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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… 

 

September
20th

BOOK LOVERS UNITE
Orphans of the Carnival
with special guest author
 
CAROL BIRCH
Tuesday 20th September
7pm at Mr B’s



Join us for an evening of glamour and exoticism as we invite Carol Birch back to the bibliotherapy room to transport us to the Victorian carnival. In “Orphans of the Carnival” Carol introduces Julia, a Mexican marvel who travels across Europe astonishing and delighting audiences with her jaw-dropping act. Julia has many talents:  an elegant dancer, an accomplished guitar player blessed with a sweet, charming voice, but her most fascinating attribute remains her unusual appearance - Julia is covered in a thick layer of hair from head to toe. Her strange looks means that she must lead a double life – on one hand the captivating star of the show and society events and on the other a revolting, unnatural beast who must keep herself hidden for fear of alarming children and pregnant women. Carol Birch weaves Julia’s colourful tale with that of Rose, a modern day collector of treasures, and slowly the stories of these two women connect in a wonderful, but terrible way.
 
We first met Carol in 2011 when she was our special guest at our At Sea night. Back then, she had just been shortlisted for the Man-Booker Prize for “Jamrach’s Menagerie” – a raucous adventure ranging from the Victorian streets of London to a whaling ship with an animal collecting protagonist. We were struck by Carol’s ability to so powerfully conjure up her 19th Century setting and her cast of wonderfully quirky characters. Now we’re thrilled to bring Carol back to Bath to introduce her vibrant new book based on a true story of a Victorian carnival “apewoman”.
 
There’ll be a carnival atmosphere, lots of book chat with Carol, music from The Bookshop Band, a delicious dinner prepared by somebody local and foodie, wine AND 15% off all books in the night. What are you waiting for – book now to join the party!


Tickets £14 each, £25 for two, or £45 for one ticket to all five Autumn Events.
To book call 01225 331155, book online, email tickets@mrbsemporium.com or pop into the shop.


 
October
5th

BOOK LOVERS UNITE
A Beautiful Young Wife
with special guest author
TOMMY WIERINGA
Wednesday 5th October
7pm at Mr B’s

 

It begins at a dinner party, where eminent microbiologist Edward Landauer is asked to tell the tale of how he met his beautiful young wife, Ruth. He delightedly narrates the story of a mesmerising blonde cycling past a cafe with "her butt in the air", how inevitable it seemed that he would fall for her, how unlikely it was that she would feel the same. With a successful career and his dream woman on his arm, Edward is a blessed man but as time takes its toll on him, his beautiful wife and their love story, their fairy tale begins to unravel...

Tommy Wieringa's
"A Beautiful Young Wife" is a bittersweet, refreshingly honest portrait of a flawed protagonist falling out of love with the love of his life. Mr B's Tom and Lucinda both agree that it is one of the most strikingly powerful and masterfully unnerving books that they have read in ages. So, when we heard that Dutch author Tommy was coming to the UK, we snapped up the chance to ask him along to Mr B's to tell us, and you, more about this brilliant book.

Tommy began his writing career with travel stories and journalism, before turning to fiction. In addition to "A Beautiful Young Wife", four more of his novels have been translated into English, including "Joe Speedboat", which features a man recently awoken from a coma and enlisted by a young maverick to impress his friends with his incredible arm-wrestling skills!


Join us for our own version of a dinner party - where we'll meet one of our new favourite European authors over a glass of wine, chat about his brilliant new novel, and treat you a buffet-style feast prepared by someone local, foodie and fabulous.


Tickets £14 each, £25 for two, or £45 for one ticket to all five Autumn Events.
To book call 01225 331155, book online, email tickets@mrbsemporium.com or pop into the shop.

 

 

 
October
10th

MR B'S LEGENDS
Here I Am
with special guest author 
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Monday 10th October
7pm at Bath Central United Reformed Church (CURC) 
7 Argyle St, Bath BA2 4BA

 

We are thrilled to welcome to Bath, one of America's most original and successful contemporary writers. Eleven years after his heartbreaking/warming novel "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close", Jonathan Safran Foer is back with a monumental new story about modern family life and global collapse. "Here I Am" is the story of a fractured family in present day Washington DC and a massive earthquake in the Middle East. As three sons watch their parents marriage fall apart, a larger catastrophe is engulfing another part of the world.  

