Literary Events

Summer of Events from Penguin Live

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We don’t just love reading books, we love bookish events too and top of that list has to be author tours. If you agree and you live in, or are visiting the UK this summer then we have some fantastic news for you as Penguin Live has unveiled its summer of events including tours from a host of top authors including Caitlin Moran (How to Be a Woman), Tan France (Queer Eye), and Scarlett Curtis (Feminists Don’t Wear Pink) among others. Read More

Netherlands Make Trains Free for Readers for National Book Week

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The Dutch love to read, and with the excellent public transport infrastructure they have in the Netherlands, its little wonder. What better way to while away a train journey than with a book? And readers who travelled last weekend during Boekenweek (Book Week) got to travel for free, so long as they were reading.

Every year since 1932 the Netherlands has encouraged reading with Boekenweek, a celebration of literature marked with literary festivals, book signings and literary events across the country.
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The Book Club Bar Launches Radical Feminist Book Club

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The Book Club Bar is East London is a multi-arts bar that is about to launch its own monthly literature event to “subvert the traditional Book Club format”. The event will be a monthly radical feminist book club for millennials say organisers and will be designed for literature lovers who don’t always get the time to read.

The new book club will centre on a different theme each month, but will keep up its feminist under-theme throughout the book club. The first Book Club theme will be magic, astrology and women of the zodiac and will take place on March 24th.
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Frome Prepares for Fifth Annual Book Fair

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The fifth annual Frome Book Fair will be held later this month on March 30th at a new larger venue, Cheese and Grain, that can accommodate double the previous number of dealers. Cheese and Grain was built in 1874 and is the most widely recognisable buildings in Frome.

The fair is now in its fifth year but the first Frome book fair was organised by Karen Jakobsen, owner of Bond Books of Sturminster Newton who specialises in 20th Century art and design. She will be at this year’s fair offering a selection of books on Andy Warhol. The other two fair organisers Peter Foster, and Thais Brand opened the Frome Bookshop, an independent second-hand bookstore at 18 King Street, Frome in May 2018 with fellow book-dealer Noel Crack.

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John Boyne – Birmingham Literature Festival

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On the final day of the Birmingham Literature Festival, John Boyne was in conversation with the city’s own Kit de Waal, discussing his latest novel A Ladder to the Sky and his life as an author.

The event began with Boyne briefly outlining the novel, the tale of wannabe writer Maurice Swift who will do anything to make himself a famous writer including begging, borrowing and stealing stories. This was then followed by a brilliant reading from the book by the author himself which drew me in and made me want to read the book all the more.

Kit told John that she had greatly enjoyed A Ladder to the Sky, listening to the audiobook, narrated by Richard E. Grant, she was so gripped she didn’t want to get out the car to do her food shopping. Read More

Church Leaders Call for Ban on LGBT Books, During Banned Books Week

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Established by the American Library Association in 1982, Banned Books Week begins every year on the last week of September. The week celebrates books that have been censored or outright banned over the years and reminds us of the importance of information and freedom of speech, as well as showing us how books can be used tackle difficult or sensitive topics and themes.

To celebrate the week, a library in Rumford, Maine created a display featuring books that have, and continue to be, banned in various parts of the world. As you can imagine, books focusing on the topic of same-sex relationships are heavily censored, and thus the display featured several LGBT books such as Kabi Nagata’s My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and David Lev’s Two Boys Kissing. Both books have been released to great acclaim from critics but also face heavy resistance, with Two Boys Kissing being the fifth most banned book of 2016. Read More

Hay Festival a Big Boost to Local Economy

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Research carried out on the impact of the Hay Festival has shown that the economic impact over the past three years has totalled more than £70 million!

The study was conducted by data collection provider QRS research and it shows that the festival generated a whopping £25.8 million in the local area in 2018, more than 25% higher than in 2016.
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First Irish Book Week to Be Held This October

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Publishing Ireland and Bookselling Ireland are teaming up to bring us the Irish Book Week, a seven day, nationwide celebration of Irish books, authors, and bookshops. The inaugural event will see the Irish Book Week begin from 27th October to 3rd November.

As The BookSeller reports, the week long event will see book related activities take place across Ireland with the focus being on celebrating Irish books and writers who have played an important role in shaping Irish culture. Read More