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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.


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 or pop into the shop


Caribbean Night with Monique Roffey - CANCELLED (Ticket-holders now being contacted)

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 or pop into the shop


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 or pop into the shop


 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 or pop into the shop



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 or pop into the shop


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