BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...Thursday, August 25th at 17:45 - 20:00
WRITERS AT THE FRINGEDate: Every Thursday in August
Time: 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start
Venue: Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS
Now in its ninth year, Blackwell's Writers at the Fringe once again brings you 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 New and unpublished works of literary art stands alongside established novelists, with any and all genres free to be expressed - from Scots poetry to cutting edge drama, from folk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 2016 line-up
These events are ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8229 or from the Fringe Box Office. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite
For more information or if you would like a signed copies of any of the books please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8237 or email@example.com
Seraphina Madsen's Dodge and Burn Manchester book launchThursday, August 25th at 18:30 - 20:30A Blackwell's Manchester event.
"We were told that our mother’s life was terminated by killer bees while vacationing in San Marcos, Mexico with Dr Vargas at his family home."
We're delighted to launch Seraphina Madsen's Dodge and Burn, an exciting, iconoclastic debut novel from a remarkable new voice on the brilliant indie press Dodo Ink.
Taking in Mexico, Las Vegas, and the underground rave scene, Dodge and Burn is a psychedelic road trip recounted in beautifully crafted prose that pulses with frenetic energy.
Seraphina will be joined by Anthony Trevelyan, author of The Weightless World, and the Saboteur Awards-shortlisted author of Treats, Lara Williams.
Where: Blackwell's bookshop, Manchester
When: 25 August 2016 6.30pm
Entry: free, no booking required. BYOB.
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Fiction Book Club at Blackwell's High HolbornTuesday, August 30th at 18:30Join us for the second meeting of our fiction bookclub where we’ll be talking about Anthony Doerr’s fantastic All The Light We Cannot See – it’s completely free (bring your own bottle) and we’re always thrilled to meet new members.
So if chilled book chat is your thing, this is the book group for you! Plus, we’ll give you a discount off the book for the next month’s group.
Let us know you’re coming…
BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...Wednesday, August 31st at 18:00 - 20:00
New Writing Scotland 34: Talking About LobstersDate: Wednesday 31st August
Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS
Join us to celebrate the best of new Scottish Writing in this year's anthology edited by literary stalwarts Gerry Cambridge and Diana Hendry.
This year's volume includes work by Regi Claire, Lesley Glaister, Andrew Greig, Catherine Simpson, James Spence and 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 establishes writers, and lists many of the leading literary lights of Scotland amongst its past (and present) contributors.
This event is FREE but ticketed. Tickets are available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here
Ed Yong at The Royal InstitutionThursday, September 1st at 19:00 - 20:30Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes. It’s an entire world, a colony full of life, a thriving ecosystem. These microscopic companions sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour, and bombard us with their genes. They also hold the key to understanding all life on earth.
Join chair Adam Rutherford and science writer Ed Yong to learn how bacteria can alter our response to cancer-fighting drugs, tune our immune system, influence our evolution, and even modify our genetic make-up. This event will be followed by a bookstall with Blackwell's High Holborn where copies of Ed Yong's latest book I Contain Multitudes will be available.
Click here to buy tickets from The Royal Institution.
Saturday, September 3rd at 11:00 - 12:00
BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND OXFORDSHIRE LIBRARIES PRESENTS: Harry Sidebottom Fire & SwordAs part of the Oxfordshire Libraries 'A Midsummer Night's Read' Adult Reading Challenge 2016, author Harry Sidebottom will be discussing his Throne of Caesar series at Summertown Library. The Throne of the Caesars series is set in third century Rome; a dramatic era of murder, coup, counter-rebellions and civil war. Filled with intrigue, betrayal and bloody battle, 'Fire & Sword', the latest and final part to the trilogy, creates a magnificent world built on brutality and political games, where no one is safe from retribution – not even those who dare to rule. Tickets for the event are free but limited, please contact the library directly 01865 558290 or email email@example.com . Summertown Library South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7JN.
BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...Monday, September 5th at 18:00 - 19:15
The Monthly Book QuizDate: Monday 5th 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 further information please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8237 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, September 6th at 17:30 - 18:30
BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND OXFORDSHIRE LIBRARIES PRESENTS: Francesca Kay The Long RoomAs part of the Oxfordshire Libraries 'A Midsummer Night's Read' Adult Reading Challenge 2016, author Francesca Kay will be discussing her novel 'The Long Room'. This is December 1981. Bombs are exploding, a cold war is being waged, another war is just over the horizon and the nation is transfixed by weekly instalments of Brideshead Revisited. Dangerously in love, and lonely, Stephen sets himself up for a vertiginous fall that will forever change his life. As beautiful as it is intense, The Long Room is the dazzling new novel from an award-winning writer. With her mastery of the perfect detail, Francesca Kay explores a mind under pressure and the compelling power of imagination. Tickets for the event are free but limited, please contact the library directly on 01865 777494 or email email@example.com . Cowley Library, Temple Road, Cowley, OX4 2EZ.
Workstorming at Blackwell's High Holborn with Rob Kendall - The Conversation ExpertThursday, September 8th at 18:30A huge portion of our working day is devoted to conversation, whether person to person, over the phone, or via email. Despite this, much of the talking we do can leave us feeling unheard, bogged down in trivial disputes, or as if we are going in circles. In his new book Workstorming, Rob Kendall roots out the typical warning signs that indicate a conversation is about to go wrong, and explains how to change the way you speak and listen to achieve positive outcomes at work.
