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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...

 

September
8th

Book Lovers Unite!

Writing about Writers: OR Bosnian Zombie Night

With special guest author

ALEKSANDAR HEMON

Tuesday 8th September

7pm at Mr B’s

 

Event idea #2015: A legendary American/Bosnian author with a precise and dark sense of humour comes to Mr B’s for a literary evening discussing his inventive new novel...

 

Aleksandar Hemon’s “The Making of Zombie Wars” features Josh Levin, an aspiring screenwriter with a laptop full of terrible film concepts and just one that takes root – Zombie Wars! With his writing in hand (kind of), Josh escapes his laundry-rifling landlord to move in with his girlfriend. However, their domestic bliss is short-lived when our flailing hero becomes entangled with a Bosnian woman and her jealous violent husband. As disaster ensues, Josh’s choices move from silly to profoundly absurd…

 

Aleksandar Hemon boasts a whole host of literary medals, from a Guggenheim Fellowship through to a ‘Genuis Grant’ from the Macarthur Foundation. We first fell for his great characters and dark humour when Nic read his 2008 novel “The Lazarus Project” and we were delighted to hear that he was flying over from Chicago and could schedule in a visit to Mr B’s. Join us and the dynamic Alesksandar for an evening discussing “The Making of Zombie Wars”, writers in fiction, the Bosnian literary scene and of course, those pesky zombies!


Tickets £14 each or £25 for two.

 

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


 
September
14th

Mr B's Marvellous and Delightful Book Groups

Monday 14th September

6:45pm at Mr B's

 
The Drops of God by Tadashi Agi Shu Ogimoto

 

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

 

Email books@mrbsemporium.com to book your place

 


 

 
September
29th

Book Lovers Unite!

Castle Night

With special guest author

PATRICK DEWITT

Tuesday 29th September

7pm at Mr B’s


This September, within the walls of the bibliotherapy castle (formerly "room"), we’ll be joined by one of our favourite storytelling masters and his seriously entertaining new adventure.
 
In “Undermajordomo Minor”, Patrick de Witt leaves the Wild West of “The Sisters Brothers” behind and casts a mischievous eye over European fairy tales – but don’t expect anything traditional! Set in the Castle von Aux, Patrick’s latest witty and inventive novel introduces Lucien (Lucy) Minor, a humble aimless oddball who seeks a new life assisting the Majordomo of this mysterious manor. But things don’t unfold as Lucy expected, when he finds the castle in a state of disarray, its master missing and many dark secrets lurking beneath the surface.

 
Mr B’s Lucinda and Ed are big fans of Patrick’s darkly-comic, Booker-Prize nominated “The Sisters Brothers” and his hypnotic tale of addiction “Ablutions”, so we’re thrilled that Canadian Patrick has managed to squeeze in a trip to Bath to tell us about the wonderfully titled “Undermajordomo Minor”. 

 
Join us for an evening talking turret-themed tall-tales in the company of Patrick and his cast of dirty rascals.  

 

Tickets £14 each or £25 for two.

 

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


 

 
October
1st

LOCAL LAUNCH PARTY

with MATTHEW SMALL

Thursday 1st October

6:45pm at Mr B's

 

Bath-based fiction and non-fiction writer Matthew Small will join us to celebrate the publication of his revealing new book. “Down and Out Today” explores the concept of what it means to be poor in contemporary society. Focusing on a comparison between poverty in the UK and in India, Matthew engages with different community members in a bid to extract the stories and consider some of the long-standing questions facing people struck by poverty.


Free entry - please email books@mrbsemporium.com to book your place

 

 
October
2nd

 MR B's LEGENDS

An evening with David Millar

Friday 2nd October

7pm at Bath Royal and Literary Scientific Institution (BRLSI)

 16-18 Queen’s Square, BA1 2HN

 

 We are thrilled to welcome to Bath a true cycling legend. Former pro-cyclist David Millar hung up his cleats in 2014 after an eighteen year career as one of Britain’s most memorable athletes. David’s pedal power has seen him claim four stages of the Tour de France and become the only British rider to ever wear all four jerseys. He has also topped the podium at five stages of the Vuelta a España and one stage of the Giro d’Italia, as well as becoming the 2007 British national road champion and the 2007 national trial champion. He was banned from the sport for two years in 2004 after doping allegations, but after confessing to the charges against him and making a full apology, David returned stronger than ever, and remains a prominent anti-doping campaigner.

 

In addition to his impressive performance on the track, David is known for his sense of style on and off the bike, gaining himself his much abhorred nickname “The Dandy” and a reputation as a cycling sartorialist. And his excellent taste extends beyond his couture – David’s a book-lover who lists JG Ballard, James Ellroy and Cormac McCarthy amongst his favourites. In fact, it’s David’s love of reading that led to his excellent writing and the publication of his first book in 2011 “Racing through the Dark” – a candid memoir of his career to that point, which became a bestseller, was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book Award and (most importantly!) is one of Mr B’s favourite literary sporting books.   

