Get in Touch

Events

 

 

Here at Mr B’s we run literary events with a difference. Each of our events features one of our favourite authors who we’ve invited along because we think that they’re fantastic and we think that you will too. Our BOOK LOVERS UNITE events incorporate and author interview with food and wine and sometimes music from our Bookshop Band and take place in our cozy bibliotherapy room at the shop. At our Literary Legend events we welcome big name authors to external venues across the city. Here’s what we have planned… 

 

EVENTS

 

April
26th

Fox, Finch & Tepper

present

An evening of celebration for

What's Eating Gilbert Grape

with virtual guest author

PETER HEDGES

Wednesday 26th April

7pm at Mr B's

 

Join us to celebrate the fifth publication from Mr B’s publishing arm - Fox, Finch & Tepper.

 

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is a heartfelt, sardonic story of a dysfunctional family, brotherly love and the desires of a young man stranded by his sense of duty, but dreaming of escape.

 

The book was originally published in America in 1991 and spawned a critically acclaimed film starring Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Juliette Lewis in 1993 (if you haven’t seen it, we highly recommend it).

 

Now, Fox, Finch & Tepper are delighted to introduce Peter Hedges’ brilliant debut novel to UK readers, with this very first and long overdue British publication of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

 

Join us for prosecco, nibbles, an introduction to Gilbert Grape from the Mr B’s team, readings of our favourite moments from the novel and celebrations a plenty!

 

Tickets £5 each

To book: email tickets@mrbsemporium.com, call 01225 331155, book online,
or pop into the shop at 14-15 John Street, BA1 2JL.


 
May
4th

Paper Cutting Workshop
with special guest artist
JESSICA PALMER
and special guest poet
ROBERT SEATTER
Thursday 4th May
6pm - 9pm at Mr B's


We are excited to welcome the wonderful paper cutter and illustrator Jessica Palmer to our bibliotherapy room for a special crafty workshop event. This is an opportunity to try your hand at paper cutting or to perfect your technique. Jessica will introduce you to the craft and the tools of the paper artist and guide you through the process of making a piece of paper art.

After a career as a BBC producer, Jessica trained in illustration. Now she has five published books under her belt - including the gorgeous "The Art of Papercutting" - and works as the in-house illustrator for English Heritage. She is also a visiting artist at the V&A, The Sir John Soane Museum The Museum of London, the Holburne Museum in Bath, the British Museum, Hampton Court Palace, the Wallace Collection and the National Portrait Gallery among many others.

Whilst you slice and snip we'll inspire you further with a poetry reading from Robert Seatter, who has collaborated with Jessica to create "The Book of Snow", a poetry collection illustrated by paper cuts.


We are lucky enough to be hosting Jessica as our artist in residence at Mr B's from May 2nd - May 4th. Jessica will be working upstairs at Mr B's for three days creating a beautiful piece of original artwork for our window. If you can't make it to her paper cutting workshop,do pop in and see her at work during her residency.


Tickets cost £35 (includes all materials and soft drinks)
To book: email tickets@mrbsemporium.com. call 01225 331155, book online, or pop into the shop at 14-15 John Street, BA1 2JL


 
May
18th

BOOK LOVERS UNITE
Dodgers
with special guest author 

BILL BEVERLY
Thursday 18th May
7pm at Mr B's

Bill Beverley's "Dodgers" was one of Mr B's favourite books of 2016. It's a novel with an explosive start and the atmosphere of a hard-edged LA crime narrative; but as the story develops "Dodgers" morphs into a multi-layered coming-of-age narrative about a road trip and four young men, who beyond the familiarity of their neighbourhood, swiftly lose their sense of bravado.

14-year-old East is the lookout for a drugs gang but one day, distracted by a pretty girl, a raid goes down that he should have prevented. Ridden with guilt and expecting a harsh punishment for his mistake, East is relieved when he's given a chance to redeem himself and sent on a mission to assassinate a judge along with three other dysfunctional teenagers. But driving across white middle America, these four young black kids suddenly find themselves way out of their depth and unsure whether this journey will make them or destroy them.

Not only has "Dodgers" won the praise of the Mr B's team, but Bill has also picked up two actual gongs for his debut novel: The CWA Gold Dagger Award and the CWA John Creasey Dagger Award.

We're thrilled that Bill is flying over from the USA this May to join us for an evening of chatting about the three "R"'s: road-trips, race and writing!

 

Tickets £14 or £25 for two. Ticket price includes author interview and book signing, a delicious buffet dinner, wine and 15% off all books on the night.

To book: email tickets@mrbsemporium.com, call 01225 331155, book online,

or pop into the shop at 14-15 John Street, BA1 2JL.



 
May
24th

INK
An evening with special guest author
ALICE BROADWAY
Wednesday 24th May
6:30pm - 7:30pm at Mr B's

We are very excited to be hosting our first event for fans of young adult fiction.

Alice Broadway's debut novel "Ink" is the first book in an exciting new trilogy and is one of the most stunning and original YA books that we've come across in a long time,  so we jumped at the opportunity to invite Alice along to the bibliotherapy room to tell you all about it.

Set in the fictional town of Saintstone, "Ink" is the gripping story of a society in which every significant life event is tattooed upon your body; a society where there can be no secrets, and where your life story is eternalised after you die by the creation of a book of your skin. Leora is desperate to see her recently deceased father remembered as the good man that she knows he was, but when his book takes longer to return from the binders than it should, Leora realises that her father's story may have hidden chapters and plots that she knew nothing of.

Both Kate and Juliette adored this book for it's beautifully lyrical storytelling, original concepts, tense dramatic moments, and dystopian setting.

Join us as we chat to Alice about Leora, Saintstone and tattoos, there'll be a chance for you to ask Alice your questions and get your copies of Ink signed.

Tickets £5 each - includes 15% off all books on the night.

To book: email tickets@mrbsemporium.com, call 01225 331155, book online,
or pop into the shop at 14-15 John Street, BA1 2JL.



 
 

Book Groups & Other Events

 
April
11th

Mr B's Marvellous and Delightful Book Group

Tuesday 11th April

7pm at Mr B's


We will be reading "Prisoners of Geography" by Tim Marshall

 

Mr B's book groups are free and we offer a 10% discount on all of our chosen books.

 

To book your place email books@mrbsemporium.com

 

 
May
4th

Mr B's Stanza Bonanza

Thursday 4th May

7pm at the Salamander Pub (opposite Mr B's)


We will be reading "The Bonniest Companie by Kathleen Jamieson

 

Mr B's Book Groups are free and we offer a 10% discount on all of our chosen books.

 

To book a place email jess@mrbsemporium.com 



 
May
10th
 

The Emporium Strikes Back

Wednesday 10th May

 6.45 pm at the Salamander Pub (opposite Mr B's)


We will be reading 'The House of Shattered Wings' by Aliette de Bodard

 

 Mr B's Book Groups are free and we offer a 10% discount on all of our chosen books.

 

 To book a place email jess@mrbsemporium.com 


 
May
15th

 

Mr B's Marvellous and Delightful Book Group

Monday 15th May

 7pm at Mr B's

 

We will be reading "The Wind Up Bird Chronicle" by Haruki Murakami

 

Mr B's book groups are free and we offer a 10% discount on all of our chosen books.

 

To book your place email books@mrbsemporium.com