Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

  • 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

  • A Beautiful Question at the Royal Institution

    Monday, July 6th at 19:00
    Nobel laureate, Frank Wilczek’s groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to look for a deeper order of beauty in the universe, using simple questions in an attempt to see the whole answer. Wilczek explores how this quest has also guided the work of all great scientific thinkers in the Western world, from Plato to Einstein, and shows us just how deeply intertwined our ideas about perception, beauty and art are with our scientific understanding of the cosmos. This talk will be followed by a book signing of Wilczek's new book A Beautiful Question with Blackwell's Bookshop. Tickets are still available for this event and can be purchased here.
  • Heffers Presents: Book Launch: ‘A Want of Kindness’ by Joanne Limberg

    Tuesday, July 7th at 18:30

    Join us at 6.30pm on 7th July for the launch of Joanne Limburg’s beautiful new novel, A Want of Kindness.

    The wicked, bawdy Restoration court is no place for a child princess. Ten year-old Anne cuts an odd figure: a sickly child, she is drawn towards improper pursuits. Cards, sweetmeats,scandal and gossip with her Ladies of the Bedchamber figure large in her life. But as King Charles’s niece, Anne is also a political pawn, who will be forced to play her part in the troubled Stuart dynasty. As Anne grows to maturity, she is transformed from overlooked Princess to the heiress of England. Forced to overcome grief for her lost children, the political manoeuvrings of her sister and her closest friends and her own betrayal of her father, she becomes one of the most complex and fascinating figures of English history.

    A Want of Kindness is an ambitious, absorbing and authentic historical novel which re-imagines Anne’s life from child princess in the glittering Restoration court to Queen of England.

    This event is free, but please RSVP and reserve a ticket if you would like to attend.

    RESERVE A TICKET HERE

    If you are unable to attend this event but would like to reserve a signed copy of a book, please email your request to events@heffers.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS:The Oxford Business Book Club

    Tuesday, July 7th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Join us for the next Oxford Business Book Club meeting, where the group will be discussing "Business Writing Tips" by local author, Robert Bullard.

    Robert will be joining the session to chat about why he wrote the book, the practicalities of taking it to market and how successful he's been! This will then be followed by a group discussion with Robert.

    Members of the group receive a 10% discount on the book. When purchasing your copy please inform staff you are attending to receive your discount.

    For tickets, please visit the groups website.  
  • Blackwell's Leeds Poetry Evening

    Wednesday, July 8th at 16:30 - 19:30
    The free monthly gathering for all things poetry.

    Join us each second Wednesday of the month to drink from the springs of Hippocrene (or alternatively, the equally stimulating wares of Costa Coffee Blackwell's).

    Share your stanzas, haikus, doggerel and most tasteful limericks with other budding bards in the inviting environs of your local bookshop. Or simply come along and listen! The Blackwell's poetry evening is a friendly and fun place to share work and ideas with fellow wordsmiths.

    Even if it doesn't rhyme.

    The sessions are informal so feel free to turn up when you can, if work or lectures mean you can't make it for the start.

    Free customer car park. Full wheelchair access. All welcome!
  • Heffers Presents: An Evening with Robert Goddard

    Wednesday, July 8th at 18:30

    Join us at Heffers at 6.30pm on 8th July for an event with Robert Goddard, celebrating the publication of his latest novel The Ends of the Earth, the third in the bestselling adventure trilogy, The Wide World.

    July 1919. Ex-flying ace James ‘Max’ Maxted’s attempt to uncover the secret behind the death of his father, Sir Henry Maxted, murdered while serving as an adviser with the British delegation to the Paris peace conference, has seemingly ended in failure – and his own death.

    PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE

    If you are unable to attend this event but would like to reserve a signed copy of a book, please email your request to events@heffers.co.uk

  • Blackwell's Newcastle: Mind Change: Professor Susan Greenfield at the Centre for Life

    Thursday, July 9th at 18:00

    Neuroscientist, writer and broadcaster Professor Susan Greenfield believes long exposure to computers and computer gaming is harmful to the human brain. She explains why.