Blackwell's are excited to be joined by Rob in the shop to celebrate this latest publication, for a talk and Q&A session all about the importance of conversations. Rob has worked with over 70 organisations across 5 continents. He is also a Non-Executive Director of BAFTA and EMMY winning visual effects company Jellyfish Pictures.
Tickets are £3 and can be booked here.
Thursday, September 8th at 19:00 - 21:00
BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Late night shopping in aid of the Oxford Preservation TrustBlackwell's Oxford presents a fundraising evening in aid of the Oxford Preservation Trust. Join us for a night of exclusive late night shopping and find out more about The Oxford Preservation Trust and its aim to preserve and enhance, for the benefit of the public, the amenities of the city of Oxford and its surroundings. Take an evening tour of the shop, see the old Gaffer's Office which is usually closed to the public, make the most of a personal shopping service provided by Blackwell's expert booksellers or simply take this rare opportunity to browse the bookshop after hours and meet like-minded people who share in your passion for our beautiful city and its history. The evening is free to attend and no registration is needed. As a one-off the bookshop will be open from 7pm until 9pm. 15% of all book sales will be going to support the work of the Oxford Preservation Trust. We hope to see you there!
Friday, September 9th at 18:30 - 19:30
BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Blackwell's Teen Fiction Reading GroupLike to read Teen Fiction? Want to discuss books with others who love reading? We are always looking to welcome new members to our Teen Fiction Reading Group, which meets on the second Friday of every month at 6:30pm. Our Teen Fiction Reading Group has been running for over five years in the bookshop and during that time we had read a great selection of teen fiction. This month we will be discussing 'The Girl of Ink and Stars' by Kiran Milwood-Hargrave. For full information on the group and our past reads, please visit our website. If you would like to join the group, get in touch and let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, September 10th at 11:00 - 12:00
BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshop Nigel Warburton and Marcus du SautoyIs it possible that we will one day know everything? Or are there fields of research that will always lie beyond the bounds of human comprehension? On Saturday 10th September we will be hosting our next "Philosophy in the Bookshop" event, where Nigel Warburton interviews a fellow author on a range of thought provoking topics. This month, Nigel Warburton and Marcus du Sautoy will be discussing the concept of Marcus' latest book "What We Cannot Know", where he investigates how leading experts in fields from quantum physics and cosmology, to sensory perception and neuroscience, have articulated the current lie of the land. This event is free to attend and registration is not needed. The talk will be taking place in the Philosophy Department located in the Norrington Room. For all enquiries please email email@example.com
BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH BOOK GROUPMonday, September 12th at 18:00 - 19:30Date: Monday 12th of September
Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh
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!
we are reading New Zealand classic The Book of the Film of the Story of My Life by William Brandt
What is the book about?
Frederick Case is a 42-year-old New Zealand film-maker failing in London. He's separated from his wife, Sophie Carlisle, an actress who has run off with super-stud actor Matt Chalmers, her co-star in the smash hit movie Shag City. To make matters worse Sophie is pregnant. When Frederick is invited to fly out to the film world's party of the year on the remote Pacific island of Makulalanana, knowing that Sophie and Matt will be there, he hires 'Miss Melissa', a hooker, to play the part of his gorgeous new girlfriend. On meeting Sophie again, Frederick is convinced that the baby must be his. He pays Melissa to seduce Matt...
We offer 10% discount on the current book to Book Group members.
So join today! Just email your name and address details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Blackwell's Book Quiz 3: What We Quiz About When We Quiz About QuizzingTuesday, September 13th at 18:30 - 20:30A Blackwell's Manchester event.
Manchester, do you know RR Tolkien from your RR Martin? Is jest *actually infinite? Who is the bestselling Ian?
In the thrilling third installment of this AMAZING BOOK QUIZ, Blackwell's Manchester will cover bestsellers, bad sellers, prize winners and page turners. We'll be scrawling strange things in marker pen and confusing you with booky brain teasers.
You don't have to be a literary expert to be in with a chance of winning FREE BOOKS and BOOK VOUCHERS. In fact, this might just get rather silly. It would be great if you could BRING YOUR OWN BOOZE - we'll get some soft drinks in.
This takes place in the brand new Blackwell's bookshop just a minute's walk off Oxford Road (down the side of the precinct centre building works). Entry is £1. Oh and the maximum team size is five.
Where: Blackwell's bookshop, Manchester
When: 13 September 2016 6.30pm
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Tuesday, September 13th at 19:00 - 20:00
BLACKWELLS OXFORD PRESENTS: Samuel Shem At the Heart of the UniverseSamuel Shem, author of bestselling novel The House of God will be joining us to discuss his latest novel At the Heart of the Universe. Samuel Shem's 'At the Heart of the Universe' is an epic novel set deep in rural China against the backdrop of an ancient mountain monastery during the time of Mao's one-child population control policies. “At the Heart of the Universe tells a moving story that is full of understanding, intimacy, and psychological intensity. In the context of a harrowing adventure in contemporary China, this large-hearted novel reaffirms the necessity of empathy, self-discovery, and love.” - Ha Jin, author of Waiting and A Map of Betrayal Tickets for this event cost £5. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit the customer service department in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623.
