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  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Launch Party

    Saturday, July 30th at 20:00 - 00:30
    Date: Saturday 30th July
    Time: 8.00pm to 12:30am
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us in the heart of Harry Potter city to celebrate the launch of the latest chapter in the Wizarding World.

    Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh is situated in the perfect Old Town location – between two of the major sites where the Harry Potter books were penned. Make Saturday 30th July your magical day out - grab lunch at Spoon, where J.K. Rowling started the Philosopher's Stone. Or have dinner at the Balmoral, where she wrote the climactic conclusion to the series. Then then head on over to South Bridge for a truly magical party!

    When the Muggle side of Blackwell's closes for the day on Saturday 30th July, witches and wizards are welcome to step through the door into Edinburgh's very own Flourish and Blotts.

    Come prepared for O.W.L. and N.E.W.T. examinations, and do feel free to come in uniform – we might even manage a prize for the best dressed! In the lead up to midnight we will test your Potter knowledge, show off our new and shiny Harry Potter jewellery and wand collection, and tantalise your taste buds with a selection of Honeydukes' finest treats – replicated by our very own House Elves.Create your own magic with our book folding workshops or listen to how it all began in our Read-A-Thon.

    Or just find a quiet corner to pass the hours, for when the clock strikes midnight, you can buy your very own copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

    Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.

    P.S. The Daily Prophet has rumoured that The Weird Sisters and Celestina Warbeck may make an appearance...*

    P.P.S. *Unconfirmed – best to trust The Quibbler for reliable Wizarding World news!

    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

    Warner Bros. Entertainment and J.K. Rowling are not responsible for this event but, subject to conditions, they have kindly granted us permission to use the Harry Potter trade mark and other materials.

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

    Monday, August 1st at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 1st of August
    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...
    V.E. Schwab: This Savage Song

    Tuesday, August 2nd at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Tuesday 2nd August
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell's Bookshop are very, VERY excited to be hosting one of our favourite Fantasy / YA authors, V.E.Schwab, creator of the bestselling A Darker Shade of Magic, for a chat about her new novel This Savage Song.

    About the Book

    Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city, a grisly metropolis where the violence has begun to create real and deadly monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the inhabitants pay for his protection. August just wants to be human, as good-hearted as his own father-but his curse is to be what the humans fear. The thin truce that keeps the Harker and Flynn families at peace is crumbling, and an assassination attempt forces Kate and August into a tenuous alliance.

    But how long will they survive in a city where no one is safe and monsters are real....

    About the Author
    Victoria "V.E." Schwab is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say "tom-ah-toes", "like", and "y'all". When she is not wandering in search of buried treasure, fairy tales, and good tea, she's tucked in a cafe, dreaming up monsters.

    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...
    WRITERS AT THE FRINGE

    Thursday, August 4th at 17:45 TO Thursday, August 25th at 20:00
    Date: Every Thursday in August
    Time: 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Now in its ninth year, Blackwell's Writers at the Fringe once again brings you the best in Scottish writing.

    Every Thursday during the Festival we invite a selection of Scottish performers to give us a taste of their work. New and unpublished works of literary art stands alongside established novelists, with any and all genres free to be expressed - from Scots poetry to cutting edge drama, from folk music to contemporary fiction, and all that is found in between.

    Our 2016 line-up

    Thursday 4th August
    Catherine Simpson
    Helen MacKinven
    Chitra Ramaswamy
    Sue Reid-Sexton
    Mary Paulson-Ellis

    Thursday 11th August
    Bert Flitcroft
    Harrison Hickman
    Jane Tulloch
    Martin MacInnes
    Billy Letford

    Thursday 18th August
    Jane Lambert
    Angela Jackson
    Toni Jenkins
    Rob Ewing
    Lucy Ribchester

    Thursday 25th August
    Catherine Czerkawska
    GD Harper
    Jean Findlay
    Shelley Day
    Kevin MacNeil

    These events are ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8229 or from the Fringe Box Office. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    For more information or if you would like a signed copies of any of the books please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8237 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Isobel Dixon

    Friday, August 12th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Friday 12th August
    Time: 6pm for 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of Isobel Dixon's new poetry pamphlet The Leonids, published by the award-winning Mariscat Press.

    The Leonids is a short pamphlet of poems about being a daughter and a sister, about illness and recovery, old age and love - eighteen poems centred around that force of nature, Ann Rosemary Murton Dixon née Chinn, who died in May 2015.

    These beautiful poems, their imaginative energy, crystalline natural imagery and purity of line evoking the past and invoking a sense of personal and sororial loss, are in turn celebratory and revelatory. Recalling her parents with insight and tenderness – startlingly elegising her father and in conjuring up her mother's presence and strength, unselfconsciously mirroring her own – Isobel Dixon instils both heartbreak and exhilaration. And in extending her poetic frontiers she ever more vibrantly consolidates her roots. ' - Stewart Conn, poet and playwright

    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
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, August 14th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 14th of August
    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 Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe

    What is the book about?
    In a future London, Concentr8 is a prescription drug intended to help kids with ADD. Soon every troubled teen is on it. It makes sense, doesn't it? Keep the undesirable elements in line. Keep people like us safe from people like them. What's good for society is good for everyone. Troy, Femi, Lee, Karen and Blaze have been taking Concentr8 as long as they can remember. They're not exactly a gang, but Blaze is their leader, and Troy has always been his quiet, watchful sidekick - the only one Blaze really trusts. They're not looking for trouble, but one hot summer day, when riots break out across the city, they find it. What makes five kids pick a man seemingly at random - a nobody, he works in the housing department, doesn't even have a good phone - hold a knife to his side, take him to a warehouse and chain him to a radiator? They've got a hostage, but don't really know what they want, or why they've done it. And across the course of five tense days, with a journalist, a floppy-haired mayor, a police negotiator, and the sinister face of the pharmaceutical industry, they - and we - begin to understand why ...