    In Mind Change, Professor Greenfield discusses the all-pervading technologies that now surround us, and from which we derive instant information, connected identity, diminished privacy and exceptionally vivid here-and-now experiences. In her view they are creating a new environment, with vast implications, because our minds are physically adapting: being rewired. What could this mean, and how can we harness, rather than be harnessed by, our new technological milieu to create better alternatives and more meaningful lives? Using the very latest research, Mind Change is intended to incite debate as well as yield the way forward.

    Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE, is a British scientist, writer, broadcaster and member of the House of Lords. Specialising in the physiology of the brain, Susan researches the impact of 21st century technologies on the mind, how the brain generates consciousness and novel approaches to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

    Tickets for this event cost £3 and are available from the Centre for Life website.

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND BODLEIAN LIBRARIES PRESENT A MARKS OF GENIUS LECTURE By Sir Paul Nurse

    Thursday, July 9th at 19:00 - 20:15
    "Genius in the Humanities and the Sciences: Milton and Darwin - Two views of creation" Blackwell's Bookshop and the Bodleian Library are delighted to welcome Sir Paul Nurse to Oxford to talk about John Milton and Charles Darwin. In this intriguing lecture, Paul Nurse will compare Paradise Lost and The Origin of the Species and their contrasting views of the origins of biological diversity and explore the similarities and differences between creativity in the humanities and the sciences. This is one of a series of talks being held to celebrate the wonderful Marks of Genius exhibition at the Weston Library.

    Sir Paul Nurse is a geneticist who works on what controls the division and shape of cells. He was Professor of Microbiology at the University of Oxford, CEO of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Cancer Research UK and President of Rockefeller University New York. He is currently Director and Chief Executive of the Francis Crick Institute and is currently President of the Royal Society. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2001 and the Royal Society Copley Medal in 2005.

    Tickets for this talk, costing £12, include a Private View of the Marks of Genius exhibition as well as a glass of wine. Tickets are available from the Customer Services Department at Blackwell's Bookshop. Alternatively please telephone 01865 333623 or for ticket enquiries email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Nottingham Portland presents

    Friday, July 10th at 12:00 - 14:00
    The Viking Diaspora, by Judith Jesch The Viking Diaspora presents the early medieval migrations of people, language and culture from mainland Scandinavia to new homes in the British Isles, the North Atlantic, the Baltic and the East as a form of 'diaspora'. It discusses the ways in which migrants from Russia in the east to Greenland in the west were conscious of being connected not only to the people and traditions of their homelands, but also to other migrants of Scandinavian origin in many other locations. Rather than the movements of armies, this book concentrates on the movements of people and the shared heritage and culture that connected them.
  • Viking Book Launch

    Friday, July 10th at 12:00 - 14:00
    Everyone is cordially invited to the launch of The Viking Diaspora by Professor Judith Jesch, recently published by Routledge. Come and meet the author between 12 noon and 2 pm on 10th July 2015 at Blackwell's Bookshop, University Park Campus, University of Nottingham. Refreshments will also be available. Nottingham is a world-leading centre for the study of the Viking Age, and other recently-published books with contributions by CSVA members Dr Jayne Carroll, Dr Paul Cavill, Professor Steve Harding and Dr Christina Lee will also be available. Come and meet these authors too. Please RSVP using the URL below. http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/english/rsvp.aspx
  • 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 OXFORD PRESENTS: Iain Sinclair in conversation with Brian Catling

    Tuesday, July 14th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Two very different books, Iain Sinclair's Black Apples of Gower and Brian Catling's The Vorrh share a measure of common ground: The Cave of origin (in which all narratives fester and cook)

    Sinclair tramps the wave-cut limestone pavements beyond Port Eynon Point in search of mysteries derived from the paintings of Ceri Richards, where Catling plunges headlong into myths of primal forest, for a novel described by Alan Moore as 'a benchmark for the human imagination'.

    The two writers will be discussing the common thread that links two very different works of literature.

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Leeds Board Games Club

    Wednesday, July 15th at 16:30 - 19:30
    Every third Wednesday of the month is the free games club at Blackwell's Leeds!

    Turn up any time from 4.30pm upstairs in Costa Coffee, where we'll be Articulating, checkmating, passing Go and rollin' them bones to our hearts' content...

    Bring along your favourite board games or just turn up and join in with whatever looks like the most fun. Come and get your geek on with other gamers!

