Events at Blackwell's Bookshops

  • Heffers Presents: Bird Brain - An Exploration of Avian Intelligence

    Thursday, September 29th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Join 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.

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  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Michael Bhaskar and Scott Berinato Are We Living in a Society Defined By Information Overload

    Thursday, September 29th at 19:00 - 20:00
    This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    From being able to instantly access live news stories as they happen to analysing efficiency in the workplace with in-depth visual diagrams, our knowledge of the world around us and the decisions we make are based on how we access, process and implement data and information.

    Should we be worried about how this is affecting our daily lives or can we use data to create new opportunities and positive outcomes?

    Join us as authors Michael Bhaskar and Scott Berinato discuss whether we have too much information, what we can do about it and how it can be turned into something workable and positive.

    Michael Bhaskar is the author of 'Curation: The Power of Selection in a World of Excess' focusing on how curation can answer the question of how we make sense of a culture in which problems are often about having too much, and shows how we keep growing in a world of excess. It looks at why curation happened, what it means and what might happen next to this once little used concept.

    Scott Berinato is the author of 'Good Charts: The HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations', an essential guide to how visualization works and how to use this new language to impress and persuade, turning plain, uninspiring charts that merely present information into smart, effective visualizations that powerfully convey ideas.

    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.
  • *Blackwell's Newcastle* Sunderland Literature and Creative Writing Festival 2016

    Friday, September 30th at 14:30 TO Monday, October 31st at 21:00

    This annual celebration of the written word has something for everyone. The diverse programme features many local artists and authors including Jayne Hughes, Fiona Veitch Smith, Amanda Revell Walton and Tony Wilson as well as a Comedy Writing Workshop and Writing Crime Fiction with Ann Cleeves and David Mark.

    The majority of the events are FREE. If you need further information about any event please enquire at the venue where the event will take place or the host library. There's also a dedicated webpage for the creative writing sessions in the centre of the programme - use the link below for further information.

    If you haven't been to the festival or a library service event before, look through the programme and try something new. You'll be surprised at what is on offer. A variety of local venues are hosting events, so you should be able to find something near to where you live.

    Find out more here!

  • BLACKWELL’S OXFORD PRESENT: Philosophy in the Bookshop Cécile Fabre and Nigel Warburton on Cosmopolitan Peace

    Saturday, October 1st at 11:00 - 12:00
    Each month, Nigel Warburton interviews a fellow philosopher for our series "Philosophy in the Bookshop". This month he will be interviewing Cécile Fabre for her new book, Cosmopolitan Peace.

    Cécile Fabre is the Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Oxford, She has completed an eight-year project on the ethics of war, and Cosmopolitan Peace is the sequel to her earlier work, Cosmopolitan War.

    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 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Heffers Presents: Book Signing with Mark Watson

    Saturday, October 1st at 13:00 - 14:00

    From 1-2pm on 1st October, comedian and novelist Mark Watson will be at Heffers signing copies of his latest book, The Place That Didn’t Exist. Mark is performing at the Cambridge Corn Exchange in the evening, so this is a great opportunity to meet the writer before you see the comedian!

    No need to book, just come along.
  • Space & Aliens Launch Party

    Saturday, October 1st at 14:00 - 15:00
    Join 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!
  • Dave Haslam with Lemn Sissay: Gold from the Stone book launch (bookstall)

    Sunday, October 2nd at 19:30 - 21:30
    A BOOKSTALL BY BLACKWELL'S MANCHESTER

    Hosted by Dave Haslam, this event marks the publication of Lemn Sissay’s new book of poetry, Gold from the Stone, which brings together new writing and a selection of his best-loved poems. Lemn will read from the collection, and discuss his life and work.

    There will be an audience Q&A and a Blackwell's bookstall and signing at this event.

    Date: Sunday 2 October 2016
    Time: 7.30pm
    Place: Home, Manchester
    Details: click here
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    The Monthly Book Quiz

    Monday, October 3rd at 18:00 - 19:15
    Date: Monday 3rd of October
    Time: 6pm (come early as space is at a premium)
    Venue: Caffè Nero in the Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Do you know your Waugh from your Peace, or your Meyer from your Heyer?

    Then join us for the Blackwell’s Bookshop monthly BOOK QUIZ. We will quiz you on anything from Classics to current Bestsellers, Booker Prize winners to Celebrity Biographies.

    Teams of up to five people can take part.

    It is FREE to enter, but seats are limited so please come early to secure your place. There are no tickets required for this evening of fun! …and the question on everybody’s lips is “What will this month’s Hilary Mantel question be?”

    For further information please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8237 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk

  • *Blackwell's Newcastle* Café Philosophique: Philanthropy meets capitalism, meets art

    Monday, October 3rd at 18:30

    Join us for this season's second Café Culture, now hosted at Blackwell's Newcastle.

    Philanthrocapitalism brings altruism into the marketplace: Rachael Wiseman, Durham University will consider the implications for the integrity of those who give, as well as those who accept, gifts with strings attached.

    This event is free; find out more from  Café Culture.

