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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 2015...

 

March
24th

BOOK LOVERS UNITE!

Tilted World Night

with special guest author

CATHERINE CHANTER

Tuesday 24th March

7pm at Mr B's

 

"The Well" was scooping up literary prizes before it was even published (it was crowned the winner of the 2013 Lucy Cavendish Prize) and we think there's plenty more to come to its author Catherine Chanter and to this fascinating debut novel. 

The Well is an English farm - a little piece of paradise flourishing with lush crops and thriving livestock and surrounded, rather strangely, by a country that has been ravaged by drought. England has been a rain-free zone for over three years, The Well is the only exception. Its owners are ex-Londoners Ruth and Mark Ardingly, who moved to the farm to escape their harassed city lifestyles, but as the sole recipients of much-needed rain Ruth and Mark soon find themselves and their home under suspicion from reporters, government officials and desperate ordinary folk in search of their secret.

Join Catherine and the Mr B's team for an evening discussing literature featuring tilted worlds, where everyday lives are thrown into chaos by the world not behaving quite as it should! Catherine is such a seductively, compelling storyteller and "The Well" is sure to be one of the hottest reads of 2015.

Book Lovers Unite evenings are our original themed events, featuring a special guest author, music from The Bookshop Band, food and drink from lovely local places and a discussion of further literature along a shared theme. Keep an eye on our social media in advance of the event to help us build our list of other novels featuring tilted worlds!

Tickets £14 each or £25 for two.

 

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


 

 

April
7th

Mr B's Delightful and Tremendous Book Groups

Tuesday 7th April

7pm at Mr B's


In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge


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


Please book your place by emailing books@mrbsemporium.com


 
April
23rd

LOCAL LAUNCH

with RENEE MCGREGOR

Thursday 23rd April

6.45pm at Mr B's


Renee McGregor is an ultra-runner, a nutrition consultant to several professional athletes and the resident sports nutritionist at Bath University. She's also the author of "Training Food" - a new practical book about how our diet contributes to our sporting (and non-sporting!) performance. Join us to raise a glass to Renee and her fantastic new book.


Mr B's Local Launch parties celebrate writers in our community, with a reading and a book signing from our guest author and wine and nibbles. Free entry. RSVP essential. To book please email books@mrbsemporium.com.


 
April
29th
 

 

BOOK LOVERS UNITE!

Imperial Intrigue Night

with special guest author

M.J. CARTER

Wednesday 29th April

7pm at Mr B's

 

An evening of imperial intrigue in the company of M.J. (Miranda) Carter - the author of one of Mr B's bestselling books of 2014 "The Strangler Vine" and now its thrilling sequel "The Infidel Stain".

Miranda is a former journalist, who first conquered the world of non-fiction with her multi-award winning biography of Anthony Blunt and her entertaining insight into the lives of three dysfunctional nineteenth century leaders "Three Emperors". Then in 2014 she turned her pen to a series of historical mystery thrillers beginning with the CWA John Creasey Dagger shortlistee "The Strangler Vine". Set in early Victorian India, "The Strangler Vine" introduces William Avery a naive lieutenant and Jeremiah Blake a Special Inquiry Agent. The double-act are tasked with tracking down a missing poet who has become known for his salacious gossip and has disappeared into the depths of the jungle.

In "The Infidel Stain" Avery and Blake are reunited in London where they struggle to maintain their friendship and adapt to life after their Indian adventures. But their powers of investigation are called upon again when a series of shocking murders in the world of London's gutter press forces them back together.

Join us for an evening of mystery in the empire age, of history, intrigue and an exciting new detective double-act in the tradition of Holmes and Watson.

Book Lovers Unite evenings are our original themed events, featuring a special guest author, music from The Bookshop Band, food and drink from lovely local places and a discussion of further literature along a shared theme. Keep an eye on our social media in advance of the event to help us build our list of other intriguing imperial fiction!

Tickets £14 each or £25 for two.

 

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

 

 

May
11th
 

Mr B's Delightful and Tremendous Book Groups

Monday 11th May

6.45pm at Mr B's


Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

 

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

 

Please book your place by emailing books@mrbsemporium.com


 
May
14th
 

G E N E R A T I O N B.

Mr B's introduces

J E S Ú S  C A R R A S C O

Thursday 14th May

7pm at Mr B's


A boy lies desperately still, entombed in a hollow covered with leaves and branches, as a search party of villagers comb the forest. Only when their voices and footsteps have long subsided does he dare raise his head and begin his flight from home.
 
As he travels the parched landscape beneath a blistering sun gradually clues gather as to what might be driving him to make such a hazardous journey in a place where life hangs in the balance and a drop of water is the most valuable commodity of all. The only other person at large on those dusty plains is a goatherd; a man of few words but with valuable experience at surviving in these extreme conditions. The goatherd could become a crucial companion and ally for his escape – if only the boy knew whether he could trust him, or could remember how to trust at all.
 
"Out in the Open" is a novel of incredible intensity from that opening (somewhat reminiscent of the later scenes in our favourite British thriller, Rogue Male) to the boy’s ever more pressured and vulnerable wanderings across drought-ridden countryside and abandoned communities.
 
In Jesús Carrasco, we think that the folk at Harvill Secker may just have stumbled on the next big voice in Spanish literature and we are excited to be able to welcome him to Bath and have him introduce you to his incredible novel during his brief UK tour.

 

G E N E R A T I O N  B. events offer close encounters with our favourite rising stars through an in-depth interview in our cosy Bibliotherapy Room accompanied by canapes and wine.

 

Tickets £8 each or £14 for two.

 

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


 

May
20th
 

G E N E R A T I O N B.

Mr B's introduces

K I R S T Y  L O G A N

Wednesday 20th May

7pm at Mr B's

 

"The Gracekeepers" is a captivating debut about a beautifully drawn world and a flourishing, unlikely friendship between two isolated young women. The novel's vivid setting imagines sea levels which have risen drastically and submerged much of earth's land, leaving behind a vast waterscape with just a few small floating islands remaining. North is a circus performer, a "dampling", who lives at sea with a troupe of floating acrobats, clowns, dancers and her co-star, a performing bear. The Excalibur circus only venture onto land in order to entertain the often hostile "landlockers" in exchange for food. Callanish is a "gracekeeper" - self-exiled to a tiny remote island for a mistake she made long ago, she must now administer shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place in the depths of the ocean.

We are so lucky to welcome one of Scotland's hottest new literary voices to Mr B's this May. Kirsty Logan has already scooped The Saboteur Award and The Scott Award for her imaginative short story collection "The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales" and we believe that "The Gracekeepers" is one of the most distinctive and evocative debuts of 2015. Join us for a magical evening in the company of this exciting new writer and her brilliant first novel inspired by Scottish folklore.


 

G E N E R A T I O N  B. events offer close encounters with our favourite rising stars through an in-depth interview in our cosy Bibliotherapy Room accompanied by canapes and wine.

 

Tickets £8 each or £14 for two.

 

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


 

 
May
28th

MR B's LEGENDS

An evening with

AMITAV GHOSH

Thursday 28th May

7pm at Bath Central United Reformed Church

7 Argyle Street, Bath, BA2 4BA


The long-awaited finale of Amitav Ghosh's stunning Ibis Trilogy will be published this May and we are delighted to welcome the man himself to Bath on publication day to introduce "Flood of Fire" - the final chapter in this epic exploration of 19th Century Asia and the opium trade.

The saga began with Sea of Poppies - which sets the scene aboard the vast Ibis, a ship on a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, destined to fight in China's vicious Opium Wars. On board are a motley crew of sailors, stowaways, coolies and convicts, thrown together by a period of Colonial upheaval who soon come to regard one another as unlikely "ship brothers". "Sea of Poppies" was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008, and won itself a firm place on Mr B's favourites list too. Whilst "Sea of Poppies" travels along the Ganges and to Calcutta, where the poppies are grown and the opium processed, its sequel "River of Smoke" (which was nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize) takes the story to Canton in China where the opium is sold and we delve deeper into the individual histories of the diverse range of characters aboard the boat. "Flood of Fire" is the exciting climax of the Ibis' voyage, written in Amitav's mesmerising style. As the mounting tension between China and British India comes to a head, the ship-brothers find themselves in the midst of the First Opium War.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear a contemporary literary legend talk about the final chapter in his historical masterpiece.


Legendary literary names bought to you by Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. These events feature an in-depth interview, book signing and a Q&A session with your favourite writers with a few extra special Mr B’s touches.


Tickets £5 each (includes £5 off the book on the night).


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

 

 

July
9th

MR B's LEGENDS

An evening with

LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES

Thursday 9th July

7pm at Bath Central United Reformed Church

7 Argyle Street, Bath, BA2 4BA


We love Louis de Bernières! We love the brilliantly eccentric characters in "Captain Corelli's Mandolin", his playful sense of humour in "The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts” and the rest of his South American trilogy and the vivid atmospheric historical  settings portrayed in all of his eight novels to date. And so it is with great excitement that we await the publication of "The Dust that Falls from Dreams" this July. And its with even more glee that we announce that Louis de Bernières will be joining us in Bath to celebrate publication and to tell us all about his moving new novel and its unforgettable cast of characters.

Set during the brief golden years of Edward VII's reign, "The Dust that Falls from Dreams" features the McCosh sisters growing up in an idyllic household in Kent, but their days of childhood innocence and adventure are destined to be followed by the apocalypse that will overwhelm their world as they come into adulthood. As the Edwardian age disintegrates into the Great War we follow these four young women through extraordinary times as they each strike out in their own directions and seek what happiness can be salvaged from the ruins of the old world.

Join us for an exciting evening in the company of a true literary superstar with music from our brilliant Bookshop Band.


Tickets £5 each (includes £5 off the book on the night).


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

 

 

     
     

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