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    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

    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

    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

    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


    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