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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 2016...

 

July
6th

BOOK LOVERS UNITE
Climbing Days
with special guest author 
DAN RICHARDS in conversation with HORATIO CLARE
Wednesday 6th July
7pm at Mr B’s


Come and be inspired by the adventures of Dorothy Pilley, prominent pioneering mountaineer of the early twentieth century, whose trailblazing adventures are recalled and relived by her great-great nephew and Bath-based writer Dan Richards in his thrilling new book "Climbing Days". For years Dorothy and her husband, I.A. Richards, remained mysterious to Dan, but the discovery of Dorothy's 1935 memoir led him on his own mountain adventure. Told in a wry conversational style, akin to the writing of Eric Newby and Geoff Dyer, "Climbing Days" sees Dan follow in his relatives' footholds. He learns the ropes in Wales and Scotland, scrambles in the Lake District, scales summits in Spain and Switzerland, building up to the pinnacle of Ivor and Dorothy's climbing lives, the mighty Dent Blanche in the high Alps of Valais.
 

Dan is also the author of "The Beechwood Airship Interviews", a book about creativity and the artistic process and the co-author of the gorgeous "Holloway" with Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood which explored Dorset's mysterious sunken paths.

 

As an extra special treat, Dan will be in conversation with one of Mr B's favourite travel writers and a previous visitor to a packed-out bibliotherapy room, Horatio Clare. Horatio's energetic and endless curiosity in "Orison for a Curlew", "Down to the Sea in Ships", "A Single Swallow" and "Running for the Hills" has led to him become one of our best-selling non-fiction authors and so we're thrilled to welcome him back to Mr B's to introduce Dan, Dorothy and Ivor and their incredible escapades. 

 

Tickets £14 each, £25 for two or £40 for one ticket to all four July/August Book Lovers Unite! events
To book call 01225 331155, book online, email tickets@mrbsemporium.com or pop into the shop.


 
 
July
7th

Mr B's Stanza Bonanza

Thursday 7th July

 7pm at the Salamander Pub (opposite Mr B's)

 

We will be reading Cherry Pie by Holly Poetry

 

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

 
July
11th
 

Mr B's Marvellous and Delightful Book Groups

 Monday 11th July

 6:45pm at Mr B's

 

We will be reading So Long, See you Tomorrow by William Maxwell

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

 
 
July
20th

BOOK LOVERS UNITE
The Immortals
with special guest author 
S. E. LISTER
Wednesday 20th July
7pm at Mr B’s


Forget Groundhog Day, how about Groundhog Year? In S.E. Lister's mesmerizing "The Immortals" Rosa Hyde, the daughter of a time traveller, seems doomed to relive the same bulletins, bombs and raucous victory celebrations of 1945 over and over. Stuck in time, Rosa is desperate to be free of that year and of the family that keep her there. Finally she breaks out and, along with a dare devil time-gypsy named Tommy Rust, slips from one century to another, unable to choose where she goes. Her journeys take her from ancient shores of forming continents to the bright lights of future cities - each time and place is beautifully and richly described.



Here at Mr B's, we fell in love with Sophie's writing when our Emma read her debut novel "Hideous Creatures" - a magical adventure about the son of an Earl on the run from England to America, in a bid to escape a past of dark secrets. Emma was struck by Sophie's ability to powerfully conjure up wonderfully atmospheric and strikingly different settings; from gothic harbours in Virginia to a lush wild forests. In addition to much praise from Emma, "Hideous Creatures" was shortlisted for the Edinburgh First Book Award and we're sure that this is just the first of many nominations for literary prizes that Sophie will receive for her exceptional writing.


Come and escape 2016 for more exotic and perilous times with a whirlwind, mixed up journey through chronology in the company of an extraordinarily talented young author, her time-dodging protagonist and of course the ever-present Mr B's team.

Tickets £14 each, £25 for two or £40 for one ticket to all four July/August Book Lovers Unite! events
To book call 01225 331155, book online, email tickets@mrbsemporium.com or pop into the shop.


