Forget Black Friday try Waterstones Civilised Saturday – as Arsenal author Layth is set for Bedfordshire book signing
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If the consumer excess of Black Friday leaves you cold try Civilised Saturday in Bedfordshire this weekend with a Hitchin-based football author.
Hitchin resident Layth Yousif has been invited to take part in a Waterstones book signing in Bedford as part of the store’s antidote to the consumer excess of the American-imported phenomenon.
The Comet journalist and author will be signing copies of both his best-selling books as part of the book chain’s Civilised Saturday concept devised by the Booksellers’ Association as a response to the mayhem of Black Friday.
Bedford Waterstones manager Kay Duffy said: “Civilised Saturday works well for bookshops, which should be a haven of calm during the craziness of the run-up to Christmas.
“We want to encourage people to visit their local high street, and we will have our own selection of books at half price.”
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Long-term Arsenal season ticket holder Layth, who now reports on the club’s Premier League matches from the press box, will be signing copies of his books Arsene Wenger: 50 Defining Matches and The Miracle of Copenhagen from 11am to 1pm.
Author Layth, who also has a Masters in Business, said: “I understand businesses wanting to maximise sales, but the consumer excess of Black Friday leaves me cold.
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“I’ve always loved browsing in bookshops and would encourage lovers of literature to visit the calm of Waterstones for their Civilised Saturday event.
“I think it’s a great idea.
“And I still have to pinch myself that I get to talk and write about The Arsenal and call it work.”
You can follow Layth on Twitter @laythy29 or visit his Facebook page facebook.com/laythy29/From 2pm to 4pm, barrister Simon Michael will be signing copies of his crime novels, The Brief and An Honest Man.