DIARY – Bookshop appearances in May

Brick City window display at Blackwell's Bookshop

Brick City window display at Blackwell's Bookshop

Edinburgh’s bookshops are not just for browsing new titles, buying books and sipping coffee. As a capital city and one of the most literary places in the world, it’s not surprising Edinburgh attracts some of the top writers all year round, many of whom appear in store (and often for free), giving readings, signing books and talking about their latest works and inspirations.

May is no exception, so here’s a rundown of some of the events taking place next month: featuring everything from local authors discussing the life & legacy of John Knox, to a rare appearance from the rising star of horror, US writer Joe Hill. And LEGO.

Mark Douglas-Home: The Woman Who Walked Into The Sea

Wed 1 May, 18:30, Blackwell’s Bookshop – free (ticketed)
Ex-Herald editor with his anticipated sequel to the novel The Sea Detective.

Warren Elsmore – Brick City

Thu 2 May, 18:00, Blackwell’s Bookshop – free (ticketed)
LEGO artist Warren Elsmore takes the audience on a tour around the world via the medium of the ubiquitous plastic brick.

William McIlvanney – Laidlaw

Thu 2 May, 18:30, Waterstones West End – £3
The ‘godfather of Scottish crime’ discussing his award-winning work.

Marie MacPherson – the life of John Knox

Thu 2 May, 18:30, The Edinburgh Bookshop – free
Marie MacPherson discusses and signs her novel First Blast of the Trumpet, about the life of the renowned Scottish Reformation figure.

Raymond E Feist – Magician’s End

Wed 8 May, 12:30, Waterstones West End – free
One of the world’s leading fantasy authors signing copies of his latest book.

Prajwal Parajuly – The Gurkha’s Daughter

Wed 8 May, 18:30, Blackwell’s Bookshop – free (ticketed)
One of India’s rising authors reading from his collection of short stories centering around the experiences of the Nepalese people.

Samantha Young – Down London Road

Sat 11 May, 12:00, Waterstones Ocean Terminal – free
Scottish author Samantha Young signing copies of her latest book, the sequel to the best-selling On Dublin Street.

Jenny Mayhew – A Wolf In Hindelheim

Thu 16 May, 18:30, The Edinburgh Bookshop – free (ticketed)
Jenny Mayhew and her chilling debut novel set in 1920s Germany.

John Klassen – This Is Not My Hat

Mon 20 May, 15:30, Waterstones West End – free
Children’s author & illustrator reading and signing copies of his latest book.

Rosalind K Marshall – Columba’s Iona

Tue 21 May, 19:00, Blackwell’s Bookshop – free (ticketed)
Historian Rosalind K Marshall and her commissioned work on the celebrated saint and the island of Iona.

Alice Thompson – Burnt Island

Wed 22 May, 18:30, Blackwell’s Bookshop – free (ticketed)
The launch of Alice Thompson’s satirical sixth novel.

Nicola Morgan – Blame My Brain

Thu 30 May, 18:30, Blackwell’s Bookshop – free (ticketed)
Acclaimed writer and researcher and her book which claims to ‘explain the teenage brain’.

Joe Hill – NOS4R2

Fri May, 18:30, Pleasance Theatre – £5 (tickets from Blackwell’s Bookshop)
Acclaimed US horror writer and the only Scottish leg of his tour to promote his chilling new novel.

Details correct at time of publishing. Further details, including numbers to call to reserve tickets, are available on the websites of Blackwell’s Bookshop, Waterstones and The Edinburgh Bookshop.

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