    Free customer car park. Full wheelchair access. All welcome!
  • Heffers Presents: Book Launch: ‘Mother of Eden’ by Chris Beckett

    Wednesday, July 15th at 18:30

    Join us at 6.30pm on 15th July for the launch of award-winning novelist Chris Beckett’s new book Mother of Eden.

    We speak of a mother’s love, but we forget her power. Power over life. Power to give and to withhold.’ Generations after the breakup of the human family of Eden, the Johnfolk emphasise knowledge and innovation, the Davidfolk tradition and cohesion. But both have built hierarchical societies sustained by violence and dominated by men – and both claim to be the favoured children of a long-dead woman from Earth that all Eden knows as Gela, the mother of them all. When Starlight Brooking meets a handsome and powerful man from across Worldpool, she believes he will offer an outlet for her ambition and energy. But she has no idea that she will be a stand-in for Gela herself, and wear Gela’s ring on her own finger. And she has no idea of the enemies she will make, no inkling that a time will come when she, like John Redlantern, will choose to kill…

    This event is free, but please RSVP and reserve a ticket if you would like to attend.

    RESERVE A TICKET HERE

    If you are unable to attend this event but would like to reserve a signed copy of a book, please email your request to events@heffers.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: An Evening with Sara Paretsky

    Wednesday, July 15th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Join us for an evening with Crime writer Sara Paretsky and to celebrate the release of the seventeenth V.I. Warshawski novel, Brush Back.

    Twenty Five years ago, Stella Guzzo beat her daughter to death and then walked up the street to play bingo at her parish church. V.I. Warshawski grew up with the Guzzo family. She dated Frank Guzzo when they were teens and knew Stella's murderous rages first hand, so she was relieved when a judge sent Stella to prison for a long stretch. Frank and V.I. went their separate ways but now Frank is back on the scene and wants help in an exoneration claim for his mother...

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Heffers Presents: What's Your Poison? Summer Crime Party at Heffers

    Thursday, July 16th at 18:30

    Heffers bookshop presents the What’s Your Poison? summer crime party 2015.  Among the authors appearing will be Susan Grossey, Nicola Upson, Mandy Morton, Mike Ripley, Oliver Harris, Jeremy Cameron, Kate Rhodes, Timothy Williams, Peter Murphy and B K Duncan.  Join us for an (unpoisoned!) drink and an evening of literary murder and mystery.

    PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages- I Capture the Castle

    Thursday, July 16th at 18:30 - 21:30
    Love seeing your favourite books brought to life on the big screen? Dislike the way a director has changed the film to the book and want to talk about it?

    Each month a book will be chosen that has been adapted into a film, members read the book during the month in the lead up to the session before we watch the film together. Purchase a glass of wine and some popcorn, sit back and watch our film of the month, then join in the after discussion on the film vs. the book.

    This month we will be discussing and watching the wonderful I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.

    Buy the book

    This event is free to attend! We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now  Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Elleke Boehmer - The Shouting in the Dark

    Thursday, July 16th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Elleke Boehmer is a novelist and critic.

    The Shouting in the dark is an intense and unforgettable story about a young woman's quest for sanctuary far away from the imprisonments of family and country.

    "A secret duel to the death between a father and a daughter. Distilled with an intimate sense of history, and very moving, The Shouting in the dark is a powerful novel of memory, family politics and awakening." Ben Okri

    Buy the book

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@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 Leeds Public Lecture Series

    Wednesday, July 22nd at 16:30 - 19:30
    A free series of talks on wide-ranging topics, hosted by your favourite neighbourhood bookshop.

    Each month we invite guest speakers from various disciplines and walks of life to expand our minds, give our grey matter a workout and inspire us on a different chosen subject.

    The talks are held in Costa Blackwell's, so why not grab a coffee and a bite to eat, get comfortable and get ready to be fascinated...

    Keep an eye on this website for updates about the upcoming programme of talks.

    Free customer car park. Full wheelchair access. All welcome!
  • 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 OXFORD AND DAVID FREEMAN PRESENTS: Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother

    Thursday, July 23rd at 19:00 - 20:00
    Following on from a hugely successful evening of Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon' in quadraphonic sound, David Freeman will be hosting a playing of their fifth studio album, 'Atom Heart Mother'. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and released in October 1970 being the first Pink Floyd album to reach number one in the UK charts. It was the first Pink Floyd album to be mixed in Quadraphonic sound and this is how you will have the opportunity to experience the playback on this evening.

