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  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    ANTHONY HOROWITZ: Moriarty

    Friday, October 24th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Date: Friday the 24th of October
    Time: 7.00pm (Doors : 6.30pm)
    Venue: The Surgeon's Hall, Nicolson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW

    Blackwell’s Bookshop and the Surgeons’ Hall Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh are delighted to welcome best-selling author Anthony Horowitz to Edinburgh!

    Join us as he chats about his new novel, Moriarty, his second venture into the world of Arthur Conan Doyle’s after The House of Silk, published in 2011.

    Sherlock Holmes is dead.
    Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind who has risen to take his place.

    Ably assisted by Inspector Athelney Jones of Scotland Yard, a devoted student of Holmes's methods of investigation and deduction, Frederick Chase must forge a path through the darkest corners of the capital to shine light on this shadowy figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, a man determined to engulf London in a tide of murder and menace.

    The game is afoot...

    Anthony Horowitz once more breathes life into the world created by Arthur Conan Doyle. With pitch-perfect characterisation and breath-taking pace, Horowitz weaves a relentlessly thrilling tale which teases and delights by the turn of each page.

    About the Author...
    Anthony Horowitz is one of the UK’s most prolific and successful writers and may have committed more (fictional) murders than any other living author. His most recent novel, The House of Silk, was a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller and sold in more than 35 countries around the world. His bestselling Alex Rider series for children has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide. As a TV screenwriter he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War; other TV work includes Poirot and the widely acclaimed mini-series Collision and Injustice.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218. You can also book tickets on Eventbrite by clicking here.

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8229 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S MUSIC PRESENTS...
    THE SIXTEEN

    Saturday, October 25th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Saturday 25th of October
    Time: 6.00pm to 7.00pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    The Sixteen and Blackwell’s Music invite you to a drinks reception to celebrate The Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage visit to Edinburgh and the release of the new recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 on the CORO label.

    After thirty-five years of world-wide performance and recording, The Sixteen is recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. Comprising both choir and period-instrument orchestra, The Sixteen's total commitment to the music it performs is its greatest distinction. Its special reputation for performing early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance, bringing fresh insights into Baroque and early Classical music and a diversity of 20th Century music, is drawn from the passions of conductor and founder, Harry Christopher.

    Signed copies of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 will be available exclusively at Blackwell's.

    Booking is essential as this event is happening outside our normal opening hours.

    For more information, and to reserve your place for this special evening, please contact our Music Department on 0131 622 8230 or email music.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    M.R. CAREY: The Girl With All The Gifts

    Tuesday, October 28th at 18:30 - 19:45
    Date: Tuesday the 28th of October
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Mike Carey joins us to talk about his latest best-selling novel, Girl With All The Gifts.

    NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING.
    Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

    When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite. But they don't laugh.

    Melanie is a very special girl.

    About the author…
    M. R. Carey is a pen name for an established British writer of prose fiction and comic books. He has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels and one Hollywood movie screenplay to his credit.

    This event is a must for any fans of the sci-fi/fantasy genre!

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8229 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    DAVID J. SIMONS: The Land Agent

    Wednesday, October 29th at 18:30 - 19:45
    Date: Wednesday the 29th of October
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Palestine 1920s. Working as a land agent for one of the richest men in the world, Polish-Jewish immigrant Lev Sela stumbles upon a strategic area of land that doesn’t exist on any map. The resultant struggle for ownership involves the Jews, the Arabs, the Zionists, the British, a Russian engineer with ambitions to build a hydro-electric power station and the local Bedouin. The ensuing dispute draws Lev into a relationship with beautiful pioneer Celia Kahn, who has left Scotland for a fairer and more equitable society on a kibbutz. Touching on issues of identity, community, feminism and socialism, The Land Agent is a moving story which also provides welcome historical context for the origins of today's Middle East. It is the third title in a loose trilogy following the award-winning novels The Credit Draper and The Liberation of Celia Kahn.

    Ably assisted by Inspector Athelney Jones of Scotland Yard, a devoted student of Holmes's methods of investigation and deduction, Frederick Chase must forge a path through the darkest corners of the capital to shine light on this shadowy figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, a man determined to engulf London in a tide of murder and menace.

