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    The Monthly Book Quiz

    Monday, January 5th at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 5th of January 2015
    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 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, January 11th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 14th of December
    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 Marcus Sedgewick'sForeshadowing.

    About the book...
    It is 1915. Seventeen-year-old Sasha Fox is the privileged only daughter of a respected doctor living in the wealthy seaside town of Brighton. But her brothers, Edgar and Tom, have gone to war and Sasha has a terrible gift. She can see the future. Her premonitions show her untold horrors on the battlefields of the Somme, and worse still, what will happen to Edgar and Tom. Like the prophetess Cassandra, who foretold the tragedies of Troy, Sasha is trapped by power. No one will believe her. Her family have lost faith in her. She is determined to win them back, whatever the price. And it is a high one - seeing the future is a fate almost too awful to contemplate - for who wants to see the end of their own story...? Stylishly written in his familiar, poetic prose the story is that of a world full of threat and a child in jeopardy - but with a heroine resourceful enough to try to change the path of Fate. Special World War One anniversary edition containing brand new bonus material.

    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


    Monday, January 19th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Monday 19th January
    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 Donna Tartt'sThe Secret History.

    What is the book about?

    Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and for ever..

    Future meetings...
    In February we are discussing Eleanor Updale's The Last Minute and in March we are reading Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons 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

    Sue Lieberman - After Genocide: How Ordinary Jews Face The Holocaust

    Wednesday, January 21st at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Wednesday 21st of January
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    How does a people – in this case, the worldwide Jewish community – deal with the emotional impact of their attempted genocide?

    After Genocide explores the neglected world of "ordinary Jews": Jews who have no direct family lineage to the Holocaust but who nevertheless are deeply affected by its memory.

    Drawing from interviews with Jews from across the age spectrum, After Genocide focuses on the complex psychological legacy for a community of such a devastating history. Is it, as many commentators think, a "collective trauma"? How is a community detached in space and time traumatised by an event which neither they nor their immediate ancestors experienced?

    Ordinary Jews’ own words bring to life a narrative which looks at how commonly-recognised attributes of trauma are integral to Jewish reactions to the Holocaust. The final two chapters consider how such painful feelings shape two central questions derived from the Holocaust: how the Jewish diaspora relates to Israel; and how a community traumatised however indirectly might free itself from the burden of a heavy past.

    After Genocide opens up a neglected dimension of the post-Holocaust legacy. Written for both lay and professional audiences, readers will see powerful feelings reflected and explored in ways which are deeply moving. In addressing the question of what constitutes collective trauma, it will speak to many communities with comparable collective histories. It is a book that many will want to read.

    Sue Lieberman grew up in London in an "ordinary Jewish" family. She studied history at Bristol University and social administration at York. Her first career in community work led her to work at the policy interface between voluntary organisations and government. In 1988 she began training in psychotherapy, and is qualified as a Group Analytic psychotherapist. She describes the practice of psychotherapy as an endlessly fascinating journey into the human unconscious, and psychodynamic theory as a uniquely rich source of insight and inspiration. She lives in Edinburgh.

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

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