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!