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

    Monday, July 4th at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 4th of July
    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...
    GAMES NIGHT

    Tuesday, July 5th at 18:00 - 21:00
    Date: Tuesday 5th July 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 90 minute slot, which can be booked in advance. Once your game is over, 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 (for 3 to 4 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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    John Hunter: The Small Isles

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

    Some ten thousand years ago, hunter-gatherers moving through a landscape newly emerged from the grip of the last Ice Age reached four islands on the western seaboard. The shores they landed on were deserted. After making camp, they struck out to hunt and explore.

    The islands were Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck - four distinctive shapes rising from the waters of the Inner Hebrides between Ardnamurchan and Skye. Collectively, they are known as the Small Isles. From those first moments on, people have been working these islands and using their resources, adapting each landscape to suit the changing needs of the communities they served.

    In The Small Isles, archaeologist John Hunter searches for the stories of the Small Isles in the evidence that survives - from the fragmentary physical remains of dwellings, defences, places of worship and monuments, to the records of early antiquarians, historians and travellers.This is a journey to rediscover communities that were erased by the mass migrations of the nineteenth century, and the rise of the Victorian sporting estate. Within a few generations cultural identity on the islands disappeared and a new order developed. Placenames were changed, buildings and structures abandoned, and traditions forgotten. The Small Isles became islands without memories.

    This comprehensive guide - illustrated with a wealth of photographs, maps and drawings - takes readers on a tour of both place and time. Crisscrossing the landscapes of four fascinating and evocative islands, it reveals traces of a forgotten past in everything that has been left behind.

    About the Author
    John Hunter is Emeritus Professor of Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham. A Commissioner of Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, he has undertaken extensive survey work in Scotland, with a particular focus on the Northern and Western Isles.

    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...
    Cheryl Smith: Being Mrs Smith

    Thursday, July 7th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 7th of July
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of A Very Unorthodox Love Story

    Being Mrs Smith always did mean embracing the unexpected, but even Mrs Smith didn't expect an Amazonian adventure. When the horror of cancer touched the Smiths, they embarked on a journey to ultimate healing and peace.

    This is the story of their journey. Faced with heart-rending decisions, they accept unmissable opportunities with a courageousness they never knew they had. In the deepest jungle regions, they encounter charlatans and shamans and learn to distinguish between them. Surrendering to the path that is theirs to take, they embrace ancient teachings and strange medicines, and grasp the opportunity to dance with the spirits of sacred plants, including that of Ayahuasca. Far from home, the Smiths learn the true value of family and community as they place their trust in the wisdom of the indigenous elders, in themselves and in each other, and ultimately in Nature herself. Here is a rare story of healing that tells of the melding of souls as Mr and Mrs Smith walk each other home.

    About the Author
    Cheryl Smith followed various paths before she finally learned to trust that Life would lead her to where she needed to be. She is dedicated to sharing her experiences in the hope that others will see themselves reflected in her words and be encouraged by them.

    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...
    Ian Garden: Battling with the Truth

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

    'Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.' - Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda

    Dunkirk, Stalingrad, the Dieppe Raid: there were many bloody and gruesome conflicts fought during the Second World War, yet there was one vital and aggressive battle in which no blood was directly shed - that of the warring nations' battle with the truth.

    In his new book, Battling with the Truth, a follow-up to The Third Reich's Celluloid War, Ian Garden offers fascinating insights into the ways by which both the Axis and Allies manipulated military and political facts for their own ends. By analysing key incidents and contemporary sources from both British and German perspectives, he reveals how essential information was concealed from the public. Asking how both sides could have believed they were fighting a just war, Garden exposes the extent to which their peoples were told downright lies or fed very carefully worded versions of the truth. Often these 'versions' gave completely false impressions of the success or failure of missions - even whole campaigns.

    Ultimately, Battling with the Truth demonstrates that almost nothing about war is as clear-cut as the reporting at the time makes out. From the past, we can learn valuable lessons about the continuing potential for media manipulation and political misinformation - especially during wartime.

    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...
    William Egginton: The Man Who Invented Fiction

    Wednesday, July 13th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 13th July
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World

    In 1605 a crippled, greying, almost toothless veteran of Spain's wars against the Ottoman Empire published a book. That book, Don Quixote, went on to sell more copies than any other book beside the Bible, making its author, Miguel de Cervantes, the most widely read author in human history.

    Cervantes did more than just publish a bestseller, though. He invented a way of writing.

    In Cervantes' time, 'fiction' was synonymous with a lie. Books were either history, and true, or 'poetry' which might be invented, but had to conform to strict principles. Don Quixote tells the story of a poor nobleman, addled from reading too many books on chivalry, who deludes himself that he is a knight errant and sets off to put the world to rights. The book was hugely entertaining, broke the existing rules, devised a new set and, in the process, created a new, modern hybrid form we know today as the novel.

