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MR B's EVENTS FOR 2014 

We are currently lining up our events schedule for Autumn 2014. We'll keep updating this page with lots of exciting new events so keep checking back to see if your favourite author has been added to the bill. Alternatively do sign up for our newsletter to be kept up-to-date with all of our new events.

September
29th

BOOK LOVERS UNITE!
Literary Honeymoons
with Amy Sackville

Monday 29th September

7pm at Mr B's


Here at Mr B's we pride ourselves on introducing you to some of our favourite writers from overseas (think Ben Fountain from the US, Hannah Kent from Australia and Pietro Grossi from Italy to name a just  three). Now we're very excited to be joined by one of Britain's brightest young authors. Amy Sackville's debut novel "The Still Point"  weaves together the lives of an Arctic explorer and his great grand-niece and scooped her the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. And Amy's second book caught the eye of Mr B's Kate!  

Kate read an early proof copy of "Orkney" and fell in love with Amy's smooth prose, the voyeuristic nature of the novel and the way that folk tales are woven into the narrative. The pale, webbed-toed protagonist of "Orkney" is honeymooning on a remote island, where she spends her time staring at the rough, cold sea, creating culinary monstrosities and bewildering her new spouse. The story is told by her husband Richard, an ageing professor, who infatuated by his silvery star pupil, has made her his wife, but struggles to make sense of her strange ways.

Join us as we chat to Amy about "Orkney" and other bizarre honeymoons in literature. There'll be yummy food from somewhere local and book chat aplenty! 

Tickets in advance £14 or £25 for any two (ticket price includes author talk, wine, delicious buffet from some of our favourite local foodies and 15% off any book purchased at the event)

To book call 01225 331155, email books@mrbsemporium.com or pop into the shop



 
October
14th

Mr B's Delightful and Tremendous Book Groups

Tuesday 14th October

7pm at Mr B's


High Fidelity by Nick Hornby


We offer a 10% discount on all of our book group books.


Please book your place by emailing books@mrbsemporium.com



 
 
October
15th

 The Bucket and The Burglar Bill:

An Evening with Allan Ahlberg

Wednesday, 15th October, 2014

7pm at Mr B's

Join us for this very special event with one of the greatest Children's writers of our time and his cast of unforgettable childhood heroes. Allan Ahlberg is the author of a seemingly infinite number of classic titles for children including "Peepo!", "Funny Bones" "Please Mrs Butler", "The Jolly Postman", "Each Peach Pear Plum" and "Burglar Bill" to name just a few. Here at Mr B's we all remember reading and loving Allan's books when we were little (and we're sure you do too), so we're thrilled to have Allan as our special guest this October.

In addition to his plethora of picture books and poems, last year Allan offered us a glimpse into his own childhood when the good people at Penguin published his autobiography. Through a mix of poetry and prose, "The Bucket" describes Allan's experiences growing up under the care of his adoptive parents in the industrial Black Country in the 1940's. Back then Allan was just a dreamy inattentive kid who, according to his school report: "could do better"!

On a dark, dark night, in a relatively well-lit shop, Allan will regale us with some of these stories from his childhood and give us the full story on how those early days went on to inspire his writing later down the line. Of course, there'll be time for you to ask those burning questions about your favourite Ahlberg classic and anyone who fancies dressing up in their stripy jumper, beret and eye-mask is more than welcome!

Tickets in advance £8 (includes a glass of wine and 15% off any book purchased at the event)
To book call 01225 331155, email books@mrbsemporium.com or pop into the shop


 
 
October
21st
 

THE FULL STORY

with Michel Faber

Tuesday 21st October,

7pm at The Duncan Room, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute
(16 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN)


Fourteen years after the publication of Michel Faber's passionate Victorian masterpiece "The Crimson Petal and the White", and hot on the heels of a film adaptation of Michel's debut novel "Under the Skin" Mr Faber is back with an absolute stunner of a book and we could not be more excited to be bringing him to Bath to tell you all about it.

"The Book of Strange New Things" is an astonishing piece of writing. Nic has adored reading his advanced copy and is so excited to introduce you all to Michel and have him explain the creation of the book. The fantastically gripping opening portion of the novel sees devoted pastor and loving husband Peter saying a gut-wrenching goodbye to his wife Bea. The reader is drip-fed information about Peter's forthcoming journey and mission (and the somewhat clandestine organisation behind it) but what soon becomes clear that he's leaving our world to reach out to the apparently peaceful inhabitants of a new planet. At home his wife Bea keeps in touch via letters which help to strengthen Peter's resolve in his difficult task but which become increasingly dark and which cause conflict between Peter's faith and his heart.

Join us as we chat to Michel about his incredible and imaginative new fiction. There'll be £5 off first edition hardbacks of "The Book of Strange New Things" on the night, and a chance to ask Michel your questions.


Tickets £8 including author interview and book signing,  and £5 off first edition hardbacks of “The Book of Strange New Things”.


To book call 01225 331155, email books@mrbsemporium.com or pop into the shop


 
October
30th
 THE FULL STORY

with Michel Deon

Thursday 30th October

7pm at Mr B's


An opportunity to meet a real, live immortal - and a man who has worked with both Coco Chanel and Salvador Dali in his time. Michel Déon is a highly distinguished French novelist and member of the illustrious Academie Francaise. We Brits hadn’t heard of him, until Gallic got hold of his incredible two-part novel about the life of young Jean Arnaud. Jean is ‘The Foundling Boy’ and book one describes his early years, growing up in inter-war France – from abandoned baby, to the charming and athletic young man who sets out on bike to explore his homeland (and beyond). The second part ‘The Foundling’s War’ has just been published in English and follows Jean’s progress through WWII – living in a France where, under German occupation, trust becomes a more and more fragile commodity.

Lucinda adores both books for their beautiful prose and compelling characters – along with some generous French helpings of self-deprecating humour, art, love, food and landscape. Come and bask in the glow of a proper literary legend as we invite Michel and his translator and friend Julian Evans to give us the Full Story on Jean Arnaud.


Tickets £8 including nibbles, a glass of wine and 15% off any book on the night.


To book call 01225 331155, email books@mrbsemporium.com or pop into the shop


 
November
3rd
BOOK LOVERS UNITE!
Family Epics
with Jane Smiley

Monday 3rd November

7pm at Mr B's

 

If you know the Mr B’s team, you’ll be well aware that we’re suckers for a chunky, atmospheric American novel. So it is with great excitement that we welcome Pulitzer Prize winning US author Jane Smiley and her beautifully observed new novel "Some Luck" to Bath this autumn.
 
“Some Luck” is the first volume in a trilogy following the Langdon family over the course of one hundred years. The story begins in 1920’s Denby, Iowa, where Rosanna and Walter Langdon and their curious newborn son live on a humble, heavily indebted farm. Over the next few years The Langdons will welcome a further four children to their brood, each very different, but all remarkable and with the potential to mark history in some way. The thirty-three chapters of “Some Luck offer annual glimpses of this family, of farm life and of the turbulent political and social situations in America throughout the first half of the Twentieth Century. As the five children grow each takes their own path and is faced with the unique challenges, successes and tragedies that their choices bring.
 
We've long been fans of Jane and her warm and evocative prose, which conjures up a vivid portrait of rural and small-town America throughout the ages. In 1991 Jane won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for "A Thousand Acres", a modernised retelling of Shakespeare's King Lear reset in Iowa. Mr B's Nic also lists "The All-True Travels and Adventure of Lidie Newton" - Jane's portrayal of Nineteenth Century Kansas through the eyes of an adventurous young protagonist - amongst his favourite books, with an eponymous heroine who is one of the gutsiest female lead characters out there. Now we're delighted that "Some Luck" has been long-listed for the National Book Award 2014 and that it will be closely followed by volumes two and three of "The Last Hundred Years Trilogy" in 2015.
 
Join us as we chat to Jane about her exciting new trilogy, the Langdon family and Iowa life before we take a glimpse at some of our other favourite family epics in fiction. There'll be plenty of book chat, food from somewhere local and delicious and a glass of wine too.


Tickets in advance £14 or £25 for any two (ticket price includes author talk, wine, delicious buffet from some of our favourite local foodies and 15% off any book purchased at the event)


To book call 01225 331155, email books@mrbsemporium.com or pop into the shop


 
 
November
10th
 

Mr B's Delightful and Tremendous Book Groups

Monday 10th November

6:45pm at Mr B's


I know why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou


We offer a 10% discount on all of our book group books.


Please book your place by emailing books@mrbsemporium.com


 
     
     

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Season Two: Books Behaving Badly »

Season Three: The Winds of Change are Always Blowing »

Season Four: In Extremis »

 

   


 

 
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