Heffers Presents: A Passion for Butterflies with Ian LoeThursday, September 15th at 18:30 - 20:00On 15th September at 6.30pm, join nature illustrator Ian Loe at Heffers as he gives a talk based around his book, A Passion for Butterflies: The Life and Travels of a Butterfly Artist. This book is first and foremost a book about butterflies, beautiful butterflies and a few equally beautiful moths. It is a celebration in picture form of just some of those butterflies and serves as an introduction to the places where they may be found.....It also serves as one man's personal tribute to the consummate beauty and elegance of butterflies expressed through the medium of pencil and paint. The result included here is a collection of over 100 illustrations whose quality of finish has rarely been surpassed. In addition, the author shares his childhood memories with butterflies and includes a fascinating account of his later life and travels in their pursuit. Sadly, as Professor Sir Ghillean Prance says in his Forward, 'so many of these creatures are becoming rare as we do so much to destroy their habitat'. This book, through the many fine paintings shows us just how precious these wonderful insects are and how the world would be a poorer place if we were to lose them.
Ian Stewart at The Royal InstitutionThursday, September 15th at 19:00 - 20:30Mathematics has been the driving force in astronomy and cosmology since the ancient Babylonians, from Kepler’s influence on Newton to Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, which was inspired by irregularities in the motion of Mars. Introduced by mathematician Hannah Fry, former Christmas Lecturer Ian Stewart will be your guide to the maths of the Universe.
This event will be followed by a bookstall with Blackwell's High Holborn where copies of Ian Stewart's latest book Calculating the Cosmos will be available.
Click here to buy tickets from The Royal Institution.
Saturday, September 17th at 11:00 - 12:00
BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshop Nigel Warburton and Anthony GottliebWe are hosting a special extra session of Philosophy in the Bookshop this month, featuring Nigel Warbuton interviewing fellow philosopher Anthony Gottlieb. The event will be a discussion around the topic of Anthony's latest book, "The Dream of Enlightenment", his sequel to "The Dream of Reason". They will be exploring philosopher's such as Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, Hume, and Rousseau and how they remade Western philosophy in the wake of religious upheaval and the rise of Galilean science. This event is free to attend and registration is not needed. The talk will be taking place in the Philosophy Department located in the Norrington Room. For all enquiries please email email@example.com
BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGHSunday, September 18th at 14:00 - 15:00
Teenage Book GroupDate: Sunday 18th of September
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 Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
What is the book about?
Twylla has a gift - or a curse. She can kill with a single touch. Now she's the court executioner, compelled to do the queen's bidding - and marry the prince. But when she meets a rebellious guard, Twylla starts to question everything she's been told...
For our meeting on Sunday 9th October we are reading Sally Gardner's The Door That Led To Where
Membership of the book group gives you 10% off every book we read!
To join just email your details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blackwell's RBS Book Signing: DAMON HILL Watching the WheelsTuesday, September 20th at 12:00 - 13:30Formula 1 legend Damon Hill will be signing copies of his new autobiography Watching the Wheels on 20 September from 12noon to 1.30pm. Check again soon for more details. This event is not open to the general public.
Tuesday, September 20th at 19:00 - 21:00
BLACKWELL'S OXFORD SHORT STORIES ALOUD PRESENTS: Jenn Ashworth and Carys BrayShort Stories Aloud features guest authors who share with the audience a short story, performed by professional actors. Afterwards, Sarah Franklin, organiser and Senior Lecturer in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University, interviews each author about their latest novels and career in writing. This month Jenn Ashworth, author of 'Fell' and Carys Bray author of 'Museum of You' will be joining the group. Tickets for this brilliant evening of literary fun cost only £5 and can only be purchased on door on the evening of the event. Purchase Fell by Jenn Ashworth Purchase Museum of You by Carys Bray For any enquiries please email email@example.com or visit the groups twitter account @StoriesAloud.
Heffers Presents: 'Politics: Between the Extremes' with Nick CleggWednesday, September 21st at 19:00 - 21:00Join us for an evening with ex-Deputy Prime Minister/Leader of the Liberal Democrat party, Nick Clegg. In conversation with journalist and broadcaster Jackie Ashley, Nick will be talking about his time in politics, from his spectacular rise in the 2010 election, through his tumultuous years as Deputy Prime Minister, to a brutal defeat in 2015, and lifting the lid on the arcane world of Westminster and the hidden workings of power. Following the talk, Nick will be signing copies of his new book, Politics: Between the Extremes. This will be available to purchase on the night for the special event price of £14 (RRP £20). Heffers is hosting this event in the Palmerston Room in the Fisher Building at St John's College, Cambridge. Click the ticket link for more information.
New Scientist Live at ExCel LondonThursday, September 22nd at 11:00 TO Sunday, September 25th at 19:00We are very excited to be attending New Scientist Live at ExCel London in September, where science will be celebrated in four immersive zones; Brain & Body, Technology, Earth and Cosmos.
New Scientist Live is a festival of ideas and discovery. Rooted in the biggest, best and most provocative science, New Scientist Live will touch on all areas of human life. For four days this September, New Scientist Live will be like no other place on earth.
Blackwell's are proud to be a bookshop partner for this event, and will be showcasing authors books alongside all the best that science writing has to offer.
Tickets are still available for this fantastic event, and can be purchased here.
