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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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Feminist Fiction Reading Group

Monday 27th May, 7.30pm

For our Feminist Fiction Reading Group's May Meeting, we will be reading and discussing Isabella Hammad's Enter Ghost! Not only is this month's pick shortlisted for …

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Velia Vidal

Monday 27th May, 7.30pm

We are very excited to partner again in 2024 with one of our favourite independent publishers, Charco Press, and celebrate translated fiction together in the Bookshop. …

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Cat Bohannon & Kate Womersley

Tuesday 28th May, 7.30pm

We're honoured to be hosting Cat Bohannon for her Women's Prize for Non-Fiction longlisted Eve: How The Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution.Over …

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Talk & Tasters: Nicola Lamb for SIFT

Wednesday 29th May, 7.30pm

Please note, this event is now taking place at The Royal Scots Club, 29-31 Abercromby Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6QE.We're celebrating the craft and comfort of baking …

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A Secret Edinburgh Walk with Hannah Robinson

Thursday 30th May, 3.30pm

Secret Edinburgh WalkA guide to the unusual and unfamiliar with Hannah RobinsonJoin us for an afternoon walk with Hannah Robinson, author of Secret Edinburgh: an Unusual …

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Susan Dennard & S.T. Gibson

Thursday 30th May, 7.30pm

N.B. This event is now taking place at Greenside Church (1b Royal Terrace, EH7 5AB). All other details remain unchanged.Please note that the full cost of …

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Coco Mellors: From Cleo and Frank to the Blue Sisters

Friday 31st May, 7.30pm

Is there anybody who didn't adore Cleopatra & Frankenstein?Beloved by our booksellers and readers alike, Coco Mellors' debut - a Sunday Times bestseller, no less - …

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Marlon James: A Decade Since the Booker Prize

Monday 3rd June, 7.30pm

Please note, this event is now taking place at Pilrig St. Paul's Church, 1B Pilrig St, Edinburgh EH6 5AH.Who would believe it has been a decade …

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Andrew O'Hagan

Tuesday 4th June, 7.30pm

Andrew O'Hagan has been nominated for the Booker Prize, voted one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, and won the E. M. Forster …

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Selva Almada

Wednesday 5th June, 7.30pm

We are thrilled to be welcoming Selva Almada for her latest novel published by the wonderful independent publisher Charco Press. Shortlisted for the Mario Vargas Llosa …

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Claire Daverley

Thursday 6th June, 7.30pm

Claire Daverley won our hearts with her blockbuster debut, Talking at Night. It also won the (perhaps more influential) acclaim of Jojo Moyes and Libby Page, …

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Christos Tsiolkas: The In-Between

Friday 7th June, 7.30pm

We're delighted to be welcoming author and playwright Christos Tsiolkas all the way from the Land Down Under to speak on his new novel The In-Between, …

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Poetry Reading Group

Monday 10th June, 7.30pm

Calling all poetry lovers in Edinburgh – come and join us every second Monday of the month for our poetry reading group. From Queer and BAME …

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Jen Stout: Night Train to Odesa

Monday 10th June, 7.30pm

Join us for an important and highly relevant event on the Russia-Ukraine war with Scottish journalist and radio producer Jen Stout. Jen joins us to present …

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Isabel Greenberg for Young Hag

Tuesday 11th June, 7.30pm

Joining us to talk onYoung Hag, Isabel Greenberg recounts the magical history of our country, and the disillusionment of the present age. Once upon a time …

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Adam Smyth: A Human History of Books

Wednesday 12th June, 7.30pm

If you're a bibliophile, this is your dream! Join us for an evening with Adam Smyth, Professor of English Literature and the History of the Book …

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French Fiction Reading Group

Wednesday 12th June, 7.30pm

Frère d'âme, David Diop« Moi, Alfa Ndiaye, dernier fils du vieil homme, j’ai vu les obus malicieux, les ennemis aux yeux bleus, le ventre ouvert de …

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Kathleen Jamie: Launching 'Cairn'

Thursday 13th June, 7.30pm

N.B. This event is now taking place at Greenside Church (1b Royal Terrace, EH7 5AB). All other details remain unchanged.From Scotland's National Poet Kathleen Jamie comes …

