Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bookshop Cats

We’ve known for years that many used bookshops have cats, such as Elvira from Other Worlds Bookstore on Rhode Island. We would like to stage an unofficial Bookshop Cat Beauty Pageant and create an online gallery featuring the most interesting cats from your bookshops.

One cat will be selected as the top overall bookshop cat, based on the strength of a submitted image and a 300-word essay about your cat. But this is not a contest; we simply hope the gallery will be a bit of fun and also help generate publicity for AbeBooks and the used bookshop business. We will populate the gallery with links to your storefronts and details about the location of your bookshop, as well as to the essay itself. We will also create a gallery for other bookshop animals, such as dogs, birds or other creatures.

To participate, you must have a bookshop that is open to the public and your cat (or other animal) must spend the working day at the bookshop. We will only feature animals belonging to AbeBooks sellers and we hope to include animals from as many countries as possible, to illustrate the global nature of this business. The essay should provide interesting information about the animal’s role in your bookshop and mentioning specific books would be a bonus, since we could then link through to those listings. YouTube footage of your cat is also welcome.

Send a photo of your cat (or other shop animal) and a 300-word essay to:

Please include:
• Your name
• Your bookshop’s name
• The name of the cat (or other animal)
• 300 words about the cat (or other animal)

Featured Cat - Baz, or Basil, from Last Word Books in Olympia, Washington

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