    This is the second in our series of 'David Freeman Presents' evenings of classic albums played in quadraphonic sound in the Norrington Room.

    Tickets £5 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@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

  • Blackwell's Portsmouth Tenacity by James Law book launch

    Thursday, July 30th at 19:30 - 21:00
    James Law will be reading and signing his hotly anticipated debut Tenacity (Headline, Macmillan) "J.S. Law is a powerful new voice, and his heroine Dan Lewis lives up to the title. She is fearless and doesn't quit in the faces of all odds. The murky world of submarines and murder make Tenacity addictively readable, and memories of it linger like dreams." -#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell. Two hundred meters below the ocean's surface, you can't run, you can't hide, and the truth won't set you free. An officer hangs himself in the engine room of naval submarine HMS Tenacity. A woman's murder bears disturbing similarities to an old case. Lieutenant Danielle "Dan" Lewis grasps for the truth before it submerges in the gray waters of the English Channel. Cramped, claustrophobic, and under strict command, the confines of HMS Tenacity are unwelcoming in the best of circumstances. For Dan, the only female aboard, who must methodically interrogate a tightknit and hostile crew, it's her own special place in hell. Recently reassigned to the Special Investigation Branch's Kill Team, Dan's hardheaded reputation precedes her. But facing an obstinate ship's company, a commanding officer too eager to close the case, and a constant threat of unfriendly male interest, she learns that under enough pressure, everyone has their breaking point. Due to space, this will be a ticketed event. Tickets will be free but on a first come, first serve basis. Watch this space for details on how to book.  
  • Heffers Presents: Book Launch: ‘Sustainable Frontiers’ by Wayne Visser

    Tuesday, August 4th at 18:30

    Join us from 6.30pm on 4th August for the launch of Sustainable Frontiers by Wayne Visser; a book which has been described as ‘powerful, insightful and thought-provoking’ and ‘an out-of-the-box, transformative, holistic vision of future Earth that takes one well beyond current concerns about sustainability.’

    Sustainable Frontiers throws down the gauntlet to business to step up and be the catalyst for a sustainable future. It presents eight keys to unlocking transformational change – through leadership, enterprise, innovation, transparency, engagement, responsibility, integration and future-fitness. Far from being another tame review of corporate social responsibility and sustainable business initiatives, the book dispels the myths of sustainability and challenges us to let go of old systems that are failing to deliver economic, social and environmental transformation.

    This event is free, but please RSVP and reserve a ticket if you would like to attend.

    RESERVE A TICKET HERE

    If you are unable to attend this event but would like to reserve a signed copy of a book, please email your request to events@heffers.co.uk

  • Blackwell's Leeds Reading Group - Slaughterhouse Five

    Wednesday, August 5th at 16:30
    The reading group hosted by Blackwell's Bookshop is open to all!

    Join us from 4.30pm in Costa Coffee Blackwell's for a discussion with fellow book-lovers about this month's selection: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Grab a coffee (maybe even some cake...) and put your reader's hat on.

    This is a chance to share your thoughts, inspirations, and literary loves and loathings with other like-minded folk, all in the welcoming surroundings of your local bookshop.

    If you can't make the start due to work or lectures, don't worry, latecomers are welcome. We promise not to even tut! And you don't need to have finished reading the book (as long as you don't mind risking a few spoilers...).

    The book is currently available at a special offer price exclusively at Blackwell's Bookshop Leeds.

    The Blackwell's Leeds book group runs on the first Wednesday of every month. Keep an eye on the website for updates.

    Free customer car park. Full wheelchair access. All welcome!
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Summer Folk Evening 2015

    Wednesday, August 5th at 19:00 - 21:00
    For one night only, Blackwell's Oxford will be inviting folk musicians Kelly Oliver and Daria Kulesh into the shop for an evening of summer folk music.

    Kelly was awarded the Folkwords best album award 2014 for 'This Land'. She has toured extensively throughout the UK including an appearance at the 2015 Folk Weekend Oxford. Kelly also recorded for the Whispering Bob Harris Broadcasting Company and was interviewed by Bob for his 'Under the Apple Tree Sessions'.

