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  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND OXFORDSHIRE LIBRARIES PRESENTS: Harry Sidebottom Fire & Sword

    Saturday, September 3rd at 11:00 - 12:00
    As part of the Oxfordshire Libraries 'A Midsummer Night's Read' Adult Reading Challenge 2016, author Harry Sidebottom will be discussing his Throne of Caesar series at Summertown Library.

    The Throne of the Caesars series is set in third century Rome; a dramatic era of murder, coup, counter-rebellions and civil war. Filled with intrigue, betrayal and bloody battle, 'Fire & Sword', the latest and final part to the trilogy, creates a magnificent world built on brutality and political games, where no one is safe from retribution – not even those who dare to rule.

    Tickets for the event are free but limited, please contact the library directly 01865 558290 or email summertown.library@oxfordshire.gov.uk . Summertown Library South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7JN.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND OXFORDSHIRE LIBRARIES PRESENTS: Francesca Kay The Long Room

    Tuesday, September 6th at 17:30 - 18:30
    As part of the Oxfordshire Libraries 'A Midsummer Night's Read' Adult Reading Challenge 2016, author Francesca Kay will be discussing her novel 'The Long Room'.

    This is December 1981. Bombs are exploding, a cold war is being waged, another war is just over the horizon and the nation is transfixed by weekly instalments of Brideshead Revisited. Dangerously in love, and lonely, Stephen sets himself up for a vertiginous fall that will forever change his life. As beautiful as it is intense, The Long Room is the dazzling new novel from an award-winning writer. With her mastery of the perfect detail, Francesca Kay explores a mind under pressure and the compelling power of imagination.

    Tickets for the event are free but limited, please contact the library directly on 01865 777494 or email cowley.library@oxfordshire.gov.uk . Cowley Library, Temple Road, Cowley, OX4 2EZ.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Late night shopping in aid of the Oxford Preservation Trust

    Thursday, September 8th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Blackwell's Oxford presents a fundraising evening in aid of the Oxford Preservation Trust.

    Join us for a night of exclusive late night shopping and find out more about The Oxford Preservation Trust and its aim to preserve and enhance, for the benefit of the public, the amenities of the city of Oxford and its surroundings.

    Take an evening tour of the shop, see the old Gaffer's Office which is usually closed to the public, make the most of a personal shopping service provided by Blackwell's expert booksellers or simply take this rare opportunity to browse the bookshop after hours and meet like-minded people who share in your passion for our beautiful city and its history.

    The evening is free to attend and no registration is needed. As a one-off the bookshop will be open from 7pm until 9pm. 15% of all book sales will be going to support the work of the Oxford Preservation Trust. We hope to see you there!
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Blackwell's Teen Fiction Reading Group

    Friday, September 9th 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 'The Girl of Ink and Stars' by Kiran Milwood-Hargrave. For full information on the group and our past reads, please visit our website. If you would like to join the group, get in touch and let us know by emailing events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshop Nigel Warburton and Marcus du Sautoy

    Saturday, September 10th at 11:00 - 12:00
    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?

    On Saturday 10th September we will be hosting our next "Philosophy in the Bookshop" event, where Nigel Warburton interviews a fellow author on a range of thought provoking topics. This month, Nigel Warburton and Marcus du Sautoy will be discussing the concept of Marcus' latest book "What We Cannot Know", where he investigates how leading experts in fields from quantum physics and cosmology, to sensory perception and neuroscience, have articulated the current lie of the land.

    This event is free to attend and registration is not needed. The talk will be taking place in the Philosophy Department located in the Norrington Room. For all enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELLS OXFORD PRESENTS: Samuel Shem At the Heart of the Universe

    Tuesday, September 13th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Samuel Shem, author of bestselling novel The House of God will be joining us to discuss his latest novel At the Heart of the Universe.

    Samuel Shem's 'At the Heart of the Universe' is an epic novel set deep in rural China against the backdrop of an ancient mountain monastery during the time of Mao's one-child population control policies.

    “At the Heart of the Universe tells a moving story that is full of understanding, intimacy, and psychological intensity. In the context of a harrowing adventure in contemporary China, this large-hearted novel reaffirms the necessity of empathy, self-discovery, and love.” - Ha Jin, author of Waiting and A Map of Betrayal

    Tickets for this event cost £5. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit the customer service department in the Norrington Room or call 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Philosophy in the Bookshop Nigel Warburton and Anthony Gottlieb

    Saturday, September 17th at 11:00 - 12:00
    We are hosting a special extra session of Philosophy in the Bookshop this month, featuring Nigel Warbuton interviewing fellow philosopher Anthony Gottlieb.

