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Here at Mr B’s we run literary events with a difference. Each of our events features one of our favourite authors who we’ve invited along because we think that they’re fantastic and we think that you will too. Our BOOK LOVERS UNITE events incorporate and author interview with food and wine and sometimes music from our Bookshop Band and take place in our cozy bibliotherapy room at the shop. At our Literary Legend events we welcome big name authors to external venues across the city. Here’s what we have planned… 

 

EVENTS

 

July
10th

Mr B's Legends
CHRIS RIDDELL

COMES TO BATH
Monday 10th July
4:30pm - 5:30pm
at The Masonic Hall, 
Old Orchard St, Bath BA1 1JU


We are thrilled to be hosting a very special event with the Children's Laureate and one of our all-time favourite illustrators Chris Riddell.

Chris will join us this July for an exciting live drawing Q&A event at Bath's Masonic Hall. Come along with your questions at the ready and Chris will grant your answers via his intricate, distinctive line drawings. You'll also have the chance to enter our raffle and win your own live portrait session with Chris, who'll create a personal caricature for you right then and there in our big red chair!

Here at Mr B's, we fell in love with Chris' amazing artwork whilst selling his brilliant "Ottoline" books featuring the supremely inquisitive girl detective Ottoline Brown and her small hairy companion Mr Munroe. Since then Chris has illustrated (and occasionally authored) a glut of fantastic books, including the "Goth Girl"series, and his collaborations with Paul Stewart on "The Edge Chronicles" and "Fergus Crane". And perhaps most notably (!) Chris has extended his artwork expertise beyond the page and decorated our downstairs toilet with cycling fish, monstrous loo lids and an octopus which politely asks our customers to wash their tentacles!

Join us this July as we let Chris out of the downstairs loo and into the Masonic Hall to delight and amaze you at our live drawing event. 

Tickets £6 each (this event is suitable for children and adults of all ages)
Raffle tickets for a Chris Riddell portrait will be sold on the door for £1 and all profits from our raffle will be donated to our Charity of 2017 Bath Welcome Refugees.


To book: email tickets@mrbsemporium.com, call 01225 331155, book online, or pop into the shop at 14-15 John Street, BA1 2JL



 
July
12th

BOOK LOVERS UNITE
Cousins
with special guest author
SALLEY VICKERS
Wednesday 12th July
7pm at Mr B's

SOLD OUT



This July, we're delighted to welcome to the bibliotherapy room the best-selling English writer Salley Vickers. With her subtle and always-on-point powers of observation Salley is one of the UK's finest voices in contemporary fiction. Alongside her hugely successful debut "Miss Garnet's Angel" and her most recent brilliantly unnerving novel 
"Cousins", Salley is author to a further 7 novels and a collection of short stories - all penned in her moving and witty style. 

We absolutely loved Salley's latest book "Cousins" - an intricate look at a family, with its secrets and intrigues. Weaving backwards and forwards across generations, "Cousins" unpicks the tragic events of one night in Oxford and its shattering consequences as told by three different women in the family. These shifting perspectives are powerfully unsettling, leaving the mood tense and the reader unsure what to expect next. We were swept away by this tangled story of lies, pride, fear and pain and of a profound, overriding love and we couldn't resist inviting Salley along to Mr B's to tell us and you all about it.

 

Tickets for this event have now sold out. If you'd like to order a signed book please email books@mrbsemporium.com



 
July
20th

BOOK LOVERS UNITE
The Music Shop
with special guest author
RACHEL JOYCE
Thursday 20th July
7pm at Mr B's

Very few authors have trod the boards of the bibliotherapy room on multiple occasions, but we couldn't resist bringing back one of our favourite writers with a book about retail and music!


