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  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH CELEBRATES WORLD BOOK DAY

    Saturday, March 7th at 10:00 - 16:00
    Join us to celebrate World Book Day 2015 in our Children's Department.


    Meet award-winning author Lari Don
    10.30am – 11.30am

    Lari will read from her magical picture books, help you imagine your own magic, and tell one of her favourite traditional tales.

    For children aged 4 to 7.

    Book your tickets here or phone 0131 622 8218


    12noon – 1pm

    Lari will read from her adventure books the Fabled Beast Chronicles, and tell one of the legends which inspire her fiction. She might even give you an exclusive sneak peak of the book she’s working on right now.

    For children aged 8 to 12.

    Book your tickets here or phone 0131 622 8218


    Dress up as your favourite book character - there will be a prize for the best costume!


    Get your face painted by the fabulous Mrs Fantoosh


    Take part in our book hunt


    Take a look behind the scenes of Edinburgh's oldest bookshop with our bookshop tours.


    All activities are free!

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, March 8th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 8th of March
    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 Steve Campden's debut novel Tape

    About the book...
    Record a voice and it lasts forever...In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother's death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn't even know he exists. In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy's voice on it - a voice she can't quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her. Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape. This is their story.

    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, March 9th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Monday 9th of March
    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 Sally Gardner’s I, Coriander

    What is the book about?
    The story is told by Coriander, daughter of a silk merchant in 1650s London. Her idyllic childhood ends when her mother dies and her father goes away, leaving Coriander with her stepmother, a widow who is in cahoots with a fundamentalist Puritan preacher. She is shut away in a chest and left to die, but emerges into the fairy world from which her mother came, and where time has no meaning. When she returns, charged with a task that will transform her life, she is seventeen. This is a book filled with enchantments -- a pair of silver shoes, a fairy shadow, a prince transformed into a fox - that contrast with the heartbreaking loss and cruelty of Coriander's life in the real world.

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    JENNI DAICHES – Forgive

    Tuesday, March 10th at 18:30 - 19:45
    Date: Tuesday 10th of March
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell's Bookshop and Luath Press invite you to celebrate the launch of Jenni Daiches’ latest novel Forgive

    About the Book…
    Ruth has lived at Netherburn, her home in the remote moors of Scotland, ever since she was a small child. It's a home with a history, and, having seen her own children grow up and move on, Ruth is trying to make sense of it all. From her Father's death, to her ex-husband leaving and her lack of contact with her sons. But she's not alone with her thoughts: her empty house has become lively once again as various people - with equally complicated pasts - come to lodge at Netherburn, and Ruth finds herself helping them through their pain; some of which won't stay in the past. Forgive is the story of Ruth, and those living at Netherburn, as they live their lives and try to move on. But the question always looms for Ruth, what does it mean to forgive?

    About the Author…
    Jenni Daiches was born in Chicago, educated in the USA and in England, and has lived in Scotland since 1971. From 1978 to 2001 she worked at the National Museums of Scotland in various capacities, including Head of Publications and script co-ordinator for the Museum of Scotland exhibitions. She is a freelance writer and lecturer, writing on literary and historical subjects as Jenni Calder, and fiction and poetry as Jenni Daiches. An area of special interest has been Scottish emigration, particularly to North America, and questions of identity. Other key interests include Scottish literature, particularly R. L. Stevenson and women writers.

    Event Info…
    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

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    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...
    ROBERT BURNS IN EDINBURGH

    Wednesday, March 11th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 11th March
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS


    Join us to celebrate the launch of Robert Burns in Edinburgh - An Illustrated Guide to Burns' Time in Edinburgh

    Robert Burns came to Edinburgh in November 1786 and stayed for 14 months. His book, Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, Kilmarnock Edition, went on sale on July 31, 1786 and was an immediate success throughout Scotland. Suddenly, he was being spoken of the length and breadth of the land. His plan to emigrateto Jamaica with any profit from the sales of the book was abandoned. Burns's life was about to change!

    So it was that on November 27, 1786 that Robert Burns, on a borrowed pony, set off on the two-day journey to Edinburgh. It was at the peak of the Scottish Enlightenment. Edinburgh at the time was home to great philosophers, world-renowned economists, engineers, scientists, writers and poets. Enterprise and industry were flourishing. Robert Burns was to find himself thrust into the midst of the social and academic whirlpool that was Edinburgh in 1786, establishing him as a vital part of the Scottish Enlightenment. This book chronicles the places he visited and the brilliant, eccentric, but always fascinating people he met during his stay.

    A reader-friendly, fully illustrated colour guide to Robert Burns' time in Edinburgh, with fresh research, maps and illustrations of the key people Burns met, with 27 relevant poems by Burns throughout.