Told with Jonathan's sharp and startling eye for character observation, but with a more serious heart than his previous blockbusters "Everything is Illuminated" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close", "Here I am" is a tale of personal and global collapse, the many roles that we simultaneously inhabit and what it means to have a sense of home.

We're such huge fans of Jonathan's hugely evocative, emotional writing, his lucid characters, and the bravery of his books, which are never afraid to tackle any subject, regardless of how fragile or gritty, so when we heard about his dazzling new novel we knew we had to invite him to Bath to introduce it to you.

Join us as we chat to Jonathan about "Here I Am" before posing your own questions to him in our audience Q&A and then getting your brand new book signed by the man himself.

 

Tickets £5 each (the ticket price is fully redeemable against a copy of "Here I Am" on the night), or £45 for one ticket to all five Autumn Events.
To book call 01225 331155, book online, email tickets@mrbsemporium.com or pop into the shop.

 

 
 
October
14th

BOOK LOVERS UNITE
Multiple Choice
with special guest author 
ALEJANDRO ZAMBRA
Friday 14th October
7pm at Mr B’s


Alejandro Zambra's "Multiple Choice" HAS to be one of the most inventive and hotly anticipated books of 2016. It is at once a multiple-choice question game, a series of short narrative strands and a funny, poignant and political novel about love and family which has already been named one of the best books of the summer by The Wall Street Journal, Elle Magazine, The Huffington Post, The BBC and The Guardian.

At Mr B's we love games (almost as much as we love books!) and we also love bringing you the very best contemporary international authors, so we're immensely proud to introduce award-winning Chilean author and poet Alejandro to the Bibliotherapy Room this Autumn. Alejandro is hailed a legend in his homeland, where his first novel "Bonsai" was heralded as the dawn of a new era in Chilean literature and we are convinced that he'll enjoy the same status in the UK once enough readers have experienced the imaginative style, creative language and verve of his writing.

Come along to the bibliotherapy room for what is sure to be a mind-bendingly brilliant evening, with an interview composed entirely of multiple choice questions (not really!), a tick-box dinner menu and the toughest multiple choice of them all - red wine, white wine or elderflower cordial!

Tickets £14 each, £25 for two, or £45 for one ticket to all five Autumn Events.
To book call 01225 331155, book online, email tickets@mrbsemporium.com or pop into the shop.

 
 
October
18th

BOOK LOVERS UNITE
Snow
with special guest author 
MARCUS SEDGWICK
Tuesday 18th October
7pm at Mr B’s

Our Autumn season ends with a nod to winter and a visit from one of YA Fiction's most established and exciting authors and his gorgeous new book for all ages. Marcus Sedgwick's "Snow" is an examination of snow and our fascination with it, divided into six chapters, like the six sides of a snowflake, and featuring the photographs of Wilson Bentley, who first photographed snowflakes in the 1890s. "Snow" explores the art, literature and science of the white stuff, as well as Marcus Sedgwick’s own experiences and memories. Now a resident of the French Alps, where extreme snowy weather is much more frequent than in his home town in East Kent, Marcus has come to realise how snow is the one kind of weather than has affected him most and that has a powerful influence on all of our imaginations.

Marcus Sedgwick has written a staggering number of books and won and been shortlisted for an almost embarrassing number of prizes for his novels for young adults. Some of our favourites include "Midwinterblood", "The Ghosts of Heaven", "White Crow"and "Blood Red, Snow White"and we're also very excited to read his new thriller for grown-ups about migrants, drug lords and gang warfare called "Saint Death" coming out in early October.

Come and sit by the Mr B's fireside and embrace the upcoming winter in the company of Marcus Sedgwick, the Mr B's team and your fellow book-lovers. There'll be a wintry feast, wine and 15% off all books on the night to celebrate!

Tickets £14 each, £25 for two, or £45 for one ticket to all five Autumn Events.
To book call 01225 331155, book online, email tickets@mrbsemporium.com or pop into the shop.

 
 

Book Groups

 
 
September
12th

Mr B's Marvellous and Delightful Book Groups

Monday 12th September

6:45pm at Mr B's

 

We will be reading Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante

 

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

 
October
6th

Mr B's Stanza Bonanza

 Thursday 6th October

(National Poetry Day!)

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

 

We will be reading A Song of Light by Kei Miller 

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

 
 
October
11th
 

Mr B's Marvellous and Delightful Book Groups

Tuesday 11th October

 7pm at Mr B's

 

We will be reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

 

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