    About the author…
    J. David Simons is Scotland's pre-eminent Jewish novelist. He lived on a kibbutz in Israel in the '70s and is the author of four novels, short stories and essays. The Credit Draper was shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize and he has received bursaries and writing fellowships from three prestigious organisations. His acclaimed best-selling novel An Exquisite Sense of What Is Beautiful was published in 2013.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop or by phoning 0131 622 8218

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Come and Meet Julia Donaldson

    Friday, October 31st at 14:00 - 16:00
    Date: Friday the 31st of October
    Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Meet one of the nation’s best loved children’s authors!

    To celebrate the publication of The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat, Julia Donaldson will be visiting our shop on Friday 31 October from 2pm. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to meet the much-loved author of The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and The Scarecrow’s Wedding.

    Please note this is a signing, and no tickets are required.

    Julia is happy to sign one book brought from home, plus anything you purchase in-store.

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Monthly Book Quiz

    Monday, November 3rd at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 3rd of November
    Time: 6pm (come early as space is at a premium)
    Venue: Caffè Nero in the Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Do you know your Waugh from your Peace, or your Meyer from your Heyer?

    Then join us for the Blackwell’s Bookshop monthly BOOK QUIZ. We will quiz you on anything from Classics to current Bestsellers, Booker Prize winners to Celebrity Biographies.

    Teams of up to five people can take part.

    It is FREE to enter, but seats are limited so please come early to secure your place. There are no tickets required for this evening of fun! …and the question on everybody’s lips is “What will this month’s Hilary Mantel question be?”

    For a taster of the quiz follow us on twitter @BlackwellEdin and take part in our daily #InvisiBooks quiz.

    For further information please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Next Generation Poets 2014

    Tuesday, November 4th at 18:00 - 19:45
    Date: Tuesday 4th of November
    Time: 6.00pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us for an evening of poetry celebrating the Next Generation Poets 2014.

    The event will feature performances from Alan Gillis and Helen Mort from the Next Generation Poets 2014. They will be joined on the night by special guests Jacob Polley, from the Next Generation Poets 2004, and Scottish performance poet, Harry Giles.

    Next Generation Poets 2014 is a major poetry promotion following on from New Generation Poets in 1994 and Next Generation Poets in 2004, which launched the careers of many of today’s leading British and Irish poets, including Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, Alice Oswald and Paul Farley.

    The Poets…
    Alan Gillis was born in Belfast and lives in Scotland where he is Lecturer in English at The University of Edinburgh. His debut collection,  Somebody, Somewhere, won the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award for Best First Collection in 2004, and was shortlisted for the  Irish Times  Poetry Now Award. His second collection  Hawks and Doves  was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation in 2007 and was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize.  Here Comes the Night  was published by Gallery Press in 2010, and his fourth collection,  Scapegoat, is published by Gallery Press in October 2014.

    Helen Mort was born in Sheffield in 1985. She has published two pamphlets with tall-lighthouse press,  a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice for Spring 2010. Five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets award, she received an Eric Gregory Award from The Society of Authors in 2007 and won the Manchester Young Writer Prize in 2008. In 2010, she became the youngest ever poet in residence at The Wordsworth Trust. Division Street, Helen’s first collection, was published by Chatto & Windus in 2013, was a PBS Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Costa Prize and the T S Eliot Prize.

    Jacob Polley is the author of three acclaimed poetry collections, The Brink, Little Gods and, most recently, The Havocs, as well as a Somerset Maugham Award-winning novel, Talk of the Town. Born in Cumbria, he lives in Scotland where he teaches at the University of St Andrews.

    Harry Giles is from Orkney, Scotland, and is a poet, performance-maker and general doer of things. He has lived on four islands, each larger than the last. He trained in Theatre Directing and Sustainable Development and his work generally happens in the places where performance and politics cross paths.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell's Bookshop, by emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk or by phoning 0131 622 8218.

