Last summer, former broadcaster and avid reader Heather Suttie set up online book club 'Bookface' for people to share their favourite reads and book recommendations during lockdown. Since then, the group has grown in popularity with more than 1200 members from all over the world. On its first birthday, Bookface started a series of book swap brunches across Glasgow, with future meet-ups and events planned across the UK.
Bookface's Book Swap Brunches are Saturday morning get-togethers for guests to enjoy 3 hours fully immersed in all things book-related. Tickets for the first brunch and book swap event on Saturday 3rd July sold out in less than 72 hours. The event will see guest hosts broadcaster and author Sally Magnusson and author Maggie Ritchie joining Bookface members at Glaschu Restaurant and Bar to celebrate the release of Maggie's latest novel Daisy Chain. Tickets are now on sale for the next event (Saturday 7th August), set to be held in Glasgow’s newest Gastropub, The Duke’s Umbrella.
Heather (pictured below) explains “We’ve built a community of book lovers where our currency is sharing great recommendations, as there are enough critics in this world, this is all about the good stuff! The group is a safe space and pure escapism – we trade suggestions for all sorts of books for all age groups, with film, TV adaptations being discussed, and podcast tips shared too, and it’s opened all our eyes to new genres and authors we perhaps wouldn’t have found otherwise! It’s [book swapping] a great way to save money and live that little bit more sustainably.
“I’m so grateful we’ve had this chance to bond online and create this passionate global tribe." she continues, "Even though we’ve all never met 90% of the people in the group, we’ve established a connection over the love of reading with so many of us seeking solace and escapism in great stories throughout lockdown”.
Sally Magnusson said: "I'm delighted to be supporting Maggie on the release of her latest novel, and looking forward to an event that brings together people who share the love of great books. Seeking comfort in stories was a huge part of lockdown for so many of us."
People from all walks of life and of all ages and nationalities, have shared some really wonderful reads of late, which include – Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason, The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain, Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, The Young Team by Graeme Armstrong, Glendy Vanderah’s The Light Through the Leaves and numerous titles by Kristin Hannah, Peter May, Mick Herron, Denise Mina, Amor Towles, Don Winslow, Tana French, Matt Haig, Jane Harper, Stephen King and many more.
The group also has a number of actors, business leaders, musicians, creatives and sports people from New Zealand, the US, Bali, Tanzania and Canada.
To join Bookface, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Bookface2020
Tickets for the next Bookface Book Brunch at The Duke’s Umbrella, Glasgow are £20 from Eventbrite https://bit.ly/3cXFRH9. To view the Duke's Umbrella's brunch menu please visit: https://www.dukesumbrella.com/menus. To view Glaschu's brunch menu please visit: https://glaschurestaurant.co.uk/menus.
Daisy Chain is the latest novel from Maggie Ritchie. Inspired by the eventful and colourful lives of the pioneering women artists The Glasgow Girls, particularly that of Eleanor Allen Moore, Daisy Chain is a story of independence, women's art, resilience and female friendship, set against the turbulent background of the early years of the 20th century.