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Edinburgh Events and Reading Groups

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

Stephen Gethins with Tom Macleod

Monday 12th April, 7pm

Former North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins talks to journalist Tom Macleod about his new book Nation to Nation. To book places, order your signed first edition of Nation to Nation here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link to the email address you use to complete […] See more »


Henry Porter

Wednesday 14th April, 7pm

Former Vanity Fair editor and Observer columnist Henry Porter joins us for an online event to celebrate the publication of his latest international spy thriller, The Old Enemy. To book places, preorder your signed copy of The Old Enemy here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link […] See more »


Gill Hornby

Thursday 15th April, 7.30pm

Gill Hornby joins us for an online event to celebrate the paperback publication of Miss Austen. To book places, preorder your signed copy of Miss Austen here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link to the email address you use to complete your order, 24 hours before the […] See more »


Maggie O’Farrell

Friday 16th April, 7pm

Maggie O’Farrell joins us for an online event to celebrate the paperback publication of Hamnet. To book places, preorder your signed copy of Hamnet here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link to the email address you use to complete your order, 24 hours before the event. Award-winning […] See more »


Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi

Monday 19th April, 7pm

Join us for an evening of literary brilliance with Yaa Gyasi. We will be celebrating her new novel Transcendent Kingdom, longlisted for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. To book places, order your signed edition of Transcendent Kingdom here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link to […] See more »


David Farrier

David Farrier with Gaia Vince

Tuesday 20th April, 7pm

Professor David Farrier will be joined by Transcendence author Gaia Vince to celebrate the paperback release of Footprints. To book places, either order your signed paperback edition of Footprints here or book a complimentary place. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link to the email address you […] See more »


Dame Marina Warner

Thursday 22nd April, 7.30pm

Join us for what is sure to be a wonderful online event with Dame Professor Marina Warner, the President of the Royal Society of Literature. She will be in conversation with Professor Susan Sellers of the University of St Andrews’ School of English, to celebrate the publication of Inventory of a Life Mislaid. To book […] See more »


Sarah Bernstein with Fiona Mozley

Friday 23rd April, 7pm

Sarah Bernstein, a startling and original new voice in fiction, joins us online to mark the publication of her debut novel The Coming Bad Days. Sarah will be in conversation with Booker-shortlisted author of Elmet, Fiona Mozley. To book places, preorder your signed copy of The Coming Bad Days here. Each copy of the book includes […] See more »


Nicholas Kenyon

Thursday 29th April, 7pm

Nicholas Kenyon, former Director of the BBC Proms and the current Managing Director at London’s Barbican Centre, joins us for an online evening event celebrating the publication of The Life of Music. To book places, preorder your signed copy of The Life of Music here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. […] See more »


Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin: A Song for the Dark Times

Tuesday 4th May, 7pm

We are delighted that one of our greatest contemporary crime writers, Ian Rankin, joins us to celebrate the paperback publication of the latest Rebus thriller A Song for the Dark Times. To book places, order your signed paperback copy of A Song for the Dark Times (or indeed a signed first edition) here. Each copy of […] See more »


Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell

Thursday 6th May, 7pm

We’re delighted to announce a new online event with former spokesman and strategist Alastair Campbell to mark the paperback release of his memoir Living Better. To book places, either pre-order your signed paperback edition of Living Better here or order a hardback copy of the book here. Each copy of the book includes access to the […] See more »


Natalie Haynes

Thursday 20th May, 7.30pm

We are delighted to welcome the fabulous Natalie Haynes for a spectacular online event in celebration of the paperback publication of Pandora’s Jar. To book places, preorder your signed copy of Pandora’s Jar here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link to the email address you use […] See more »


Elizabeth Macneal

Wednesday 26th May, 7.30pm

Much-loved author of The Doll Factory Elizabeth Macneal joins us for an online event to celebrate her new novel, Circus of Wonders. To book places, preorder your signed copy of Circus of Wonders here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send the event link to the email address you use […] See more »


Secret Barrister with Alexandra Wilson

Thursday 27th May, 7.30pm

Join us for an online event with The Secret Barrister and Alexandra Wilson to celebrate the paperback publication of their books Fake Law and In Black and White. To book places, preorder your signed copy of Fake Law  or In Black and White here. Each copy of the book includes access to the online event. We’ll send […] See more »


Olive, Mabel & Me

Andrew Cotter

Wednesday 9th June, 7pm

Olive, Mabel and Me, Andrew Cotter’s hilarious and heart-warming story of his two labradors, has been a real source of joy for many of us this past year. We are so excited that Andrew will be joining us (alongside Olive and Mabel themselves, we hope!) to celebrate this wonderful book. To book places, preorder your […] See more »


Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown

Thursday 10th June, 7pm

We are thrilled to be hosting this online event with former Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party, Gordon Brown. Gordon will join us live from our Edinburgh bookshop this June. To book places, preorder your signed copy of Seven Ways to Change the World here. Each copy of the book includes access to […] See more »


Alexandra Shulman

Alexandra Shulman

Friday 11th June, 7pm

We are delighted that the inimitable former editor of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, will join us to discuss her candid memoir Clothes & Other Things That Matter. To book places, order your copy of Clothes & Other Things That Matter from us online – either order a hardback edition here or pre-order a paperback edition […] See more »


Live In-Person: Jenni Fagan on Luckenbooth

Tuesday 7th September, 8pm

We are delighted to be joined by Jenni Fagan to celebrate the brilliant Luckenbooth this September. This is a bold, haunting and dazzlingly unique novel about the stories and secrets we leave behind, and the places that hold them long after we are gone. The year is 1910 and the devil’s daughter has been sent […] See more »


Val McDermid

Live In-Person: Val McDermid

Thursday 9th September, 8pm

This summer marks the beginning of a brand new series from the Queen of Crime, Val McDermid! We are delighted that Val will be joining us for a live in-person event in September to celebrate the unmissable first story in her new, pulse-pounding series. 1979. It is the winter of discontent and ambitious young journalist […] See more »


Live In-Person: Maggie O’Farrell

Tuesday 14th September, 8pm

Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell joins us for an evening in Greenside Church to celebrate the brilliant success of her Women’s Prize winning novel, Hamnet. In a beautiful imagining of the short life of Shakespeare’s son and the untold story of his wife “Agnes” Hathaway, this book is a profound exploration of grief and the healing […] See more »


Alexandra Shulman

Live In-Person: Alexandra Shulman

Thursday 16th September, 8pm

We are delighted that the inimitable former editor of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, will join us to discuss her candid memoir Clothes & Other Things That Matter. Your voucher can be used against either the hardback or paperback edition of this book. Select the £16.99 place to order a hardback copy or a £9.99 place […] See more »


Live In-Person: Colm Tóibín

Tuesday 12th October, 8pm

We’re tremendously excited to announce that Colm Tóibín – three time Booker-shortlisted author, and one of our greatest living writers, will be coming to Edinburgh. We welcome you for an event to celebrate his forthcoming novel, The Magician. Colm’s latest book tells the fascinating story of another acclaimed writer Thomas Mann, and the contradictions that plagued his […] See more »


Francis Spufford

Live In-Person: Francis Spufford

Thursday 14th October, 8pm

We are delighted to announce a live in-person event with Francis Spufford on Light Perpetual, set to be one of this year’s literary highlights. November 1944. A German rocket strikes London, and five young lives are atomised in an instant. November 1944. That rocket never lands. A single second in time is altered, and five […] See more »


Live In-Person: Neil Oliver

Thursday 21st October, 8pm

Renowned archaeologist and TV presenter Neil Oliver joins us to celebrate his new book The Story of the World in 100 Moments. Oliver takes the reader on a global tour, reaching back in time to consider moments that serve as stepping stones to offer unexpected glimpses of the everyday of the ancients. Unearthing both the […] See more »


Live In-Person: Professor Andrew Pettegree

Tuesday 2nd November, 8pm

Famed across the known world, jealously guarded by private collectors, built up over centuries, destroyed in a single day, ornamented with gold leaf and frescoes – or filled with bean bags and children’s drawings – the history of the library is rich, varied and stuffed full of incident. In The Library: A Fragile History, St […] See more »


Live In-Person: James Naughtie

Thursday 4th November, 8pm

James Naughtie, the acclaimed author and BBC broadcaster, joins us live to share his unique insight into the country that has fascinated him and drawn him across the Atlantic for half a century. On the Road is filled with anecdotes, memories, tears and laughter reflecting Naughtie’s characteristic warmth and enthusiasm. As a student, Naughtie watched […] See more »


Live In-Person: Simon Heffer on Chips Channon’s Diaries

Friday 12th November, 8pm

Acclaimed historian Simon Heffer will be talking about Chips Channon’s diaries, now published for the first time in unexpurgated form. A heavily abridged and censored form of the diaries was published in 1967. Only now, 60 years after Chips’ death, can the text be shared in all its shocking glory. While his career as MP […] See more »


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