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

    Monday, June 1st at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 1st of June
    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...
    Kristina Taylor: Women Garden Designers

    Wednesday, June 3rd at 18:30 - 20:00

    Date: Wednesday 3rd June
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of Kristina Taylor's new book Women Garden Designers, which offers a fascinating – and fully illustrated – look at women's contribution to garden design around the world.

    In her new book Kristina Taylor presents twenty-seven of the most important and influential women garden designers and their gardens from around the world, showing both their finest commissions as well as the gardens they designed for themselves, in their own space. Women Garden Designers examines their influences and their legacy to garden design. Beginning with the remarkable Gertrude Jekyll and Beatrix Farrand, who were working simultaneously, though on different sides of the Atlantic, the book then moves on into the 20th century, featuring international designers as diverse as Florence Yoch - who created gardens for film sets and for glamorous Hollywood homes - and Vita Sackville-West - whose regular gardening column in the Observer, along with her own garden at Sissinghurst, influenced those in Britain. In Australia, Edna Walling supplemented her income from her practice with regular articles in life-style magazines. Increasingly with picture-led articles, designers found a way to publicise and advertise their work, thus gaining new clients in emancipated women who were in a position to place their own commissions.

    Women designers were more likely and quicker to embrace the ecological garden movement particularly in Germany and Sweden in the middle of the 20th century. They are represented by Herta Hammerbacher and Rosemary Weisse, who created the glorious perennial plantings in Munich's West Park and Ulla Bodorff in Sweden, as well as Isabelle Greene in California with her dry native plantings. The modern movement includes Monica Gora and Topher Delaney, for whom spirituality and landscape as works of art are important. The more conventional structured approach is represented by Penelope Hobhouse and Rosemary Verey, who began creating gardens later in their lives, following motherhood. Haruko Seki from Japan and Isabel du Prat from Brazil express their own special cultural qualities in their trans-global practices.

    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 here

    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...
    New Poetry with Ryan van Winkle and Matthew Siegel

    Thursday, June 4th at 18:30 - 20:00

    Date: Thursday 4th June
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell's is delighted to welcome poets Ryan Van Winkle and Matthew Siegel to celebrate the launch of their new collections.

    In his atmospheric second collection, The Good Dark, Ryan Van Winkle charts loves won and loves lost. A lyric voice that is both familiar and strangely different leads us through the shifting forests of memory and towards a grim acknowledgement of the obligation to get up, to be careful, to move.The Good Dark includes poems from Van Winkle's acclaimed one-on-one poetry performance Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel (Edinburgh Fringe 2012) and cements his reputation as one of the most evocative poets writing today.

    Ryan Van Winkle is Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries following a three-year run as the first Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library in 2008. He has interviewed many contemporary poets for the Scottish Poetry Library’s poetry podcast. His critically praised first collection, Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, was published by Salt in 2010 and won the Crashaw Prize. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, AGNI, Poetry New Zealand, Gutter, Poetry Scotland, New Writing Scotland, The Prairie Schooner, Scotland on Sunday, Northwords Now, and in Carcanet’s 2010 Oxford Anthology of New Poets. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2012.

    Finally published in the UK, Matthew Siegel's debut collection Blood Work reveals what happens to the self when the body is compromised by illness. His poems explore the struggle to remain whole in the shadow of Crohn's disease and to make a home for oneself in the body and in the world.

    Matthew Siegel is a poet and essayist living in San Francisco, USA. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, USA and his works have appeared in Indiana Review, The Rumpus, Tusculum Review, and Southern Humanities Review. He won the renowned Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, which led to the publication of Blood Work.

    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 here

    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
    Teenage Book Group

    Sunday, June 7th at 14:00 - 15:00
    Date: Sunday 7th of June
    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 The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie.

    About the book...
    In that place where you're more asleep than awake any more, I hear something else. A phrase uttered in a child's voice, no more than a whisper: Night Night. Something freaky's going on with Sunshine's new house ...there's the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mum believes her. Sunshine's always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort ...If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can't help them? As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams, Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is, face the test before her and save her mother from a fate worse than death.

    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, June 8th at 18:00 - 19:00
    Date: Monday 8th of June
    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 The Hobbit by JRRR Tolkien

    What is the book about?
    The Hobbit is the unforgettable story of Bilbo, a peace-loving hobbit, who embarks on a strange and magical adventure. A timeless classic. Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services - as a burglar - on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon. Bilbo's life is never to be the same again. Seldom has any book been so widely read and loved as J. R.R. Tolkien's classic tale, 'The Hobbit'. Since its first publication in 1937 it has remained in print to delight each new generation of readers all over the world, and its hero, Bilbo Baggins, has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals of fiction.

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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    ADULT BOOK GROUP

    Monday, June 15th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Monday 15th of June
    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 The Blue Afternoon by William Boyd What is the book about?

    Future meetings...
    Our book for Monday 20th July book is East of Eden by John Steinbeck and in August we are reading Ian McEwan's The Children Act

    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...
    CHARLES STROSS – The Annihilation Score

    Wednesday, July 1st at 18:30 - 19:45
    Date: Wednesday 1st of July
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us for the launch of Charles Stross's excellent new book in the Laundry File series, The Annihilation Score .

    About the Book…
    NOBODY DOES IT BETTER ...Dr Mo O'Brien is an intelligence agent at the top secret government agency known as 'the Laundry'. When occult powers threaten the realm, they'll be there to clean up the mess and deal with the witnesses. But the Laundry is recovering from a devastating attack and when average citizens all over the country start to develop supernatural powers, the police are called in to help. Mo is appointed as official police liaison, but in between dealing with police bureaucracy, superpowered members of the public and disgruntled politicians, Mo discovers to her horror that she can no longer rely on her marriage, nor on the weapon that has been at her side for eight years of undercover work, the possessed violin known as 'Lecter'. If this wasn't bad enough, a mysterious figure known as Dr Freudstein is committing heists and sending increasingly threatening messages to the police. Who is Freudstein and what is he planning?

    About the Author…
    Charles Stross is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The author of six Hugo-nominated novels and winner of the 2005, 2010, and 2014 Hugo awards for best novella, he has won numerous other awards and been translated into at least 12 other languages.

    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 Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8239 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    SARA PARETSKY – Brush Back

    Monday, July 13th at 18:30 - 19:45
    Date: Monday 13th of July
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell's Bookshop is delighted to welcome best-selling crime author Sara Paretsky in-store to talk about her latest V. I. Warshawski novel, Brush Back.

    About the Book…
    Twenty-five years ago, Stella Guzzo beat her daughter to death and then walked up the street to play bingo at her parish church.

    Chicago detective V.I. Warshawski grew up with the Guzzo family, even dating Stella's son Frank when they were teenagers. She knew Stella's murderous rages first-hand and was relieved when a judge sent Stella to prison for a long stretch.

    About the Author…
    Sara Paretsky is the author of twenty books, including seventeen V.I. Warshawski novels. She was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and is the winner of many awards, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers' Association and the CWA Gold Dagger for Blacklist.

    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 Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8239 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk