Thursday, 26 September 2019

Something Spooky This Way Comes

With a chill in the air and rain on the pavement comes all things grim and gruesome, as we ring in the spooky season. Light a fire, pour yourself something hot and spicy to drink and finally curl up with that huge tome you've been meaning to read all year. Alternatively, wrap up warm and get out and about with some authors of dark, spine-tingling novels...

Hallowe'en Eve with Ruth Ware and Laura Purcell | 30th October, 6:30pm, Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge 

Join two masters of bone-chilling fiction as they discuss their latest novels. In both books, young women take up new household positions and discover some dark secrets via some incredibly eerie events. Get ready for a truly twisty discussion!

Starve Acre
: A Journey in English Folk Horror with Andrew Michael Hurley | 31st October, 7:00pm, Foyles Charing Cross Road, London

Folk horror is having a bit of a surge at the moment and it seems that not many writers do it better than The Loney author, Andrew Michael Hurley. Talking about his inspirations within the genre and his latest unsettling novel Starve Acre, it's the perfect literary Halloween night out.

Things We Say in the Dark
: An Evening with Kirsty Logan and guests | 1st October, 6:30pm, Rose Street Theatre, Edinburgh

Kick off October with an evening of upcoming writers introducing their queer horror stories and grab a copy of Kirsty Logan's latest collection of dark feminist fairytales. Things We Say in the Dark has already been compared to the work of Angela Carter, so it's definitely a must-add to your spooky season to-be-read pile.

Top Marks For Murder with Robin Stevens | 6th October, 2:00pm, Guildhall, Bath 
The brilliant Robin Stevens will be teaching us how to create the perfect crime story and the inspirations behind her much-loved detective duo Wells & Wong. You can even have a go at writing your own mystery!

Sophie Anderson Signing | 22nd October, 12pm, Waterstones Carlisle 

Returning to Russian folklore for her second novel, Sophie Anderson brings us The Girl Who Speaks Bear. This strange magical tale is the perfect middle grade autumn read, so come and meet Sophie and get a copy signed!

Thriller vs Horror | 31st October, 7:00pm, Foyles Cabot Circus, Bristol 

Do you prefer the cold atmosphere of a good supernatural horror or the pulse-racing suspense of a thriller? Which is more scary? YA authors Gabriel Dylan and Tracy Darnton debate both sides at this special Storytale Festival event.

Thursday, 22 August 2019

'Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.'

The most exciting literary release of the year is almost upon us... 34 years after the publication of The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood is bringing us her highly-anticipated but utterly unexpected sequel The Testaments.

It comes at a time when the real world is growing increasingly more unstable and shocking. A time when women are still fighting for true equality, ownership of their own bodies and getting their voices heard. Atwood prefaces the new book with 'Dear Readers, everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in.'

The Testaments is released on 10th September and we're pretty sure you've already got it pre-ordered. But wouldn't it be great to celebrate your excitement at an event with fellow die-hard Atwood fans? If you're lucky enough to have grabbed a ticket to Margaret's sold-out in conversation event at London's National Theatre, you're in for a treat. However, do not despair - there are plenty more launch events around the country to attend!

Margaret is returning to the UK in late October with two more in conversation events. The first is in Birmingham and the second on 30th October in Oxford. Featuring readings from special guests, this will be your opportunity to listen to thoughts on The Testaments and hear Atwood discuss her career.

Celebrating The Testaments with Sophie Mackintosh, Luiza Sauma and Lisa Appignanesi | 10th September, 6:30pm, Waterstones Hampstead
Join the conversation at Waterstones Hampstead with authors Sophie Mackintosh and Luiza Sauma who have both taken inspiration from Atwood for their own feminist dystopian novels. They'll be talking to Lisa Appignanesi about the importance of The Testaments in the world today and Atwood's legacy.

