bookseller at next year's Bath Literature Festival.

The on-site bookshop at Bath's Guildhall has become an integral part of the much-acclaimed annual Literature Festival, and in 2009 Mr B's will succeed national chain Waterstone's which has ably provided this service for the past few years.

In announcing this new partnership, artistic director Sarah LeFanu commented that she was particularly pleased that Bath Literature Festival would be working with a local, independent bookseller: 'I am so pleased that we have been able to create a new partnership with Mr B's. It's a superb book shop run by a dedicated team offering exceptional service with a true passion for the printed word in all its diversity, which I think will complement our festival perfectly'.

Tucked away in St John's Street, Bath, Mr B's has achieved something akin to cult status with the local literati in just a couple of years and in May won the prestigious title of Independent Bookshop of the Year at the British Booksellers Awards.

Owned and managed by Nic and Juliette Bottomley and their enthusiastic team – of which the much-stroked shop hound, Vlashka, is a key member – Mr B's has defied market trends and is growing apace. With an online shop, regular events, reading groups, monthly newsletters and a blog, this shop goes the extra mile to attract, and keep, its customers. Mr B's has recently opened a third floor and now offers an innovative reading spa and bibliotherapy room on-site.

Nic Bottomley commented today 'We absolutely delighted to be working with the Bath Literature Festival. At Mr B's we offer excellent personal service, a unique shopping experience and through our many working relationships with other Bath institutions we are committed to being at the centre of our local community. Together with our passion for books I think that these are the characteristics that have helped us become a genuine alternative to larger chain bookshops. We see our partnership with Bath Literature Festival as a logical continuation of all that we do; it's a high quality festival promoting literature in a varied and thought provoking way. There are obvious synergies and we are much looking forward to working with the Literature Festival team.

The 2009 Bath Literature Festival will run from Saturday 28 February to Sunday 8 March inclusive, further details will be revealed in the autumn.

The deal with Mr B's was brokered by Ruth Knagg, Bath Festivals' Development Director, who is keen to develop innovative sponsorship and support packages for local businesses for both the 2009 Literature and Music Festivals, if your company is interested in working with Bath Festivals please contact Ruth on 01225 462231 or email:

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