    The Man Who Invented Fiction explores Cervantes's life and the world he lived in, showing how his life and influences converged in his work, and how his work - especially Don Quixote - radically changed the nature of literature and created a new way of viewing the world. Finally, it explains how that worldview went on to infiltrate art, politics and science, and how the world today would be unthinkable without it.

    About the Author
    William Egginton is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and chair of the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University. Egginton is the author six highly praised books, including How the World Became a Stage, and writes for the digital salon Arcade, published by Stanford University, he has written popular essays for The Stone, an online forum for contemporary philosophers published by the New York Times. He is fluent in English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian.

    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 Crime Factor: Four Men in Search of a Plot

    Thursday, July 14th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 14th July
    Time: 6pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Plotting the perfect murder? Join us for an evening of debate when four Scottish crime writers will be discussing - and answering questions about - all aspects of crime novels, including plotting, writing, plus general death and destruction.

    Author Peter Burnett will chair the discussion and attempt to keep the hilarity and body count under control.

    The Four Men
    Neil Broadfoot’s debut Falling Fast, was nominated for the Deanston prize, whilst its follow-up, The Storm, won over readers and authors alike. A journalist for 15 years, Neil’s third book All The Devils, is out later this year.

    GJ Brown is the author of four crime thrillers, Falling, 59 Minutes, The Catalyst and Meltdown. Gordon is a DJ, runs a creativity training business and also helped found Bloody Scotland – Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival.

    Mark Leggatt is the author of two international thrillers, Names of the Dead and The London Cage, and has appeared at several international festivals to talk about his work. European history and modern global conspiracy lie at the heart of his novels.

    Douglas Skelton wrote 11 True Crime/Scottish criminal history books before turning, in 2013, to fiction with Blood City, the first in the Davie McCall quartet. The final Davie McCall book, Open Wounds was published earlier this year.

    Keeping the four in check is Peter Burnett, the author of Scotland or No and #freetopiary: An Occupy Romance, as well as other fiction and non-fiction.

    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...
    Donald Thomson: A Hebrides Suite

    Saturday, July 16th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Saturday 16th July
    Time: 2pm to 3pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Following the success of "A Borders Suite" earlier this year, composer and pianist Donald Thomson returns to Blackwell's Bookshop to perform the five piano pieces from his new book 'A Hebrides Suite'

    In this latest addition to the Celtic Piano series published by EVC Music Publications (www.elenacobb.com), Thomson captures the unique beauty of the Hebrides in pieces such as Luskentyre Lullaby, Harris Tweed and Colonsay Ceilidh.

    The music will be interspersed with some fine poetry readings by Jonathan Whiteside.

    In order to assure yourself a seat, please contact Blackwell's to book a ticket: phone 0131 622 8229 or email events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

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    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, July 17th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 17th of July
    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 Nation by Terry Pratchett

    What is the book about?
    On the day the world ends ...Mau is on his way home from the Boys' Island. Soon he will be a man. And then the wave comes - a huge wave, dragging black night behind it and bringing a schooner which sails over and through the island rainforest. The village has gone. The Nation as it was has gone. Now there's just Mau, who wears barely anything, a trouserman girl who wears far too much, and an awful lot of big misunderstandings ...Wise, witty and filled with Terry Pratchett's inimitable comic satire, this is a terrific adventure that - quite literally - turns the world upside down.

    For our meeting on Sunday 14th August we are reading Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe 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, July 18th at 18:00 - 19:30
    Date: Monday 180th of July
    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!

    we are reading one of the most influential Science Fiction novels of the 20th century - Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon.

    What is the book about?
    One of the most extraordinary, imaginative and ambitious novels of the century: a history of the evolution of humankind over the next 2 billion years. Among all science fiction writers Olaf Stapledon stands alone for the sheer scope and ambition of his work. First published in 1930, Last and First Men is full of pioneering speculations about evolution, terraforming, genetic engineering and many other subjects. First published nearly 70 years ago, this text is regarded as one of the most influential science fiction novels of the 20th century. Olaf Stapledon creates a history of the evolution of humankind over the next two billion years.

    Future meetings...
    Monday 16th August at 6pm to discuss Whispering Shadows by Jan-Philipp Sendker Monday 12th September at 6pm to discuss The Book of the Film of the Story of My Life by William Brandt

    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...
    Fantastic Worlds with Maria Lewis and Elizabeth May

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

    We are delighted to welcome fantasy authors Maria Lewis and Elizabeth May to chat about their latest novels Who's Afraid? and The Vanishing Throne.

    A must-see event for any fantasy fan!

    About the books

    Who's Afraid? by Maria Lewis is a fresh, new urban fantasy for fans of Darynda Jones, Patricia Briggs and Keri Arthur

    Meet Tommi Grayson: she's all bark . . . and all bite
    Bright blue hair, a mysterious past and barely controlled rage issues have a way of making a woman stand out. Yet she's never come close to guessing who she really is . . .
    When her mother dies, a shattered Tommi decides to track down her estranged father. Leaving Scotland for a remote corner of New Zealand, she discovers the truth of her heritage - and it's a whole lot more than merely human.