Thursday, September 22nd at 19:00 - 21:00
BLACKWELLS OXFORD and OXFORD GAMES PRESENTS: EX LIBRIS LIVE!Come and listen to Tim FitzHigham, Sydney Padua, Andrew Hunter Murray and Andy Robb, some of the UK’s wittiest wordsmiths, cross pens as they bluff and counter bluff in Ex Libris LIVE! the entertaining panel show adaptation of Ex Libris, the game of first lines and last words. While panelists set about writing fake but plausible opening or closing sentences to genuine books, the Ex Libris LIVE! host, broadcaster David Freeman, will interview, in turn, each contender discussing their recent work. Andrew Hunter Murray is a writer, performer and podcaster extraordinaire. He is QI’s literary Elf, writes for Private Eye, and co-hosts the award-winning podcast No Such Thing As A Fish. Tim FitzHigham is an award-winning British comedian, author and artist. He holds all manner of world records including one for rowing a bathtub across the English Channel, an escapade he writes about in All at Sea: One Man. One Bathtub. One Very Bad Idea. Sydney Padua is a graphic artist, animator and author of the amazing, award winning and mostly true graphic novel, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage. Andy Robb is an actor, a self-proclaimed uber geek and the author of the acclaimed children’s books, Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind, and Geekhood: Mission Improbable. Be prepared for a good deal of bluffing, entertaining chit-chat and outright literary sneakiness! Show starts at 7pm at Blackwell’s Oxford, for tickets please call 01865 333623. Tickets cost just £3.
BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: An afternoon with Randall Munroe, creator of xkcd and author of Thing Explainer and What If?Sunday, September 25th at 16:00 - 17:00We are delighted to present an afternoon with Randall Munroe, creator of the Hugo award-winning webcomic xkcd and author of 'Thing Explainer' and 'What If?' Randall will be discussing his two books. 'Thing Explainer' describes complex subjects using only the 1000 most commonly used words in the English language. Described by The Guardian as 'precise, to the point, and absolutely fascinating'.
'What If?" answers silly hypothetical questions with serious scientific analysis, and is hilarious and informative. The talk will include a Q&A session, and be followed by a signing. The signing will be available to all who have purchased the book bundle ticket, or can provide proof of Blackwell's purchase of the books. This event will be held in the Examination Schools. Tickets are £12 for entry, or £20 for entry with both books included in the price. For more information visit the shop or telephone customer services on 01865 333623.
Blackwell's RBS Book Signing: GILL MELLER GatherTuesday, September 27th at 00:00
Gill Meller will be signing copies of his book Gather at lunchtime on 27th September.
Gill is Group Head Chef at River Cottage, where he has worked closely with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for 11 years. He wrote the 14th River Cottage Handbook Pigs and Pork and contributed to many more River Cottage books. He is also a regular on the Channel 4 series.
Gather will be a celebration of seasonal British food, with each chapter focusing on ingredients from different environments, from moorland to garden, farm, field, seashore and orchard. 120 original recipes, focussing on simple cooking inspired by the changing landscapes.
"Gather is a collection of simple and simple delicious, seasonal recipes which I feel reflect the incredibly diverse output of the productive and beautiful landscapes that surround me through a culinary year" - Gill Meller.
You can watch Gill's Top Tips for Scrambled Eggs in this video.
If you are unable to attend and would like a signed copy of either book, please speak to a bookseller or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is open to RBS employees and contractors with access to Gogarburn. It is not open to the general public.
Wednesday, September 28th at 19:00 - 21:00
BLACKWELL'S OXFORD GROUP 2012 PRESENTS: Writing Feedback SessionGroup2012 is our monthly writers group, run in partnership with Cherry Mosteshar from The Oxford Editors. In this session meet fellow writers and take part in a critique workshop on a piece of your written work, giving the opportunity to offer and receive support. This event will be taking place in the The Quaker Meeting House on St Giles. Membership for the group costs only £25 for a year and allows entry to all events or it costs £5 a session. Entry can only be paid for on the evening of the event. To find out more information about the group please visit their blog.
Heffers Presents: Bird Brain - An Exploration of Avian IntelligenceThursday, September 29th at 18:30 - 20:00Join us at Heffers bookshop on 29th September for an evening with Dr Nathan Emery, who will be talking about his new book Bird Brain: An Exploration of Avian Intelligence. An absorbing study of how birds think, revealing how science is exploding the myth of our feathered friends being 'bird brained', and how recent discoveries may call for us to re-evaluate how we identify and classify intelligence in other animals. Bird Brain will start by looking at the structures and functions of the avian brain, and move on to examine different types of intelligence by profiling the extraordinary behaviours of a broad range of the species, studying the masterminds of the avian world, and examining what types of behaviour can be interpreted as 'intelligence' as we would recognize it. Bird Brain will not only look at the well-studied species such as New Caledonian crows and parrots, but also cast a broader eye over the behaviour of a wide range of species from around the world.
Space & Aliens Launch PartySaturday, October 1st at 14:00 - 15:00Join the Emma Press for the launch of their second poetry anthology for children, Watcher of the Skies: Poems about Space and Aliens. The book is aimed at children aged 8+, but all ages are very welcome to come along. Tea and cake will be provided!