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June Thomas and Alison Bechdel: Six Spaces That Shaped Queer Women's Culture

Friday 14th June, 7.30pm

N.B. Please note this event is now taking place at the Ukrainian Community Centre, 14 Royal Terrace, EH7 5AB.‘An inspiring celebration of lesbian camaraderie, activism and …

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Celebrating Lauren Elkin's Debut Novel

Monday 17th June, 7.30pm

We are delighted to welcome award-winning translator and author Lauren Elkin for the publication of her debut novel in English Scaffolding, which writer Sophie Mackintosh celebrated …

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Of This and Other Worlds - Science Fiction Reading Group

Monday 17th June, 7.30pm

Heading into 2024, we’ll be continuing our Fantasy and Science Fiction reading group, exploring worlds both fantastical and horrific, monstrous and utopian. Whether your interests lie …

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Tom Newlands on Only Here, Only Now

Tuesday 18th June, 7.30pm

Join us to celebrate publication of Only Here, Only Now, an original and unforgettable coming-of-age novel from a formidable new talent, taking the reader inside the …

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Max Hastings

Wednesday 19th June, 7.30pm

This summer we welcome back Military Historian Max Hastings. Known for such gripping and thoroughly researched works as Abyss and Operation Pedestal, we are looking forward …

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Shannon Vallor: How to Reclaim Our Humanity in the Age of AI

Thursday 20th June, 7.30pm

How can we reclaim our humanity in an age of machine thinking?Join us this June to celebrate publication of Shannon Vallor's latest work The AI Mirror, …

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Wyl Menmuir on The Heart of the Woods

Friday 21st June, 7.30pm

Wyl Menmuir is the author of the Man-Booker nominated novel and Observer Best Fiction of the year The Many and Fox Fires. His short fiction has …

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D.J. Taylor on Who is Big Brother? A Reader's Guide to George Orwell

Monday 24th June, 7.30pm

Please note, this event is now taking place at Pilrig St. Paul's Church, 1B Pilrig St, Edinburgh EH6 5AH.D. J. Taylor is an award-winning novelist, critic, …

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Alice Winn

Wednesday 26th June, 7.30pm

We are excited to welcome the literary darling of 2023, Alice Winn, who exceeded all expectations with her award-winning debut, In Memoriam. Following star-crossed soulmates during …

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David Robson on the Laws of Connection

Thursday 27th June, 7.30pm

David Robson is an award-winning science writer. He is the author of The Intelligence Trap, and The Expectation Effect, which was a Sunday Times and Financial …

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Nick Wallis: Reporting the Post Office Scandal

Friday 28th June, 7.30pm

Join us to celebrate the paperback edition of Nick Wallis' The Great Post Office Scandal, the definitive account of the scandal and 'an extraordinary journalistic expose …

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Sarah Rankin: Scottish Food for Friends & Family

Tuesday 2nd July, 7.30pm

MasterChef finalist Sarah Rankin has a passion for Scottish produce and flavours and for feeding people. Being a food lover encompasses not just a passion for …

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Jewish Languages and Book Culture with Judith Olszowy-Schlanger and Cesar Merchan-Hamann

Thursday 4th July, 7.30pm

Much has been written about Jewish culture, but we've rarely seen such a fascinating collection examining the spread of books in Jewish vernacular languages and Hebrew …

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Irvine Welsh & Denise Mina: Resolution

Monday 8th July, 7.30pm

This July, we're over the moon to be hosting Irvine Welsh to celebrate publication of his newest novel. Beloved all over the world but especially so …

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Gyles Brandreth on The 7 Secrets of Happiness

Tuesday 16th July, 7.30pm

Please note, this event is now taking place at Greenside Church, 1b Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB.This July we are joined by one of the most …

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Kate Foster

Thursday 18th July, 7.30pm

If you loved The Maiden, you can't miss Kate Foster's sophomore novel, The King's Witches. Bringing 17th-century Edinburgh vividly to life in all its colour and …

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French Fiction Reading Group

