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MR B's EVENTS FOR 2014 

We are currently lining up our events schedule for 2014, we'll be updating this page soon 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.

 

August
26th
 

THE FULL STORY

with Jeff Vandermeer

Tuesday 26th August,

7pm at Mr B's


We are extremely excited to welcome award-winning author Jeff VanderMeer, to introduce The Southern Reach trilogy. Jeff is a three-time winner, and thirteen-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award and is the author of numerous novels including the Ambergris Cycle series ("City of Saints and Madmen", "Shriek: an Afterword", and "Finch"). He’s also written "The Wonderbook" - one of the best how-to guides on writing imaginative fiction, edited various anthologies with his wife Ann and written non-fiction featured in The Guardian and The Washington post.


The Southern Reach trilogy transports us to environmental disaster zone Area X. Eleven expeditions of research teams have been sent in, but something disastrous has befallen each one. "Annihilation", the first book in the trilogy, follows the twelfth expedition made up of four women who only know each other by their professions; a psychologist, an anthropologist, a surveyor and our narrator, the biologist. During their investigation they will encounter all manner of unexpected and peculiar things; beginning with a tunnel situated not far from base camp, yet not featured on the map they were given.  Book two, "Authority", ventures inside the Southern Reach agency responsible for monitoring Area X; where lots of questions get answered, and lots more are raised too! The third and instalment, "Acceptance", will be published this September, where we return to Area X one final time.

Mr B’s Emma is a big fan of The Southern Reach trilogy, she read "Annihilation" back in February and immediately knew it would be one of her favourite books of the year. She then shared it with our very own sci-fi book club The Emporium Strikes Back, where they all unanimously agreed, and raced to read "Authority". We’re now left on tenterhooks as we await the final volume.


Join us as we chat to Jeff about the origins of Area X, his ambiguous style of narration, his writing processes and influences, and the possibility of it coming to the big screen with film rights already being optioned. 


Tickets in advance £8 (includes author talk, a glass of wine, nibbles and15% off any book purchased at the event)
To book call 01225 331155, email books@mrbsemporium.com or pop into the shop

 

 
September
3rd

THE FULL STORY

with Sarah Waters

In conversation with Suzi Feay

Wednesday 3rd September,

7pm at Bath Central United Reformed Church

(7 Argyle Street, Bath, BA2 4BA)


We are extremely excited to invite you to join us for an unmissable literary evening with best-selling, award-winning author Sarah Waters to celebrate the publication of her exquisite new novel "The Paying Guests".

 

"The Paying Guests" is set in 20's London when a post-war world has left impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter Frances alone in a large genteel Camberwell villa. Bereft of brothers, a husband and even servants the two women are obliged to take in lodgers in the form of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the 'clerk class' who will shake up the routines of the house in the most unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers no-one can anticipate just how far-reaching and devastating the disturbances will be...

Sarah already has five superb historical novels under her belt. Her debut novel "Tipping the Velvet" - a saucy coming-of-age story set in 19th Century London - received rave reviews from critics and readers alike, provoked a TV adaptation by the BBC and won a stunning five awards! Her following four novels "Affinity", "The Fingersmith", "The Nightwatch" and "The Little Stranger" have scooped her a further 10 literary gongs, four television series and thousands upon thousands of dedicated fans!


We've long been in awe of Sarah's writing, we love her vivid and authentic sense of time and place and her fiercely, forward-thinking female characters and we can't wait to introduce you Sarah and to "The Paying Guests".


The evening will be chaired by literary editor, judge panel pro and all-round book-lover Suzi Feay. Suzi was the Literary Editor of the Independent on Sunday for 11 years before spending 14 months at the Financial Times. She has served as a judge on numerous literary prizes, including the Impac, the Whitbread Novel Award, The Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the National Poetry Competition.


Join us for this very special in-depth interview and book signing with Sarah just six days after the publication of "The Paying Guests". There'll be music from The Bookshop Band, time for you to ask Sarah your questions and £5 off first edition hardbacks on the night.


Tickets £8 including author interview and book signing, music from The Bookshop Band and £5 off first edition hardbacks of “The Paying Guests”.

OR

David Mitchell/Sarah Waters ticket combo special :
£10 for both events

The details of our event with acclaimed literary author David Mitchell can be found below


Tickets in advance from Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, 14-15 John Street, Bath, BA1 2JL, 01225 331155, books@mrbsemporium.com

 
September
8th

Mr B's Marvellous & Tremendous Book Group

Monday 8th September, 2014

6.45pm at Mr B's

 

"Good for Nothing" by Brandon Graham

 

Email books@mrbsemporium.com to reserve your place


 
September
9th

 

THE FULL STORY

with David Mitchell

Tuesday 9th September,

7pm at Bath Central United Reformed Church

(7 Argyle Street, Bath, BA2 4BA)

 

Join the Mr B's team for what promises to be an incredible event just 7 days after the publication of David Mitchell's astonishing new novel "The Bone Clocks". We'll be getting the full story hot off the press from the man himself as we chat about the inspirations behind his writing and explore how he goes about creating such complex and captivating books.

David is one of the UK's most acclaimed literary authors with 6 fantastic novels under his belt including "Cloud Atlas", "Black Swan Green" and Mr B's all-time favourite "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet". He's already been in the running for 4 Booker Prizes so having him here in Bath on the day that the 2014 Booker Prize shortlist is announced could be quite something!