    Daria Kulesh is a Russian born folk singer who performs solo or with her band KARA. She has recently released her debut album 'Eternal Child' which reflects the multicultural influences that she has experienced throughout her life. Daria also appeared at this year's Folk Weekend Oxford.

    We are delighted to have both of these incredible folk musicians in to play a 45 minute set each. In the interval, you will have the opportunity to browse the shop out of hours and we will be offering a 10% discount on eveything for the evening. Refreshing cold drinks will also be on sale.

    This promises to be a relaxing and wonderful long summer night!

    Tickets £5 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Life After Dark: Dave Haslam (bookstall & signing)

    Sunday, August 16th at 20:00 - 22:30
    DAVE HASLAM'S new book Life After Dark takes us from vice-ridden Victorian venues to acid house and beyond; from Mecca dance halls to mods in basement dives; from psychedelic light shows to high street discos; from the Roxy to the Hacienda; from the Krays to the Slits; and from reggae sound systems to rave nights in Stoke.

    This launch event includes Dave Haslam in-conversation with a panel of guests, and a surprise musical finale. The panel features Bruce Mitchell (Durutti Column), Kath McDermott (Flesh/HomoElectric), Graeme Park (Hacienda) and Pete Wylie (Wah!).

    Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues will be discounted £5 for ticket-holders. There will be a signing.

    Click here for tickets and more information.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages- What Dreams May Come

    Thursday, August 20th at 18:30 - 21:30
    Love seeing your favourite books brought to life on the big screen? Dislike the way a director has changed the film to the book and want to talk about it?

    Each month a book will be chosen that has been adapted into a film, members read the book during the month in the lead up to the session before we watch the film together.

    This month we will be discussing and watching What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson. Starring Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr, the film won many awards for it's visual graphics including an Oscar in 1999.

    Buy the book

    This event is free to attend! We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now  Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Heffers Presents: Author talk and book signing: ‘A Nazi in the Family’ by Derek Niemann

    Tuesday, September 1st at 18:30

    Join us at Heffers at 6.30pm on 1st September for an evening with author Derek Niemann, who will be talking about his chilling World War II biography, A Nazi in the Family.  This is the first of two evenings at Heffers where those appearing have a truly personal connection to the events of the Second World War.

    WARTIME BERLIN: The Niemann family – Karl, Minna and their four children – live in a quiet, suburban enclave. Every day Karl commutes to work, a business manager travelling around inspecting his “factories”. In the evenings he returns home to life as a normal family man. Three years ago Derek Niemann, born and raised in Scotland, made the chilling discovery that his grandfather Karl had been an officer in the SS; and that his “business” used thousands of slave labourers in concentration camps, such as Auschwitz, Dachau, Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen. Derek had known little about the German side of his family, but now a lifetime of unsettling hints and clues began to fall into place. With the help of surviving relatives and hundreds of previously unknown family photographs, Derek uncovers the true story of what Karl did. A Nazi in the Family is an illuminating portrayal of how ordinary people can fall into the service of a monstrous regime.

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    If you are unable to attend this event but would like to reserve a signed copy of a book, please email your request to events@heffers.co.uk

  • Heffers Presents: Born Survivors: An Evening with Wendy Holden and Eva Clarke

    Thursday, September 3rd at 18:30

    Join us at Heffers at 6.30pm on 3rd September for an evening with author Wendy Holden and Holocaust survivor Eva Clarke. They will be discussing Wendy’s book Born Survivors and the events of the Holocaust which Eva, a newborn baby at the time, so miraculously lived through.  This is the second of two evenings at Heffers where those appearing have a truly personal connection to the events of the Second World War.

    Among millions of Holocaust victims sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944, Priska, Rachel, and Anka each passed through its infamous gates with a secret. Strangers to each other, they were newly pregnant, and facing an uncertain fate without their husbands. Alone, scared, and with so many loved ones already lost to the Nazis, these young women were privately determined to hold on to all they had left: their lives, and those of their unborn babies. That the gas chambers ran out of Zyklon-B just after the babies were born, before they and their mothers could be exterminated, is just one of several miracles that allowed them all to survive and rebuild their lives after World War II.  In Born Survivors, Wendy Holden brings all three stories together for the first time to mark their seventieth birthdays and the seventieth anniversary of the ending of the war. A heart-stopping account of how three mothers and their newborns fought to survive the Holocaust, Born Survivors is also a life-affirming celebration of our capacity to care and to love amid inconceivable cruelty.