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    PETER IRVINE – Scotland The Best 100 Places

    Wednesday, November 5th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Wednesday 5th of November
    Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Peter Irvine, bestselling author of SCOTLAND THE BEST, has selected 100 extraordinary places that epitomize what is truly great about Scotland

    This personal and diverse compendium is illustrated with beautiful and evocative images by some of Scotland's best photographers. Peter Irvine has drawn on a lifetime of experiences to create this list of the 100 best places in Scotland: reflective, magnificent and human places. Some choices may be surprising but all are exceptional. This book is Pete's ultimate collection selected from the hundreds of places that feature in the bestselling independent guide to Scotland, SCOTLAND THE BEST. As well as expert commentary, all 100 places include highly selective recommendations of where to walk, eat and sleep nearby. Some of Scotland's finest photographers have captured the essence of each place.

    From wild glens to ancient buildings, remote islands to vibrant cities, this is Pete's list of the places in Scotland that you really should visit in your lifetime.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    VAL McDERMID & SUE BLACK – Forensics

    Thursday, November 6th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 6th of November
    Time: 7.00pm (Doors 6.30pm)
    Venue: King Khalid Building, The Royal College of Surgeons, Surgeon’s Hall off Hill Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9SW

    Blackwell’s Bookshop and the Surgeons’ Hall Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh are delighted to welcome best-selling author Val McDermid and forensic anthropologist Sue Black.

    Bestselling crime writer Val McDermid picks up the scalpel to uncover the secrets of forensic medicine, from the crime scene to the courtroom. She will be joined by Professor Sue Black, one of the UK’s leading forensic anthropologists.

    The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died - and who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help justice to be done using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene or the faintest of human traces.

    Forensics uncovers the secrets of forensic medicine, drawing on interviews with top-level professionals, ground-breaking research and Val McDermid's own experience to lay bare the secrets of this fascinating science. And, along the way, she wonders at how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine time of death, how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist uncovered the victims of a genocide.

    In her crime novels, Val McDermid has been solving complex crimes and confronting unimaginable evil for years. Now, she's looking at the people who do it for real, and real crime scenes. It's a journey that will take her to war zones, fire scenes and autopsy suites, and bring her into contact with extraordinary bravery and wickedness, as she traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern day.

    Professor Sue Black is one of the UK's leading forensic anthropologists, and is director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at Dundee University. She has appeared on the BBC's History Cold Case, a series of programmes in which she and her team used forensic science to shed light on the past. These included the case of 'Ipswich Man', an apparently African skeleton which was unearthed near a medieval monastery. She founded the British Association of Human Identification in 2001, the same year in which she received an OBE for her services to forensic anthropology in Kosovo. She received the Lucy Mair Medal from the Royal Anthropological Institute in 2008.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BORN TO BE WIDE PRESENTS...
    Music Journalism Seminar with Mark Ellen

    Thursday, November 6th at 19:30 - 22:30
    Date: Thursday 6th of November
    Time: 7.30pm (Doors: 7.00pm)
    Venue: The Electric Circus, 36 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF

    Born To Be Wide is set to host an evening focusing on music journalism, including an interview with former Smash Hits editor and Q founder Mark Ellen.

    Taking place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on Thursday 6 November, it follows on from the sell out music management event, and also features a discussion panel, with Herald Group Arts Editor Alan Morrison and freelancer Nicola Meighan [The List, Quietus].

    Veteran scribe, Ellen, whose extensive CV also includes a decade editing Word Magazine, will be in conversation with Born To Be Wide founder Olaf Furniss. Following the interview, he will take part in the panel, DJ and sign copies of his recently-published book, Rock Stars Stole My Life.

    “This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from one of the UK’s most experienced music journalists,” says Furniss, who also co-writes the Under The Radar column in The Scotsman. “The panel will provide a valuable insight into who decides which acts to cover, and how decisions are made.”

    Both Morrison and Meighan will also DJ, and all the speakers will stay to socialise with the audience.

    EVENT DETAILS
    19.00 - Doors open
    19.30-20.15 - Interview with Mark Ellen
    20.30-21.15 - Music Journalism Seminar
    21.15-late - Guest DJ sets from panellists

    Tickets: £6 / £4.50 [Musicians' Union]. Click here to buy tickets.

    Blackwell's are proud to be the book suppliers for this very special event.