Wednesday 24th July, 7.30pm

Chanson douce, Leïla Slimani«Louise ? Quelle chance vous avez d’être tombés sur elle. Elle a été comme une seconde mère pour mes garçons. Ça a été …

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Chitra Ramaswamy

Monday 29th July, 7.30pm

The Guardian praised it for its 'poetic language and references from Voltaire to Almodóvar', and The Scotsman called it a 'poetic and polemical book'. This summer, …

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French Fiction Reading Group

Wednesday 21st August, 7.30pm

Acide Sulfurique, Amélie Nothomb« Vint le moment où la souffrance des autres ne leur suffit plus : il leur en fallut le spectacle. »Come join us …

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Danny Dorling on Seven Children: Inequality and Britain's Next Generation

Friday 6th September, 7.30pm

Suppose you chose seven typical children to represent today's UK. Who would they be? What would they reveal?Danny Dorling is a social scientist whose books include …

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Tabitha Stanmore

Tuesday 10th September, 7.30pm

Tabitha Stanmore transports us to a time when magic was used to navigate life's challenges and solve problems of both trivial and deadly importance. Join us …

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Richard Evans

Monday 16th September, 7.30pm

Who were the Nazis and what happened to their moral compass? Leading historian Richard J. Evans joins us to present his latest Hitler's People, a biographical …

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Callum Robinson on Ingrained: the making of a craftsman

Thursday 19th September, 7.30pm

Callum Robinson makes all manner of things from all manner of woods for some of the most influential brands in the world. He is creative director …

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Ben Macintyre on The Siege

Thursday 19th September, 7.30pm

From the author of Sunday Times #1 bestsellers Colditz, SAS: Rogue Heroes and The Spy and the Traitor comes another masterpiece on the greatest SAS hostage …

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Peter May on The Black Loch

Friday 20th September, 7.30pm

Peter May, Scottish crime master and bestselling author of The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and The Chessmen, returns in 2024 with his finest novel yet, The …

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Smack the Pony's Doon Mackichan for My Lady Parts

Monday 23rd September, 7.30pm

Doon Mackichan is best known for her comedy characters in the hugely popular Brass Eye, Smack the Pony and Toast of London – but throughout her …

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Rosie Holt

Tuesday 24th September, 7.30pm

This September, we are excited to welcome Parody Tory MP Rosie Holt to Edinburgh to talk about Why We Were Right, a side-splitting and scathing slice …

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Alexander McCall Smith

Wednesday 25th September, 7.30pm

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over one hundred books on a wide array of subjects, including the world’s longest-running serial novel, 44 Scotland Street.He …

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French Fiction Reading Group

Wednesday 25th September, 7.30pm

Oscar et la dame rose, Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt« Oscar a dix ans et vit désormais à l’hôpital. Même si personne n’ose le lui dire, il sait qu'il …

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Clare Chambers

Tuesday 1st October, 7.30pm

For our Autumn Literary Festival, we are thrilled to be welcoming bestselling author Clare Chambers, who joins us to celebrate Shy Creatures. Perfect for fans of …

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Some Men In London: Queer Life 1960-1967

Thursday 3rd October, 7.30pm

We are thrilled to welcome Peter Parker to Edinburgh to discuss his new book Some Men in London: Vol. 2, Queer Life 1960-1967 - the second …

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Baillie Gifford winner Craig Brown on A Voyage Around the Queen

Monday 14th October, 7.30pm

Craig Brown has been writing the parodic celebrity diary for Private Eye since 1989 alongside a rich variety of publications, including the Guardian, the New Statesman …

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Ed McDonald

Thursday 14th November, 7.30pm

We are thrilled to welcome back author of the fantasy series Blackwing and bookseller favourite, Ed McDonald! He joins us this November to talk about the …

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Jenny Colgan for Close Knit

Wednesday 20th November, 7.30pm

In 2015 Jenny Colgan was inducted into the Love Stories Hall of Fame - and with good reason. Over fifteen million copies of her books sold, …

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Chris Brookmyre for The Cracked Mirror

Tuesday 26th November, 7.30pm

Chris Brookmyre is one of Britain's leading crime writers. His 2016 novel Black Widow won both the McIlvanney Prize and the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel …

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