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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… 






with special guest author
Wednesday 23rd August
7pm at Mr B's

At Mr B's we love a road trip and Julian Sayarer's unplanned journey across America has already earned it's place as one of our favourite travelogues.
"Interstate" is the story of Julian's energising, eyebrow-raising trip across the vast landscape of US, a journey he embarks upon after discovering the documentary project that he had been recruited on has been cancelled. With nowhere to go, Julian decides to hitchhike from New York to San Francisco and finds the nation in a rough shape.

Julian tells the story of his trip in a frank no-holds-barred manner and in a zesty sometimes frantic narrative style that feels so relevant to our troubled times and that single-handedly yanks the travel writing genre into the twenty-first century. His sense of social conscience permeates the entire book, as he focuses not so much on place but on the people who give or deny him rides. No matter how unpalatable the opinions he encounters, Julian remains keen to engage, to understand how those opinions were formed and so to shed light on an under-nation of broken American dreams.

This incredible journey earned Julian the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year and he promptly gave half his prize to the American Civil Liberties Union. That night, he and Mr B cooked up a plan to get Julian over to Mr B's to discover more about his meandering road trip and his insights into culture, landscape and politics in the US today.  

And now that event is upon us! Join us for an unmissable evening on the endless roads of America from the sanctuary of the bibliotherapy room.

Tickets £14 each of £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, call 01225, book online, or pop into the shop at 14-15 John Street, BA1 2JL


The Coffee Dictionary
Thursday 7th September
6:45pm - 8pm at Mr B's

We have more than a few dedicated coffee drinkers in the Mr B’s team (who keeps the highest number of flasks in the shop, Nic or Jess?), and one of our absolute favourite places to imbibe a cup of the good stuff is Colonna and Small’s in Bath, whose co-owner is triple UK Barista Champion Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood. Join us to celebrate the publication of The Coffee Dictionary: Maxwell’s endlessly fascinating and gorgeously put-together encyclopaedia of all things coffee. With hundreds of entries on everything from countries of origin and harvesting techniques to roasting methods and brewing equipment, this is a treasure trove which all of us coffee worshipers have long been waiting for.
Make sure not to miss this special opportunity to chat to one of the world’s top baristas, and enjoy some delicious samples with fellow bean-enthusiasts. We certainly can’t wait!

Free entry, please email to book your place.


Mr B's Introduces
The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate
with special guest poet
Thursday 14th September
7pm - 8pm at Mr B's

We’re immensely excited to invite all to our first ever performance poetry event in the shop. Rachel McCrum is a poet, performer and workshop leader who has travelled the world with her powerful, direct and enthralling poetry, writing her way from Northern Ireland to Haiti and South Africa and beyond. Her debut collection, "The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate" is as widely travelled as Rachel herself, asking questions of displacement, resistance and about what happens when we raise our voices.

Jess first came across Rachel’s work when living in Edinburgh, where Rachel co-founded the cult spoken word night Rally & Broad. She was the inaugural Poet in Residence at BBC Scotland. Now based in Montreal, she is traveling the UK this summer and – lucky for us – making a stop in Bath for an evening. For poetry lovers and intrigued newbies alike, this promises to be a rare and inspiring night. Join us for a transporting performance here in our bibliotherapy room and then relive the magic at home in the company of Rachel’s exhilarating new collection.

Tickets £6 each. Ticket price includes poetry performance and book-signing, a glass of wine and 15% off all books on the night.

To book: email, call 01225, book online, or pop into the shop at 14-15 John Street, BA1 2JL




A Skinful of Shadows
an evening with special guest author
Tuesday 26th September
7pm at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (16-18 Queen's Square, BA1 2HN)

If you’ve chatted to our Amy or Emma about excellent, atmospheric fantasy in the last year, you’ve very likely been recommended "The Lie Tree" by Frances Hardinge – the first novel for young adults to be awarded the Costa Book of the Year Award since "The Amber Spyglass" by Philip Pullman in 2011. It’s an extraordinary narrative which combines magic and science with deeply insightful writing about identity and the battles of growing up and finding your own way.

This autumn we’re thrilled to be hosting Frances for an evening of fascinating history brought to life. Frances’ highly-anticipated new novel "A Skinful of Shadows", is set in the early part of the English Civil War. It introduces us to a unique young character, Makepeace Danners, who discovers that she has an exceptional hereditary talent - one that is sure to attract the attention of her powerful ancestors, The Felmotte family. Makepeace finds her strength tested, as she struggles to control her incredible gift in this new dark, historical fantasy novel.

"The Lie Tree" quickly made devoted fans of the Mr B’s team. We fell head over heels for Frances’ beautiful use of language, and extraordinary ability to create an uncanny and imaginative worlds as well as a thoroughly compelling story. Join us as we quiz Frances about her new dark, historical tale of a mysterious family's hidden secrets, and a young girl's quest to shape her own destiny.

Tickets £6 each. Ticket price includes author interview and book signing and 15% off all books on the night.

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




Book Groups & Other Events



The Emporium Strikes Back

 Wednesday 5th July

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


We will be reading "The Drowned World" by J. G. Ballard


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


To book your place email




Mr B's Marvellous and Delightful Book Group

 Monday 10th July

 6.45pm at Mr B's


We will be reading "The Accidental' by Ali Smith


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


To book your place email




Paperback Ramblers Book Group

Saturday 29th July, 2pm

Meet at Sydney Gardens (behind the Holburne Museum)

Our new walking book group. 


We will be walking from Sydney Gardens to either the George Inn or Bathampton Mill, and back again. It’s a flat, easy walk. It will take roughly an hour and a half.


We will be reading Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald.


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


For more info check out our blog.

To book your place email