    We will be there on the night selling copies of Rock Stars Stole My Life by Mark Ellen, Songs In the Key of Fife by Vic Galloway and Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay by Simon Napier-Bell.

    If you are unable to make the event and would like to order a signed copy please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8239 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, November 9th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 9th of November
    Time: 2pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Do you love to read, or just want to read more?

    Then join us to talk about the latest teenage fiction and your favourite books. The teen book group meet on the first Sunday of each month, and read anything from classics to contemporary, dystopian to historical – in short, anything you fancy!

    We are currently reading Faye Bird’s My Second Life.

    About the book...
    "The first time I was born, I was Emma. I was beautiful. I had everything to live for. But I died. I was 22." Ana struggles to live a normal life, bombarded by memories of her previous life as Emma. The worst memories are of a little girl who tragically drowned: was Emma responsible? Consumed by guilt, Ana will do anything to uncover the past.

    Membership of the book group gives you 10% off every book we read!

    To join just email your details to: schools.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    CHILDREN’S BOOKGROUP

    Monday, November 10th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Monday 10th of November
    Time: 6.00pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Are you eight to eleven years old, with a love of books and biscuits? Then become a member of our book group to enjoy a friendly hour of fiction and chat!

    Membership of the book group gives you 10% off every book we read!

    We are currently reading John Fardell’s The 7 Professors of the Far North

    What is the book about?
    This gripping adventure story is packed with eccentric characters, thrilling secrets, amazing inventions and breathtaking surprises. Sam's holiday with his friends Zara and Ben is interrupted when a bedraggled traveller blows in on a storm, reawakening a mystery from their Great Uncle Alexander's past. For thirty years, the remote Arctic island of Nordbergen has remained desolate and uninhabited. Now, strange aircraft have been seen landing and armed guards patrol the island's fringes. Professor Murdo has returned to Nordbergen to complete his secret and deadly work. Sam, Zara and Ben embark on a desperate rescue mission to the frozen Arctic Ocean. To make the journey, they must discover one of the most extraordinary secrets in the world. To survive, they must rely on their courage, their ingenuity and the assistance of strangers.

    To join just email your details to childrens.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    RUTH BAILEY & JACKIE HOLT
    Knit Your Own Broons

    Monday, November 10th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Monday 10th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of Knit Your Own Broons, the new book from Ruth Bailey and Jackie Holt, the authors of the much-loved Knit Your Own Scotland and Knit Your Own Britain

    The Broons have been making readers laugh for decades, so what better way to celebrate Scotland's most-loved family than creating miniature woolly versions of your very own!

    With detailed step-by-step instructions on how to create Maw, Paw, Joe, Hen, Daphne, Maggie, Horace, the Twins, the Bairn and not forgetting Gran'paw, Knit Your Own Broons is perfect for knitters of all abilities and an ideal gift for fans of Scotland's favourite happy family.

    About the Authors…
    Ruth Bailey
    was born and brought up in Thurso, Caithness. After gaining a postgraduate degree in painting from Edinburgh College of Art she went on to self train as a milliner. She currently works freelance as an artist, costume designer and prop maker for theatre and business. Amongst others, Ruth has carried out work for The Royal Lyceum,The Festival Theatre, The Royal Commonwealth Games, The Metro Centre, Tyneside, Macsween of Edinburgh (giant haggis!) and Muscular Dystrophy U.K. She lives in Edinburgh with her partner, daughter and an axolotl.

    Jackie Holt has worked as a costume maker and a wardrobe supervisor in numerous theatres around Britain. She has worked in a freelance capacity on anything from small scale touring shows for companies like Red Shift to supervising large scale musicals, such as 125th Street at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End and the sell-out 20th Anniversary concert of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd at the Royal Festival Hall. Living in Edinburgh for the past 20 years, Jackie has worked for the Traverse Theatre and The Royal Lyceum Theatre and prominently amongst her recent work has been working on The Secret Garden and The King and I at the Festival Theatre.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    ALANNA KNIGHT – The Balmoral Incident

    Tuesday, November 11th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Tuesday 11th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the latest novel in the Rose McQuinn series - The Balmoral Incident - by bestselling crime writer Alanna Knight.

