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  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Steven Pinker - 'The Sense of Style'

    Tuesday, September 23rd at 19:00 - 21:00
    Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care? In 'The Sense of Style', the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the twenty-first century, Pinker doesn’t carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose.

    Join us in the magnificent Sheldonian Theatre to hear from one of the most important public intellectuals.Tickets cost £6 and are available in the shop or by calling 01865 333623
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents:The Oxford Photography Festival 2014 Charlie Waite - 'Seeing Landscapes'

    Wednesday, October 1st at 19:00 - 20:30
    As part of this year's Oxford Photography Festival http://www.photographyoxford.co.uk/, we will be joined in the Norrington Room by landscape photographer, Charlie Waite. Born in England, Charlie worked in theatre and television for the first ten years of his professional life before moving to photography. He is noted for his "painterly" approach in using light and shade. He also runs and takes part in a photographic tour company called Light and Land.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Chen Xiwo - 'The Book of Sins'

    Wednesday, October 8th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Join us as we warmly welcome controversial author Chen Xiwo to Blackwell's to discuss his latest novel, 'The Book of Sins'. Chen's writing has been banned in his homeland of China due to it's graphic depiction of sex and violence. He is also no stranger to the courtroom and has stood before judges many times throughout his illustrious career to defend his right to a freedom of speech. Chen's most talked about and most controversial story is one called 'I Love my Mum' and which alludes to a sexual relationship between a Mother and her severely disabled Son. Not for the faint of heart, this talk by one of China's bravest authors is sure to raise a few eyebrows.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford and Against Breast Cancer Present: Yvette Cowles - 'Belly Dancing and Beating the Odds'

    Thursday, October 9th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Yvette Cowles is a JWAAD Tutor and teacher of many years’ experience, who specializes in Egyptian, ArabicFusion and Bollywood Dance. Based in Stroud and London, she teaches workshops across the UK and France and is a regular teacher at Fantasia and the JWAAD Summer School.When she was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996, it was belly dancing that helped her through. Yvette will be joining us to discuss her memoir 'Belly Dancing and Beating the Odds'.

    Tickets cost £5. All proceeds from this event go to supporting the Oxford based charity, Against Breast Cancer www.againstbreastcancer.org.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Peter F. Hamilton - 'The Abyss Beyond Dreams'

    Friday, October 10th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Science Fiction writer Peter F. Hamilton will be joining us to discuss his new book “The Abyss Beyond Dreams”. Set in the Commonwealth Universe, “The Abyss Beyond Dreams” is set chronologically between The Commonwealth saga and The Void trilogy, two of his popular series.When images of a lost civilization are ‘dreamed’ by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology and creator of the Commonwealth society, is asked to investigate. Especially as the dreams seem to be coming from the Void – a mysterious area of living space monitored and controlled because of its hugely destructive capabilities. With it being the greatest threat to the known universe, Nigel is committed to finding out what really lies within the Void and if there’s any truth to the visions they’ve received. Does human life really exist inside its boundary?

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Rebecca Newberger Goldstein - 'Plato at the Googleplex'

    Monday, October 13th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Imagine that Plato came to life in the twenty-first century and embarked on a multi-city speaking tour. How would he mediate a debate between a Freudian psychoanalyst and a 'tiger mum' on how to raise the perfect child? How would he handle the host of a right-wing news program who denies there can be morality without religion? What would Plato make of Google, and of the idea that knowledge can be crowdsourced rather than reasoned out by experts? Rebecca Newberger Goldstein attempts to answer these questions and more...

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Alexander Larman - 'Blazing Star: The Life and Times of the Earl of Rochester'

    Tuesday, October 14th at 19:00 - 20:00
    'Blazing Star' tells of the life and times of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. Described as a dashing Restoration Dandy, a scabrous satirist and a Pornographic poet, John Wilmot was an alcoholic by the age of 14, in prison by 18 and dead of syphilis by the age of 33. This is the first comprehensive biography of a remarkable and extremely complex man. Johnny Depp even donned a wig to play the Earl in the 2004 movie, 'The Libertine'. Join us for a discussion around John Wilmot's incredible life.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Juliet Barker - 'England, Arise'

    Wednesday, October 15th at 19:00 - 20:00
    The dramatic and shocking events of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 are to be the backdrop to Juliet Barker's latest book: a snapshot of what everyday life was like for ordinary people living in the middle ages.This book not only provides an important reassessment of the revolt itself but is also be an illuminating and original study of English medieval life at the time.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Will Bookshops Exist in 100 Years' Time?

