Bookish goings-on on my radar
It’s World Book Day, which seems the perfect time to tell you about a few good shops and events on my radar.
Fittingly, I was at my first Bookish Supper Club last night with three authors including talented comedian and singer Isy Suttie (Dobby in Peep Show/Radio 4) reading from their new books and being interviewed while we tucked into meze and wine. The supper clubs happen regularly in the historic Brunswick Square Town House, Hove and the next one in late April is going to have writers from the fashion world spilling the beans, so look out for that.
The Lewes Literary Society also runs a packed programme of author talks and you don’t have to be a member to attend. Meg and Mog illustrator Jan Pienkowski is up on 26 April.
City Books in Hove – which even makes it into Peter James’ novels as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace’s favourite bookshop – is a great place and has many signings and events. It will be supporting the Celebrating Bletchley Park mini festival in Firle, near Lewes on March 19-20 selling books by code-breaking veterans speaking at the event.
At the lighter end of things, indulge in some affronts to literature as comedians read from their favourite terrible tomes at the monthly Bad Book Project at the quirky Marwood cafe, Brighton (next up the evening of 18 March). I’ve been along and it’s a great laugh. Watch out for my review… and if you don’t live near Brighton, you can still listen to the podcast.
It’s well worth signing up to the newsletter for Much Ado Books in Alfriston, who are always up to something good. They have a fundraising soup lunch in aid of the Refugee Community Kitchen on 13 March, radio writing workshops for adults and children on 19 March and the much-loved Jaqueline Wilson reading from her new children’s book in May. The shop sells new and antique books – the latest of which include some Virginia Woolfs with covers by Vanessa Bell.
Meanwhile, if you do your book buying online and you haven’t yet discovered Hive.co.uk, then check it out. It’s a Sussex-based online store which gives a cut from every book sold to an independent bookshop of your choosing – you just pop in your postcode and it’ll offer you some options. It’s currently doing a 15% discount promo for Mothers’ Day.
If you’ve got a great bookshop or event near you, let me know. Meanwhile, if you have a teenager in the market for some good young adult fiction (or, face it, you fancy some yourself) then check out this feature full of good recommendations from Hero over at Muddy Stilettos Bucks/Oxon.