    Rose McQuinn is invited to stay with her friend Olive who has a small cottage on the Balmoral Estate. As Rose travels on the train with her trusty dog Vane and her niece Mabel, she wonders what exciting adventures await them at the Royal household. Little does she realise that within just 48 hours of their arrival, death will have visited the great castle ...can Rose find out what happened and prevent any more bloodshed?

    About the Author…
    Edinburgh-based crime writer Alanna Knight has written over forty novels since the publication of her award-winning debut Legend of the Loch in 1969. Born and educated in Tyneside, she now lives and writes in Edinburgh after a time in Aberdeen.

    She is the creator of the Inspector Faro series of Victoria detective novels, which are set in Edinburgh around the 1870s. Knight also has a series of novels featuring Faro's daughter, Rose McQuinn, and has written a number of historical and gothic novels. She has also written for none-fiction books, numerous short stories, and two plays.

    Alanna Knight is one of the three Femmes Fatales, and was a founding member of the Scottish Association of Writers. She received an MBE in the New Year's Honours List for her services to literature.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • PREVIOUSLY…
    SCOTLAND’S HISTORY FESTIVAL and
    BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...

    CATRIONA CHILD – Writing Historic Fiction

    Thursday, November 13th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Thursday 13th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Is writing Historic Fiction different from General Fiction?

    After her debut novel Trackman, set in contemporary Edinburgh, Catriona Child’s second book, Swim Until You Can’t See Land is partly set in WW2

    The novel charts the relationship between two women born sixty years apart, whose chance encounter marks a watershed for the younger woman. In her early twenties, Hannah Wright is forced to give up a promising career as a professional swimmer, and is adjusting with difficulty to her narrowed horizons. She is in danger of becoming embittered, haunted by a lost future. Mariele may now be frail and old, but as her exploits during WW2 unfold, she is revealed as a woman of extraordinary spirit, unbroken by capture and interrogation as an agent in occupied France. Hannah's delight in the medium of water and the rhythms of swimming are set in dramatic counterpoint to Mariele's of torture by water, an ordeal that puts her in touch with her core strength - something Hannah starts to discover in herself.

    About the Author…
    Catriona Child was born in 1980 in Dundee and spent a great deal of her youth ploughing up and down swimming pools. She has a degree in English from the University of Aberdeen and an MA with distinction in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. She won the Sunday Herald Blog competition in 2007, was shortlisted for the National Library of Scotland/The Scotsman Crime short story competition in 2008 and has recently been published in the Scottish Book Trust Family Legends anthology and the magazine Northwords Now. She has worked as a postie, in a cinema, in a music shop and even had a very short-lived spell selling knickers on a market stall. She now lives and writes in Edinburgh.

    This event is part of Previously … Scotland's History Festival. For more information and events, please click here

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • THE BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    ADULT BOOK GROUP

    Monday, November 17th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: 17th of November
    Time: 6pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Who says reading is a solitary pursuit? Not us! Come and join the Blackwell’s Book Group for lively, friendly book chatter. No previous experience required! We meet monthly to discuss a wide range of books — fiction and non-fiction, classic and contemporary, prizewinners and cult heroes—in short, whatever you fancy!

    Our current book: Sarah Water's The Little Stranger.

    What is the book about?

    In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, its owners - mother, son and daughter - struggling to keep pace. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his.

    Future meetings...
    On Monday 15th of December we are discussing John Irving's The Cider House Rules.

    We offer 10% discount on the current book to Book Group members.

    So join today! Just email your name and address details to events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • PREVIOULSY…
    SCOTLAND’S HISTORY FESTIVAL and
    BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...

    MICHAEL MEIGHAN – The Forth Bridges and Edinburgh Waverley Station Through Time

    Tuesday, November 18th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Tuesday 18th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join local historian Michael Meighan as he talks about his latest books, Edinburgh Waverley Station Through Time and The Forth Bridges Through Time.