"The Bone Clocks" is an inventive thriller spanning six decades from the 1980s to the imagined mid-2040s that follows the twists and turns of the life of teenage runaway Holly Sykes. It's a life not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air and brief lapses in the laws of reality. One drowsy summer's day in 1984, Holly meets a strange woman offering a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. We then drop in on Holly once per decade, receiving vivid snapshots of her life and the changing world around her, as Holly struggles to understand that peculiar woman and exactly the nature of the asylum she was seeking.

We're so excited to introduce you to David and to "The Bone Clocks". Needless to say as well as our in depth interview with David we'll also make sure that there's plenty of time for you to ask David questions about all of his writing and to meet him whilst he signs first edition copies of his new book.


Tickets £5 including author interview and book signing, music from The Bookshop Band and £5 off first edition hardbacks of “The Bone Clocks” for all ticketholders.

OR

David Mitchell/Sarah Waters ticket combo special :
£10 for both events

The details of our event with bestselling author Sarah Waters can be found above.


Tickets in advance from Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, 14-15 John Street, Bath, BA1 2JL, 01225 331155, books@mrbsemporium.com

 

 

 
September
11th

MR B’S TOUR OF BRITAIN SPECIAL:
An Evening withOlympic Gold Medallist
Nicole Cooke
 
In association with our friends at The Society Café
Thursday, 11th September, 2014
6:30pm at The Elwin Room, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute
(16 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN) 
 
Grab your tickets quickly for this amazing opportunity to hear from World and Olympic Road Race Champion Nicole Cooke as we bring her to Bath on the eve of the 2014 Tour of Britain’s arrival in the city.
 
As the riders settle into Bath ready for the next day’s big Stage 6 start, join us as we talk to Nicole about all aspects of her remarkable career, which she’s just finished documenting in her fantastic new autobiography “The Breakaway”. Of course we’ll quiz her about her remarkable successes – such as the ten British road race championship gold medals that she scooped in eleven years and that remarkable two month period in 2008 during which she kicked off Great Britain’s medal tally at the Olympics in style by sprinting through the rain to take Gold. Impressively, she then followed all of this with a World Championship win after another thrilling sprint finish. We’ll also get Nicole to tell us about how her love of cycling all began, what you have to go through to reach the top and how her career came to a dramatic end thanks to an inspiring retirement speech, complete with its assassination of the drug cheats who have plagued the sport for years. Of course, there will also be the opportunity for you to ask Nicole your questions and Nicole will be on hand after the talk to say hi and to sign copies of “The Breakaway”.
 
We can think of no better way to prepare for Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain, which begins the following morning at 10.15am when you can see Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and co. start from Royal Avenue before pedalling down Milsom Street, across Pulteney Bridge, past Abbey Square and ultimately out of town down the petrifying (even on four wheels!) Brassknocker Hill.
 

Tickets in advance £5 which is redeemable against a copy of "The Breakaway". 

 

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

 

September
18th

BOOK LOVERS UNITE!
Art in Literature with Ali Smith

Thursday 18th September

7pm at Mr B's


We are delighted to welcome Scottish-born novelist and short story writer Ali Smith to the bibliotherapy room this September to introduce us to her playfully-structured new novel. "How to be Both" is a genre-bending story, which tangles the world of a 15th century renaissance artist with that of a child of a child of the 1960's.

Ali is the author of a further five wonderfully clever novels, both "Hotel World" and "The Accidental" were short-listed for the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize, "The Accidental" won the Whitbread novel award, "Girl meets Boy" won the Scottish Arts Council Novel of the Year and perhaps most impressively of all "There but for the" won a place on our Lucinda's favourites shelf!  Lucinda loves Ali's satirical style, her word play and her inventive plotting. In addition to her fiction Ali writes for The Guardian, The Scotsman and the Times Literary Supplement and last year she had a collection of her Oxford University lectures published under the title "Artful".

Join us as we quiz Ali on her new book, and on her thoughts about art in literature.  Given that the Scottish independence referendum count-up will be going on whilst we're chatting, perhaps we'll find time to ask her thoughts on that as well! There'll be a yummy buffet from some of our favourite local foodies, a chance to ask Ali your questions and have your books signed. 


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

 
 
September
24th
 

BOOK LOVERS UNITE!
Caribbean Night with Monique Roffey

Wednesday 24th September

7pm at Mr B's

 

Alo! Welcome to a taste of Caribbean literature from the comfort of Mr B’s bibliotherapy room! We are delighted to introduce Trinidad-born British author Monique Roffey and her gripping new novel "House of Ashes".

Drawn from the attempted Coup in Trinidad in 1990, "House of Ashes" focuses on a turbulent week in the City of Silk. An angry group of men and young boys are gathered together by the powerful "Leader", fuelled by their desire to see change from the corrupt government currently ruling their land. Before some of the Leader's disciples have time to register exactly what they are doing, they have stormed two of the most important buildings on the island, the television studio and the government’s House of Power. These incidents unfold through the eyes of three very different characters; a quiet, bookish man, an angry young boy and a well-meaning female politician.

Mr B's Danielle loved the powerful subject matter of "House of Ashes" and the complexity of its characters whose emotions gradually shift as they come to realise the consequences of their militant beliefs. 

We'll chat to Monique about "House of Ashes", her saucy memoir, "With the Kisses of his Mouth", and her previous novels, including Orange Prize shortlistee "The White Woman on the Green Bicycle". Then, after a break for some Caribbean inspired grub provided by Joe (Emma's awesome chef boyfriend) we'll talk about other great Caribbean literature and get our books signed by Monique.


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

 

 
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
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 - Venue TBC


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


 
     
     

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