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    If you are unable to attend this event but would like to reserve a signed copy of a book, please email your request to events@heffers.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Iain Pears - 'Arcadia'

    Wednesday, September 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are delighted to be welcoming art historian, journalist and author Iain Pears to Blackwell's to discuss his new novel 'Arcadia'.

    Iain is the author of the critically acclaimed 'An Instance of the Fingerpost' which went on to be translated into several other languages. 'Arcadia' tells the story of fifteen year old Rosie who goes in search of her missing cat and ends up in a different world.

    This is Iain's first novel since 2009's 'Stones Fall'.

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Lucy Atkins and Clare Mackintosh on the Psychological Thriller

    Friday, September 11th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Joining us for a discussion based around the psychological thriller genre will be authors Lucy Atkins and Clare Mackintosh.

    Lucy is an award winning journalist and author. Her latest novel 'The Other Child' follows 2014's 'The Missing One'.

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    Clare is an author, feature writer and columnist. Her debut novel 'I let you go' was published by Little, Brown this year. She is currently writing her second book.

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages- The Handmaid's Tale

    Thursday, September 17th at 18:30 - 21:30
    Love seeing your favourite books brought to life on the big screen? Dislike the way a director has changed the film to the book and want to talk about it?

    Each month a book will be chosen that has been adapted into a film, members read the book during the month in the lead up to the session before we watch the film together.

    This month we will be discussing and watching The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. First published in 1985, the novel was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. The film was released in 1990, based on the screenplay by Harold Pinter. It stars Natasha Richardson as Offred and Robert Duvall as The Commander.

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    This event is free to attend! We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now  Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Meet the Authors: Michael Dillon

    Monday, September 21st at 13:00 - 14:00
    Professor MICHAEL DILLON, one of the UK’s leading authorities on modern China, will talk about his biography of Deng Xiaoping, a charismatic leader who has played a huge role in China's modern history.

    Deng Xiaoping was credited for the reforms of the late 1970s that put China on the path to spectacular economic growth and development, while becoming a figurehead for Hong Kong citizens protesting against the growing threat of China to its autonomy.

    Monday, 21 September 2015, 1-2pm; The Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Museum

    Michael Dillon, one of the UK’s leading authorities on modern China, presents an account of Deng’s life of struggle and survival, and the complexity and contradictoriness of Deng - a committed communist who brought in economic liberalization but who fell dramatically from grace in the wake of the violently crushed protests in Tiananmen Square.

    This lunchtime Meet the Authors event at Manchester Museum's Kanaris Theatre is organised in association with The Conficius Institute. Copies of the book will be on sale. Free: no need to book.
  • Fresher's event at NTU Global lounge

    Monday, September 28th at 11:00 - 14:00

    The first of our fresher's events for the new academic year will take place on the 28th September at NTU Global lounge on City campus.

    All students are welcome to the event which will take place over lunch time during one of the Global lounges famous "free international lunch's" - Sound good.  We're looking forward to it.

    A little bit to promote NTU Global lounge.  This department was set up to support students looking for International opportunity's and is a fantastic resource at NTU so if you are interested in studying or work placements abroad then this is the place to go to.  They also have a fantastic range of travel books for students to look through and read for free - trust us - from the bookshop it's a good selection.  Please follow the link to find out more about NTU Global lounge.

    New Students:

    The Blackwell's frehser event will be an opportunity for new students to come and meet members of the Blackwell's Bookshop team, find out about what we do and how we can help you during your studies at NTU.

    You will have the chance to find out about some of our services such as:

    •  2ndhand buy back service
    •     Free student reward card
    •     Big savings on key textbooks
    •     How to find your reading list details
    •     Where Blackwell's are located at NTU
    •     Obtaining eBooks
    •     More than Books - we aren't just a bookshop we also sell stationery, tablets and course materials as well as more

    Exisiting students:

    The event is open to everyone so if you are an existing student and want to know more about Blackwell's, please come and see us as well.  At this event we are also going to be offering existing students an open forum to feedback on your experiences of using Blackwell's whilst at NTU so far.  We want to hear your opinions so we can improve our service to you.

