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  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Alice's Day 2015

    Saturday, July 4th at 11:00 - 16:00
    Join us on Saturday 4th July for the annual Alice's Day celebration in Oxford, this year celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland. We will have a host of Alice activities to get involved in from 11am-4pm, including:

    - Meet the White Rabbit - Listen to our magical interactive storyteller - Be transformed by our facepaint artist - Take home a free balloon sculpture - Get creative in one of our Alice themed craft sessions

    For more information about the upcoming Alice's Day celebrations taking place across the Oxford city centre, please visit the Story Museum's website listing the full programme of events.

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

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

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

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

    For tickets, please visit the groups website.  
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND BODLEIAN LIBRARIES PRESENT A MARKS OF GENIUS LECTURE By Sir Paul Nurse

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

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

    Tickets for this talk, costing £12, include a Private View of the Marks of Genius exhibition as well as a glass of wine. Tickets are available from the Customer Services Department at Blackwell's Bookshop. Alternatively please telephone 01865 333623 or for ticket enquiries email events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Iain Sinclair in conversation with Brian Catling

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

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

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

    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S 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
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages- I Capture the Castle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Tickets £3 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND DAVID FREEMAN PRESENTS: Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother

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

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

    Tickets £5 Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S 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
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD PRESENTS: Moving Pages- What Dreams May Come

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    This event is free to attend! We are unable to allow entry without registration, so book your place now  Tel: 01865 333623 events.oxford@blackwell.co.uk
  • BLACKWELL'S OXFORD AND CITY LIGHTS PRESENTS: 'Howl' at 60

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This event is free to attend and no booking is required

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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