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Edinburgh Events and Reading Groups

We're delighted to bring our all-year-round Literary Festival to our bookshop in Edinburgh. We have a packed calendar which ranges from readings in the bookshop to evenings with literary stars.

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Celebrating the World & Works of Alexander McCall Smith

Tuesday 5th December, 7.30pm

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over one hundred books on a wide array of subjects, including the award-winning The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. …

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A Festive Evening with Val McDermid

Wednesday 6th December, 7.30pm

It is our pleasure to be hosting Val McDermid this December to hear all about the latest instalment of her Karen Pirie series. This will be …

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Danny Dorling, Oxford Professor of Geography

Thursday 7th December, 7.30pm

We're thrilled to host Oxford University's Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, Danny Dorling. Danny will give a talk on his latest work, Shattered Nation: Inequality and …

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A Festive Matinee with Brian Bilston

Saturday 9th December, 1pm

It's that time of year again . . . What better way to celebrate it than with a matinee reading from the Twitter's unofficial Poet Laureate, …

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A Festive Evening in the Bookshop

Monday 11th December, 5pm

We cordially invite you to join us on Monday 11th December for a festive evening of browsing.There’s no need to reserve a place, just come and …

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Of This and Other Worlds - Science Fiction Reading Group

Monday 18th December, 7.30pm

Please note that places for this reading group are very limited. If you book a place and can’t make it, we would be grateful if you …

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Hisham Matar

Tuesday 9th January, 7.30pm

We're thrilled that our first literary date of 2024 will be with Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Return, In the Country of Men, and A …

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Hester Musson

Thursday 18th January, 7.30pm

Join us this January for the launch of Hester Musson's DEBUT novel, The Beholders ! This thrilling, gothic, historical fiction is perfect for fans of Kate …

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Deliciously Ella: Healthy Made Simple

Tuesday 30th January, 7.30pm

A very special evening with Deliciously Ella's Ella Mills and her new book, Healthy Made Simple.‘When I sat down to write the first draft of Healthy …

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Louise Welsh

Thursday 1st February, 7.30pm

After 2022's stellar event for The Second Cut, we are pleased to welcome back The Cutting Room author Louise Welsh in discussion of To The Dogs. …

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Xinran with Caroline Eden

Wednesday 7th February, 7.30pm

We are incredibly honoured to welcome award-winning journalist and international bestselling author, Xinran. Xinran joins us to speak on her latest, The Book of Secrets: the …

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Sara Sheridan

Thursday 8th February, 7.30pm

We are thrilled to welcome Sara Sheridan for the Edinburgh launch of her new novel, The Secrets of Blythswood Square. Sara's The Fair Botanists was a …

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Jasper Fforde in Edinburgh 2024

Monday 12th February, 7.30pm

We are incredibly honoured to welcome bestselling writer Jasper FForde. The author of The Eyre Affair joins us to speak on his latest, Red Side Story: …

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Josephine Quinn

Josephine Quinn

Friday 15th March, 7.30pm

‘Erudite, inventive, playful - a work of great confidence, empathy, learning and imagination’ - Rory StewartHow the World Made the WestWhat would history look like without …

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Simon Heffer

Tuesday 26th March, 7.30pm

This spring we are looking forward to welcoming back historian and Telegraph columnist Simon Heffer for Sing As We Go: Britain Between the Wars.Sing As We …

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