The Testaments launch - Handmaid's Breakfast | 10th September, 8:00am, Waterstones Leeds
Grab your copy of The Testaments as soon as the doors open and celebrate with breakfast! Many branches of Waterstones will be opening early on release day so take a look at what's going on at your local shop!

The Dystopian Novel and the Future of Gilead | 29th August, 6:00pm, Waterstones Northallerton
Come and discuss your thoughts on The Handmaid's Tale, your predictions for The Testaments and get 20% off your pre-order!

This unmissable one-off book club event will feature dystopian discussions, feminist marches and cocktails. Cosplay with something red and join the revolution! 

You will be able to watch a live broadcast of Atwood's conversation with Samira Ahmed at the National Theatre at a cinema near you. Visit your local Waterstones branch or cinema  to find out more!

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Summer Pride

June rings in Pride month and what better excuse to celebrate our true authentic selves? It's a time of bright colours, zero prejudice and above all else, love in all its forms. We've collated a bunch of exciting LGBT+ themed events happening over the next few weeks, showcasing the best queer talent across the arts. We recommend attending as many as you can!

Hosted by the fabulous Crystal Rasmussen on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, enjoy an evening of readings and performances from a stellar line-up of LGBT writers and artists. Penguin Pride will also be hitting Liverpool on 26th July and Manchester on 21st August.

Despite increasing levels of acceptance, safe spaces both on and offline are essential for young queer people. Matthew Todd and Niven Govinden look back on how far these spaces have come since the Stonewall riots of 1969 and how far we still have to go. Matthew will also be on tour with his book Pride throughout July. Find out where you can catch him here.

Get 15 authors for the price of one! Compere Stella Duffy will be joined by names such as Patrick Gale, Juno Roche and Julie Cohen for a range of panel events exploring queering genre, gender fluidity and more. You can get your books signed too!

Noah Can't Even author Simon James Green will be discussing his brand new rom-com Alex in Wonderland at BookTastic Festival. As a contributor to Juno Dawson's new anthology Proud, Simon will also be discussing pride within the wider YA community. 

Celebrating five years of Wells and Wong, the amazing Robin Stevens will be signing copies of her complete rainbow of books. Don't forget to pick up a special anniversary edition of Murder Most Unladylike too! Check out where else you can catch Robin soon.

Discover the brand new heartbreaking novel from If I Were Your Girl author Meredith Russo. Birthday follows two best friends who gradually grow apart as they struggle to live their authentic lives. Drop into the YA book club meeting to discuss this beautiful new story.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Feeling Festive!

Long days, warm weather and a ton of exciting new releases - in the book event world, it can only mean festival season. We've picked just some of our most anticipated festival events around the UK this summer to treat you to, so go ahead -grab a book or two and head outside!

An Evening with Lauren James | 30th May, 6pm, Waterstones Nottingham, LGBT Festival 

Get ready to be shot straight into the stratosphere with Lauren James' brand new YA sci-fi novel about two teens from a planet where a virus has caused global infertility. Hot on the heels of her fast-paced, jaw-dropping The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Quiet at the End of the World is set to be a new release you won't want to miss! Find out about other events at Waterstones Nottingham's LGBT Festival with Broad Strokes Books here.

Max Porter talks about Lanny | 1st June, 1pm, Compass Studio, Hay Festival 

Author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers, Max Porter will be discussing his strange and enchanting new novel Lanny. He will be accompanied by Alula Down, a folk duo who will treat us to an original music score for a beautiful immersive Lanny experience. Check out more Hay Festival events here.

An Audience with Victoria Hislop | 20th June, 2pm, Penarth Pier Pavilion, Penarth Literature Festival 

Delving into Greece's past, Victoria Hislop returns with Those Who Are Loved -a novel about a young woman who becomes entangled in an extraordinary life. Expect high emotion, high stakes and a truly engrossing read. Find out about other Penarth Literature Festival events here

Jelly Boots, Uncle Gobb and a Bear Hunt with Michael Rosen | 25th May, 11:30am, Baillie Gifford Stage, Hay Festival 

An hour of silliness awaits with much-loved children's author Michael Rosen. Meet Uncle Gobb, celebrate ridiculous made-up words and 30 years of everyone's favourite We're Going on a Bear Hunt!

Darren Simpson's Scavengers | 1st June, 2pm, Waterstones Derby, Derby Book Festival 

Breaking rules, finding your true self and following your dreams are central themes to Darren Simpson's middle-grade novel Scavengers. Meet Landfill and find out what happens when you push beyond the boundaries. Find out about other Derby Book Festival events here.

David Solomons: My Cousin is a Time Traveller | 16th June, 12:30pm, Orchard Marquee, Borders Book Festival 

It's not JUST about time travelling cousins in the latest David Solomons book -there is also a toaster trying to take over the world AND plenty of hilarious adventure! If you're in need of a giggle or two, this is one event you won't want to miss. Check out other Borders Book Festival events here

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Spring into a new season!

Ok, so there are still some pretty chilly winds out there but a few shy bits of blue sky, daffodils and bluebells are starting to creep in, which can only mean one thing -spring is on its way! As much as it is a time for new beginnings, it's also a time for EXCELLENT book events. We've collated just some of the most exciting author appearances and celebrations going on near you. Take your pick!

An Evening with Damian Barr | 10th April, 6:30pm, Waterstones Edinburgh West End

Presenting his first foray into fiction, award-winning columnist Damian Barr will be bringing You Will Be Safe Here to Edinburgh. Set across two time periods and inspired by true events, it explores the strength of the human spirit in his moving, compelling style. Come and listen to him discuss it with fellow writer Lee Randall. He'll also be in conversation with Margie Orford at Waterstones Piccadilly, London on 5th April.

Author Meet and Greet with Candice Carty-Williams | 10th April, 6:30pm, Waterstones Manchester Deansgate

One of the most highly-anticipated debut novels of the year, Queenie will finally launch next month. Candice Carty-Williams will be answering questions and signing copies of her refreshingly funny and inspirational book. She will also be chatting about it to June Sarpong at the Southbank Centre in London on 17th April!

An Evening with Ali Smith | 23rd April, 6:30pm, Waterstones Nottingham

At the turn of every season, we eagerly await a new instalment in Ali Smith's Seasonal Quartet series and Spring is finally here! Ask her your questions, get your books signed and listen to one of Britain's favourite contemporary novelists in conversation. Ali Smith will also visit Foyles on Charing Cross Road on 9th April. 

A Morning with Jacqueline Wilson | 27th April, 11:00am, The Brodrick Hall Leeds

Having written over 100 books for children and young adults, Jacqueline Wilson's career is certainly a long and fascinating story. She will be relating all of her favourite anecdotes and imparting her top tips for young writers whilst introducing her latest release Dancing the Charleston, another wonderful historical novel. This is certainly an event not to be missed!

Emma Carroll Signing When We Were Warriors | 13th April, 11:00am, Waterstones Plymouth

Known for her emotional adventures set in tough times, Emma Carroll's latest novel is no different. When We Were Warriors is set during World War Two and highlights the imagination and resourcefulness of children during hardship. Including characters both old and new, it's a book that both her existing fans and those new to her books will enjoy, so come and get a signed copy! She will also be signing copies at Waterstones Bath on 20th April.

Meet Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler on The Gruffalo's Birthday! | 23rd March, 11:00am, Waterstones Piccadilly London

Did you know that The Gruffalo is turning 20 this year?! We couldn't believe it either! Picture book royalty Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler will be signing copies of a special anniversary edition of the book at Waterstones Piccadilly in London. However, you can still celebrate the Gruffalo's birthday at your local branch as several Waterstones shops are getting in on the fun. Find out what's going on near you! 

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Love looks not with the eye but with the mind...

Hearts, flowers, chocolates, stuffed animals... Ok, commercialism has made it cheesy but Valentine's Day can be a glorious celebration of love in all its forms. Whether you're planning on having a delicious meal with your partner, a cosy night in with your closest friends or simply basking in your own amazing self, we've got an upcoming love-fuelled book event for you! 

Dolly Alderton: Everything I Know About Love Live | 20th February, 7:30pm, Cambridge Corn Exchange 

When it comes to the sinister world of dating, there's nothing Dolly Alderton hasn't tried. Everything I Know About Love includes her reflections on romance, adulting, heartbreak and success. Joined by her best friend Lauren Benstead, Dolly will impart her wisdom to fellow would-be grown-ups. 

Meet Angela Dyson, author of The Love Detective | 23rd February, 12pm, Waterstones Swansea 

Clarry Pennhaligan is a regular 26-year-old without a single whiff of a life plan. However, when best friend Laura recruits Clarry to check out new love interest Simon, Clarry turns detective and embarks on a series of madcap hilarious adventures. With a cast of colourful, loveable characters, the first in Angela Dyson's series looks set to be a winner! Pick up a signed copy at a bookshop near you!  

An Evening with Mhairi McFarlane | 7th March, 6:30pm, Waterstones Nottingham

You never forget your first love... right?! When Georgina's new boss Lucas turns out to be the very same boy who stole her heart with a simple text 12 years before, it feels like it might finally be their time. But Lucas doesn't seem to remember her at all! Bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane will be discussing her brand new adorable rom-com and you won't want to miss it.

Guess How Much I Love You Activity Day | 18th February, 10am, Waterstones Watford

Remind your little ones how much you love them at this themed activity day. They can get busy with mazes, colouring, puzzles and you can both hunt for Little Nutbrown Hare who is hiding somewhere in the shop! 

Teresa Heapy, Loved to Bits | 18th February, 2:30pm, Blackwell's Oxford

Bring along the teddies that you've loved to bits and settle down to a fuzzy story time. Teresa Heapy will be in store with her new story about a very well-loved bear before handing the storytelling over to you.

Story Time: Julian is a Mermaid | 17th February, 10:30am, Waterstones Leeds 

When Julian sees three women dressed as mermaids, he develops a burning desire to look just the same. This wonderful story about loving and expressing your true self is an essential tale for the upcoming generation.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Press Release: The Bookseller acquires BookGig

BookGig, the publisher-agnostic website dedicated to book events launched by HarperCollins in October 2016, has been acquired by The Bookseller.

The site helps readers connect with their favourite authors by listing book related events for as many different authors and genres as possible. Since launch, BookGig has featured thousands of events across the UK including talks, signings, readings and other book-related activities from all major chain booksellers and over five-hundred independent retailers, plus literary festivals and publishing houses. A strong social media presence supported by authors, bookshops and readers has helped drive ticket sales for all types of events.

In addition to comprehensive listings of book-events across that UK that can be filtered by postcode, author or keyword, user-profile features allow users to create their own profile and receive personalised recommendations tailored to their favourite authors, genres, event types or preferred location, with events showcased on homepage carousels based on user activity and choices.

Nigel Roby, Chief Executive at The Bookseller said: “HarperCollins have done sterling work in creating BookGig. The Bookseller could not be more delighted to acquire it and take it to its next phase. Underpinning everything that The Bookseller does is a drive to get more books in the hands of more readers. Supporting live book events via BookGig is a perfect example of how we want to do that. It is the ideal complement to our reviews aggregation service, Books in the Media, which we launched at the end of last year.”

Jo Surman, Digital Director at HarperCollins said: “We’re really pleased with what we have achieved with BookGig. The website benefits everyone with an interest in book-related events, from publishers and booksellers through to literary festivals and of course readers, and The Bookseller is the perfect place for it to continue. We look forward to seeing it thrive in its new home.”


Issued by: Nigel Roby, Chief Executive
Tel: 0203 358 0361

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About The Bookseller
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