    Waverley is Scotland's largest railway station and covering an area of 25 acres it is the second largest mainline station in the UK after Waterloo. Unusually for such an important destination it is both a terminus and a through station. In the 1840s, three railway companies built stations at the east end of what had been the Nor Loch - North Bridge, General and Canal Street - and these became known collectively as Waverley from around 1854. By 1865, the North British Railway company had acquired all three, and between 1892 and 1900 it was completely rebuilt to form the present Victorian structure. Under the LNER's reign Waverley became the symbolic destination for the East Coast Main Line trains with a series of high-profile expresses departing daily from King's Cross, London. In his new book, Edinburgh resident and expert Michael Meighan explores this great station, showing how it has changed over the years.

    The River Forth is one of Scotland's great waterways. It has a majestic history and heritage, part of which is the Forth bridges. Of these, the most iconic is the Forth Rail Bridge, which opened in 1890. But there is also the Kincardine Bridge, opened in 1936 and once the longest swing bridge in Europe, the Forth Road Bridge, opened in 1964, and the new Queensferry Crossing, due to be completed in 2016. In this book, Michael Meighan looks at all these bridges as well as the Clackmannanshire Bridge and the fords, ferries and smaller bridges which preceded these great crossings. The Forth crossings have a special place in the history and culture of Scotland, and in the hearts of all Scots, and Michael Meighan pays tribute to them in a wonderful mix of both old and new images.

    This event is part of Previously … Scotland's History Festival. For more information and events, please click here

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

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    DAVID FORSYTH & STUART ALLAN – Common Cause: Commonwealth Scots and the Great War

    Wednesday, November 19th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Wednesday 19th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    In 1914, as the world prepared for war, thousands of men enlisted in Scotland. But thousands more Scots, and those of Scottish descent, joined up across the world. As the optimism of 1914 gave way to the grim reality of years of conflict, the human cost of fighting the First World War became a foundation of national consciousness - for Canada at Vimy Ridge, for Australia and New Zealand at Gallipoli, for South Africa at Delville Wood.

    Based on the exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland (11 July to 12 October 2014) the book Common Cause explores how military service was related to other expressions of Scottish identity. And, following the structure of the exhibition, personal story vignettes, based on National Museum Scotland and on international collections, will reinforce the main themes of migration, multiple identity and loss.

    Stuart Allan and David Forsyth are the Principal Curators in the Department of Scottish History and Archaeology at the National Museums of Scotland.

    This event is part of Previously … Scotland's History Festival. For more information and events, please click here

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

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    QUNITIN JARDINE – Mathew’s Tale

    Thursday, November 20th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Thursday 20th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    In this, his landmark fortieth novel, Quintin Jardine tells the remarkable story of a man's quest for justice - at any cost. Best-known for his crime series featuring Bob Skinner, Primavera Blackstone and Oz Blackstone, Mathew’s Tale is his first foray into historic fiction.

    1818, Carluke, Lanarkshire. Mathew Fleming returns home to Scotland following heroic service at the Battle of Waterloo. After seven years away, he is a ghostly presence to those he left behind. But Mathew is ambitious and soon becomes a man of influence in his county and beyond. Yet through all his success, he still hides the loss of his one true love. When a terrible act of murder occurs, Mathew must choose between the rule of blood and the rule of law. And as a man of honour with a warrior's instincts, he embarks on a journey of vengeance that will test every sinew of his faith in mankind...

    About the Author…
    Quintin Jardine was born once upon a time in the West - of Scotland rather than America, but still he grew to manhood as a massive Sergio Leone fan. On the way there he was educated, against his will, in Glasgow, where he ditched a token attempt to study law for more interesting careers in journalism, government propaganda, and political spin-doctoring. After a close call with the Brighton Bomb in 1984, he moved into the even riskier world of media relations consultancy, before realising that all along he had been training to become a crime writer. Now, forty novels later, he never looks back.

    This event is part of Previously … Scotland's History Festival. For more information and events, please click here

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

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    TOM POW – Wild Adventure and Concerning the Atlas of the Dead

    Monday, November 24th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Monday 24th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join Tom Pow as he discusses his poetry on the remarkable life of Thomas Watling and his own experience as writer in residence at the National Library of Scotland’s Map Library.