  • David Bodanis at The Royal Institution

    Monday, October 3rd at 19:00 - 20:30
    Widely 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.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: A Poetry Reading with Kelley Swain, Richard Scott and Oliver Zarandi

    Tuesday, October 4th at 14:00 - 15:00
    In the week that celebrates National Poetry Day, We are delighted to be welcoming 3 poets to our literature and poetry department to give an afternoon of free readings followed by a signing of their books.

    Kelley Swain is one of three poets in residence at Oxford University Museum of Natural History. She has lived in London for nearly ten years, working at the crossroads of poetry and science. Kelley is the author of three books of poetry, a novel and a memoir, and editor of two poetry-and-science anthologies. She holds an MSc in Medical Humanities from King's College London.

    Richard Scott was born in London. His poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies including the Poetry Review, Poetry London, The Poetry of Sex and Butt Magazine. His latest pamphlet 'Wound' is published by Rialto.

    Oliver Zarandi is also from London. He has been published by Hobart, Keep this bag away from Children and the Londonist. He's also featured in the second edition of 'Funhouse' magazine.

    The poets will give readings from their collections and discuss the writing of poetry. Their collections will be on hand to purchase and have signed.

    This event is free to attend and will take place on the first floor in the literature department of the shop. To register your attendance, please visit the service desk on the first floor or email james.orton@blackwell.co.uk
  • Heffers Presents: Ancient Worlds - An Evening with Michael Scott

    Thursday, October 6th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Join 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.

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  • Gregory Norminton & Lara Williams (bookstall)

    Thursday, October 6th at 19:00 - 21:00
    A BOOKSTALL BY BLACKWELL'S MANCHESTER

    The Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, and Comma Press are delighted to present Gregory Norminton, lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is launching his latest book The Ghost Who Bled, with special guest Lara Williams.

    There will be a Blackwell's bookstall and signing at this event.

    Date: Thursday 6 October 2016
    Time: 7pm
    Place: International Anthony Burgess Foundation
    Details: click here
  • *Blackwell's Newcastle* NCLA: Sean O'Brien and Margaret Wilkinson at the Culture Lab, Newcastle University

    Thursday, October 6th at 19:15

    Sean O’Brien will read from and discuss his new novel Once Again Assembled Here (Picador), a gripping political thriller which traces the dangerous re-emergence of Fascism in and around a minor public school in 1968. Sean is a Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

    ‘Stylish and compelling’ The Sunday Times

    Margaret Wilkinson will read her short story If He Wakes from the anthology Thought X: Fictions and Hypotheticals (Comma Press 2016). Margaret’s most recent radio play, Stannington, set in a children’s TB sanatorium in 1950, is broadcast this week (3–6 October)on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. She teaches Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

    This event is ticketed; find out more from the NCLA.

  • SOLD OUT BLACKWELL'S OXFORD IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SCIENCE OXFORD AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS PRESENT: Richard Dawkins in conversation with Lord John Krebs

    Friday, October 7th at 19:00 - 20:15
    In 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.
  • Heffers Presents: A Pointless History of the World with Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman

    Friday, October 7th at 19:30 - 21:00
    Heffers bookshop is delighted to announce that the hosts of hit TV quiz show Pointless are coming to Cambridge for a romp through the pages of their brand new book, A Pointless History of the World. Come along for what promises to be an entertaining and insightful evening with Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman - and be among the first people to get their hands on a signed copy of A Pointless History of the World! A Pointless History of the World is a complete[1] and meticulously researched[2] series of essays on our rich and glorious past. Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, two of the world's foremost experts on Things Before Their Time[3] take you on a step-by-step journey through history. From the Big Bang to the Fall of the Roman Empire, from the Ice Age to the Evolution of Language, from Henry VIII to Last of the Summer Wine: all of civilisation is here. A publishing first, this thoroughly comprehensive and highly ambitious quest through Time and Space is interspersed with questions for all the family from TV's most popular tea-time quiz show, Pointless. This is Alexander and Richard's biggest book yet. The book no historian can afford to be without[4], it comes complete with introduction and footnotes[5]. [1] Highly selective [2] Largely cobbled together from what we can remember from school [3] That's not even a thing [4] Under no circumstances to be used for reference [5] Um...

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  • BLACKWELL’S OXFORD PRESENTS: Commander Chris Hadfield The Darkest Dark

    Sunday, October 9th at 15:30 - 18:00
    Blackwell’s is delighted to welcome back Commander Chris Hadfield for a book signing of his first book for children, The Darkest Dark.

    Inspired by Commander Hadfield’s childhood watching of the first moon landing, The Darkest Dark follows a young boy who plays at being an alien-fighting astronaut, but at night is not so brave when darkness falls. However, he learns that space is even darker than his bedroom at night, and not scary but fascinating and exciting.

    This event is free to attend. Please register by emailing events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk, or coming to the customer services desk in the Norrington Room.
    Owing to Sunday trading laws, all book purchases must be made before 5pm, but the signing will go on until 6pm. Commander Hadfield will be signing The Darkest Dark, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, and You are Here. Please note no memorabilia is to be signed at this event.
    For more information please call 01865 333623.
  • An Evening with Margaret Atwood

    Monday, October 10th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Date: Monday 10th of October
    Time: 7pm
    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

    Tickets
    £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)

    Copies of Hag-seed will be available for sale on the night at the full RRP of £16.99. Signed copies will only be available while stock lasts.

    For more information please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

    Terms & Conditions Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled. Please note that events can occasionally be cancelled at short notice or their times or dates may alter; we therefore recommend that you check with the shop before travelling. Any event changes will be published on this page. If you are unable to attend an event we can often reserve signed copies. Please contact Ann Landmann on ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk for details. Reserved copies cannot be guaranteed and may not always carry dedications.

  • Beverley Bie Brahic, Jeffrey Wainwright & Matthew Welton (bookstall)

    Monday, October 10th at 19:30 - 20:45
    A BOOKSTALL BY BLACKWELL'S MANCHESTER

    Three gifted poets come together to read from eagerly-awaited new collections: Matthew Welton, Jeffrey Wainwright and Beverley Bie Brahic (pictured) as part of the Centre for New Writing's Literature Live season.

    There will be a Blackwell's bookstall and signing at this event.

    Date: Thursday 10 October 2016
    Time: 7.30pm
    Place: Martin Harris Centre
    Details: click here
  • Heffers Presents: All About Agatha - An Evening Devoted to Agatha Christie

    Tuesday, October 11th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Everything 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.

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  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    An Evening with Anthony Horowitz

    Tuesday, October 11th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Date: Tuesday 11th October
    Time: 7pm
    Venue: The Caves, 8-10, Niddry Street South, Edinburgh, EH1 1NS

    Blackwell's Bookshop are delighted to welcome back best-selling author Anthony Horowitz to Edinburgh! Join us as he chats about his new novel, Magpie Murders, a deliciously dark take on the vintage crime novel, brought bang- up-to-date with a fiendish modern twist.

    When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway...But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems. Yes, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but hidden in the pages of the manuscript there lies another story: a tale written between the very words on the page, telling of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition and murder.

    Anthony Horowitz is one of the UK’s most prolific and successful writers and may have committed more (fictional) murders than any other living author. Anthony was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write two new Sherlock Holmes novels. The House of Silk was published in November 2011 followed by its sequel Moriarty. Most recently he was commissioned by the Ian Fleming Estate to write the James Bond novel Trigger Mortis, published in September 2015. His bestselling Alex Rider series for children has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide. As a TV screenwriter he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War; other TV work includes Poirot and the widely acclaimed mini-series Collision and Injustice.

    Duration: approx 60 minutes, followed by a signing

    Tickets for this event are £5 and available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here (Booking Fees apply)

    Terms & Conditions
    Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled. Please note that events can occasionally be cancelled at short notice or their times or dates may alter; we therefore recommend that you check with the shop before travelling. Any event changes will be published on this page..

    Tickets are also available in person from the desk on the Ground Floor at Blackwell’s Bookshop, by phoning 0131 622 8222 or emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8222 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

  • Blackwell's Newcastle & MILAN: Wellcome Prize Book Group - "The Iceberg"

    Wednesday, October 12th at 18:00

    We have joined forces with MILAN (Medicine in Literature and the Arts in Newcastle) - who are a student and staff consortium based at the School of Medicine at Newcastle University - and are doing a themed book group around the past winners of the Wellcome Book Prize. The first session is on Wednesday the 12th of October at 6pm and we will be reading "The Iceberg". If you fancy joining us for any of these sessions, you will be able to get the books on offer from the shop, as per usual, and all you need to do is show up! This is the schedule for all sessions:

    Wednesday, 12th October, 6pm - Marion Coutts: The Iceberg (2015 winner)
    Wednesday, 9th November, 6pm - Andrew Solomon: Far from the Tree (2014 winner)
    Wednesday, 14th December, 6pm - Thomas Wright: Circulation (2012 winner)
    Wednesday, 11th January, 6pm - Alice LaPlante: Turn of Mind (2011 winner)
    Wednesday, 8th February, 6pm - Rebecca Skloot: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010 winner)

    For more information about this email Mariana.

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Roland Tye: Weekender

    Wednesday, October 12th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 12th October
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Comely Bank Publishing and Blackwell’s Bookshop are delighted to celebrate the launch of Weekender, the debut novel by Edinburgh-author Roland Tye

    About the Book

    Set in Edinburgh's 'recent past', Weekender follows the intertwined lives of a series of the city's residents. As the life of each very different character touches the next, we move through the weekend discovering a city of contrasts: a city of wealth and poverty, drugs and desire, sex and not a little love, despair and redemption. Yet Weekender is above all a novel that surprises, and it's a book that's guaranteed to generate discussion about favourite characters.

    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 events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • Heffers Presents: The Pursuit of Power with Richard J Evans

    Wednesday, October 12th at 18:30 - 20:00
    At 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.

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  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Sophie Hannah: Closed Casket

    Thursday, October 13th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 13th October
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell’s Bookshop is delighted to welcome crime writer Sophie Hannah to Edinburgh to celebrate the publication of Closed Casket, her new Hercule Poirot mystery.

    About the Book

    Hercule Poirot returns in another brilliant murder mystery that can only be solved by the eponymous Belgian detective and his 'little grey cells'.

    'What I intend to say to you will come as a shock ...' Lady Athelinda Playford has planned a house party at her mansion in Clonakilty, County Cork, but it is no ordinary gathering. As guests arrive, Lady Playford summons her lawyer to make an urgent change to her will - one she intends to announce at dinner that night. She has decided to cut off her two children without a penny and leave her fortune to someone who has only weeks to live ...Among Lady Playford's guests are two men she has never met - the famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard. Neither knows why he has been invited ...until Poirot starts to wonder if Lady Playford expects a murderer to strike. But why does she seem so determined to provoke, in the presence of a possible killer? When the crime is committed in spite of Poirot's best efforts to stop it, and the victim is not who he expected it to be, will he be able to find the culprit and solve the mystery?

    Following the phenomenal global success of The Monogram Murders, which was published to critical acclaim following a co-ordinated international launch in September 2014, international best-selling crime writer Sophie Hannah has been commissioned by Agatha Christie Limited to pen a second fully-authorised Poirot novel. The new book marks the centenary of the creation of Christie's world-famous detective Hercule Poirot, introduced in her first book The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

    About the Author
    Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 27 countries. In 2013, her novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards. Sophie has also published five collections of poetry. Her fifth, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 T S Eliot Award. Sophie lives with her husband and children in Cambridge, where she is a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College.

    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 events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8222 or ellie.wixon@blackwell.co.uk

  • Marcus du Sautoy at The Royal Institution

    Thursday, October 13th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Is 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.

    Click here to buy tickets from The Royal Institution.
  • *Blackwell's Newcastle* NCLA: Amy Liptrot at the Culture Lab, Newcastle University

    Thursday, October 13th at 19:15

    Amy Liptrot has published work with various magazines, journals and blogs and has written a regular column for the website Caught by the River from which her debut memoir The Outrun emerged – a remarkable book about recovery from addiction that marks the arrival of a significant new voice in nature writing. The Outrun won the 2016 Wainwright Prize and was shortlisted for 2016 Wellcome Book Prize.

    ‘A lyrical, brave memoir. It’s Liptrot’s aptitude for marrying her inner-space with wild outer-spaces that makes her such a compelling writer… I enjoyed this book enormously.’ Will Self, The Guardian

    ‘Beautiful, stark and unflinching. Amy Liptrot is an extraordinary new voice.’ Jenni Fagan

    This event is ticketed; tickets are available from the NCLA.

     

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Blackwell's Teen Fiction Reading Group

    Friday, October 14th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Like 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 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S OXFORD PRESENT: Sean Carroll The Big Picture

    Monday, October 17th at 12:15 - 13:15
    Where are we? Who are we? Do our beliefs, hopes and dreams mean anything out there in the void? Can human purpose and meaning ever fit into a scientific world-view?

    We are delighted to welcome the acclaimed physicist Sean Carroll for a daytime talk for his latest book, The Big Picture. Tying together together the fundamental laws of physics governing the workings of the cosmos with the everyday human experience we all share. The book takes you on a breathtaking 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 is free to attend, and does not require booking. Please drop in to the Norrington Room. For any further information, please contact events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH BOOK GROUP

    Monday, October 17th at 18:00 - 19:30
    Date: Monday 17th of October
    Time: 6.00pm
    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 currently reading href="http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/id/The_Bridge_Over_the_Drina/9781860460586" target="_blank">The Bridge over the Drina by Ivo Andric. What is the book about?
    In the small Bosnian town of Visegrad the stone bridge of the novel's title, built in the sixteenth century on the instruction of a grand vezir, bears witness to three centuries of conflict. Visegrad has long been a bone of contention between the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, but the bridge survives unscathed until 1914, when the collision of forces in the Balkans triggers the outbreak of World War I. The bridge spans generations, nationalities and creeds, silent testament to the lives played out on it. Radisav, a workman, tried to hinder its construction and is impaled alive on its highest point; beautiful Fata leaps from its parapet to escape an arranged marriage; Milan, inveterate gamble, risks all in one last game on it. With humour and compassion, Andric chronicles the lives of Catholics, Moselms and Orthodox Christians unable to reconcile their disparate loyalties.

    Future meetings...
    Monday 21st November at 6pm to discuss Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    Monday 12th December at 6pm for Room With A View by EM Forster
    Monday 16th January at 6pm for My Family And Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

    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 OXFORD PRESENT: Alejandro Zambra Multiple Choice

    Monday, October 17th at 18:30 - 19:30
    Multiple Choice is difficult to define. Is it: (a) poetry
    (b) prose
    (c) short stories
    (d) all of the above
    (e) none of the above

    Alejandro Zambra is one of Granta's Best Spanish Language Novelists, and the author of My Documents, The Private Lives of Trees, and Ways of Going Home.

    To celebrate the translation of his latest work, Multiple Choice, he will be in conversation with Dr Dominic Moran, Christ Church researcher in 20th Century Latin American literature.

    Please join us for an evening of conversation and questions. This event is free to attend, and places may by booked by visiting our Customer Service Department or contact us on 01865 333 623 or email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Sean Carroll at the Royal Institution

    Monday, October 17th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Award-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.

    Click here to buy tickets from The Royal Institution.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Discover 100 Favourite Ceilidh Dances

    Tuesday, October 18th at 18:30
    Date: Tuesday 18th October
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join author and musician Andy Greig and Dr Fiona Watson, BBC historian, as they discuss his new book 100 Favourite Ceilidh Dances and the history of ceilidh dancing in the UK.

    With a talk, a Q&A with the audience and a book signing; the evening will be brimming with Ceilidh music, stimulating conversation and knowledgeable personalities, with further musicians to be announced.

    ‘A ceilidh is a traditional Celtic gathering, where music and dance take place in an atmosphere lubricated by copious quantities of alcohol’, claims Greig in 100 Favourite Ceilidh Dances. The book explains how to become a ‘caller’ for a ceilidh; to pick the dances, the tunes and set the tone of an entire evening.

    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 events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: John Parrington Redesigning Life

    Tuesday, October 18th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Since the birth of civilisation, human beings have manipulated other life forms. 'Redesigning Life' explores how scientists are editing genes using molecular scissors, with new technology of genome editing being applied to practically any species of plants and animals. These powerful new technologies can lead to revolutionary developments but also raises important ethical dilemmas and potential dangers.

    'Redesigning Life' explains the science behind revolutionary developments in genetic engineering frequently in the news, describing the breakthrough in genome editing and the creation of synthetic lifeforms. It also explores the huge potential benefits genome editing could offer to medicine and agriculture.

    Join us as John Parrington explains the nature and possibilities of these new scientific developments, which could usher in a brave, new world.

    Tickets for this event cost £5 and can be purchased from the customer service department in the Norrington Room. Alternatively, call 01865 333623.
  • *Blackwell's Newcastle* NCLA: 'What is a Makar?' - Culture Lab, Newcastle University

    Tuesday, October 18th at 19:15

    Since the reopening of the Scottish Parliament in 1997, Scotland has had a National Makar, or poet laureate. At the city level, too, a series of these posts have sprung up in the last 10 years. The new Makar for Scotland is Jackie Kay, while the City Makar for Dundee is Bill Herbert – both members of staff in the School of English.

    But what are these roles, and what do they mean, not just for Scottish poetry, but for the civic life of poetry? Join the new Director of the Scottish Poetry Library, Asif Khan, and Jackie and Bill,in a discussion with readings.  

    This event is ticketed; tickets are available from the NCLA.

  • Heffers Presents: All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation with Diarmaid MacCulloch

    Thursday, October 20th at 18:30 - 20:00

    ALL THINGS MADE NEW: WRITINGS ON THE REFORMATION WITH DIARMAID MCCULLOCH – THURSDAY 20TH OCTOBER, 6.30PM

    Join 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.

    PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

  • Eimear McBride (bookstall)

    Thursday, October 20th at 19:00 - 21:00
    A BOOKSTALL BY BLACKWELL'S MANCHESTER

    Come and find out why Anne Enright said, ‘Eimear McBride is that old-fashioned thing, a genius.’ Eimear will be in conversation with John McAuliffe, poet and Director of the Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester. Presented in partnership with Manchester Literature Festival as part of the Literature Live season.

    There will be a Blackwell's bookstall and signing at this event.

    Date: Thursday 20 October 2016
    Time: 7pm
    Place: Martin Harris Centre
    Details: click here


    Photo by Jemma Mickleburgh
  • BLACKWELL OXFORD PRESENTS: Ex Libris LIVE!

    Thursday, October 20th at 19:00 - 21:00
    We are overjoyed to announce the panelists for the next Ex Libris LIVE! show:

    Robert Llewellyn, the actor and comedian best known as Kryten in the hugely popular TV series, Red Dwarf, is also an author of many books, including the remarkable utopian sci-fi trilogy, News From.

    Jodi Taylor is a self professed history nut and highly regarded author of many novels, including the time-bending Chronicles of St Mary’s.

    Paul Burston is a host of award-winning LGBT literary salon Polari, founder of The Polari First Book Prize and author of the chilling domestic noir The Black Path.

    Fiammetta Rocco is the Culture Editor for The Economist and 1843, an author, an award winning journalist and the Administrator of the Man Booker International Prize.

    Come and watch these extraordinary word smiths, 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.

    Join us for an entertaining evening of bluffing, entertaining chit-chat and outright literary sneakiness!

    Tickets cost £5 and are now on sale. Please call 01865 333623 or visit the bookshop Customer Service Department to purchase your ticket.
  • Gothic Manchester Festival: Andrew Michael Hurley (bookstall)

    Friday, October 21st at 18:00 - 20:00
    A BOOKSTALL BY BLACKWELL'S MANCHESTER

    Twisted Tales of the North in association with Manchester Writing School presents: Andrew Michael Hurley, author of The Loney, in conversation with Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes.

