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Here at Mr B's we run literary events with a difference - offering close encounters with our favourite authors at our BOOK LOVERS UNITE, G E N E R A T I O N B and AROUND THE WORLD evenings, which incorporate an author interview with food, music, wine and where the mood takes us, fun props! We also host MR B'S LEGENDS events, where you can meet your favourite big name authors at external venue events across the city. Check out what we've got lined up for 2016...



To the Bright Edge of the World
with special guest author
Wednesday 24th August
7pm at Mr B’s


From the author of the international bestseller "The Snow Child" comes this beautifully described, late nineteenth century adventure into the Alaskan wilds. In "To the Bright Edge of the World", Eowyn Ivey introduces Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester, a man on an expedition into the newly acquired territory of Alaska. Along with his small band of men, Forrester must travel up the ferocious Wolverine River, mapping the interior and gathering information on potentially dangerous native tribes, whilst his pregnant wife waits at home. Forrester is anxious to complete the journey, with all possible speed and return home, but once the crew pass beyond the edge of the known world, there's no telling what awaits them...

Told through journal entries, letters, and reports, we've already fallen in love with Eowyn's multi-layered, powerfully evocative new novel. Eowyn's writing is as gorgeously descriptive as ever and perfectly captures the excitement and isolation of previously uncharted territories.

Eowyn's beautifully-told fairy-tale "The Snow Child" was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize and the winner of the Indies Choice for Debut Fiction and PBNA Book Award. Eowyn's debut also saw her scoop a UK National Book Award gong! "The Snow Child" is the story of a fractured couple who are brought together when the child that they build from snow appears to turn in to a real little girl. We loved "The Snow Child" for its crisp, distinctive prose and its powerful emotional punch and we can't wait to share Eowyn's dazzling new novel with you this August.

Join us and be transported to the stunning, desolate landscapes of Alaska (without having to venture beyond our cosy shop). We'll chat to Eowyn about her beloved homeland, great expeditions and her journey from bookseller to multi-award-winning, bestselling author.

Tickets £14 each, £25 for two or £40 for one ticket to all four July/August Book Lovers Unite! events
To book call 01225 331155, book online, email or pop into the shop.



Mr B's Stanza Bonanza

Thursday 8th September

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

We will be reading Elegies by Douglas Dunn


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



Mr B's Marvellous and Delightful Book Groups

 Monday 12th September

 6:45pm at Mr B's


We will be reading Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante


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


Orphans of the Carnival
with special guest author
Tuesday 20th September
7pm at Mr B’s

Join us for an evening of glamour and exoticism as we invite Carol Birch back to the bibliotherapy room to transport us to the Victorian carnival. In “Orphans of the Carnival” Carol introduces Julia, a Mexican marvel who travels across Europe astonishing and delighting audiences with her jaw-dropping act. Julia has many talents:  an elegant dancer, an accomplished guitar player blessed with a sweet, charming voice, but her most fascinating attribute remains her unusual appearance - Julia is covered in a thick layer of hair from head to toe. Her strange looks means that she must lead a double life – on one hand the captivating star of the show and society events and on the other a revolting, unnatural beast who must keep herself hidden for fear of alarming children and pregnant women. Carol Birch weaves Julia’s colourful tale with that of Rose, a modern day collector of treasures, and slowly the stories of these two women connect in a wonderful, but terrible way.
We first met Carol in 2011 when she was our special guest at our At Sea night. Back then, she had just been shortlisted for the Man-Booker Prize for “Jamrach’s Menagerie” – a raucous adventure ranging from the Victorian streets of London to a whaling ship with an animal collecting protagonist. We were struck by Carol’s ability to so powerfully conjure up her 19th Century setting and her cast of wonderfully quirky characters. Now we’re thrilled to bring Carol back to Bath to introduce her vibrant new book based on a true story of a Victorian carnival “apewoman”.
There’ll be a carnival atmosphere, lots of book chat with Carol, music from The Bookshop Band, a delicious dinner prepared by somebody local and foodie, wine AND 15% off all books in the night. What are you waiting for – book now to join the party!

Tickets £14 each, £25 for two.
To book call 01225 331155, book online, email or pop into the shop.


Mr B's Marvellous and Delightful Book Groups

Tuesday 11th October

 7pm at Mr B's


We will be reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson


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



Previous Book Lovers Unite Events



Season One: Travels From Your Armchair »

Season Two: Books Behaving Badly »

Season Three: The Winds of Change are Always Blowing »

Season Four: In Extremis »




Season Five: Now That's What I Call Fiction »      




Mr B’s at the Bath Literature Festival »

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