    Tom Pow's beautiful, powerful poems in A Wild Adventure examine the remarkable life of Thomas Watling. Watling was born in Dumfries in September 1762 and raised by a long-suffering maiden aunt. Convicted of forging Bank of Scotland one-guinea notes he was sentenced to fourteen years in the recently founded colony of Botany Bay in Australia. The first professional artist to arrive in the colony, Watling was seconded to its Surgeon General (and amateur naturalist) John White. His pioneer paintings of birds, animals and the landscape became some of the principal records of the earliest days of Australia. He was eventually pardoned, on 5 April 1797, and left Australia, eventually returning home to Dumfries. He died there, most likely in 1814.

    About the Author…
    Tom Pow spent six months as Writer in Residence at the National Library of Scotland Map Library in Edinburgh. He was so inspired by the collection that they hold and by the stories that they tell that he wrote a collection of poetry, Concerning the Atlas of Scotland, based on that experience. Published by Polygon but with input from the National Library and illustrated with details from the collection, this beautiful and quite haunting collection will be welcomed by map lovers as well as poetry lovers.

    This event is part of Previously … Scotland's History Festival. For more information and events, please click here

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

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    JUDAH PASSOW & MICHAEL MAIL – The Scots Jews

    Tuesday, November 25th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Tuesday 25th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Identity, Belonging and the Future

    In The Scots Jews, photographer Judah Passow has created a portrait of Jewish people who live north of England's border. In exploring the place of the Jewish community in contemporary Scottish society, Passow's journey has much emphasis, naturally, on Glasgow and Edinburgh but also takes us to surprising places like the Shetland Islands and Skye.

    This fascinating photographic essay shows Scotland's Jews firmly rooted in their Jewish identity, but fervently patriotic Scots as well. The photographs are introduced by Michael Mail, an award-winning author, who conceived the project to document Scottish Jewish life.

    This event is part of Previously … Scotland's History Festival. For more information and events, please click here

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BOOK WEEK SCOTLAND and
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    J.D. OSWALD – The Ballad of Sir Benfro

    Wednesday, November 26th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Tuesday 26th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    From James Oswald, one of Scotland’s most successful new crime writers, comes an epic fantasy series!

    In a small village, miles from the great cities of the Twin Kingdoms, a young boy called Errol tries to find his way in the world. He's an outsider - he looks different from other children and has never known his father. No one, not even himself, has any knowledge of his true lineage. Deep in the forest, Benfro, the young male dragon begins his training in the subtle arts. Like his mother, Morgwm the Green, he is destined to be a great Mage. No one could imagine that the future of all life in the Twin Kingdoms rests in the hands of these two unlikely heroes. But it is a destiny that will change the lives of boy and dragon forever...

    And so begins The Ballad of Sir Benfro - the unputdownable tale of the great dragons returning to the kingdom of men.

    The first installment, Dreamwalker, is followed by The Rose Cord, published on 20th November, and The Golden Cage, which will be published in January 2015.

    About the Order…
    J. D. Oswald is also the author of the Detective Inspector McLean series of crime novels under the name James Oswald. In his spare time James runs a 350-acre livestock farm in North East Fife, where he raises pedigree Highland Cattle and New Zealand Romney Sheep.

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

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    ELIZABETH LAIRD – The Lure of the Honey Bird

    Thursday, November 27th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Thurdsay 27th of November
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join acclaimed writer Elizabeth Laird as she discusses her autobiographical novel, The Lure of the Honey Bird .

    In 1967, at the age of 23, Elizabeth Laird set off for Addis Ababa to take up her first teaching post. She was introduced to Haile Selassie, made a pilgrimage across the mountains on foot to the ancient city of Lalibela, hitched a ride on an oil tanker across the Danakil Desert, and was arrested for a murder she had not committed. Back in Britain, Laird established herself as a major author of fiction for children and young adults, but she always wanted to return to Ethiopia. Her chance came in the late 1990s, when the British Council in Addis Ababa invited her to collect folk stories from every region of the country. Encountering ex-guerrilla fighters, camel traders, Coptic nuns and tribespeople en route, Laird has written a remarkable account of her journey interwoven with a treasure trove of stories featuring princes and maidens, snakes and lions, zombies and hyena-women.

    This event is part of Previously … Scotland's History Festival. For more information and events, please click here

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available in person from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk