Thursday, 20 September 2018

A Trail of Mysterious Events

The darkness is closing in earlier and earlier and spooky season is edging nearer. It’s time to stay safely inside with a nice cup of tea and a huge page-turner of a thriller that will see you well into a sleepless night. The upcoming months are packed with nail-biting, addictive book releases and we’ve picked the best events that will be launching them.

Award-winning crime writer Elly Griffiths is back with gripping Gothic-tinged standalone The Stranger Diaries. When a literature teacher’s colleague is found dead in suspicious circumstances, she confides in her journal. However, it appears that someone else is also using it… Elly will be introducing and signing her intriguing new read and you won’t want to miss out!

Three fantastic crime authors at once and a glass or two of wine? We’re there! Join Rachel Abbott, Jenny Blackhurst and Mary Torjussen for a discussion on their latest thrillers, female characters, plot twists and how to pull off the perfect crime. 

Get acquainted with one of the most heartbreaking thrillers of the year. A woman returns to her childhood home after her mother’s death to sort through possessions and finally confront the mystery of what happened to the sister that went missing 30 years before. Jenny Quintana talks about and signs The Missing Girl at Waterstones Winchester.

The seventh Wells and Wong mystery, Death in the Spotlight, is released in early October and we can’t wait to see what unladylike adventure the girls get into this time. Don’t miss this chance to get all your Robin Stevens books signed.

This very special Cheltenham Literature Festival sees three children’s mystery authors come together to talk about how they drop hints, write their twists and keep the reader guessing. Join David O’Connell, Lauren St John and Lisa Thompson in conversation with Andrew Clover.

If you loved The Sinclair’s Mysteries, you’ll be happy to know that Sophie and Lil, two young female detectives, are returning in a new spin-off series, tackling espionage and murder in 1911 Paris. Catch the brilliant Katherine Woodfine as she signs copies of her books at Waterstones Durham.

Friday, 17 August 2018

‘A little magic can take you a long way’

It’s looking oh-so-gloomy out there and you may be wishing you were somewhere else entirely. Wouldn’t it be great to open a very ordinary-looking door and find a strange intriguing forest or rolling picturesque landscape lurking behind it? You could just step right through and finish off the summer with an amazing adventure. Sadly, we don’t know of any doors that lead to magical lands … but we do know of quite a few exciting events that feature princesses, fairies, dragons and many more whimsical happenings!

Tolkien considered the destruction of the elf city Gondolin to be the ‘first real story of Middle-Earth’. Now his son Christopher and illustrator Alan Lee have brought this Lost Tale to life in a stunning edition that is a must for Tolkies. Alan will be talking about his work and signing copies. Find out where else he’ll be visiting!

Discover the follow-ups to some of the most bloodthirsty and gripping fantasies of last year. Anna Stephens picks up from the bloodshed of Godblind with Darksoul, G. X. Todd continues to hear voices in Hunted and Stephan Aryan returns to a broken kingdom in Magefall. Meet them all and get your books signed at Forbidden Planet in Birmingham.  

If you loved Undercover Princess, the first instalment of the adorable Rosewood Chronicles, you won’t want to miss the launch of the sequel, Princess in Practice. Author Connie Glynn will be on hand to sign copies and chat about her work and her favourite fairytales. There will be some tasty magical treats, too! She’ll also be visiting Glasgow on 22nd September.

Meet Rapunzel, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood and the seven dwarves as you’ve never met them before in Chris Riddell’s latest book Once Upon a Wild Wood. There may even be some new faces too! The man himself will be signing copies of this exciting new story complete with his signature magical illustrations.

There are dangerous witches lurking in the Wildwoods and it’s up to the Wizards of Once to stop them! Twice Magic is the second instalment to the new series from How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell. Come and meet her to get your copy signed and pick up a bookmark and a badge!

Over 200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm wrote ‘Twelve Dancing Princesses’, a story of twelve sisters who secretly dance all night with twelve princes. Now bestselling author Jessie Burton has teamed up with talented illustrator Angela Barrett to create a modern, feminist re-imagining of the classic tale. Both author and illustrator will introduce The Restless Girls to debut children’s author Anna James.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Summer round up

Name a better way of spending a long summer evening than outside with a cold drink and an unputdownable read. How about basking in the buzz of hot new book releases from your favourite authors? We’ve compiled a list of some of the most exciting events around the UK throughout the rest of the summer, so dive in and see what’s happening near you!