    For our meeting on Sunday 11th September we are reading The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

    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, August 15th at 18:00 - 19:30
    Date: Monday 15th of August
    Time: 6.00pm
    Venue: Edinburgh International Book Festival, Charlotte Square

    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!

    we are reading the thriller Whispering Shadows by Jan-Philipp Sendker

    What is the book about?
    Paul Leibovitz was once an ambitious advisor, dedicated father, and loving husband. But after living for nearly thirty years in Hong Kong, personal tragedy strikes and Paul's marriage unravels in the fallout. When he makes a fleeting connection with Elizabeth, a distressed American woman on the verge of collapse, his life is thrown into turmoil. Less than twenty-four hours later, Elizabeth's son is found dead in Shenzhen, and Paul, invigorated by a newfound purpose, sets out to investigate the murder on his own. As Paul, Elizabeth, and a detective friend descend deeper into the Shenzhen underworld they discover dark secrets hidden beneath China's booming new wealth. In a country where rich businessmen with expensive degrees can corrupt the judicial system, the potential for evil abounds.

    Future meetings...
    Monday 12th September at 6pm to discuss The Book of the Film of the Story of My Life by William Brandt
    Monday 17th October at 6pm to discuss The Bridge over the Drina by Ivo Andric

    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...
    Launching Gutter No 15

    Monday, August 22nd at 18:30
    Date: Monday 22nd August
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell's Bookshop are excited to be hosting the launch for sparkling new issue of Gutter, the leading magazine of new Scottish writing, featuring award-winning writers and poets including Mallachy Tallack, Booker Prize winner James Kelman, Alec Findlay, and Helen McClory.

    Gutter magazine is the outstanding independent literary magazine publishing fiction and poetry from writers born and living in Scotland. The work you’ll find here is in turns diverse, delicate and dangerous. But with contributions from every corner of Scotland, all the major countries of Europe, Canada, both coasts of the USA, the Antipodes and the Far East, it is, most of all, global in attitude. Gutter doesn’t hold to any particular political outlook but wholeheartedly believes in the power of the creative imagination to challenge the status quo.

    Since its inception Gutter has been first to publish work from a wide range of acclaimed emerging novelists and poets including Pippa Goldschmidt, Deborah Andrews, Barry Gornell, Kirsty Logan, Helen Sedgwick, Mary Paulson-Ellis and many others. It’s a proving ground where emerging writers can first find an audience, rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in Scottish literature.

    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...
    New Writing Scotland 34: Talking About Lobsters

    Wednesday, August 31st at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 31st August
    Time: 6pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the best of new Scottish Writing in this year's anthology edited by literary stalwarts Gerry Cambridge and Diana Hendry.

    This year's volume includes work by Regi Claire, Lesley Glaister, Andrew Greig, Catherine Simpson, James Spence and many more.

    About NWS

    New Writing Scotland is the principal forum for poetry and short fiction in Scotland today. Every year it publishes the very best from both emerging and establishes writers, and lists many of the leading literary lights of Scotland amongst its past (and present) contributors.

    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

  • An Evening with Margaret Atwood

    Monday, October 10th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Date: Monday 10th of October
    Time: 7pm
    Venue: King's Theatre, 2 Leven St, Edinburgh EH3 9LQ

    Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh are delighted to welcome back award-winning author Margaret Atwood to celebrate the publication of Hag-seed, her take on Shakespeare's The Tempest.

    About the book
    'It's got a thunderstorm in it. And revenge. Definitely revenge.' Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded . Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge. After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It's magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?

    Margaret Atwood's novel take on Shakespeare's play of enchantment, revenge and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own. So don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of the world’s most renowned writers, and be one of the first to get your hands on a signed copy of Hag-Seed.

    About the author
    Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays, including The Handmaid’s Tale, the Booker-winning The Blind Assassin, the MaddAddam trilogy, and The Heart Goes Last. Her work has received many awards around the world and she has consistently named Shakespeare as one of the most important influences on her own work. Hag-Seed is published as part of the VINTAGE Hogarth Shakespeare series, described by the Guardian as ‘the great rewriting project of the 21st century’.

    Running time: Approx. 70 minutes

    Tickets
    £11 per person, no concessions
    £24 per person, including a signed copy of Hag-seed
    Booking fee applies.

    Tickets are only be available from the Festival Theatre and King's Theatre Box office. Book in person, over the phone on 0131 529 6000 or online When booking online, please note that tickets to the event only (without the book) are available - just select £12 "Ticket Only" under "Discounts" on Step 4 (Summary) once you have selected your seat.

    Please note that Margaret will not be signing after this event, so secure your signed first edition of Hag-seed now with our combined ticket for just £24 (plus booking fee)

    Copies of Hag-seed will be available for sale on the night at the full RRP of £16.99. Signed copies will only be available while stock lasts.

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

    Terms & Conditions Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled. Please note that events can occasionally be cancelled at short notice or their times or dates may alter; we therefore recommend that you check with the shop before travelling. Any event changes will be published on this page. If you are unable to attend an event we can often reserve signed copies. Please contact Ann Landmann on ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk for details. Reserved copies cannot be guaranteed and may not always carry dedications.