Rachel Joyce's quirky debut novel became an international bestseller."The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" features a sixty-something man who pops out to post a letter and ends up on an epic, ill-equipped journey of self-discovery. But before "Harold" gained fans all over the world, we fell in love with Rachel's humorous, compassionate style and invited her to Mr B's for one of our very early Book Lovers Unite evenings. A year later, Rachel paid us a second visit, when her equally captivating - but much darker - second novel "Perfect" hit the shelves. 


Now Rachel is back once more for a bibliotherapy room hat-trick, as she introduces her enchanting new novel "The Music Shop". Set in a dead-end 1980's high street, the music shop is a brightly-lit oasis, boasting records of every genre and with an owner who has a gift for finding his customers the music they need (we like to think that he's the Mr B of the record-shop world!). But when a mysterious woman dressed in green walks into Frank's store he suddenly finds himself flawed by his ill-advised feelings and incapable of helping both his intriguing visitor and himself!


Join us for a magical evening in the presence of one of the loveliest authors you're likely to meet, and her new vinyl-touting retail-master hero!


Tickets £14 each of £25 for two. Ticket price includes author interview and book signing, a delicious buffet dinner, wine and 15% off all books on the night.

To book: email tickets@mrbsemporium.com, call 01225, book online, or pop into the shop at 14-15 John Street, BA1 2JL


 
August
23rd

BOOK LOVERS UNITE
Interstate

with special guest author
JULIAN SAYARER
Wednesday 23rd August
7pm at Mr B's


At Mr B's we love a road trip and Julian Sayarer's unplanned journey across America has already earned it's place as one of our favourite travelogues.
"Interstate" is the story of Julian's energising, eyebrow-raising trip across the vast landscape of US, a journey he embarks upon after discovering the documentary project that he had been recruited on has been cancelled. With nowhere to go, Julian decides to hitchhike from New York to San Francisco and finds the nation in a rough shape.

Julian tells the story of his trip in a frank no-holds-barred manner and in a zesty sometimes frantic narrative style that feels so relevant to our troubled times and that single-handedly yanks the travel writing genre into the twenty-first century. His sense of social conscience permeates the entire book, as he focuses not so much on place but on the people who give or deny him rides. No matter how unpalatable the opinions he encounters, Julian remains keen to engage, to understand how those opinions were formed and so to shed light on an under-nation of broken American dreams.

This incredible journey earned Julian the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year and he promptly gave half his prize to the American Civil Liberties Union. That night, he and Mr B cooked up a plan to get Julian over to Mr B's to discover more about his meandering road trip and his insights into culture, landscape and politics in the US today.  

And now that event is upon us! Join us for an unmissable evening on the endless roads of America from the sanctuary of the bibliotherapy room.


Tickets £14 each of £25 for two. Ticket price includes author interview and book signing, a delicious buffet dinner, wine and 15% off all books on the night.

To book: email tickets@mrbsemporium.com, call 01225, book online, or pop into the shop at 14-15 John Street, BA1 2JL



 
September
7th

MR B'S LOCAL LAUNCH
The Coffee Dictionary
by MAXWELL COLONNA-DASHWOOD
Thursday 7th September
6:45pm - 8pm at Mr B's

We have more than a few dedicated coffee drinkers in the Mr B’s team (who keeps the highest number of flasks in the shop, Nic or Jess?), and one of our absolute favourite places to imbibe a cup of the good stuff is Colonna and Small’s in Bath, whose co-owner is triple UK Barista Champion Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood. Join us to celebrate the publication of The Coffee Dictionary: Maxwell’s endlessly fascinating and gorgeously put-together encyclopaedia of all things coffee. With hundreds of entries on everything from countries of origin and harvesting techniques to roasting methods and brewing equipment, this is a treasure trove which all of us coffee worshipers have long been waiting for.
 
Make sure not to miss this special opportunity to chat to one of the world’s top baristas, and enjoy some delicious samples with fellow bean-enthusiasts. We certainly can’t wait!