 

Now David is back with a fascinating glimpse into the world of a pro-cyclist. His new book “Racer” offers an insight into the mind of an athlete - bringing the sights, smells and sounds of his sport to life. Join us to chat bikes and books with this pioneer of one of Britain’s favourite sports.

 

Tickets in advance £5 (includes £5 off the book on the night)

 

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

 

 
October
6th

Mr B's Marvellous and Delightful Book Groups

Tuesday 6th October

 7pm at Mr B's

 

Signals of Distress by Jim Crace

 

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

 

Email books@mrbsemporium.com to book your place

 

 
October
8th

Shark Night

A Graphic Novel Special

With special guest author EVIE WYLD and special guest illustrator JOE SUMNER

Thursday 8th October

7pm at Mr B’s

 

Come and get your teeth stuck into Shark Night – a special event celebrating graphic novels and the coolest animals in the ocean! Anglo-Aussie novelist and fellow independent bookseller Evie Wyld will join us to introduce “Everything is Teeth” her new graphic memoir about her childhood in New South Wales and her obsession with one of nature’s most volatile and misunderstood creatures. We love Evie’s novels “After the Fire, A Still Small Voice” and “All the Birds, Singing” – her style is stark, brutal and poetic at once, the perfect combination for a writer whose topic is sharks! We’re also lucky enough to have Joe Sumner joining us in the bibliotherapy room. Joe is a London-based model maker and illustrator, and has created the lucid cartoon-meets-reality style illustrations to accompany Evie’s jaw-droppingly gorgeous prose.

 

We’ll chat to Evie and Joe about the story behind “Everything is Teeth”, how they came to work together and of course the enchanting sharp-finned creatures at the heart of their new book. Fizzy shark sweets will be provided amongst other less maritime nibbles!


 

Tickets £8 each or £14 for two.


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


 
October
13th

AROUND THE WORLD
WITH MR B's
with special guest author
PATRICK BARKHAM
Tuesday 13th October
7pm at Mr B's

 

Forget Hawaii, Thailand, Spain even, there’s no need to travel the world in search of a pretty beach when the British Isles is blessed with an impressive 10,800 miles of stunning shoreline. In “Coastlines”, natural historian and journalist Patrick Barkham explores and celebrates The Neptune Coast: 742 miles of the most beautiful shorelines of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, all owned by The National Trust. With Patrick’s poetic informative prose as our guide, we are lead on a series of engaging thematic walks which introduce these distinctive shore-side landscapes; from the chalky cliff-tops of Dover to Dunwich’s rugged heaths, from tree-lined coast paths of The Carrick Roads to Whiteford Burrows’ sandy dunes.

 

Join us and the author of “The Butterfly Isles” and “Badgerlands” for a night beside the sea (from the comfort of the bibliotherapy room) as we discover the rocks, plants and animals; the views, pathways and history; and the people who have made their lives within the sound of the waves along Britain’s dramatic coastline. No bucket and spade required, seaside snacks will be provided!

 

Tickets £8 each or £14 for two.


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


 
October
20th

Book Lovers Unite!

South Africa’s Literary Landscape

 with special guest author

 JUSTIN CARTWRIGHT
Tuesday 20th October 

7pm at Mr B’s

 

South Africa’s colourful past and present are portrayed with vividness and a dose of Justin Cartwright’s trademark wit in his compelling new novel. “Up Against the Night” features Frank, a wealthy descendant of a Boer leader, who is preparing to leave the security of his life in London’s Notting Hill in order to return to Cape Town and confront his family’s history and its powerful legacy. Frank’s ancestor was an iconic Afrikaner who was murdered by Zulu King, Digane in the 1838 massacre along with hundreds of his followers. In contemporary South Africa his name, the myth of his mission and his defeat live on, but Frank suspects that something rotten lies at the centre of this family legend and as he returns to his homeland in search of the truth he becomes embroiled in a world of violence and absurdity.

 

We’re thrilled to welcome Justin to Mr B’s for an evening discovering South Africa, its fascinating history and the fiction that it has inspired. Justin Cartwright is a multi-award winning novelist and the author of seventeen fiction works to date including Whitbread Novel Award-winner “Leading the Cheers”, Richard and Judy’s book club choice “The Promise of Happiness” and (most importantly) our Lucinda’s favourite financial crisis inspired novel “Other People’s Money”. Justin was born in Cape Town, grew up in Johannesburg and also happens to be the descendant of a Boer leader! Join us for what is sure to be an entertaining and evocative event.

 

Tickets £14 each or £25 for two.

 

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

 

 
     
     

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 »

 

   


 

 
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