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  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    WRITERS AT THE FRINGE

    Thursday, August 21st at 17:45 - 19:45
    Date: 21st & 28th of August
    Time: 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Now in its seventh year, Blackwell's Writers at the Fringe brings you once again 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 New and unpublished works of literary art stands alongside established novelists, with any and all genres free to be expressed - from Scots poetry to cutting edge drama, from folk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 line-up

    Thursday 21st August

    Sara Sheridan

    Jake Walker Curley

    Jim Hall

    Nicola White

    Matthew Zajac

    Thursday 28th August

    Zoe Venditozzi

    Jonathan Falla

    Victoria Hendry

    Lisa Tuttle

    Louise Welsh

    These events are ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8218 or from the The Fringe Box Office.

    For more information or if you would like a signed copies of any of the books please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    CATRIONA CHILD:
    Swim Until You Can’t See Land

    Tuesday, August 26th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Date: Tuesday 26th of August
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of the much awaited second novel by Catriona Child.

    Swim Until You Can't See Land charts the relationship between two women born sixty years apart, whose chance encounter marks a watershed for the younger woman.

    In her early twenties, Hannah Wright is forced to give up a promising career as a professional swimmer, and is adjusting with difficulty to her narrowed horizons. She is in danger of becoming embittered, haunted by a lost future. Facing an empty future, she meets Marièle, and is astonished to learn of her courage as a ww2 agent in occupied France. Mariele may now be frail and old, but as her exploits during WW2 unfold, she is revealed as a woman of extraordinary spirit, unbroken by capture and interrogation as an agent in occupied France. Hannah's delight in the medium of water and the rhythms of swimming are set in dramatic counterpoint to Mariele's of torture by water, an ordeal that puts her in touch with her core strength - something Hannah starts to discover in herself.

    About the Author...
    Once a competitive swimmer and sister of Eilidh Child, who won a silver medal for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games, Catriona understands the amazing highs and devastating lows of professional sport. Catriona gained a degree in English from Aberdeen University before completing an MA in creative writing at Lancaster University. She won the Sunday Herald Blog competition and was shortlisted for the National Library of Scotland/The Scotsman Crime short story competition. Catriona has also been published in the magazine 'Northwords Now' and reached the long list for the BBC radio short story broadcast. She has had short stories published in two anthologies of the 5 photo story competition. She now lives and writes in Edinburgh.

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

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    New Writing Scotland

    Wednesday, August 27th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 27th August
    Time: 6.00pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of the latest volume of New Writing Scotland, edited by Gerry Cambridge and Zoë Strachan.

    New Writing Scotland 32: Songs of Other Places is the latest collection of excellent contemporary literature, drawn from a wide cross-section of Scottish culture and society, and includes new work from more than forty authors – some award-winning and internationally renowned, and some just beginning their careers.

    Contributors in the most recent volume are Claire Askew, Ron Butlin, Alison Flett, Brian Johnstone, Kevin MacNeil, Helen Sedgwick, Hamish Whyte and many, many more.

    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 established writers, and lists many of the leading literary lights of Scotland among its past (and present) contributors.

    These events are ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell's, 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 events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Galloway Consort

    Sunday, August 31st at 14:00 - 17:00
    Date: Sunday 31st August
    Time: 2pm and 4pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us for an afternoon of music in celebration of the launch of The Rose Consort of Viols new CD ’'Serenissima’ Music from Renaissance Europe on Venetian Viols - Delphian Records.

    Richard Jones will be speaking about the viols and the making of them and his own renaissance music group - The Galloway Consort - will give a short recital on viols and other renaissance instruments to publicise the CD release.

    All the the instruments on the recording were made by Richard Jones, who will bring several viols to demonstrate their particular sound colour. The Galloway Consort will also play a short programme of 16th century music from France and Italy.

    • Adriana Skaraas - soprano
    • Richard Jones - viol and renaissance guitar
    • Vivien Jones - viols and recorders
    • Eric Thomas - lute and viol

    This events is FREE and no tickets are required.

    For more information please contact our Music Department on 0131 622 8229 or music.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

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

    Monday, September 1st at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 1st of September
    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 a taster of the quiz follow us on twitter @BlackwellEdin and take part in our daily #InvisiBooks quiz.

    For further information please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8216 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    CHARLAINE HARRIS: Midnight Crossroad

    Wednesday, September 3rd at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 3rd of September
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Come and meet Charlaine Harris, Queen of Dark Fantasy, celebrated mystery writer and of course author of the hugely successful SOOKIE STACKHOUSE novels, which were made into HBO's Golden Globe award winning series TRUE BLOOD.

    Her latest novel (and first in a new trilogy), Midnight Crossroad , is an edge-of-your-seat page-turner and a perfect example of what she does best: chilling small town murder mysteries with a jaw-dropping twist.

    'Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It's a pretty standard dried-up western town. There's a pawnshop (where someone lives in the basement and runs the store during the night). There's a diner (although those folk who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there's new resident: Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he's found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

    This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available 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 to order a signed copy please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8229 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Children’s Book Group

    Monday, September 8th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Monday 8th of September
    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 and chat!

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

    We are currently reading Lauren Child's look Into My Eyes.

    What is the book about?

    Here's the low-down on Ruby Redfort: she's a genius code-cracker, a daring detective, and a gadget-laden special agent who just happens to be a thirteen-year-old girl. She and her slick sidekick butler, Hitch, foil crimes and get into loads of scrapes with evil villains, but they're always ice-cool in a crisis. In this first book, we go right back to Ruby's beginnings as an agent. When an anonymous caller sets Ruby a challenge, it's not long before she finds her way into the HQ of the most secret of secret agencies - SPECTRUM. They need her help to crack a code but her desk job soon spirals into an all-out action adventure, as Ruby uncovers the dastardly plans of the formidable Fool's Gold Gang...

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    Teenage Book Group

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

    We are currently reading Paul Dowswell’s The Red Shadow.

    Russia, 1940. Fifteen-year-old Misha's life is about to transform when his father is offered a job in Stalin's inner circle. They move into a luxurious apartment in the Kremlin, but doubts about the glorious new Russia quickly surface. Misha realises that the secret police can do whatever they like. His own mother is arrested and sent to prison, but Misha and his father daren't complain.

    Then as German troops advance on Moscow, the atmosphere in the Kremlin ignites. Misha and a friend find themselves at the heart of a battle against the mighty state in this powerful evocation of one of the most turbulent places and periods of the 20th century, told by a master storyteller.

    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

  • THE BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    ADULT BOOK GROUP

    Monday, September 15th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: 15th of September
    Time: 6pm
    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: Laurent Binet's HHhH.

    What is the book about?

    Two men have been enlisted to kill the head of the Gestapo. This is Operation Anthropoid, Prague, 1942: two Czechoslovakian parachutists sent on a daring mission by London to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich - chief of the Nazi secret services, 'the hangman of Prague', 'the blond beast', 'the most dangerous man in the Third Reich'. His boss is Heinrich Himmler but everyone in the SS says 'Himmler's brain is called Heydrich', which in German spells "HHhH". All the characters in "HHhH" are real. All the events depicted are true. But alongside the nerve-shredding preparations for the attack runs another story: when you are a novelist writing about real people, how do you resist the temptation to make things up? "HHhH" is a panorama of the Third Reich told through the life of one outstandingly brutal man, a story of unbearable heroism and loyalty, revenge and betrayal. It is improbably entertaining and electrifyingly modern, a moving and shattering work of fiction.

    In October we are discussing The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud and in November The Little Strangers by Sarah Waters.

    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