    Event Info...
    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.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    JOHN LISTER-KAYE

    Thursday, March 12th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 12th March
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of John Lister-Kaye's much awaited new book Gods of Morning.

    For more than three decades, Sir John Lister-Kaye has been enraptured by the spectacular seasonal metamorphosis at Aigas, the world-renowned Highlands field centre. Over the years, the glen's wildlife has come to infiltrate his soul, whether it is a warbling blackcap's cascading refrains, whooper swans hauling winter along with them, pine martens causing havoc in the hen run, loyal resident tawny owls defending their territory from adolescents, or a regal roe buck strutting in the broom and gorse, suddenly gilded by a fiery ray of sunlight.

    Sir John Lister-Kaye has come to understand intimately the movements of these beloved creatures, but increasingly unpredictable weather patterns have caused sometimes subtle, sometimes seismic shifts in their behaviour.

    His new book Gods of the Morning follows a year through the turning of the seasons at Aigas, exploring the habits of the Highland animals, and in particular the birds - his gods of the morning - for whom he has nourished a lifelong passion. Gods of the Morning is an affectionate and wise celebration of the British landscape and the birds that come and go through the year, a lyrical reminder of the relationship we have lost with the seasons and a call to look afresh at the natural world around us.

    About the Author...
    Sir John Lister-Kaye is one of Britain's best-known naturalists and conservationists and the author of eight books on wildlife and the environment. He has served prominently in the RSPB, the Nature Conservancy Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Wildlife Trust. In 2003 he was awarded an OBE for services to nature conservation. He lives with his wife and family among the mountains of the Scottish Highlands, where he runs the world-famous Aigas Field Centre.

    Event Info...
    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.

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    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
    ADULT BOOK GROUP

    Monday, March 16th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Monday 16th March
    Time: 6.30pm
    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 Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.

    What is the book about?

    When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex. At the aptly-named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders: cousin Judith, heaving with remorse for unspoken wickedness; Amos, preaching fire and damnation.

    Future meetings...
    Our book for April is Andrew Greig's At the Loch of the Green Corrie and in May we are reading The Blue Afternoon by William Boyd.

    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...
    ROSS MACKENZIE: The Nowhere Emporium

    Saturday, March 21st at 14:00 - 16:00
    Enter the fantastical world of the Nowhere Emporium, right here in our Children's Department! Inside you will find author Ross MacKenzie, who will be signing copies of his new book about the Emporium.

    When the mysterious Nowhere Emporium arrives in Glasgow, orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon it quite by accident. Before long, the 'shop from nowhere' -- and its owner, Mr Silver -- draw Daniel into a breathtaking world of magic and enchantment. Recruited as Mr Silver's apprentice, Daniel learns the secrets of the Emporium's vast labyrinth of passageways and rooms -- rooms that contain wonders beyond anything Daniel has ever imagined. But when Mr Silver disappears, and a shadow from the past threatens everything, the Emporium and all its wonders begin to crumble. Can Daniel save his home, and his new friends, before the Nowhere Emporium is destroyed forever?

    Scottish Children's Book Award winner Ross MacKenzie unleashes a riot of imagination, colour and fantasy in this astonishing adventure, perfect for fans of Philip Pullman, Corneila Funke and Neil Gaiman.

    About the author...
    Ross MacKenzie is the author of fantasy adventure, Zac and the Dream Pirates, winner of a Scottish Children’s Book Award in 2012. He lives in Renfrew, where he grew up, with his wife and baby daughter, but spends much of his time in another world.

    Event Info...
    This is a FREE signing and no tickets are needed. Just pop in between 2pm and 4pm to meet Ross.

    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...
    ALEX GRAY: Keep The Midnight Out

    Monday, March 23rd at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date:Monday 23rd March
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS


    A new case for Detective Lorimer

    When the body of a red-haired young man is washed up on the shore of the beautiful Isle of Mull, Detective Superintendent Lorimer's tranquil holiday away from the gritty streets of Glasgow is rudely interrupted. The body has been bound with twine in a ghoulishly unnatural position and strongly reminds Lorimer of another murder: a twenty year old Glasgow case that he failed to solve as a newly fledged detective constable and which has haunted him ever since. As local cop DI Stevie Crozier takes charge of the island murder investigation, Lorimer tries to avoid stepping on her toes. But as the similarities between the young man's death and his cold case grow more obvious, Lorimer realises that there could be a serial killer on the loose after all these years. As Keep the Midnight Out switches dramatically between the Mull murder and the Glasgow cold case two decades earlier, DC Lorimer tries desperately to catch a cold-hearted killer. Has someone got away with murder for decades?

    About the author...
    Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. She has worked as a folk singer and an English teacher. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing. Her first crime novel Never Somewhere Else was a bestseller on publication in 2002, and since then she has published almost one a year, with Keep The Midnight completing her first dozen.

    Event Info...
    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.

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    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...
    HELEN GRANT: Urban Legends

    Tuesday, March 24th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Tuesday 24th March
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of the final installment in the Forbidden Spaces Trilogy!

    A group of story-tellers are disappearing one by one. A young woman is haunted by her past. A serial killer has one target he is desperate to hunt down. Veerle is trying to lie low, to live as 'normal' a life as she possibly can. But when you've thwarted a serial killer, it's hard to do this. Especially when he wants revenge...

    About the Author...
    Helen Grant is a highly acclaimed YA author. Her debut novel attracted praise from critics and readers alike and was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Born in London in 1964, Helen showed an early leaning towards the arts after being told off for writing stories under the desk during maths lessons. She went on to read Classics at St Hugh's College, Oxford, and then worked in marketing for ten years to fund her love of travelling before returning to writing. She now lives in the Scottish Highlands.

    Event Info...
    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.

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    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...
    KAREN CAMPBELL: Rise

    Wednesday, March 25th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 24th of March
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of Karen Campbell’s new novel Rise.

    Justine is running for her life. Escaping a city and a man who between them have almost broken her she heads north to the mountains and the valleys of the Highlands. She is looking for somewhere to hide.

    Michael and Hannah are also running. With their two sons and their tattered marriage they have come to the village of Kilmacarra. They are looking for somewhere they can once again call home.

    In a place of standing stones - an ancient landscape in a country on the brink of change - a shocking accident causes their lives to intertwine. Tangled together in threads of guilt and love, with Scotland rushing towards a referendum and the community around them fracturing, each must question where they truly belong. And, as the ground beneath their feet begins to give up its secrets, and the darkness Justine fled grows close, each must also find a way to face their ghosts.

    About the Author...
    Karen Campbell is a graduate of Glasgow University's renowned Creative Writing Masters, and author of The Twilight Time, After the Fire, Shadowplay, Proof of Life and, most recently, This Is Where I Am, which was a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime. A former police officer, and council PR, Karen Campbell won the Best New Scottish Writer Award in 2009. She lives in Galloway, Scotland.

    Praise for the book...
    “Engrossing, entertaining and thoroughly readable ... It is a page-turner but Karen also demonstrates her acute eye for detail and for profound observation in just a phrase or a sentence. On the strength of Rise I will certainly be going to the backlist”
    James Robertson

    Event Info...
    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.

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    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...
    DAVID TORRANCE: Nicola Sturgeon - A Political Life

    Thursday, March 26th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 25th March
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    After his biography of former First Minister Alex Salmond, journalist and political commentator David Torrance now takes a look at his successor, Nicola Sturgeon.

    Born in Irvine in 1970 Nicola Sturgeon joined the SNP aged only 16 and devoted her teenage years to Glasgow University’s Scottish Nationalist Association, after graduating in law she worked as a solicitor at the Drumchapel Law Centre in Glasgow.

    Sturgeon became the party’s Youth Affairs Vice Convener and Publicity Vice Convener and first stood for Parliament at the 1992 general election – Scotland’s youngest parliamentary candidate. In 1997 she contested Glasgow Govan, an urban working-class constituency that was to form the nucleus of her political career thereafter. Only in 2007 did Sturgeon manage to win the constituency from Labour, having secured a place in the Scottish Parliament via the Glasgow list in 1999 and 2003. Self-evidently a rising star within the SNP, she stood aside as a leadership candidate in 2004 to become Alex Salmond’s running mate, quickly establishing herself as the party’s leader at Holyrood. When the SNP formed its first (minority) administration in 2007 Sturgeon became Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, and swiftly became one of the Scottish Government’s most successful ministers. Her reputation for efficiency and shrewd political judgement grew even more during the referendum negotiations of 2012 and the subsequent independence campaign.

    By the time Alex Salmond resigned as First Minister and SNP leader in the wake of a No vote Sturgeon was viewed as his inevitable successor. Ten years earlier she’d been perceived as what some called a ‘nippy sweetie’, a street-fighting Glaswegian politician lacking Salmond’s broad populist appeal. But in the intervening period she had softened her image and even begun to outstrip her mentor and boss in terms of voter approval.

    About the Author...
    David Torrance was born and brought up in Edinburgh and educated at Leith Academy, Aberdeen University and Cardiff University’s School of Journalism. He was formerly political reporter for STV and is now a freelance writer, journalist and broadcaster. He lives in London.

    Event Info...
    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.

    Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite

    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