The event will be presented by editor Rachel Piercey and illustrator Emma Wright, and there will be poetry readings from John Canfield, Mary Anne Clark, Dom Conlon, Julie Douglas, Sarah Doyle, Cheryl Moskovitz, Dale Neal, Phil Monks, Rachael Nicholas, Richard O'Brien, Rachel Piercey, Gita Ralleigh, Lawrence Schimel, Mike Sims, Camellia Stafford, Kate Wakeling, Rob Walton and Kate Wise.
This event is free, but book now so we know how much cake to bring!
David Bodanis at The Royal InstitutionMonday, October 3rd at 19:00 - 20:30Widely considered the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos with his general theory of relativity and helped to lead us into the atomic age. Yet in the final decades of his life he was also ignored by most working scientists, his ideas opposed by even his closest friends. Join bestselling author of E=mc², David Bodanis, as he discusses Einstein's Greatest Mistake, a brisk, accessible biography of Albert Einstein that reveals the genius and hubris of the titan of modern science.
This event will be followed by a bookstall with Blackwell's High Holborn where copies of David Bodanis' latest book Einstein's Greatest Mistake will be available.
Click here to buy tickets from The Royal Institution.
Heffers Presents: Ancient Worlds - An Evening with Michael ScottThursday, October 6th at 18:30 - 20:00Join us at Heffers on Thursday 6th October for an evening with Michael Scott, who will be talking about his latest book Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West. Acclaimed historian and TV presenter Michael Scott guides us through an epic story spanning ten centuries to create a bold new reading of the classical era for our globalised world. Scott challenges our traditionally western-focused perception of the past, connecting Greco-Roman civilisation to the great rulers and empires that swept across Central Asia to India and China - resulting in a truly global vision of ancient history. With stunning range and richness Ancient Worlds illustrates how the great powers and characters of antiquity shared ambitions and crises, ways of thinking and forms of governing: connections that only grew stronger over the centuries as political systems evolved, mighty armies clashed, universal religions were born and our modern world was foreshadowed. Michael's talk will be followed by a book signing. Tickets for the talk are priced at £5.
BLACKWELL'S OXFORD IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SCIENCE OXFORD AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS PRESENT: Richard Dawkins in conversation with Lord John KrebsFriday, October 7th at 19:00 - 20:15In celebration of 40 years of writing and his own 75th birthday, Richard joins Lord John Krebs to reflect on his life, his books and the relevance of The Selfish Gene today. Richard Dawkins published what would become his most iconic work – The Selfish Gene – 40 years ago. It met with controversy in some quarters as well as wide acclaim in 1976. His books have gone on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide and been translated into 25 languages. In April 2016, The Selfish Gene was listed as number 10 on The Guardian’s list of the 100 best nonfiction books. In the past forty years our understanding of genetics has evolved considerably, but Dawkins’ ground-breaking theory is still one of the most talked-about and debated concepts in evolutionary biology. Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist, well-known atheist and best-selling author of 13 books. He studied zoology at the University of Oxford, staying on to complete his Masters and PhD, before spending a few years in America. Returning to Oxford in 1970 as a lecturer, he is now Emeritus Professor. He has received a multitude of awards both for his writing and his scientific work, including being the first Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford. He is regarded by many as both the world’s most influential science writer and most popular public intellectual. Lord Krebs is a zoologist and son of the biochemist, Hans Krebs – best known for the discovery of the citric acid cycle otherwise known as the Krebs Cycle. He studied at the University of Oxford and (since 1988) has held a Royal Society Research Professorship in the Department of Zoology. In 1999 he was knighted for services to behavioural ecology and in 2007 became a non-party political life peer in the House of Lords. Krebs’s extraordinary own career has been both productive and influential. His speciality is ornithology. His publications include more than 130 refereed papers, 5 books, and 130 book chapters, reviews, or popular pieces. They have introduced new methods to the science of ornithology and, more recently, techniques from neurobiology and experimental psychology. He has been chairman of the Food Standards Agency and lead numerous government reviews into science and health policy. Tickets may be purchased on Eventbrite here. This event will be held in the Sheldonian Theatre.
An Evening with Margaret AtwoodMonday, October 10th at 19:00 - 20:30Date: Monday 10th of October
Venue: King's Theatre, 2 Leven St, Edinburgh EH3 9LQ
Blackwell's Bookshop Edinburgh are delighted to welcome back award-winning author Margaret Atwood to celebrate the publication of Hag-seed, her take on Shakespeare's The Tempest.
About the book
'It's got a thunderstorm in it. And revenge. Definitely revenge.' Felix is at the top of his game as Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded . Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And also brewing revenge. After twelve years, revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here, Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It's magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?
Margaret Atwood's novel take on Shakespeare's play of enchantment, revenge and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own. So don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of the world’s most renowned writers, and be one of the first to get your hands on a signed copy of Hag-Seed.
About the author
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays, including The Handmaid’s Tale, the Booker-winning The Blind Assassin, the MaddAddam trilogy, and The Heart Goes Last. Her work has received many awards around the world and she has consistently named Shakespeare as one of the most important influences on her own work. Hag-Seed is published as part of the VINTAGE Hogarth Shakespeare series, described by the Guardian as ‘the great rewriting project of the 21st century’.
Running time: Approx. 70 minutes
£11 per person, no concessions
£24 per person, including a signed copy of Hag-seed
Booking fee applies.