    Thursday, October 16th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Will Bookshops Exist in 100 Years' Time?This is the question we are asking in our panel discussion taking place here at Blackwell's Bookshop on Thursday 16th October at 7pm.The death of the book has been prophesised since the days of monks diligently making copies of books for a wider readership. In more recent times, the Internet, e-readers and supposedly shorter attention spans have all been cited as factors which predicate the certain demise of books and reading and therefore bookshops themselves.Join our fabulous and illustrious panelists as they discuss whether the book-lovers of 2114 will be able to walk into a bookshop (or indeed, whether there will even be book-lovers in a century's time).Our line-up of participants include: Jen Campbell, author and bookseller, whose new book, 'The Bookshop Book', looks at over two hundred wonderful bookshops across six continents. Mark Forsyth, the author of 'Horlogicon' and 'Etymologicon', whose latest work, 'The Unknown, Unknown' explores why it's only in a bookshop that you'll find something you never knew you wanted to read. Ulric van den Bogaerde, the Manager of the world-famous Norrington Room, the vast academic basement of Blackwell's Bookshop in Oxford which has served generations of students and scholars. Angus Phillips, Director, Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and the author of Turning the Page: The evolution of the book'. Juliet Mabey, co-founder and Director of Oneworld Books, Monty Kimball-Evans, Higher Education Sales Executive at Taylor and Francis & former Blackwell's bookseller, and Andy Miller, author of The Year of Reading Dangerously.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad St, Oxford. Alternatively, Please call 01865 333623 or for event enquiries please email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk Main Switchboard Tel: 01865 792792 email: oxford@blackwell.co.uk  
  • Blackwell's Oxford and OPUS Present: Deborah Levy in conversation with Stefan Tobler

    Friday, October 17th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Joining us to discuss her novels with Stefan Tobler (And Other Stories) will be award winning author, Deborah Levy. Deborah will be discussing the relationship between authors and publishers as well as Deborah and Stefan's own shared journey to publishing 'Swimming Home'. Deborah's new book 'An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell' is published by And Other Stories in October.

    Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Henry Marsh - 'Do No Harm'

    Tuesday, October 21st at 19:00 - 20:00
    What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially life-saving operation when it all goes wrong? In neurosurgery, more than in any other branch of medicine, the doctor's oath to 'do no harm' holds a bitter irony. Operations on the brain carry grave risks...

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Richard Barnett - 'The Sick Rose'

    Wednesday, October 22nd at 19:00 - 20:00
    The Sick Rose is a beautifully gruesome and strangely fascinating visual tour through disease in an age before colour photography. This stunning volume, combining detailed illustrations of afflicted patients from some of the worlds rarest medical books, forms an unforgettable and profoundly human reminder of mankinds struggle with disease. Incorporating historic maps, pioneering charts and contemporary case notes, Richard Barnetts evocative overview reveals the fears and obsessions of an era gripped by epidemics. Richard will be accompanying his talk with a slide show presentation of the books illustrations in all their glory - not for the squeamish!

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Kicking the Bucket Festival 2014. Kate Mayfield - 'The Undertaker's Daughter

    Thursday, October 23rd at 19:00 - 20:00
    As part of this year's Kicking the Bucket Festival, we will be joined by author Kate Mayfield to discuss her memoir, 'The Undertaker's Daughter'. Kate grew up in 1960's Kentucky in a funeral home. A place synonymous with death and where the victims of family feuds, accidents and suicide lay in preparation for burial. This fascinating story of life in the god-fearing south shows how sharing a house with the dead can prepare a person to face life with the living. Described as a mixture between Six Feet Under and Mary Roach's Stiff, this incredible story mixes in macabre humour to describe a very different childhood that many people would struggle to imagine.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: 'The Opposite of Loneliness' - A Celebration of Marina Keegan's Writing with Kevin and Tracy Keegan

    Saturday, October 25th at 19:00 - 20:00
    October 25th 2014 would have been Marina Keegan's 25th Birthday. Marina was killed in a car accident just days after graduating from Yale and writing her inspirational essay, The Opposite of Loneliness. We will be joined by Jason Cowley, editor of the New Statesman and Suzanne Baboneau, managing director of Simon and Schuster UK to celebrate Marina's legacy and the innocence and beauty of this wonderful book. We'll also be having selected readings from The Opposite of Loneliness, giving people the chance to reflect and celebrate a life that was tragically cut short but which has now become an inspiration to many people. We will also be joined on the evening by Marina's parents, Kevin and Tracy Keegan.

    This is a FREE event to attend. For a ticket please collect from our Customer Service Department at Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Tel: 01865 333 623 or for enquiries please email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Michael Rodgers - 'Publishing and the Advancement of Science'

    Tuesday, October 28th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Popular science books, selling in their thousands - even millions - help us appreciate breakthroughs in understanding the natural world, while highlighting the cultural importance of scientific knowledge. Textbooks bring these same advances to students; the scientists of tomorrow. But how do these books come about? And why are some of them so spectacularly successful? This is the first ever insider's account of science publishing, written by an editor intimately involved in the publication of some of the most famous bestsellers in the field. Michael Rodgers reveals the stories behind these extraordinary books, providing a behind-the-scenes view of the world of books, authors and ideas.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Darryl Jones Hallowe'en Classic Ghost Story reading

    Friday, October 31st at 19:00 - 20:00
    Join us for an intimate gathering to hear Darryl Jones read some classic ghost stories. Darryl will be reading from his new collection 'Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffman to Hodgson'. This anthology brings together 29 of the greatest horror stories from the British, Irish, American, and European traditions through the long 19th century. It ranges widely across diverse sub-genres including the supernatural, psychological and tales of the uncanny, and features established classics as well as little-known works. These are stories guaranteed to freeze the blood, revolt the senses, and keep you awake at night: prepare to be terrified! Come in your scariest garb as Darryl will be judging the best fancy dress, the winner of which will receive a signed copy of 'Horror Stories' as a prize!

