AN international best-selling author is just one visitor expected at a new book shop in York in its opening week.
The new Waterstones will open in Coney Street next week, after moving from its current location in High Ousegate, and will see Norwegian author Jo Nesbo - whose novel Headhunters was made into a critically-acclaimed film last year - visit on Monday, April 28.
The new store will also feature a cafe, and a family fun day will be held on Saturday, April 26, to celebrate the opening, with Town Crier Michael Wood and the Lord Mayor of York, Coun Julie Gunnell, cutting the ribbon to officially open the shop at 11.15am.
Samples of the cafe's food will be available, with free drinks offers on Saturday and Sunday, and for children, there will be balloon modelling and a visit from Spot The Dog.
Jamie Hanslip, manager of the new store, said: “We’re thrilled to be opening a brand new bookshop in York.
"With its gorgeous new design, children’s play area and delicious Café W, our bookshop will be a real pleasure to browse , to enjoy with the family and to visit with friends and catch up over a coffee. We are really looking forward to sharing our stunning shop with our customers.”
Following Jo Nesbo's visit on Monday, April 28, further visits are scheduled in coming months including authors Patrick Ness and Francesca Simon, and children’s book characters The Gruffalo, Miffy, Horrid Henry and Peter Rabbit in the next couple of months.