Thursday, 16 October 2008

Upcoming Events: The View From Here Round Up

Selected Author Events:

Tom McCarthy, 17th - 21st October
Friday 17th Oct, 15:00: in conversation with Alasdair Gray, author of 'Lanark' and other novels, about his work, at the Frieze Art Fair.

Saturday 18th October, 17.40: the INS's Proclamation on Art and Democracy at the Serpentine's Manifesto Marathon (just before Yoko Ono). Details here.

Tuesday 21st Oct, 18.30: in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist about his new book, 'Formulas for Now, at Foyles Charing Cross Road. (No charge.)

Ian Rankin, 18th October 2008, 18:00
Doors Open - Ian Rankin's first stand-alone thriller for over a decade.
Venue: Cheltenham Literature Festival Tel: +44 (0)844 576 7979

Evelio Rosero, 21st October, 19:00

An established Colombian author presents, The Armies. In association with English PEN.
Venue: London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL London, England.
Tickets are available by calling the shop on Tel: +44 (0)20 7269 9030.


Jennifer Haigh , October 22nd, 18:00
The Condition at Boston Public Library hosted by Harper Collins.
700 Boyleston Street Boston, MA 02116, USA.

Nick Griffiths, 23rd October, 18:30
Who Goes There Launch, hosted by Legend Press.
Venue: The Phoenix Artist Club Off Charing Cross Rd, 1 Phoenix Street, WC2H 0DT, London.


Selected Book Festivals & Fairs:

Guildford Book Festival, 16th - 25th October, 2008

There is much for writers as well as readers, at this UK event. The week of events are hosted by a variety of venues from booksellers and libraries to churches and the YMCA.

Fiction is at the heart of the programme. Readers’ Day events offer an opportunity to interact with some of today’s bestselling novelists including Katie Fforde, Lesley Pearse, Michael Dobbs, Emily Barr, R J Ellory (chosen by the Richard & Judy Book Club) and Catherine O’Flynn (winner of the Festival’s own First Novel Award (2007) and the Costa First Novel Award (2007).

The Festival will mark the centenary of the much loved Mills & Boon novels. It will also be celebrating the vast collection of works and characters created by Guildford-born author P.G. Wodehouse - the event will be hosted by author and playwright Simon Brett.
Monday 2oth October, 15:00-17:00
Alison Joseph hosts a workshop intriguingly titled, 'How to Write a Novel with a Pack of Cards, a Kitchen Timer and a Piece of String.'

Wednesday 22nd October, 19:00
For those who want to consider joining a poetry slam, at which the audience decides the winner. Cost: £3 Performers – includes both events. To book a slot at the poetry slam please email: Slots may be available on the day but cannot be guaranteed.

Festival Box Office Tel: +44 (0)1483 444334 or (0)1483 444789. Online booking is also available through the Festival website.

Birmingham, Secondhand and Antiquarian Book Fair, 17th -18th October 2008, 12:00 - 18:00

Birmingham Book Fair, Medical Institute, Harborne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, England.

Over thirty leading bookdealers will be offering quality books to suit every taste and pocket. This fair will be particularly strong on antiquarian, military, local history, literature and sport. Free Parking. Tel: +44 (0)1763 248400 e-mail web

Edinburgh, 24th -25th October 2008

Further Secondhand and Antiquarian Q4 2008 Book Fairs around the UK, click here, to see the website.

Anarchist Bookfair, Saturday 18th October, 10:00 to 19:00
Various non 'typical mainstream' book fair events, including a session hosted by Paul Mason, BBC journalist and author of Live Working or Die Fighting, How the Working Class Went Global.

Queen Mary & Westfield College, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS. England.

The Dylan Thomas Festival, 23rd October - 10th November, 2008
Over two weeks of arts events celebrating the life and work of Wales' most famous writer. There will be the usual mixture of readings, talks, theatre performances, music, art, films and celebrity guests for this, the eleventh Festival.
Tickets: available from the Dylan Thomas Centre - +44 (0)1792 463980 and some event tickets are available online.

The Sixth International Conference on the Book, 25th-27th October
The Book Conference is held annually in different locations around the world.
Fees depend on level of participation, up to $600.
Venue: the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA.


Selected Other Literary Related Events:

Bookshop event - Dorling Kindersley, Waterstones, 29th October.

Take Me Back, DK's best ever history book for kids, is inviting you and your kids to join them for a free and fun half term treasure trail. Starting at the London Dungeon, follow the trail around London landmarks answering the clues on the way.

At the end, head to the UK's Waterstone's London Piccadilly to hand in your completed map for a chance to win a treasure trove of goodies and join the fun-filled Explorers Party: with games, activities and performances from Shakespeare and friends.


Mike French said...

Wow I love this round up - is this going to be a regular feature?

the Amateur Book Blogger said...

Thanks Mike - yes, am trying to figure out how to best cover and make it work in print too. And avoid being that dreaded word of literary circles of late, "insular."

So far, it seems that by Regions may work best : Europe&ME&Africa / Asia&Pac / Americas.

Once a month for each, in the month before the events.

Aiming to start with that structure in 2009 - open to all suggestions on structure and content.