    The event will be a discussion around the topic of Anthony's latest book, "The Dream of Enlightenment", his sequel to "The Dream of Reason". They will be exploring philosopher's such as Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, Hume, and Rousseau and how they remade Western philosophy in the wake of religious upheaval and the rise of Galilean science.

    This event is free to attend and registration is not needed. The talk will be taking place in the Philosophy Department located in the Norrington Room. For all enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD SHORT STORIES ALOUD PRESENTS: Jenn Ashworth and Carys Bray

    Tuesday, September 20th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Short Stories Aloud features guest authors who share with the audience a short story, performed by professional actors. Afterwards, Sarah Franklin, organiser and Senior Lecturer in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University, interviews each author about their latest novels and career in writing.

    This month Jenn Ashworth, author of 'Fell' and Carys Bray author of 'Museum of You' will be joining the group. Tickets for this brilliant evening of literary fun cost only £5 and can only be purchased on door on the evening of the event.

    Purchase Fell by Jenn Ashworth

    Purchase Museum of You by Carys Bray

    For any enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk or visit the groups twitter account @StoriesAloud.
  • BLACKWELLS OXFORD and OXFORD GAMES PRESENTS: EX LIBRIS LIVE!

    Thursday, September 22nd at 19:00 - 21:00
    Come and listen to Tim FitzHigham, Sydney Padua, Andrew Hunter Murray and Andy Robb, some of the UK’s wittiest wordsmiths, cross pens as they bluff and counter bluff in Ex Libris LIVE! the entertaining panel show adaptation of Ex Libris, the game of first lines and last words.

    While panelists set about writing fake but plausible opening or closing sentences to genuine books, the Ex Libris LIVE! host, broadcaster David Freeman, will interview, in turn, each contender discussing their recent work.

    Andrew Hunter Murray is a writer, performer and podcaster extraordinaire. He is QI’s literary Elf, writes for Private Eye, and co-hosts the award-winning podcast No Such Thing As A Fish.

    Tim FitzHigham is an award-winning British comedian, author and artist. He holds all manner of world records including one for rowing a bathtub across the English Channel, an escapade he writes about in All at Sea: One Man. One Bathtub. One Very Bad Idea.

    Sydney Padua is a graphic artist, animator and author of the amazing, award winning and mostly true graphic novel, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage.

    Andy Robb is an actor, a self-proclaimed uber geek and the author of the acclaimed children’s books, Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind, and Geekhood: Mission Improbable.

    Be prepared for a good deal of bluffing, entertaining chit-chat and outright literary sneakiness!

    Show starts at 7pm at Blackwell’s Oxford, for tickets please call 01865 333623. Tickets cost just £3.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: An afternoon with Randall Munroe, creator of xkcd and author of Thing Explainer and What If?

    Sunday, September 25th at 16:00 - 17:00
    We are delighted to present an afternoon with Randall Munroe, creator of the Hugo award-winning webcomic xkcd and author of 'Thing Explainer' and 'What If?'

    Randall will be discussing his two books. 'Thing Explainer' describes complex subjects using only the 1000 most commonly used words in the English language. Described by The Guardian as 'precise, to the point, and absolutely fascinating'.
    'What If?" answers silly hypothetical questions with serious scientific analysis, and is hilarious and informative.

    The talk will include a Q&A session, and be followed by a signing. The signing will be available to all who have purchased the book bundle ticket, or can provide proof of Blackwell's purchase of the books.

    This event will be held in the Examination Schools. Tickets are £12 for entry, or £20 for entry with both books included in the price. For more information visit the shop or telephone customer services on 01865 333623.
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD GROUP 2012 PRESENTS: Writing Feedback Session

    Wednesday, September 28th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Group2012 is our monthly writers group, run in partnership with Cherry Mosteshar from The Oxford Editors. In this session meet fellow writers and take part in a critique workshop on a piece of your written work, giving the opportunity to offer and receive support.

    This event will be taking place in the The Quaker Meeting House on St Giles.

    Membership for the group costs only £25 for a year and allows entry to all events or it costs £5 a session. Entry can only be paid for on the evening of the event. To find out more information about the group please visit their blog.
  • 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.
  • 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 PRESENTS: Mike Massimino

    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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.