 
 
July
28th

BOOK LOVERS UNITE
Other People's Countries
with special guest author
PATRICK MCGUINNESS
Thursday 28th July
7pm at Mr B’s


For the last few months Mr B has been on a personal crusade to explain just how brilliant "Other People's Countries" by Patrick McGuinness really is. Now we've lured Patrick to our battered author's chair you're all going to able to figure it out for yourselves from the comfort of the Bibliotherapy Room.
 
"Other People's Countries" is a book that blends so many different genres - travel, memoir, history, a little light-handed philosophy. It's all here. More than anything though, in this wonderful book Patrick McGuinness explores how place and memory are interconnected. Reading each short chapter is like being taken by the author on a tour of the stunning Ardennes town of Bouillon from which his mother's family hail. But instead of just giving snippets of its local history and its occasional dramatic involvements in Europe's wider history, it's as if the author has actually invited you to sit down with the old fellas outside the cafes and bars to listen in on their animated storytelling. 

And, from time to time, you're shown into his own family home too, to meet those who've lived there and to hear the stories that form that family's fabric of anecdotes and legends. The overall effect isn’t just an insight into Patrick's place; it's a jolt of wanderlust and a strong urge to think back on all the places that form your own history and that make you smile just to recall them.
 
"Other People's Countries" won or was shortlisted for an incredible six major literary prizes, equalling the performance of Patrick's previous book,
"The Last Hundred Days", an incredible novel of recent history set amidst the tension, corruption and violence that marked the final months of Ceausescu's rule in Romania.
 
We'll talk to Patrick about the places that populate all of our pasts, about memory, about feuds fought over pigs and potatoes, about his family's penchant for outdoor urination, about Bouillon's recreation of WW2 for Hollywood just a few years after doing it for real, and much much more. 


Tickets £14 each, £25 for two or £40 for one ticket to all four July/August Book Lovers Unite! events
To book call 01225 331155, book online, email tickets@mrbsemporium.com or pop into the shop.


 
 
August
9th
 

Mr B's Marvellous and Delightful Book Groups

Tuesday 9th August

 7pm at Mr B's

 

We will be reading Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

 

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


 
 
August
24th

BOOK LOVERS UNITE
To the Bright Edge of the World
with special guest author
EOWYN IVEY
Wednesday 24th August
7pm at Mr B’s


From the author of the international bestseller "The Snow Child" comes this beautifully described, late nineteenth century adventure into the Alaskan wilds. In "To the Bright Edge of the World", Eowyn Ivey introduces Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester, a man on an expedition into the newly acquired territory of Alaska. Along with his small band of men, Forrester must travel up the ferocious Wolverine River, mapping the interior and gathering information on potentially dangerous native tribes, whilst his pregnant wife waits at home. Forrester is anxious to complete the journey, with all possible speed and return home, but once the crew pass beyond the edge of the known world, there's no telling what awaits them...

Told through journal entries, letters, and reports, we've already fallen in love with Eowyn's multi-layered, powerfully evocative new novel. Eowyn's writing is as gorgeously descriptive as ever and perfectly captures the excitement and isolation of previously uncharted territories.

Eowyn's beautifully-told fairy-tale "The Snow Child" was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize and the winner of the Indies Choice for Debut Fiction and PBNA Book Award. Eowyn's debut also saw her scoop a UK National Book Award gong! "The Snow Child" is the story of a fractured couple who are brought together when the child that they build from snow appears to turn in to a real little girl. We loved "The Snow Child" for its crisp, distinctive prose and its powerful emotional punch and we can't wait to share Eowyn's dazzling new novel with you this August.

Join us and be transported to the stunning, desolate landscapes of Alaska (without having to venture beyond our cosy shop). We'll chat to Eowyn about her beloved homeland, great expeditions and her journey from bookseller to multi-award-winning, bestselling author.


Tickets £14 each, £25 for two or £40 for one ticket to all four July/August Book Lovers Unite! events
To book call 01225 331155, book online, email tickets@mrbsemporium.com or pop into the shop.

 
     

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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