Tickets are only be available from the Festival Theatre and King's Theatre Box office. Book in person, over the phone on 0131 529 6000 or online When booking online, please note that tickets to the event only (without the book) are available - just select £12 "Ticket Only" under "Discounts" on Step 4 (Summary) once you have selected your seat.
Please note that Margaret will not be signing after this event, so secure your signed first edition of Hag-seed now with our combined ticket for just £24 (plus booking fee)
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Heffers Presents: All About Agatha - An Evening Devoted to Agatha ChristieTuesday, October 11th at 18:30 - 20:00Everything you ever wanted to know about Agatha Christie but were afraid to ask! At 6.30pm on 11th October, join three authorities on the life and works of Agatha Christie for our evening: All About Agatha.. Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction. In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Sophie published a new Hercule Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which was a bestseller in more than fifteen countries. In September 2016, her second Poirot novel, Closed Casket, will be published. Dr John Curran acted as consultant to the National Trust during the renovation of Agatha Christie's former home, Greenway House. His Edgar-nominated Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks (2009) won the 2011 Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Awards and he published Agatha Christie’s Murder in the Making, also nominated for the same awards, in September 2011. He completed his PhD, on The Golden Age of Detection, at Trinity College, Dublin where he lives. His most recent publication, Tom Adams Uncovered: The Art of Agatha Christie, was co-authored with the artist Tom Adams who painted over a hundred Christie book covers. Julius Green is the founder of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2015. In 2001 he produced the twelve-week Agatha Christie Theatre Festival, presenting a repertoire of the complete stage works of Agatha Christie, as then known. Julius' latest book is Curtain Up: Agatha Christie – A Life in Theatre, which was published in 2015 as part of the Agatha Christie 125th anniversary celebrations. Tickets for the event are priced at £7.50. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
Heffers Presents: The Pursuit of Power with Richard J EvansWednesday, October 12th at 18:30 - 20:00At 6.30pm on 12th October, join Richard J Evans at Heffers as he talks about his new book, The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914. 'The Pursuit of Power' draws on a lifetime of thinking about nineteenth-century Europe to create an extraordinarily rich, surprising and entertaining panorama of a continent undergoing drastic change. The aim of the book is to reignite the sense of wonder that permeated this remarkable era, as rulers and ruled navigated overwhelming cultural, political and technological changes. It was a time where what was seen as modern with amazing speed appeared old-fashioned, where huge cities sprang up in a generation, new European countries were created and where, for the first time, humans could communicate almost instantly over thousands of miles. Richard Evans gives full coverage to the revolutions, empire-building and wars that marked the nineteenth century, but the book is about so much more, whether it is illness, serfdom, religion or philosophy. 'The Pursuit of Power' is a book by a historian at the height of his powers and an essential book for anyone trying to understand Europe, then or now. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
Marcus du Sautoy at The Royal InstitutionThursday, October 13th at 19:00 - 20:30Is it possible that we will one day know everything? Or are there fields of research that will always lie beyond the bounds of human comprehension? Former Christmas Lecturer Marcus du Sautoy will lead us on a thought-provoking expedition to the furthest reaches of modern science.
This event will be followed by a bookstall with Blackwell's High Holborn where copies of Marcus du Sautoy's latest book What We Cannot Know will be available.
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Friday, October 14th at 18:30 - 19:30
BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Blackwell's Teen Fiction Reading GroupLike to read Teen Fiction? Want to discuss books with others who love reading? We are always looking to welcome new members to our Teen Fiction Reading Group, which meets on the second Friday of every month at 6:30pm. Our Teen Fiction Reading Group has been running for over five years in the bookshop and during that time we had read a great selection of teen fiction. This month we will be discussing 'After Tomorrow' by Gillian Cross. For full information on the group and our past reads, please visit our website. If you would like to join the group, get in touch and let us know by emailing email@example.com
Sean Carroll at the Royal InstitutionMonday, October 17th at 19:00 - 20:30Award-winning scientist and writer Sean Carroll ties together the fundamental laws of physics governing the workings of the cosmos with the everyday human experience we all share. He will take us on a breath-taking journey from the origin of the Universe, through the evolution of life and consciousness, to the eternal question of what it all really means.
This event will be followed by a bookstall with Blackwell's High Holborn where copies of Sean Carroll's latest book The Big Picture will be available.
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Heffers Presents: All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation with Diarmaid MacCullochThursday, October 20th at 18:30 - 20:00
ALL THINGS MADE NEW: WRITINGS ON THE REFORMATION WITH DIARMAID MCCULLOCH – THURSDAY 20TH OCTOBER, 6.30PMJoin us at 6.30pm on 20th October for an evening with Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, who will be talking about his new book All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation. As we approach five-hundredth anniversary of the momentous events which triggered the European Reformation, the author gathers together essays introducing not only the Reformation in its widest impact across Europe, but also the Catholic Counter-Reformation, and the special evolution of religion in England. Tickets for this event are priced at £4 (inc VAT) and entitle the holder to a discount on the book on the night.
Thursday, October 27th at 19:00 - 20:00
BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Mike MassiminoAstronaut Mike Massimino will be joining us to discuss his awe-inspiring memoir "Spaceman". Looking back upon his 18 year career working for NASA, "Spaceman" reveals the hard work, camaraderie and sheer guts involved in the life of an astronaut; vividly describing what it is like to strap yourself into the Space Shuttle and blast off into space, or the sensation of walking in space, as he did when he embarked on an emergency repair of the Hubble telescope. Join us for what is going to be a really special evening listening to Mike discuss achieving his dreams of going to space, in the intimate setting of the bookshop. Tickets cost £5 per person. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit the customer service department in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623.