    Freebies - it wouldn't be a fresher's event without them: 

    There will be chances to win bookish prizes and sign up to our mailing list free of charge to be entered into a free prize draw.

    More details will be announced on this event and the prizes to be won closer to the time - so watch this space.

    We will also be hosting a 2nd Fresher's event in the same location at the same time on Wednesday 30th September so you have two chances to attend, speak to us and win.

    Global lounge is located near the Blackwell's City campus shop on Goldsmith street - Chaucer Building.

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND CITY LIGHTS PRESENTS: 'Howl' at 60

    Wednesday, October 7th at 19:00 - 21:00
    On 7th October 1955, an event took place in San Francisco that changed the face of poetry forever and thrust an unsuspecting Allen Ginsberg into the courts and national media.

    Exactly sixty years on, we'll be recreating the Six Gallery Poetry evening where 'Howl' was performed on stage by Ginsberg for the very first time. Also being read will be the same poems that Gary Snyder, Philip Lamantia, Michael McClure and Philip Whelan read as accompanying pieces.

    This is your chance to take a trip back to that wonderful era and the burgeoning beat scene and get a taste of what it would have been like to have been sat next to a whooping Kerouac and a wine guzzling Cassidy and hear one of the greatest ever poems read aloud. Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Graham Hancock - 'Magicians of the Gods'

    Tuesday, October 13th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Graham Hancock is the author of multi-million bestseller, Fingerprints of the Gods, a book that remains an astonishing, deeply controversial, wide ranging investigation into the mysteries of our past and the evidence for earth's lost civilisation.

    Now, Twenty years on, Hancock returns with the sequel to his seminal work filled with completely new, scientific and archaeological evidence which has only recently come to light.

    We are delighted to be given this very special opportunity to host Graham in an event that is not too be missed.

    Tickets £5 Tel: 01865 333623 For event enquiries, please email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages- Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Thursday, October 15th at 18:30 - 21:30
    Love seeing your favourite books brought to life on the big screen? Dislike the way a director has changed the film to the book and want to talk about it?

    Each month a book will be chosen that has been adapted into a film, members read the book during the month in the lead up to the session before we watch the film together.

    This month we will be discussing and watching Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. The much loved classic stars the award winning star actress Audrey Hepburn as the tragicomic cultural icon Holly Golightly.

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    This event is free to attend! We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now  Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Laura Bates - Everyday Sexism

    Tuesday, October 20th at 17:00 - 18:00
    As part of our Back to University celebration and to welcome new students to Oxford, we will be hosting a free talk in the philosophy department of the Norrington Room with Laura Bates, author of Everyday Sexism. Laura is a feminist writer, whose work appears in the Guardian, the Independent, TIME, The New Statesman, The Finanacial Times and Red magazine among others. She won the Georgina Henry Women in Journalism award at the 2015 press awards. Everyday Sexism is her first book. Buy the book

    This event is free to attend and no booking is required

    For enquires, please email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or call 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: An Evening with Samuel Shem

    Thursday, October 29th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are thrilled to be presenting an evening with cult writer, Samuel Shem, author of the classic 'The House of God' and 'Mount Misery', both fictional but close-to-real first-hand descriptions of the training of doctors in the United States.

    Shem was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College in 1966 , He is now the Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Shem's latest book, written with wife Janet Surrey, is called The Buddha's Wife and tells the story of Princess Yasodhara, the wife Buddha left behind and her alternative route to spiritual enlightenment.

    This very special event will include dramatic readings of some of Shem's works.

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND DAVID FREEMAN PRESENTS: Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells' in Quadraphonic Sound

    Saturday, October 31st at 19:00 - 21:00
    As a very special Hallowe'en treat and to continue our series of 'David Freeman Presents', we'll be playing Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells', the piece that William Friedkin chose to accompany his chilling movie 'The Exorcist'.

    Oldfield was just 19 years old when he recorded this, his debut album which was followed by three sequels.

    The proceeds from this events go to Maggies. Tickets £5 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk