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  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ros Barber on Christopher Marlowe

    Thursday, May 28th at 19:00 - 20:00
    To coincide with the anniversary of the death of Christopher Marlowe on May 30th, we'll be hosting a talk from Marlowe expert and author of the fabulous, 'The Marlowe Papers', Ros Barber. Christopher Marlowe was a playwright, poet and translator. He was also a huge influence and precursor to William Shakespeare. He was stabbed to death at the age of 29 on 30th May 1593.

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    This is a free event and takes part in a series of events to celebrate the Marks of Genius exhibition at the Weston Library
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Christine Tennent - Horace Burp Lizard Boy

    Friday, May 29th at 13:30 - 16:00
    Join us for an afternoon of fun and activities with Christine Tennent, author of Horace Burp Lizard Boy.

    Eight year old Horace Burp is busy enough dealing with school bullies, embarrassing parents, a dead goldfish and a dog with pizza problems- but then Horace starts to change colour. Green, red, yellow and blue, he thinks he might be turning into a lizard, but who will believe him?

    This event is free to attend and will take place in the childrens department.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Steve Toltz in conversation with Suzi Feay - Quicksand

    Tuesday, June 2nd at 19:00 - 20:00
    Steve Toltz, author of the booker prize nominated 'A Fraction of the Whole' will be with us to discuss his new novel 'Quicksand'.  Described as Dazzling, darkly funny and intensely moving, 'Quicksand' focuses on the multifaceted dynamics between protagonists Aldo and Liam: Lifelong friends, criminal and police officer, muse and writer. As well as being a compulsively funny work, it also offers its reader a profound exploration of fate, suffering and resilience.

    Suzi Feay has been writing for over 20 years for Time Out, The Independent on Sunday and the Financial Times. She also writes her own blog.Buy the book

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

    Tuesday, June 2nd at 20:00 - 21:30
    HRH Princess Michael of Kent is a member of the British Royal Family, married to Prince Michael of Kent. She is an interior designer and author, and has published several books on the Royal Families of Europe. Her latest novel Agnes Sorel: Mistress of Beauty, was published in 2014. She will be discussing her novels including her critically acclaimed series The Anjou Trilogy.

    This event is open to members of the Oxford Union. More details about how to register can be found here.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: A Celebration of 60 years of City Lights Publishing

    Wednesday, June 3rd at 19:00 - 21:00
    To celebrate 60 years of 'City Lights' bookstore and publishers, we'll be hosting a very special evening of readings from selected authors published by City Lights including Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and more! This stupendous evening takes place on what would have been Allen Ginsberg's 89th birthday. A Similar celebration will be taking place across the water in Paris, where our comrades in the trade, Berkeley Books, will also be celebrating in their own way. Later in the year, on 7th October will be a second celebration of 60 years to the evening that 'Howl' was performed at Six Gallery for the first time.

    Readers on the evening include Dan Holloway, Alan Buckley, Daisy Johnson, Tom De Freston and Kiran Millwood Hargrave. We will also be passing around a folder containing some of the very best City Lights published poems to give guests on the evening the opportunity to read aloud.

    Wine will be provided, Angel-headed Hipsters and Mohammedan Angels are all Welcome! Buy 'Howl' here

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: The Oxford Business Book Club

    Thursday, June 4th at 19:00 - 20:30
    Join us for the next Oxford Business Book Club session, held in partnership with Blackwell's. This month, the discussion will be based around Zero to One by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters. Members of the reading group receive a special club discount on the book of the month, please visit the bookshop and speak to a member of staff for more details.

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    There is a small charge for this event to cover cost of drinks. For ticket enquiries, please call: 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Andrew Duff - The Story of Sikkim

    Thursday, June 4th at 19:00 - 20:00
    This is the true story of Sikkim, a tiny Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas that survived the end of the British Empire only to be annexed by India in 1975. It tells the remarkable tale of Thondup Namgyal, the last king of Sikkim, and his American Wife, Hope Cooke. Based on interviews and archive research, as well as a retracing of a journey the author's grandfather made in 1922, this is a thrilling, romantic and informative glimpse of a real-life Shangri-la.

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: The Empathy Festival: Roman Krznaric - Empathy and Family Life

    Friday, June 5th at 19:00 - 20:00
    To launch 'The Empathy Festival' curated by Roman Krznaric and to coincide with the paperback release of his book, 'Empathy', Roman will be giving a talk on empathy within the family.

    Discussing how parents relate and empathise with their children and how siblings may use empathy to bond with each other, Roman will introduce the thoughts described in his bestselling book of last year.

    'The Empathy Festival' includes special events by some of todays most thought provoking philosophers and writers. Joining Roman throughout the week long festival will be Peter Singer, Theodore Zeldin, Nigel Warburton and Danny Dorling among others.

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Peter Singer - The Most Good You Can Do

    Saturday, June 6th at 16:00 - 17:00
    We are thrilled to be joined by acclaimed philosopher Peter Singer. Peter is currently the Ira W DeCamp professor of bioethics at Princeton University and is best known for his 1975 work, 'Animal Liberation'. His new book 'The most good you can do' explores effective altruism and how to live an ethical life. The book offers new hope for our ability to tackle the world's most pressing problems.

    The talk takes place as part of our 'Empathy Week' which is in collaboration with Roman Krznaric. Other speakers across the week include Theodore Zeldin, Danny Dorling and Morten Kringelbach

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    This is a free talk to attend and no booking is required. For enquiries, please call 01865 333623
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: The Empathy Festival: Danny Dorling - Injustice and Empathy - Why Social Inequality still persists

    Monday, June 8th at 19:00 - 20:00
    As part of our empathy festival, curated by Roman Krznaric, we will be hosting a talk from Danny Dorling on injustice and empathy.

    We are living in the most remarkable and dangerous times. Globally, the richest 1% have never held a greater share of world wealth, while the share of most of the other 99% has collapsed in the last five years. In this fully rewritten and updated edition of Injustice, Dorling offers hope of a more equal society.

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Ray Foulk - Stealing Dylan from Woodstock

    Tuesday, June 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    For a time, the Isle of Wight Festivals transformed a sleepy English island into the rock'n'roll capital of the world. From promoting a one-nighter in 1968, to raise funds for a local swimming pool, the young Foulk brothers were able to out-perform Woodstock by signing the world-exclusive appearance of rock's poet laureate, Bob Dylan. Hear Ray discuss how they 'stole' Bob Dylan from Woodstock.

    The evening will also include an appearance from a very special guest and somebody that knows only too well what it was like to perform on the hallowed stage and music from guest band Grub.Buy the book.

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

    Tuesday, June 9th at 20:00 - 21:30
    Ella Woodward is the creator of the cooking brand Deliciously Ella, which is dedicated to providing recipes for healthy natural food. She was diagnosed with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, and started cooking as a means of dealing with the symptoms. She has recently released a best-selling app and has just written her first cookbook.

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    Places for this event are free to members of the Oxford Union and you can register attendance here.We also have a limited number of spaces for Blackwell's customers. Please enquire to sign up at the customer service desk in the Norrington Room.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Javier Cercas in conversation with Peter Bush

    Wednesday, June 10th at 19:00 - 20:00
    We are delighted to be hosting an evening's discussion on Spanish and Catalan fiction in translation with author Javier Cercas and translator Peter Bush.

    Javier is a writer and professor of Spanish literature at the University of Girona in Spain. His novel's include 2004's 'Soldiers of Salamis' and 2012's 'Outlaws' that was published in English translation last year.

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    Peter Bush is a literary translator and has translated works in Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese to English. His latest translation is of 'An Uncertain Glory' by Joan Sales Buy the book here

    He will also be talking about the translations of Joseph Pla's 'The Gray Notebook' (Buy the book here) and 'Life Embitters' (Buy the book here) which will both be available to purchase on the evening.

    Chairing the talk will be Daniela Omlor, a specialist in contemporary Spanish fiction at Lincoln College.