    This event is part of the Gothic Manchester Festival at Manchester Metropolitan University. There will be a Blackwell's bookstall.

    Date: Friday 21 October 2016
    Time: 6pm
    Place: John Ryland's Library, Deansgate
    Details: click here
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Paula Varjack and Bram E. Gieben

    Friday, October 21st at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Friday 21st October
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Featuring performances and readings by Paula Varjack & Bram E. Gieben from the books Letters I Never Sent to You & Ex Nihlo by Bram E. Gieben.

    London based Paula Varjack & Glasgow based Bram E. Gieben are artists who both share a deep frustration with the question “Where are you from?” (their answers being anything but straight forward) . Their writing is primarily for performance, with varied influences and a love of performing with music. Bram was the first reader and editor of Letters I Never Sent To You, so was a natural choice to support the launch. Bram is a recovering nihilist, while Paula aspires to be an optimist. Somehow they still get on.

    Letters I Never Sent to You is a collection of impressions and encounters; of people briefly met and of places passed through and lived in. It explores the sometimes slippery nature of the word “home”, and how love and heartbreak can be felt just as strongly for a place as for a person. It explores connection and disconnection with places, people and the spaces in which we encounter them. It tells stories of a life split between places, identities, languages, nationalities, sexualities and of running away and running into yourself, of love lost and found again.

    Paula Varjack is a writer, filmmaker and theatre maker. Her work explores identity, the unsaid, and making the invisible visible. She makes work across disciplines; performance, theatre, documentary and spoken word. In addition to performing, she facilitates workshops with a wide range of age groups, using writing prompts and drama games to unblock creativity. Born in Washington D.C. to a Ghanaian mother and a British father, out of they many places she has lived she considers east London to be "home".

    Bram E. Gieben, also known as Texture, is a writer, performer and musician based in Glasgow, Scotland. He is a member of spoken word trio Chemical Poets and live literature collective Writers Bloc, and a co-founder of the Black Lantern Music collective and Weaponizer Press. His writing has previously been published by io9, The Quietus, Mishka NYC, Timid Pirate Press, Red Squirrel and The Skinny.

    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 events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • Horror: A Literary History (bookstall)

    Saturday, October 22nd at 10:00 - 18:00
    A BOOKSTALL BY BLACKWELL'S MANCHESTER

    'The Gothic North' Symposium chaired by Dr Linnie Blake also including 'Horror: A Literary History' book launch and wine reception.

    Date: Saturday 22 October 2016
    Place: Number 70, Oxford Road, Manchester
    Details: click here
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    New Tales from the Old Kingdom with Garth Nix

    Tuesday, October 25th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Tuesday 25th October
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Blackwell's Bookshop is very excited to welcome one of our favourite Fantasy writers to Edinburgh. Garth Nix, author of the bestselling Old Kingdom series, will be in Edinburgh to chat about Goldenhand, Book Five in the series.

    About the Book

    Goldenhand continues the story of Lirael. No longer a shy Second Assistant Librarian, Lirael is now the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic.

    When she discovers Nicholas Sayre lying unconscious, she uses her powers to save him. But the attack has left Nicholas tainted with Free Magic, so together they embark on a dangerous journey to seek help at Lirael’s childhood home, the Clayr’s Glacier. Ferin, a young woman from the distant North, is travelling to meet them, bearing a warning from Lirael’s long-dead mother about the Witch With No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning?
    Lirael must save the Old Kingdom from this great danger – and it must be forestalled not only in the living world but also in the cold, remorseless river of Death.

    About the Author
    Garth Nix has worked as a bookseller, book sales representative, publicist, editor, marketing consultant and literary agent. He also spent five years as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. A full-time writer since 2001, more than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world and his work has been translated into 40 languages.

    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 events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL's OXFORD PRESENTS: Nicky Dee: What's so special about dinosaurs?

    Wednesday, October 26th at 13:00 - 14:00
    Blackwell's is delighted to present a fun-filled half term free event with dinosaur fanatic Nicky Dee!

    ‘What’s so Special about’ is a brand new series of dinosaur books for children – filling the gap on the shelves between dinosaur picture books aimed at very young children and encyclopaedia-style reference titles for older readers.

    Nicky will be offering insights into how dinosaurs really looked, lived, survived and thrived, along with activities and questions.

    To register for this free event, please contact customer services on 01865 333623 or email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL’S OXFORD AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS PRESENT: Duncan Green How Change Happens

    Wednesday, October 26th at 18:00 - 20:00
    Blackwell’s is delighted to be partnered with Oxford University Press in presenting Duncan Green, the strategic adviser for Oxfam GB, to launch his book “How Change Happens”.

    Drawing on many first-hand examples from the global experience of Oxfam, as well as the Duncan Green’s insights from studying and working on international development, it tests ideas on How Change Happens and offers the latest thinking on what works to achieve progressive change.

    Tickets will be released on Monday 19th September, and will cost £5 including a glass of wine. For further information, or to register your interest in purchasing a ticket next week, please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk, or telephone 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Jim Crumley: The Nature of Autumn

    Wednesday, October 26th at 18:30
    Date: Wednesday 26th October
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join Jim Crumley, one of Scotland’s finest nature writers, on a journey through autumn!

    About the Book

    In autumn nature stages some of its most enchantingly beautiful displays; yet it's also a period for reflection, melancholy even, as the days shorten and winter's chill approaches.

    In The Nature of Autumn Jim Crumley tells the story of how unfolding autumn affects the wildlife and landscapes of his beloved countryside from September to November. Along the way, Jim experiences the deer rut, finds phenomenal redwood trees in the most unexpected of places, and contemplates climate change, the death of his father, and his own love of nature; thus painting an intimate - and deeply personal - portrait of a moody and majestic British autumn..

    About the Author
    Jim Crumley is a nature writer, journalist and poet with over 25 books to his name, mostly on the landscape and wildlife of Scotland. As a highly knowledgeable and inspiring wildlife expert, he is in high demand as a contributor for TV and radio, as well as publications such as the Scotsman and BBC Wildlife. Previous books include Nature’s Architect, The Eagle’s Way and The Last Wolf.

    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 events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • Louise Gray: The Ethical Carnivore

    Thursday, October 27th at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Thursday 27th October
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Join us to celebrate the publication of The Ethical Carnivore, a book about one woman's quest to find out what it really means to kill and eat animals.

    About the Book

    Celebrity chefs, from Jamie Oliver to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, all dictate we should know exactly where our meat comes from. So what if you took this modern day maxim to its logical conclusion? What if you only ate animals you killed yourself?

    Fed up of friends claiming to care about the provenance of their food, Louise Gray decides to follow the argument to its logical extreme. Starting small, Louise shucks oysters and catches fish. Gradually she gets to know countrymen and women who teach her how to shoot pigeons and rabbits. As she begins to reconnect with nature and her own upbringing in the countryside, Louise starts to question modern attitudes to the meat we eat. How did we end up eating so much meat with no idea how animals are raised and killed on our behalves? Louise begins to look into how our meat is processed, including the beef in McDonald's burgers, cheap chicken, bacon and farmed fish. She researches halal slaughter and visits abattoirs to ask whether modern technology can make eating meat more humane. She goes on a pheasant shoot and onto a grouse moor and contemplates whether there is still a place for game shooting in modern Britain. And she delves into alternative food culture in the UK, sourcing roadkill and cooking herself a lovely bit of squirrel stir-fry.

    Louise's writing about nature, food and the environment is liberally dashed with humour and she gets to the heart of modern anxieties about where our meat comes from, asking the most important question of all: is it possible to be an ethical carnivore?

    About the Author
    Louise Gray is former Environment Correspondent at The Daily Telegraph, where she covered annual UN talks on climate change, travelled to Paraguay to investigate GM crops and got more than one scoop on recycling. Since leaving the newspaper at the end of 2013 she has written freelance for The Sunday Times, Guardian, Country Life and Spectator, and has also appeared on BBC Radio 4 and LBC.

    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 events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Mike Massimino Spaceman

    Thursday, October 27th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Astronaut 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.
  • *Blackwell's Newcastle* NCLA: Jacob Polley and John Alder at the Culture Lab, Newcastle University

    Thursday, October 27th at 19:15

    To celebrate the publication of Jacob Polley’s fourth book of poems, Jackself, Jacob and John Alder will perform part of their collaborative musical setting of the book. Jackself is an exploration of an innocence and childhood lost in the darker corners of Reiver country and of English folklore, and once more shows Polley as one of the most remarkable imaginations at work in poetry today.

    John Alder was the guitarist, backing vocalist and co-songwriter with British rock band, The Jags. An award-winning composer for BBC nature documentaries, John has also been the sound designer and video artist for many theatre productions with Northern Stage, The National Theatre of Scotland and Live Theatre. Expect a darkly atmospheric intertwining of voice, birdsong and ukulele. 

    This event is ticketed; tickets are available from the NCLA.

     

     

  • Heffers Presents: The Heffers Classics Forum 2016

    Saturday, October 29th at 10:00
    We 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

  • BLACKWELL’S EDINBURGH PRESENTS...
    Doug Johnstone: Crash Land

    Wednesday, November 2nd at 18:30 - 20:00
    Date: Wednesday 2nd November
    Time: 6:30pm
    Venue: Blackwell's Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YS

    Come and join us for the launch of Crash Land, the new novel by Edinburgh author Doug Johnstone – his eight!

    About the Book

    Sitting in the departure lounge of Kirkwall Airport, Finn Sullivan just wants to get off Orkney. But then he meets the mysterious and dangerous Maddie Pierce, stepping in to save her from some unwanted attention, and his life is changed forever. Set against the brutal, unforgiving landscape of Orkney, Crash Land is a psychological thriller steeped in guilt, shame, lust, deception and murder.

    About the Author
    Doug Johnstone is a writer, musician and journalist based in Edinburgh. His 2011 novel Smokeheads was nominated for the Crimefest Last Laugh Award. Before that Doug published two novels with Penguin, Tombstoning (2006) and The Ossians (2008). Doug is currently writer in residence with William Purves Funeral Directors. He is also a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow, and was RLF Fellow at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh 2014-2016. Doug was also writer in residence at the University of Strathclyde 2010-2012 and before that worked as a lecturer in creative writing there. He’s had short stories appear in various publications and anthologies, and since 1999 he has worked as a freelance arts journalist, primarily covering music and literature.
    He is one of the co-founders of the Scotland Writers Football Club, for whom he also puts in a shift in midfield. He is also a singer, musician and songwriter in several bands. Doug has a degree in physics, a PhD in nuclear physics and a diploma in journalism, and worked for four years designing radars.

    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 events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Tickets can also be booked on Eventbrite here

    For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8222 or ann.landmann@blackwell.co.uk

  • Heffers Presents: Writing Workshop - 'The Jane Austen Writers' Club' with Rebecca Smith

    Wednesday, November 2nd at 18:30 - 20:00
    Join 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.

    PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

  • Blackwell's RBS Publication Day Book Signing: IAN RANKIN Rather Be The Devil

    Thursday, November 3rd at 12:00

    The New Rebus, Rather Be The Devil, is published on 3rd November and we are delighted that Ian Rankin will be joining us again at lunchtime on his publication day for a signing.

    John Rebus, now a couple of years into his retirement, finds himself drawn into a cold case from the 1970s involving a female socialite, found dead in a bedroom in one of Edinburgh’s most luxurious hotels. It’s a crime over forty years old, but no one was ever found guilty.

    Now, Rebus has his own reasons to investigate . . . but it is going to set him against some very dangerous people.

    If you unable to attend the signing, we can arrange for Ian Rankin to sign a copy of the book in your absence. Just speak to a bookseller or email rbs@blackwell.co.uk. Please note that because this signing will be very popular and Ian's time short, priority will be given to customers present at the event.

    This event is open to RBS employees and contractors with access to Gogarburn. It is not open to the general public.

  • Heffers Presents: Book Signing with Jeffrey Archer

    Saturday, November 5th at 13:00 - 14:00
    This Was a Man is the captivating final instalment of the Clifton Chronicles, a series of seven novels that has topped the bestseller lists around the world, and enhanced Jeffrey Archer’s reputation as a master storyteller. Come and meet the man himself, and get your copy signed!
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND Oxford University Press PRESENTS: The OUP Philosophy Festival

    Monday, November 7th at 12:00 TO Saturday, November 12th at 18:00
    Blackwell’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, events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or visit our Customer Service Department located in the Norrington Room 01865 333623.
  • Jim Al-Khalili at The Royal Institution

    Monday, November 7th at 19:00 - 20:30
    For 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.

    Click here to buy tickets from The Royal Institution.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Margaret Atwood Hag-Seed

    Wednesday, November 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Come 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 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk.
  • Tom Whipple at The Royal Institution

    Friday, November 11th at 18:00 - 19:15
    As 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.

    Click here to buy tickets from The Royal Institution.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Love by The Beatles in Quadrophonic Sound

    Thursday, November 17th at 19:00 - 21:00
    To 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.
  • BLACKWELL’S OXFORD PRESENT: Sir Tony Robinson No Cunning Plan

    Tuesday, November 22nd at 19:30
    Blackwell’s is proud to present Sir Tony Robinson, author, presenter, and national legend, to discuss his autobiography, No Cunning Plan.

    From Blackadder to Time Team to The Worst Jobs in History, Sir Tony’s career has been varied and brought delight to many people, young and old. To many he will always be Baldrick, turnip-fancier and as cunning as a fox who's just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University, but his comic talents belie his serious commitment to charity work Packed full of incident and insight, No Cunning Plan is a funny, self-deprecating and always entertaining read.

    This event is held at the Sheldonian Theatre, and tickets are £8 for entry and £25 for entry and a copy of the book included. To get tickets, either visit our Customer Services Desk on 48-51 Broad Street, or telephone 01865 333623. For any enquiries, please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS PRESENT Undead Shakespeare: The Writer Who Can't be Killed

    Wednesday, November 23rd at 17:30 - 18:30
    We 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.
  • Heffers Presents: 'Einstein's Greatest Mistake: The Life of a Flawed Genius' with David Bodanis

    Tuesday, November 29th at 18:30 - 20:00
    On 29th November at 6.30pm, join bestselling author of E=MC2 David Bodanis as he talks about his new book, Einstein's Greatest Mistake: The Life of a Flawed Genius. Widely considered the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein revolutionised 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. David Bodanis traces the arc of Einstein's intellectual development across his professional and personal life, showing how Einstein's confidence in his own powers of intuition proved to be both his greatest strength and his ultimate undoing. He was a fallible genius. An intimate and enlightening biography of the celebrated physicist, Einstein's Greatest Mistake reveals how much we owe Einstein today - and how much more he might have achieved if not for his all-too-human flaws. Einstein's Greatest Mistake will be available to purchase at the event and David will be signing copies after the talk.

    PURCHASE TICKETS HERE