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  • Nickolas Butler *Only UK Event*

    Nickolas Butler *Only UK Event*

    16 Aug 2014 19:00

    Join us on Tuesday 16th September at 7pm and hear Wisconsin author Nickolas Butler talk about his fantastic debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, at his first ever UK event.

    Shotgun Lovesongs: Henry, Lee, Kip and Ronny grew up together in rural Wisconsin. Friends since childhood, their lives all began the same way, but have since taken different paths. Henry stayed on the family farm and married his first love, whilst the others left in search of something more. Ronnie became a rodeo star, Kip made his fortune in the city, and musician Lee found fame – but heartbreak, too. Now all four are back in town for a wedding, each of them hoping to recapture their old closeness but unable to escape how much has changed. Amid the happiness of reunion and celebration, old rivalries resurface and a wife’s secret threatens to tear both a marriage and a friendship apart . . . This is a novel about the things that matter – love and loyalty, the power of music and the beauty of nature – told in a uniquely beautiful, warm-hearted and profound way and exploring the age-old question of whether we can ever truly come home.

    Nickolas Butler was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Wisconsin, where he has now returned with his wife and two children. He has worked as a Burger King maintenance man, a hot-dog vendor, a telemarketer, an innkeeper (twice), an office manager, a coffee roaster and a liquor store clerk. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, his work has appeared in a wide range of literary magazines. Shotgun Lovesongs is his first novel.

    Dulwich Books discovered Nickolas Butler when our bookseller Chloe read an advance copy; she described it as ‘Displaying not an ounce of cynicism and wearing its heart on its sleeve. Shotgun Lovesongs is a classic story about friendship. Nickolas Butler has embarked on a mission to make us love his home of Wisconsin.’


    This event is Nickolas’ first UK appearance and his only one of his tour, it  will take place at Dulwich Books on Tuesday 16th September at 7pm. Tickets are £3 for entry and a glass of wine or £10 which includes entry, a glass of wine, and a hardback copy of Shotgun Lovesongs. Bookable online from http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/dulwich-books-1098418481, via telephone on 020 8670 1920, via email: dulwichbooks@yahoo.co.uk or in person in the bookshop.

  • Autumn Events

    Autumn Events

    >Tuesday 16th September: Nickolas Butler (Dulwich Books)http://tinyurl.com/pg3zafj
    >Wednesday 1st October: Sarah Waters (Michael Croft Theatre – Alleyn’s School) http://mct.alleyns.org.uk/page.aspx?id=127 
    >Tuesday 2nd October: Picador New Voices (Dulwich Books) – Sold Out 
    >Tuesday 7th October: Tracy Chevalier (Dulwich Picture Gallery) -http://tinyurl.com/lh7kt66 
    >Thursday 9th October: Antony Beevor (Michael Croft Theatre – Alleyn’s School) http://mct.alleyns.org.uk/page.aspx?id=128 
    >Tuesday 11th November: David Mitchell and John Lanchester (Great Hall – Alleyn’s School) http://tinyurl.com/m7a4jby 
    >Monday 24th November: Diana Henry (Suzanne James Kitchens)http://tinyurl.com/m7a4jby 
    >Wednesday 3rd December: Henry Marsh (Dulwich Books)http://tinyurl.com/ommol2n

  • Storytelling at Dulwich Books

    Storytelling at Dulwich Books

    Saturday 6th September 11am

    Interactive Storytime with Yuval Zommer, author of The Big Blue Thing on the Hill. Howling Hill is always a peaceful place, until one day a thing appears. It’s blue, it’s big, and the animals all agree it has to go... Followed by a fun ‘what happened next?’ story writing activity.

    Free event

    Thursday 11th September 11am

    Storytime with Anna Bogie, reading her first book Happy Hooves, Ta Dah!Donkey and his animal friends are off to see the sea. But how will they cross the terrifying cattle grid that lays ahead? 

    Free event

     Saturday 13th September 11am 

    Storytime with Loretta d’Souza, author of Talk to the Paw cos the Cat’s not Listening, a rhyme about a typically independent pet cat. Followed by catty activities.

    Free event 

    We recommend you book in advance for author events to guarantee your place.  All these events are suitable for ages 6 and under. Tickets are available from http://dulwichbooks.eventbrite.co.uk, or via email: dulwichbooks@yahoo.co.uk or by telephone on 020 8670 1920.

    Plus, our regular Storytime sessions on Thursdays and Saturdays at 11am are back on Thursday 4th September (Storytime sessions are free, no booking necessary).