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: A Conversational Supper with Theodore Zeldin

    Thursday, June 11th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Acclaimed philosopher Theodore Zeldin will be running one of his famed conversational suppers in the shop. Each guest will be handed a menu of thought provoking topics as they enter and a dicussion, guided by Theodore, will commence. What is the point of working so hard? What can replace the shortage of soulmates? Through these questions, and many others, Zeldin demonstrates that both the greatest problem and the greatest opportunity of the twenty-first century lie in our relationships with others.

    His new book 'The Hidden Pleasures of Life' is released on 21st May.

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  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Stephen Church on Magna Carta

    Monday, June 15th at 19:00 - 20:00
    To commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, We will be joined by Stephen Church, author of King John: England, Magna Carta and the making of a Tyrant to discuss this very special occasion. Stephen Church is a professor of medieval history at the University of East Anglia and widely acclaimed as an expert on twelth and thirteenth century kingship, especially the reign of King John.

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    This is a FREE event and takes place as part of our series of events to celebrate the Marks of Genius exhibition at the Weston Library.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Caroline Criado-Perez in conversation with Deborah Cameron

    Tuesday, June 16th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Caroline Criado-Perez will be discussing her new book, 'Do it like a Woman' with Deborah Cameron.

    'Do it like a Woman' is an inspiring book exploring the private heroisms and personal triumphs of ordinary women from all walks and ways of life, and a brilliant manifesto for feminists everywhere. Caroline Criado-Perez is one of the most vocal and tenacious campaigners of her generation and will be in converstaion with Scottish feminist and linguist Deborah Cameron.

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    Tickets: £3 Tel: 01865 333623

  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Mark Haddon launches Sarah Leipciger's The Mountain Can Wait

    Wednesday, June 17th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Author Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) launches Sarah Leipciger's fabulous debut novel, 'The Mountain Can Wait'.  Set in the stunning but scarred Canadian landscape, 'The Mountain Can Wait' is a story of fathers and sons and the heartache they cause each other.

    For fans of 'Brokeback Mountain' and 'Legend of a Suicide'.

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages - To Kill a Mockingbird

    Thursday, June 18th at 18:30
    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.

    July 14th sees the publication of the most anticipated novel of the year: Harper Lee's 'lost' first novel, 'Go Set A Watchman'. Before reading about what happened to Scout and Atticus in their later life revisit ine of the most loved films of all time with us.

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    Pre-order Go Set A Watchman (published 14th July)

    This event is free to attend!

    We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now!

    Ticket Reservations Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Roma Tearne - The Last Pier

    Thursday, June 18th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Roma Tearne will be appearing in conversation with Lucy Popescu here at Blackwell's in Oxford to talk about her latest novel, 'The Last Pier' - A beautiful and atmospheric novel about family, love, loss and regret.

    In the author's own words, "Why should a Sri Lanken novelist with five books set in Sri Lanka choose to write a novel set in Suffolk on the eve of WWII? The answer is simply, why not. The imagination has no borders and the voyage out or the passage to india can equally be the passage to Suffolk if indeed we live in a truly global world. I have wanted for many years to write a novel steeped in the English countryside, in a part of the world I know and love. I have wanted to depict the England that is receding and that once, long ago, I read about while living beside a tropical sea. 'The Last Pier' is that novel.

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    Tickets cost £3 and can be purchased by calling 01865 333623

    Wednesday, July 1st at 18:30 - 20:00
    Do you love reading poetry? Join us for our Pass on a Poem evening, where we invite you to share with the group your favourite published poems, meet others who also have a passion for poetry and hear about poets you may have never listened to before. To sign up for a reading spot during the event please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or visit our Customer Services Department located in the Norrington Room.

    Our Pass on a Poem group meets on the 1st Wednesday every 2 months. Our next meeting after this will be held on Wednesday 2 September.

    Pass on a Poem is  a not-for-profit initiative, existing to provide entertainment and to create enthusiasm for poetry by bringing people together to read out loud poems which have a special personal significance and to explain, briefly, why. For more information please visit their website 

    This event is free to attend. Enquiries Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk

    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 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

    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 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