October Events

October 3, 2009

There are quite a few book-related events going on round the country this month.  I find that signed copies of books make fabulous Christmas presents, so if there’s an event nearby I do like to get stuck in.  Here’s a few of our favourites:

Exclusive Winnie-the-Pooh Signing 
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood
Monday, 5 October 2009, 5:00PM

The Author and illustrator will be here to launch the ‘Return to the Hundred Acre Wood’ with an exclusive signing. There will be a limited edition of ‘Return to the Hundred Acre Wood’ on sale exclusively on the day of this signing whilst stocks last. These will be available on a first come first served basis, one book per customer. Please arrive early. Further details: 020 7851 2400

Frankie Boyle
My Shit Life So Far
Tuesday, 6 October 2009, 5:30PM – 6:30PM

The Scottish comedian and popular TV pundit will be here signing copies of his hilraious, no holds barred, comedy memoir. Further details: 0131 556 3034

Charity Quiz Night
Athenaeum, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds
Thursday, 8 October 2009, 7:00PM – 10:30PM
Tickets £4 per person (maximum 6 people per team) are available from Waterstone’s Buttermarket store in Bury St Edmunds or can be reserved for collection by calling the number below.  Join us as we host a Quiz Night to raise money for Dyslexia Action. The event will be held at the Athenaeum, doors open 7pm, quiz starts 7.30. Quiz Prize is £100 Cash. There will also be a Raffle, Licensed Bar and Live Music from Matt Carter (www.eventpianist.co.uk) Further details: 01284 750877

!!!! Meet Audrey Niffenegger!!!!
Her Fearful Symmetry
Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED
Monday, 12 October 2009, 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Tickets £5, available from the Edinburgh West End branch and from the Traverse Box Office.  The author of one of the most talked about books of recent times, The Time Traveler’s Wife, will be talking about her new novel, A Fearful Symmetry. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear this internationally acclaimed writer. Please ring Waterstone’s Edinburgh West End branch for further details or to buy tickets. Further details: 0131 226 2666

Sir David Attenborough signing “Life Stories”
12:30 pm, Mon 12th October 2009
Borders Cambridge is very pleased to announce that Sir David Attenborough will be in store signing copies of his new book “Life Stories” from 12.30pm. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment as we anticipate a lot of interest in this signing. For more information please call 01223 306188.

1:00 pm, Sat 17th October 2009
P.D James will be in store signing copies of her latest book TALKING ABOUT DETECTIVE FICTION and the newly published paperback edition of her bestseller THE PRIVATE PATIENT.

Wells Festival of Literature
Helen Dunmore
Wells Museum, 8 Cathedral Green, Wells, BA5
Sunday, 18 October 2009, 2:30PM – 3:30PM
£5.00 on 01749 672552 or by post. Modelled on the Radio Four programme ‘Book Club’, this event will allow the audience to discuss Counting the Stars with Helen Dunmore directly. Further details: 01749 677881


Oxfam have announced their very first Book Fest, a fortnight of wordy worshipping for all you bookaholics out there.  It kicks off from 4th July and runs until 18th July with events planned up and down the country. 

Their adverts say:

With a shop on practically every high street, you’ll never be more than 40 miles from an author reading, a book signing, a cookery demo, a face painting party or a music making session…Well-known authors from all over the UK will be volunteering in Oxfam bookshops: working behind the counter, sorting books and serving customers”.

Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Highlights include:

Meet Anne Fine, prize winning children’s author (York, 11th July)
Poetry Reading by Carol Ann Duffy, Britain’s first female poet laureate (Didsbury, 4th July)
Literary  Treasure Hunt (London, 16th July)
Talk by our very own June Book Group author Kate Atkinson, Michael Faber, Alexander McCall Smith and Ian Rankin (Edinburgh, 10th July)

Check out the Oxfam Bookfest Site for more details about events happening near you!