Join three of our favourite contemporary authors as they introduce us to their latest books. Giovanna Fletcher, Paige Toon and Lindsey Kelk always bring us love, laughs and fun, so this promises to be a fantastic night! Make sure to stock up on their novels for some essential summer reading. See where else they’ll be stopping too!

If you’re a fan of Fforde’s Thursday Next series, you’ll be delighted to discover that he is back with dark desolate dystopian, Early Riser, this summer. Strange and unique, Jasper will be discussing his latest novel which is guaranteed to cool you down! He’ll be signing copies too. Check out where else you can catch him near you.

Better known for her poetry, Claire Askew’s writing has recently taken a darker turn. Her latest book, All The Hidden Truths, is a tale of secrets, lies and murder. She’ll be discussing her new genre and signing copies of her beach-worthy debut thriller.

Drawing together two of the most exciting releases of the year, this is an event that is designed to inspire and empower. Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone is a YA fantasy set in West Africa that made big waves back in the spring, while Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene’s Slay in Your Lane is already becoming must-read material for young black women up and down the country. Hear them in conversation at Waterstones Birmingham on 7th August.

Storytime and Drawing Fun with Sarah McIntyre | 7th August 2:00 pm, Waterstones Covent Garden 

Children aged four and over will love this funny, creative afternoon with author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre. After story time, she’ll teach kids (and adults!) to draw their own animal characters. Sarah will sign and doodle copies of her books too!

Who doesn’t love a spot of tea and cake served with a dash of madness? Head to Waterstones Oban for a tea party inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic story. Feel free to dress up in your best Wonderland attire!

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Bursting with Pride

June is officially Pride Month, which is the perfect excuse to celebrate and embrace our true selves. We’ve selected the very best literary events of the summer to help you discover stories that will entertain, excite and inspire you to revel in your own beautiful uniqueness. 

Championing local LGBT+ creative talent, Penguin Pride is set to be a fantastic opportunity to discover new favourites across the arts including literature, music and visual art. The evening will consist of talks, performances, exhibitions and there will even be a pop-up bookshop! Hosted by award-winning poet and playwright Toby Campion, Penguin Pride will also stop off in Brighton and Manchester this summer.

Get ready for a very special launch! Sci-fi author Becky Chambers is embarking on a UK tour to bring us Record of a Spaceborn Few, the third adventure of her diverse, loveable Wayfarer crew. Find out all about it at Waterstones on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street. Discover where else she’ll be landing here!

Former Attitude editor Matt Cain’s brand new novel The Madonna of Bolton tells the heart-warming story of how one boy’s love of a certain pop star propels him to follow his dreams and stay true to himself. Matt will be discussing the book that was rejected by over 30 publishers but received overwhelming crowdfunded support. Join him at Manchester Deansgate.

It has been ten years since David Walliams published his first book The Boy in The Dress and many branches of Waterstones are celebrating with a week full of activities! At Waterstones Gateshead there will be quizzes, treasure hunts, a costume competition and a giant World’s Worst Children photo frame. 

Waterstones Islington are hosting a series of storytimes featuring picture books that celebrate self-love and acceptance. Join them on 14th July to listen to Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love and do some mermaid colouring! 

There is no better way to embrace individuality than by throwing a unicorn party. That’s exactly what Waterstones Chesham are doing! With magic, glitter and plenty of sparkly fun, this is an event that all ages will enjoy.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Springtime Round-Up

The sun is finally out and with it comes spring: a time for new life and fresh ideas. Whether you’re seeking some creative inspiration, looking for something to do with the kids during the holidays or simply craving some literary chat, we’ve rounded up a selection of the most exciting bookish events coming your way.

Fearless feminist Louise O’Neill introduces her unique reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. The Surface Breaks follows a young mermaid’s yearning to break free from her controlling father and finally find her voice. Louise will be speaking to Emma Gannon at Waterstones Piccadilly in London, where you’ll get the chance to grab a copy of The Surface Breaks before its publication.

Following the emotional rollercoaster that was her previous book Mad Girl, Bryony Gordon is back with another memoir. Eat Drink Run follows her inspirational journey from couch potato to marathon runner and how running helped her – and others – speak out about their mental health. Join Bryony at Waterstones Liverpool for what promises to be a fun and fascinating evening.

One of the most successful novelists in the UK, Anthony Horowitz brings us his new novel, an official prequel to Casino Royale. Including original material from Ian Fleming, Forever and a Day goes back to Bond’s roots and gives us a glimpse into how he became Britain’s most famous fictional spy. Anthony will be in conversation with Francesca Perryman at Waterstones Reading. To find more Anthony Horowitz events near you, see here.

Come along and listen to prolific children’s author Jacqueline Wilson as she discusses her latest Hetty Feather novel, Rose Rivers. She will also be talking about her incredibly extensive writing career and answering your questions. This promises to be a thoroughly entertaining and inspirational evening. To find more Jacqueline Wilson events near you, see here.

Inspired by the wonderful stories in both Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls and Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different, Waterstones Dundee are hosting a treasure hunt! How many characters can you finding hiding around the store? This event is suitable for children of all ages, so come along and join in the fun! 

This spring, there are numerous celebrations of everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant Elmer. At Waterstones York, there will be storytime, creative activities and even meet-and-greets with Elmer herself! To find more Elmer events near you, see here.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Literary Ladies: Events Celebrating Women in March

March is all about female empowerment and appreciation: it’s Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day on 8th and Mothering Sunday on 11th. To help you celebrate, we’ve compiled our pick of literary events to discover new stories of inspirational women, to discuss the importance of equality, and to enjoy the fantastic literature written by the female hand.

Artificial Intelligence has entered every corner of our lives and has no intentions of slowing down anytime soon. But what happens when this new technology is advancing with an inbuilt sexist bias?... Find out from three brilliant speakers – leaders in their field – about how gender relates to this new wave of technology. A great #WomeninSTEM event!

In response to the global #MeToo movement, which gives a voice to women subject to sexual harassment, celebrate the launch of this specially curated poetry anthology. Poets Deborah Alma, Jill Abram, Michelle Penn and Jacqueline Saphra come to together for an evening of readings, responses and empowerment, at the launch of this important anthology, from which all proceeds will go to Women’s Aid UK.

Part of the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, this event will explore today’s most
urgent and important cultural issues. Bestselling and iconic authors, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Half of a Yellow Sun and We Should All Be Feminists) and Reni Eddo-Lodge (Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race) talk about the interplay between gender, feminism and race at what is sure to be an enlightening evening.

You can find the whole Women of the World (WOW) Festival catalogue here

In 1936 successful Vogue editor Marjorie Hillis published a radical self-help book for young single women, Live Alone and Like It. It took New York, and beyond, by storm, and encouraged a new wave of successful independent young women to proudly live independently. Revisit Hillis’ fascinating life story with Joanna Scutts, as she discusses her new book, The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It.

Can’t make this date? You can also see Joanna on 15th March at Waterstones Gower Street

Join leading human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti and author Rachel Holmes in conversation about gender equality, past and present. They will look at how far we have come since women won the vote in the UK 100 years ago, and how far we still need to go. Shami’s recent book, Of Women, is a powerful and timely polemic of why gender equality is still an urgent issue and how we can see it through.

Revel in the pleasure of eating, the joy of food, and banish the guilt! Join Great British Bake Off finalist and author, Ruby Tandoh, and writer and podcaster, Bethany Rutter, as they claim ownership and autonomy of the female body, free from the judgemental gaze of social media, and show that there is no shame in not fitting conventional beauty ideals. If that doesn’t convince you, tickets also include a complimentary glass of wine, just to prove that you can spoil yourself!

Rupi Kaur is the hottest new name on the poetry scene and her second collection, the sun and her flowers, has continued her bestselling status. Her verses on love, sex and race have attracted a wide audience and encouraged many young readers to explore poetry for the first time. In a rare UK tour, don’t miss a special evening of performance poetry with Rupi and hear her empowering lyrical voice for yourself.  

Rupi is holding numerous events across the UK, find them all here.

Books have magic powers beyond fantastical stories and the ability to keep you up all night… they can also heal – mind, body, and soul. Discover Laura Freeman’s inspirational story of how she overcame an eating disorder as she discusses her brave bibliomemoir, The Reading Cure. Book by book and meal by meal, Laura relearnt to explore and enjoy food by taking inspiration from the pages of her favourite authors – from Dickens’ plum puddings to Virginia Woolf’s blackberries and biscuits.