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  • 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...
    The Monthly Book Quiz

    Monday, July 6th at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 6tht 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...
    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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH
    ADULT BOOK GROUP

    Monday, July 20th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Date: Monday 20th 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!

    Our current book is East of Eden by John Steinbeck What is the book about?
    Set in the rich farmland of the Salinas Valley, California, this powerful, often brutal novel, follows the interwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations hopelessly re-enact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of indentity; the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence.

    Future meetings...
    On Monday 17th 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...
    CHRIS CLOSE: BETWEEN THE LINES - AUTHOR PORTRAITS

    Thursday, July 23rd at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 23rd of July
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    In 2009 photographer Chris Close took an idea to the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He wanted to photograph a selection of authors appearing that year and produce a ‘live’ exhibition of the work. The portraits of the authors would be captured one day and on display the next. Some logistical problems were overcome and at 5.30pm on August 15th 2009 Emmanuel Jal, a former Sudanese child soldier, now musician and author was the first person Chris photographed in what has become an annual exhibition and believed to be the only one of its kind. Photographs of Alexander McCall Smith, Martin Amis, Ben Okri, Kate Moss, A.L. Kennedy, Alasdair Gray, Will Fiennes and many more.

    About the Author…
    Chris Close hails from St. Andrews; famed for its golf, university, biting winds and historical connections to the early days of photography where Hill and Adamson took many of their pioneering images. He studied in London and returned north, first to Glasgow then Edinburgh setting up as a commercial photographer in the mid 90’s and working from his studios in London and Edinburgh for a variety of blue chip companies. Chris’ work has taken him from the Seychelles to Greenland, North and South America, Asia, the Middle East and Continental Europe. He began shooting landscapes enjoying the freedom of large spaces but soon moved to portraiture and in 2009 took the idea of a ‘live’ portrait exhibition to the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He was a former Scottish chairman of the Association of Photographers and is one of the founding members of Retina – Scotland’s annual Festival of Photography.

    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...
    DOUGLAS WATT: PILGRIM OF SLAUGHTER

    Wednesday, July 29th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 28th of July
    Time: 6.30pm
    Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us for the launch of Pilgrim to Slaughter, the much awaited new novel by Edinburgh author Douglas Watt, which continues the adventures of Gaelic speaking Edinburgh lawyer, and his side-kick Davie Scougall.

    About the Book…
    On the eve of the Glorious Revolution of 1688, a series of gory murders are discovered by investigative advocate John MacKenzie and his assistant Davie Scougall. Drawn into a world of Papist plots, Presbyterian secret societies and religious and political upheaval, the pair follow a trail of clues left by a murderous, self-proclaimed ‘Messenger of God’.

    About the Author…
    Douglas Watt was born in Edinburgh in 1965. He has a PhD in Scottish History from Edinburgh University and is the author of the Price of Scotland, a history of Scotland's Darien Disaster, which won the Hume Brown Senior Prize in Scottish History in 2008. His first historical novel Death of a Chief, the first of a sequence of thrillers set in late 17th century Scotland, was published in 2009.

    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

    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...
    RON BUTLIN - THE MAGICIANS OF SCOTLAND

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

    Join us to celebrate the publication of The Magicians of Scotland, the much awaited new collection of the former Edinburgh Makar Ron Butlin, and follow-up to his acclaimed The Magicians of Edinburgh. .

    About the Book…
    Just as The Magicians of Edinburgh's themes ranged from Sir Walter Scott to the new Parliament, from Greyfriar's Bobby to the trams, the themes of the new collection will include Scotland's past, present and future, its landscape and people, its myths and politics - from Bannockburn, Flodden to Faslane, the Loch Ness Monster, wind farms, Hutton to Higgs, Bonnie Prince Charlie to Donald Trump.

    About the Author…
    Ron Butlin is a poet, playwright, novelist, short story writer and opera librettist whose works have been broadcast in the UK and abroad and have been translated into many languages. His volumes of poetry include the award-winning Ragtime in Unfamiliar Bars and Histories of Desire. His New and Selected Poems was published by Barzan in 2005. His novels include the novels The Sound of My Voice (winner of the Prix Mille Pages 2004 and Prix Lucioles 2005, both for Best Foreign Novel), Night Visits, Belonging and most recently Ghost Moon. He was appointed Edinburgh Makar in May 2008, a post he held until 2014.

    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