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



 
September
14th

Mr B's Introduces
The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate
with special guest poet
RACHEL MCCRUM
Thursday 14th September
7pm - 8pm at Mr B's

We’re immensely excited to invite all to our first ever performance poetry event in the shop. Rachel McCrum is a poet, performer and workshop leader who has travelled the world with her powerful, direct and enthralling poetry, writing her way from Northern Ireland to Haiti and South Africa and beyond. Her debut collection, "The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate" is as widely travelled as Rachel herself, asking questions of displacement, resistance and about what happens when we raise our voices.
 

Jess first came across Rachel’s work when living in Edinburgh, where Rachel co-founded the cult spoken word night Rally & Broad. She was the inaugural Poet in Residence at BBC Scotland. Now based in Montreal, she is traveling the UK this summer and – lucky for us – making a stop in Bath for an evening. For poetry lovers and intrigued newbies alike, this promises to be a rare and inspiring night. Join us for a transporting performance here in our bibliotherapy room and then relive the magic at home in the company of Rachel’s exhilarating new collection.


Tickets £6 each. Ticket price includes poetry performance and book-signing, a glass of wine and 15% off all books on the night.


To book: email tickets@mrbsemporium.com, call 01225, book online, or pop into the shop at 14-15 John Street, BA1 2JL

 

 

 
September
26th

A Skinful of Shadows
an evening with special guest author
FRANCES HARDINGE
Tuesday 26th September
7pm at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (16-18 Queen's Square, BA1 2HN)


If you’ve chatted to our Amy or Emma about excellent, atmospheric fantasy in the last year, you’ve very likely been recommended "The Lie Tree" by Frances Hardinge – the first novel for young adults to be awarded the Costa Book of the Year Award since "The Amber Spyglass" by Philip Pullman in 2011. It’s an extraordinary narrative which combines magic and science with deeply insightful writing about identity and the battles of growing up and finding your own way.


This autumn we’re thrilled to be hosting Frances for an evening of fascinating history brought to life. Frances’ highly-anticipated new novel "A Skinful of Shadows", is set in the early part of the English Civil War. It introduces us to a unique young character, Makepeace Danners, who discovers that she has an exceptional hereditary talent - one that is sure to attract the attention of her powerful ancestors, The Felmotte family. Makepeace finds her strength tested, as she struggles to control her incredible gift in this new dark, historical fantasy novel.

 
"The Lie Tree" quickly made devoted fans of the Mr B’s team. We fell head over heels for Frances’ beautiful use of language, and extraordinary ability to create an uncanny and imaginative worlsd as well as a thoroughly compelling story. Join us as we quiz Frances about her new dark, historical tale of a mysterious family's hidden secrets, and a young girl's quest to shape her own destiny.


Tickets £6 each. Ticket price includes author interview and book signing and 15% off all books on the night.


To book: email tickets@mrbsemporium.com, call 01225, book online, or pop into the shop at 14-15 John Street, BA1 2JL

 

 

 
 

Book Groups & Other Events


 
June
7th

The Emporium Strikes Back

Wednesday 7th June

 6.45 pm at the Salamander Pub (opposite Mr B's)

 

We will be reading "Children of Time" by Adrian Tchaikovsky

 

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

 

To book your place email amy@mrbsemporium.com

 

 
June
8th

 

 Mr B's Stanza Bonanza

 Thursday 8th June

 7.00 pm at the Salamander Pub (opposite Mr B's)

 

 We will be reading "North' by Seamus Heaney

  

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

 

To book your place email jess@mrbsemporium.com

 

 
June
13th

Mr B's Marvellous and Delightful Book Group

Tuesday 13th June

 7pm at Mr B's

 

We will be reading "The Power' by Naomi Alderman

 

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

 

To book your place email books@mrbsemporium.com

 

 
July
10th

Mr B's Marvellous and Delightful Book Group

 Tuesday 10th July

 6.45pm at Mr B's

 

We will be reading "The Accidental' by Ali Smith

 

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

 

To book your place email books@mrbsemporium.com