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

    Monday, May 2nd at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 2nd of May
    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 further information please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8237 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Election Countdown: Speaking Out for a Better Nation

    Tuesday, May 3rd at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Tuesday 3rd of May
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Scotland’s political landscape is under radical reconstruction and the winners and losers will be announced in a few days’ time in what some claim will be Scottish Labour’s darkest hour. Not so, says Pauline Bryan, editor of What Would Keir Hardie Say? Inspired by the return to socialist values by young and old, she finds many positives in the changing face of politics in Scotland. With poetry and possibly a song or two from Scotia Nova, this pre-election session is dedicated to the forging of a better nation built on community, co-operation and opportunity – the vision of Keir Hardie.

    This event is part of Tradfest, Edinburgh's annual showcase of traditional arts and culture. For more information and the full line-up of events, please visit the Tradfest website

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Wild America with John Muir

    Thursday, May 5th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Thursday 5th of May
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join Scottish-American naturalist John Muir (in the guise of Yosemite Ambassador Lee Stetson) on a journey around the National Parks in the USA, taking in the sights such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite.

    Lee Stetson, who regularly performs as John Muir reincarnated, is walking the John Muir Way in April/May and stopping off in Edinburgh to launch this book. He will speak and answer questions in character and in costume, making for a book launch with a difference.

    Wild America brings together David Muench, the eminent wilderness photographer, with Roly Smith, the respected outdoor writer. This book celebrates their personal choice of America’s National Parks and protected areas.

    Its publication marks the centenary of the ‘Organic Act’, the federal law that established the world’s first National Park Service. Share their personal selection, in words and superb photographs, of 21 of America’s stunning wildernesses.

    Lavishly illustrated with 92 colour photographs by David Muench accompanied by Roly Smith's compelling descriptions of his experiences, Wild America traces the origin and development of the national parks.

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    An Evening with Alain de Botton

    Thursday, May 5th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Date: Thursday 5th of May
    Time: 7pm (Doors 6:30pm)
    Venue: Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL

    Blackwell's Bookshop are delighted to present an evening with author and philosopher Alain de Botton. He will be talking about his new novel The Course of Love, the long-awaited and beguiling sequel, which charts the complex and intricate course of a long-term relationship.

    We all know the headiness and excitement of love’s early days, but what can be expected over a shared lifetime? We follow our couple – Rabih and Kristen – from the first flush of infatuation through to inevitable disenchantments and then onto the freedom and insights of maturity. The Course of Love is a novel that explores not so much the start of love, as its maintenance over time; the way our ideals bend and reform under the pressures of an average existence, and the magnificent, sometimes frightening, developments we can make as we slowly realise that love is in essence a skill we need to learn rather than an enthusiasm we simply experience.

    Playful, wise, and profoundly moving, The Course of Love is an unparalleled meditation on modern relationships —and a delightful return to the novel for Alain, more than 20 years after Essays in Love.

    About the Author…
    Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a ‘philosophy of everyday life.’ He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries.

    Tickets for this event are £3. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here but a booking fee may apply.

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Smart Sceptic’s Guide to Social Media in Organisations with Yekemi Otaru

    Monday, May 9th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Monday 9th of May
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Twitter? Facebook? Instagram? Pinterest? Snapchat? Tumblr? Flickr? The Social Media landscape keeps growing and changing, and no company can avoid it!

    Yekemi will be sharing her thoughts and answering your questions on how social media can help your organisations and its employees share a more engaging brand story, with wider reach. She will specifically discuss personal branding and why it is a crucial element of the success of employee advocacy.

    Having benefited a great deal from online interactions, Yekemi Otaru is a huge fan of employee advocacy and the digital world. Her online interactions enabled her publish her first book, The Smart Sceptic’s Guide to Social Media in Organisations (Rethink Press, 2016), based on interviews with 11 change agents in companies such as IBM, SAS and GE.

    In over 11 years of experience in engineering and marketing roles with companies like Schlumberger and General Electric, Yekemi found her passion in combining her technical background and her love of the digital world to help B2B organisations who employ knowledge workers (e.g. engineers, scientists and researchers) to find comfortable ways of sharing knowledge online through employee advocacy. She is an avid writer and blogger. She also speaks on personal branding and networking at Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) workshops. Some of her writing has been published on openfor.business and on the Strathclyde Business School blog where she is a part-time doctorate student in the Department of Marketing.

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Jewel by Catherine Czerkawska

    Tuesday, May 10th at 18:30
    Date: Tuesday 10th of May
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    A luscious historical novel about Robert Burns' wife, Jean Armour, The Jewel is set largely during the dramatic years of their courtship in Mauchline, their married life at Ellisland and in Dumfries, and Robert's early death, all against a background simmering with political intrigue and turmoil.

