We are particularly pleased with readings we've arranged where authors introduce their work and themselves to our readers. These cosy and informal gatherings have included Diana Athill, P D James, Claire Tomalin, Doris Lessing, Nick Crane, Martin Amis, Jane Smiley, Simon Jenkins, Xandra Bingley, Ian McEwan, Marina Warner, Michael Frayn, Tracy Chevalier, Joan Bakewell and Selena Hastings.
We hosted a 'pop-up' event with Jeanette Winterson, who shared some of her Christmas memories, as recounted in her memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
This year our lunch with Siri Hustvedt proved to be a memorable experience and Lauren Child's signing of The New Small Person was a great hit - particularly with the small persons who came and were delighted to meet one of their favourite authors.
We have also arranged and participated in a variety of other community based events. For instance, we organized a benefit for our local libraries with Margaret Atwood, set up literary benefit events for local churches, and helped raise funds for International PEN in conjunction with Umberto Eco.
More recently we have helped to arrange fundraisers for the Primrose Hill Community Library with Alan Bennett, Derek Jacobi, Helen Fielding and Joanna Trollope.
Our next event - on October 9th - will feature Andrew Marr talking about his entertaining political thriller, Head of State.
This will be held in one of our favourite venues - St Mary the Virgin Church.
Tickets are now available at £8.00 - or £20.00 to include a copy of the book.
Mitchell is to be the guest author for our next literary
lunch. As before this will be in Greenberry - just along
the street from our shop.
It will be held on Thursday 13th November, starting at 12:30pm. Tickets are
priced at £30 and will include a welcome drink, starter and main
course, and coffee.
Purchase of a ticket will also entitle you to buy a copy of the
book, available at the beginning of September, for a special price
This will both guarantee that you get a copy of the first
print run and also give you a chance to read the book before the