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Katherine Rundell in conversation with Richard Smith

    Thursday, November 6th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Katherine Rundell was born in 1987 and grew up in Africa and Europe. In 2008 she was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Her first book, The Girl Savage, was born of her love of Zimbabwe and her own childhood there; her second, Rooftoppers, was inspired by summers working in Paris and by night-time trespassing on the rooftops of All Souls. Katherine will be in conversation with author of 'The Man with his head in the clouds', Richard Smith.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Marilynne Robinson - 'Lila' at the Sheldonian Theatre

    Wednesday, November 12th at 19:00 - 21:00
    Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister and widower, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the days of suffering that preceded her newfound security. Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood of itinerant work. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand-to-mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a lucky knife to protect them. But despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life is laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to harmonize the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves.

    Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Mick Wall in conversation with Scott Rowley - 'Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre: A Biography of The Doors' including special guests Soul Kitchen

    Thursday, November 13th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Think you know the story of Jim Morrison and The Doors? Think again. Jim Morrison died in Paris in 1971 - but not in a bathtub.Along with evoking the cultural milieu of Los Angeles in the Sixties, in Love Becomes A Funeral Pyre writer Mick Wall captures the true spirit of that tarnished age with a brilliantly penetrating and contemporary investigation into the real story of The Doors.We'll be celebrating the legacy of The Doors with beer and our very own instrumental Doors tribute act, Soul Kitchen.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Matilda Tristram - 'Probably Nothing : A Diary of not-your-average nine months'

    Tuesday, November 18th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Matilda Tristram was 17 weeks pregnant and looking forward to having her first baby when she discovered she had cancer. This touching graphic memoir, never morose or self-pitying, starts when Matilda was diagnosed and ends when her chemotherapy finished. Recording the awkward conversations, the highs and lows of treatment, and the reality of still having to queue too long for croissants, Matilda captures her experiences with style and warmth. Along the way she cherishes the small details of life, and learns not to sweat the big things. Her beautiful and boisterous son James was born without complications.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Oggy Boytchev - 'Simpson & I : Between Two Worlds'

    Thursday, November 20th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Simpson & I: Between Two Worlds documents some of the most memorable stories ever to appear on the Ten O'Clock News. In a career spanning thirty years, Oggy Boytchev has written a factual thriller about the highly competitive world of international journalism. With astonishing revelations of how stories are discovered and reported, he shares with us the often nail-biting, sometimes touch-and-go moments behind the camera - as well as the skill and courage it takes to break the news we all watch while safely tucked up at home.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact us on Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds - 'Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan'

    Thursday, November 27th at 19:00 - 20:00
    Aneurin - Nye - Bevan was one of the pivotal Labour figures of the post-war era. As Minister for Health in Attlee's government, his role in the foundation of the NHS, the world's largest publically-funded health service and the centre-piece of the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, changed the face of British society forever. In this book, acclaimed author Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds provides the first full-life biography of Bevan in over two decades, from his birth in Tredegar in the South Wales Valleys in 1897 to his death from stomach cancer at the age of 62 in 1960.

    Tickets cost £3 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Chris Hadfield Signing copies of 'You Are Here'

    Tuesday, December 16th at 14:30 - 16:30
    We are delighted to announce that we will be joined by astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield to sign copies of his new book, 'You Are Here'. The millions of us who followed Hadfield's news-making Twitter feed from the ISS thought we knew what we were looking at when we first saw his photos. But we may have caught the beauty and missed the full meaning. Now, through photographs - many of which have never been shared - Hadfield unveils a fresh and insightful look at our planet.

    THIS IS A FREE EVENT AND WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE NORRINGTON ROOM. We are sure that this will be an extremely popular event so we advise that you arrive early to avoid disappointment.
  • Blackwell's Oxford Presents: Michael Morpurgo, John Tams and Barry Coope - 'War Horse'

    Friday, January 30th at 19:00 - 20:30
    We are delighted to be able to present a musically accompanied reading of 'War Horse' at the prestigious Sheldonian Theatre. Michael Morpurgo tells the powerful and deeply moving story of young Albert and his beloved horse Joey. Michael is joined by acclaimed musicians John Tams and Barry Coope, who accompany his reading with the rousing yet haunting songs specially composed by John Tams for the National Theatre's award-winning production of 'War Horse'.

    Tickets cost £15 and can be obtained by visiting our Customer Service Department at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford. Alternatively, contact our Customer Service Desk Tel: 01865 333623 email: events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk