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  • International Best-selling Author Sarah Waters at the Michael Croft Theatre

    International Best-selling Author Sarah Waters at the Michael Croft Theatre

    01 Oct 2014 07:00

    Dulwich Books of West Dulwich in association with Alleyn's School present a literary evening with best-selling, award-winning author Sarah Waters to celebrate the publication of her exquisite new novel, The Paying Guests.

    The Paying Guests is a stunning novel in which Sarah Waters captures the despondent feeling around London after the war. With an intense love story and four superbly developed characters, The Paying Guests will be the major literary book of 2014.

    Sarah Waters is the bestselling author of Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith, Affinity, The Night Watch and The Little Stranger. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize, and won the South Bank Show Award for Literature.

    ‘A page-turning melodrama and a fascinating portrait of London on the verge of great change’ -The Guardian

    ‘Waters' page-turning prose conceals great subtlety. Acutely sensitive to social nuance, she keeps us constantly alert . . . From a novelist who has been shortlisted for the Booker three times, this is a winner’- Intelligent Life

    Interviewing Sarah will be author and arts journalist, John O’Connell.

    This event will take place at 7.30 on Wednesday 1st October 2014 at The Michael Croft Theatre, Alleyn's School, Townley Road, East Dulwich, SE22 8SU.

    Tickets for this event are priced at £10 (£8 under 18 concessions) and are available from http://mct.alleyns.org.uk/page.aspx?id=127 or from Dulwich Books, 6 Croxted Rd, London SE21 8SW. Tel: 020 8670 1920. Email dulwichbooks@yahoo.co.uk

     

    For information of other forthcoming events including: Antony Beevor, David Mitchell, Tracy Chevalier and Laura Bates visit www.dulwichbooks.co.uk.

  • Award-Winning Military Historian Antony Beevor at The Michael Croft Theatre Thursday 9th October 2014

    Award-Winning Military Historian Antony Beevor at The Michael Croft Theatre Thursday 9th October 2014

    09 Oct 2014 19:00

    Dulwich Books of West Dulwich in association with Alleyn's School presents international bestselling author and multi-award-winning military historian Antony Beevor who will be discussing his latest book, The Second World War, which has just been published in paperback.

    The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. Beevor's The Second World War focuses on the fate of the ordinary soldiers and civilians whose lives were crushed by the titanic forces unleashed in this, the most terrible war in history.

    Antony Beevor served as a regular officer in the 11th Hussars in Germany. He is the author of Crete, which won a Runciman Prize; Paris After the Liberation (written with his wife, Artemis Cooper); Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature; Berlin: The Downfall , which received the first Longman – History Today Award; The Battle for Spain; and, most recently, D-Day, which received the Rusi Westminster Medal. His books have appeared in 30 languages and sold 5 million copies.

    ‘His accounts of the key moments in the Second World War have a sense of colour, drama and immediacy that few narrative historians can match’ — Dominic Sandbrook (The Sunday Times)

    ‘This is as comprehensive and objective an account of the course of the war as we are likely to get, and the most humanly moving to date.’ - John Gray (The New Statesman)

    This event will take place at 7.30 on Thursday 9th October 2014 at The Michael Croft Theatre, Alleyn's School, Townley Road, East Dulwich, SE22 8SU.

    Tickets for this event are priced at £10 (£8 under 18 concessions) and are available from http://mct.alleyns.org.uk/page.aspx?id=128 or from Dulwich Books, 6 Croxted Rd, London SE21 8SW. Tel: 020 8670 1920. Email dulwichbooks@yahoo.co.uk

    For information of other forthcoming events including: Sarah Waters, David Mitchell, Tracy Chevalier and Laura Bates visit www.dulwichbooks.co.uk.

     

    Books will be on sale at the event and Antony Beevor will sign copies following the talk. 

  • Books are my Bag Party

    Books are my Bag Party

    11 Oct 2014 11:00

    Pop into the shop and help us celebrate this year’s Books Are My Bag campaign. The first 100 customers will get a free Tracy Emin canvas tote with their purchase – each complete with two randomly selected free books. 

    Between 11am and 12pm children’s author Laura Dockrill will read her poetry and share with us the picture books that influenced her as a child. Free Tracey Emin Books are my Bag tote with a randomly selected free book inside for the first twenty people to arrive. 

    Then join us between 2pm and 3pm for prosecco and cake with local author Jeremy Page. Free Tracey Emin Books are my Bag tote with a randomly selected free book inside for the first twenty people to arrive. 

    This is a free event which will take place on Saturday 11 October 11am-3pm. 

    BOOKS ARE MY BAG is a nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops. This collaboration between publishers, bookshops and authors and is the biggest ever promotion of bookshops. 

    This is a free event, however if you would like to reserve your place please visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/laura-dockrill-reading-her-favourite-picture-books-tickets-13175986731?aff=eac2 or contact the bookshop. 

  • 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.