Heffers Presents: The Heffers Classics Forum 2016Saturday, October 29th at 10:00We are delighted to announce the much-anticipated return of the Heffers’ Classics Forum! Join us on 29th October 2016 as we hear from a host of fascinating speakers from the world of Classics, including Paul Cartledge, Daisy Dunn, Adrian Goldsworthy, Edith Hall, Natalie Haynes, Tom Holland, Bettany Hughes, Harry Sidebottom, David Stuttard and others to be confirmed. There will also be a balloon debate where you can vote to save your favourite figure from the Classical world! We will be running a bookshop at this event, and authors will be signing books after their talks. Please note that due to the structure of the building, credit/debit card machines may not work at all times, so bringing some cash along is advisable. Tickets for this day-long event are priced at £25 including VAT and booking fee. Please note tickets are transferable but non-refundable. Talks are suitable for persons aged 14+. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
Heffers Presents: Writing Workshop - 'The Jane Austen Writers' Club' with Rebecca SmithWednesday, November 2nd at 18:30 - 20:00Join Rebecca Smith, Jane Austen’s five-times-great-niece, for a writing workshop based around her new book, The Jane Austen Writers’ Club: Inspiration and Advice from the World’s Best-Loved Novelist. Bursting with useful exercises, beautiful illustrations and enlightening quotations from the classic author’s novels and letters – and written by none other than Austen’s five-times-great-niece – this book will teach you her methods, tips and tricks, from techniques of plotting and characterisation through to dialogue and suspense. Whether you’re a creative writing enthusiast looking to publish your first novel, a teacher searching for further inspiration for students, or fan seeking insight into Austen’s daily rituals, this is an essential companion, guaranteed to satisfy, inform and delight. ‘Winning and beguiling…Smith shares Jane Austen’s clarity and gentle irony‘ The Independent. Bring along a notebook and pen and see where it takes you! Tickets for this event are limited. For more information and booking, please click the link below.
BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND Oxford University Press PRESENTS: The OUP Philosophy FestivalMonday, November 7th at 12:00 TO Saturday, November 12th at 18:00Blackwell’s Oxford and Oxford University Press present the OUP Philosophy Festival, in partnership with the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education Back after a hugely successful first year, the OUP Philosophy Festival returns for a second celebration of the power and freedom of ideas. This time we bring you Philosophy “Speed Dating”, an evening of musical enlightenment and a series of events hoping to answer the vital question: What's Philosophy got to do with… Anything? Finishing off with a full day of debates and discussions with some of the most prominent and well-known philosophers of our time, including David Edmonds, Marianne Talbot, Janet Radcliffe Richards, Stephen Law and many others, make sure you don’t miss out on this diverse and fascinating festival. Details of events and speakers below (with more to come!) Monday 7th – Friday 11th November 12:30-13:15 What's Philosophy got to do with… Anything? Oxford University Press and the Department of Continuing Education present a series of lunchtime interviews on the importance of the relationship between philosophy and other subjects. Bring your lunch and your thinking caps! Featuring Marianne Talbot alongside:
Rachel Paine on What's philosophy got to do with… the Human Mind?
David Edmonds on What's philosophy got to do with… Prime Time TV?
Cecile Fabre and Helen Frowe on What's Philosophy got to do with… War and Peace?
Stephen Law on What's philosophy got to do with… Education?
Tina Beatie on What's Philosophy got to do with… Understanding Religion? Tuesday 8th November 18:30-20:00 Philosopher's Take on the World Should men be allowed to discuss abortion? Are pets property? Is it ethical to use data from Nazi medical experiments? Would you hand over a decision to machines? Can you be gay by choice? Do we own our bodies? The Practical Ethics Blog from the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford has shown that philosophers have much to contribute to questions such as these. This fast-paced presentation of opinion will make you think again about the judgments we make on a daily basis and the ways in which we choose to conduct our lives. Wednesday 9th November 19:30-21:00 What's Philosophy got to do with… Making Music Philosopher and Saxophonist Andrew Bowie presents an evening of music and enlightenment. In partnership with fourbythree magazine. Thursday 10th November 18:30-20:00 Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction Confused by Consciousness? Perplexed by Poststructuralism? Come and pick the brains of our authors who can help you get to grips with topics as diverse as Humanism and Heidegger. In small groups you’ll get the chance to meet with leading experts, hear their thoughts and ask them the questions you’ve always wanted answers to. So, where’s the gap in your knowledge? Stephen Law (Humanism)
Chris Janaway (Nietzsche)
Susan Blackmore (Consciousness)
Catherine Wilson (Epicureanism)
Andrew Bowie (Heidegger)
Catherine Belsey (Poststructuralism) Saturday 12th November 10:30-11:30 What's Philosophy got to do with… Equality 47,571 ‘racist incidents’ were recorded by British police in 2014; 70% of people in national minimum wage jobs are women; and unlike the rest of the population the poorest tenth have not seen their average incomes rise in a decade. Inequality is a reality, but what, is anything, can philosophy do to help make it a thing of the past? Saturday 12th November 11:45-12:45 What's Philosophy got to do with… Creating a Masterpiece What’s philosophy got to do with a Rembrandt, a Man Booker Prize Winner or a Stanley Kubrick film? Does good philosophy help or hinder creative brilliance? An artist and a literary critic join our philosophers for this discussion. Saturday 12th November 13:30-14:45 What's Philosophy got to do with… Being Good Can humans be ‘good’? If so, what’s the secret to ‘good’ living? This is THE question at the basis of all ethics, yet it is one that both philosophers and ethicists often avoid facing straight on. Stephen Law, John Harris and James Garvey debate the ways in which philosophy can show us ‘how to be good’ (or perhaps, more accurately, how to try to be good) – as well as showing the ways in which it is pointless or self-defeating to try. Saturday 12th November 15:00-16:00 What's Philosophy got to do with… Science “How does the universe behave? What is the nature of reality? Where did all this come from? Did the universe need a creator? Most of us do not spend most of our time worrying about these questions, but almost all of us worry about them some of the time. Traditionally these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead.”– Stephen Hawking, The Grand Design Sparks and smarts fly as our philosophers are confronted with the claim that science has rendered philosophy obsolete. To register your place to attend any of the free events featuring in the Philosophy Festival, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room 01865 333623.
Jim Al-Khalili at The Royal InstitutionMonday, November 7th at 19:00 - 20:30For millennia, humans have looked to the stars in wonder – are we alone in the universe? From studying extreme life on earth to searching for planets and listening for alien signals, science seems to be bringing us ever closer to answering this question. Jim Al-Khalili will discuss just how close we are to our first close encounter.
This event will be followed by a bookstall with Blackwell's High Holborn where copies of Jim Al-Khalili's latest book Aliens will be available.
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Wednesday, November 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Margaret Atwood Hag-SeedCome and spend an evening with the bestselling novelist Margaret Atwood this autumn as she discusses her new novel, 'Hag-Seed', a reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Margaret’s novel take on this tale of enchantment, revenge and second chances is filled with new surprises and wonders of its own. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of the world’s most renowned writers, and be one of the first to get your hands on a signed copy of 'Hag-Seed'. Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays, including 'The Handmaid’s Tale', the Booker-winning 'The Blind Assassin', the 'MaddAddam' trilogy, and 'The Heart Goes Last'. Her work has received many awards around the world and she has consistently named Shakespeare as one of the most important influences on her own work. 'Hag-Seed' is published as part of the VINTAGE Hogarth Shakespeare series, described by the Guardian as ‘the great rewriting project of the 21st century’. Chairing the talk will be Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Oxford, Dr Emma Smith. This event will be taking place at the Sheldonian Theatre on Broad Street. Tickets cost £18 which includes entry and a signed copy of the book, £20 for a copy of the book and entry for two or £7 for entry only. Margaret Atwood will not be signing after the event, to guarantee owning a special signed copy of 'Hag-Seed', please purchase a book and entry ticket. To purchase your tickets visit our Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623. For event enquiries please email email@example.com.
Tom Whipple at The Royal InstitutionFriday, November 11th at 18:00 - 19:15As everyone knows, it's not the winning that counts, it's the taking part. Nonsense: that is the battle cry of the loser. From an aerodynamicist's advice on paper aeroplanes, to a game theorist's thoughts on Monopoly, or Andy McNab's tips on pillow fighting, Tom Whipple has spoken to preposterously overqualified experts to learn some of the surprising science behind how to win at games.
This talk is particularly suitable for ages 12+.
This event will be followed by a bookstall with Blackwell's High Holborn where copies of Tom Whipple's latest book How to Win Games and Beat People will be available.
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BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Love by The Beatles in Quadrophonic SoundThursday, November 17th at 19:00 - 21:00To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of 'Love' by The Beatles, we'll be playing the entire album in full quadrophonic sound in the Norrington Room.'Love' is an album of remixed and re-mastered music performed by The Beatles. It was produced by George Martin (1926 - 2016) and his son Giles Martin who said "What people will be hearing on the album is a new experience, a new way of re-living the whole Beatles musical lifespan in a very condensed period".The evening will be hosted by DJ David Freeman and will involve an uninterrupted playback of the album in a quadrophonic surround sound setting. Refreshments will be available to purchase and enjoy whilst listening to the music.Tickets for this special anniversary evening are strictly limited and cost £5. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit the customer service department in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623.
Wednesday, November 23rd at 17:30 - 18:30
BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS PRESENT Undead Shakespeare: The Writer Who Can't be KilledWe are delighted to host the launch of Oxford University Press' flagship publication this year, The New Oxford Shakespeare. This event will consist of a panel discussion with the general editors of The New Oxford Shakespeare, chaired by Sir Stanley Wells, Honorary President of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The editors are Gary Taylor, Terri Bourus, Gabriel Egan, and John Jowett. From 1592 (‘upstart crow’) to 2014 (‘Shakespeare sucks’), many influential writers and critics have attacked Shakespeare’s work, from many different perspectives. Why has Shakespeare survived all these criticisms? But perhaps that is the wrong question. Is it possible that Shakespeare’s unique status depends on criticism? And that the instabilities of text, authorship and interpretation secure the stability of his reputation? This event will be held in the Oxford Martin School. Tickets for this event cost £5. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit the customer service department in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623.