    Elizabeth May's The Vanishing Throne is the much awaited sequel to her 2013 debut The Falconer.

    My name is Lady Aileana Kameron. First the fae murdered my mother. Then they destroyed my world. Now I'm fighting for more than revenge.

    Aileana took a stand against the Wild Hunt, and she lost everything: her home, her family and her friends. Held captive by her enemy, and tormenting herself over her failure, escape seems like only the faintest possibility. But when she gets her chance, she seizes it . . . to rejoin a world devastated by war.
    The future is bleak. Hunted by the fae, running for her life, Aileana has only a few options left. Trying to become part of a society scarred by - and hiding from - the Wild Hunt; trusting that a fragile alliance with the fae will save her; or walking the most dangerous path at all: coming in to her own powers as the last of the Falconers . . .

    About the authors

    Maria Lewis got her start covering police rounds in a newsroom as a teenager and has been working as a professional journalist for the past 10 years. Making the switch from writing about murders to movie stars was not a difficult decision, and her work has appeared in magazines across the globe as well as on radio and TV. Based in Sydney, she lives in a house with too many movie posters and just the right amount of humans. Maria can often be found spending much money on comics, watching horror movies at stupid hours, inhaling books on modern feminist theory and holding on to the one belief she has had since she was five: that unicorns exist. She is most likely Mark Wahlberg's future wife. Most likely.

    Elizabeth May grew up outside of Los Angeles, where she spent most of her early years dragging books from the library to dinner tables, restaurants, classrooms, and family vacations. Eventually, she tried telling her own stories, writing about people in places she had never been to, but longed to see. With writing came her love for travelling. One day she landed in the United Kingdom, fell in love with Scotland, and decided that was where she belonged.

    Tickets are FREE and are available from the Ground Floor desk at Blackwell's on South Bridge, by calling on 0131 622 8229 or on Eventbrite 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 EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Gearbox Records Showcase

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

    Blackwell's Music are delighted to welcome Gearbox Records, purveyors of fine vinyl. They will bring
    a crate of the finest vinyl money can buy
    their own record player to play it on
    free whisky

    Darrel Sheinman, the head of Gearbox Records, will play a selection of incredibly rare original first pressing Blue Note releases, the holy grail for many audiophiles, as well a selection of highlights from the Gearbox catalogue.

    Nikka Whisky will be offering free tasters of their award-winning Japanese whisky.

    So come along for an evening of fantastic Jazz, whisky and an exclusive insight into one of Britain's most successful new record companies (they have their own mastering studio!)

    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...
    Edinburgh in the Shadows

    Tuesday, July 26th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Tuesday 26th of July
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    “…a collection of …lesser known and thoroughly dark Edinburgh stories. Highly recommended..." Fringe Review Magazine

    After a spectacular run at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Alec Beattie & Max Scratchmann return with a stunning sequel to their hugely successful spoken word show plus a gruesome new book about the darker side of Edinburgh’s history!

    Want to know the sinister side of the city that the tourist brochures won't tell you about? You’ve come to the right place! Beattie and Scratchmann tell it like it really is in Edinburgh in the Shadows 2 - a dark but funny account of the city's shady side with tales and poems of murder, muck and mayhem that reveal the truth behind Edinburgh's most celebrated sites and characters!

    “Easily the best show in the 2015 Fringe, and one that puts the big attractions to shame. The boys really brought the dark eccentricity of Edinburgh’s murky past to life with their eclectic mix of poetry, story and gallows humour. Storytelling is definitely the new rock ’n’ roll!” Teresa & Chris, Austin, Texas

    About the Author…

    Alec Beattie is a writer, promoter and performer. He’s been involved in the Edinburgh spoken word scene for years and currently runs and co-hosts Blind Poetics. As well as being an Edinburgh Fringe regular he’s performed his poetry and short stories throughout Scotland and took part in the Scottish Slam Finals in 2013 and the BBC Slam in 2014. He’s also read his work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. When he’s not boasting about his meagre achievements on a website no-one will read anyway he likes people to think he’s working on his latest novel when he’s really playing Candy Crush and drinking cheap cider. He lives in Edinburgh with his partner and two cats.

    Max Scratchmann is one half of Poetry Circus as well as being an illustrator, writer and performer, equally well known for his dark art and black comedy. He was a big hit at the Edinburgh Festival with his one-man-show, Moving Pictures, and was one of the four Inky Fingers’ Poets on a Bus at the History Festival. He lives in Edinburgh in a depressingly cat-free household.

    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 6222 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • 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

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    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

    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

  • An Evening with Margaret Atwood

    Monday, October 10th at 19:00 - 20:30
    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.