    Jean - a beautiful young woman with the voice of a nightingale - has been inexplicably neglected by biographers and historians. At first, her stonemason father tried to protect the young Jean from the advances of the mercurial ploughman-poet, whose roving eye and even delusions of grandeur were notorious. Nevertheless, she fell for him and accepted his proposal. Their extraordinary marriage was passionate, tempestuous, and enduring against all odds, and its rocky course reveals Jean's indomitable strength and character. How she lived with, and frequently without, Scotland's most famous son tells us much about the life and times of Burns himself, and is a compelling story in itself.

    About the Author…
    Catherine Czerkawska is a multi-award-winning novelist and playwright based in Scotland. She has written plays for the stage, ITV and BBC Radio 4, and has published numerous short stories. Her eight novels include The Curiosity Cabinet, shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and serialised on BBC radio, and The Physic Garden.

    This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    CHILDREN’S BOOKGROUP

    Wednesday, May 11th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Wednesday 11th of May
    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? Become a member of our book group to enjoy a friendly hour of fiction, from both classic and contemporary Scottish writing to your own choice of favourite book. Come and discover more books to treasure!

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

    We are currently reading Foxcraft: The Taken by Inbali Iserles

    What is the book about?
    Isla is young fox whose world is shattered when her family suddenly vanishes. She must track them down, a search which will lead her to the Elders, a society of shape-shifting foxes, and to her own legacy as one of the world's most tormented creatures. Isla must outwit these perils with her flair for foxcraft: skills of cunning known only to foxes.

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, May 15th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 15th of May
    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 second Sunday of each month, and read anything from classics to contemporary, dystopian to historical – in short, anything you fancy!

    We are currently reading Rain Rowell's Carry On

    What is the book about?
    Simon Snow just wants to relax and savour his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he'll be safe. Simon can't even enjoy the fact that his room-mate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can't stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you're the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savour anything. Based on the characters Simon and Baz who featured in Rainbow Rowell's bestselling Fangirl, Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters. 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 BOOK GROUP

    Monday, May 16th at 18:00 - 19:30
    Date: Monday 16th of May
    Time: 6.00pm
    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 is Icelandic crime thriller Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson.

    What is the book about?
    Siglufjorour: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors - accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Ari Thor Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik - with a past that he's unable to leave behind. When a young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theatre, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life. An avalanche and unremitting snowstorms close the mountain pass, and the 24-hour darkness threatens to push Ari over the edge, as curtains begin to twitch, and his investigation becomes increasingly complex, chilling and personal. Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness - blinded by snow, and with a killer on the loose. Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a startling debut from an extraordinary new talent, taking Nordic Noir to soaring new heights.

    Future meetings...
    In June we are reading a classic of Australian literature, My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin and in July we are reading one of the most influential Science Fiction novels of the 20th century - Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon.

    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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    GAMES NIGHT

    Monday, May 30th at 18:00 - 21:00
    Date: Monday 30th May 2016
    Time: 6:00pm to 9pm
    Venue:Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-63 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Come and play some of our bestselling games. From popular board games like Settlers of Catan to new miniature games like Star Wars X-Wing and classics like Backgammon, we have something for everyone.

    Take this opportunity to try out new games, as our team of seasoned gamers will be on hand to explain all the games to you.

    How does it work?
    Every game gets allocated a one hour slot, which can be booked in advance. Once your hour is up, you can move on to a new game, or play again, unless someone else has already booked the game.
    When you book your free ticket for the evening, please chose which game you would like to play first. Please just book one ticket for you and your group. When you arrive on the night, you will then be able to book your next game or games. Alternatively you can have a look around first.
    On your own? No problem! Just come along and we'll do our best to match you up.

    Everyone attending will receive a voucher that can be redeemed against any of our games on the night.

    Games available to play on the night are
    The Settlers of Catan plus expansion (for 3 to 6 players)
    Pandemic (for 2 to 4 player)
    Star Trek Catan plus expansion (for 3 to 4 players)
    Ticket to Ride Europe (for 2 to 5 players)
    Hey, That's my Fish (for 2 to 4 players)
    Carcassonne (for 2 to 5 players)
    Ubongo (for 3 to 4 players) Commands & Colors Ancients (for 2 players)
    Puerto Rico (for 3 to 5 players)
    Stramash The Scottish Board Game (for 2 to 6 players)
    Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game (for 2 to 4 players)
    Cards against Humanity (for 4 players plus)
    Dead of Winter (for 2 to 5 players)

    Please book your tickets on Eventbrite