Friday, 1 August 2014

Storytelling at Dulwich Books

Our Thursday and Saturday storytime will be taking a break during August, although if Annie is here just say ‘I’d like to hear a story, please’ and she will be happy to oblige!
Storytime returns with a bang in September with not one, not two but THREE guest author storytellers!
Big Blue Thing on the HillWe look forward to welcoming Yuval Zommer author of The Big Blue Thing on the Hill on Saturday 6th September at 11am. Perfect for all readers of 6 and under, don’t miss this exciting event.  Reserve your free seat online, or via email: or via telephone: 020 8670 1920.
On Thursday 11th September we host Anna Bogie author of Happy Hooves, Ta Dah! in the bookshop at 11am.  Reserve your free seat online, or via email: or via telephone: 020 8670 1920.
On Saturday 13th September we host Loretta d’Souza author of Talk to the Paw to read from her picture book. Ideal for any under 6 book lover we advise you to reserve your free seat online, or via email: or via telephone: 020 8670 1920.
Plus there will be all those lovely new Autumn picture books to test run!

Nickolas Butler in conversation at Dulwich Books Tuesday 16th September 7pm

Book tickets now imageShotgun LovesongsJoin us on Tuesday 16th September at 7pm and hear Nickolas Butler talk about his fantastic debut novel Shotgun Lovesongs
Tickets are bookable online, in the bookshop, via email on or by telephone on 020 8670 1920.
Why come to this event? This will be Nickolas’s only talk in London and it will be a treat to hear him talk about his novel which is one of the major debuts of 2014.
Chloe read an advance copy of Shotgun Lovesongs and this is what she has to say “I fell in love with the title of this book, and fell even deeper in love with it from page 1. It’s quiet, achingly sweet and melancholy and I was heartbroken when I finished it”

Sarah Waters in conversation with John O’Connell Wednesday 1st October at MCT Alleyns 7.30pm

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????paying-guests A literary evening with best-selling, award-winning author Sarah Waters to celebrate the publication of her exquisite new novel The Paying Guests. Sarah will be in conversation with John O’Connell.
Book tickets now imageThe Paying Guest is a stunning novel in which Sarah Waters captures the despondent feeling around London after the war, people without work, men no longer needed and it is a different take on the Great War yet an incredibly important view. With an intense love story, four superbly developed characters this will be the major literary book of 2014.
Set in 1920’s London impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter Frances are alone in a large genteel Camberwell villa. Bereft of brothers, a husband and even servants the two women are obliged to take in lodgers in the form of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the ‘clerk class’ who will shake up the routines of the house in the most unexpected ways”. says Sheila, owner of Dulwich Books

Book tickets online, via email to, via telephone 020 8670 1920 or pop into the bookshop.
Tickets £10/£8 . The Paying Guests will be on sale at £15.00

Tracy Chevalier talk Tuesday 7th October 7.30pm at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Last RunawayTRACY 2012 USE c Eammon McCabeTracy Chevalier will give an illustrated talk on Tuesday 7th October in The Linbury Room of Dulwich Picture Gallery about the influence of quilts on her work, both in her most recent novel The Last Runaway, and in a quilt art show she has curated for  Danson House in near-by Bexleyheath. Called Things We Do in Bed, the exhibition runs until October 31st.
Book tickets now imageFor those of you who don’t know Tracy she says of herself. I was born in Washington, DC but have lived in England all my adult life, and now have dual citizenship (but kept the American accent). I have a BA in English from Oberlin College, Ohio, and an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England. I live in London with my English husband and son. Before turning to writing full-time, I was a reference book editor for several years. I have written 7 novels including Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Tickets are £12 for non members & £10 for DPG members and includes a copy of The Last Runaway.

Antony Beevor talk at MCT Alleyns Thursday 9th October 7.30pm

Second World WarAntony BeevorInternational bestselling author and multi-award-winning military historian Antony Beevor will be discussing researching his latest book The Second World War.
The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. Beevor’s The Second World War focuses on the fate of the ordinary soldiers and civilians whose lives were crushed by the titanic forces unleashed in this, the most terrible war in history.
‘His accounts of the key moments in the Second World War have a sense of colour, drama and immediacy that few narrative historians can match’ — Dominic Sandbrook (The Sunday Times).

Book tickets now image Book tickets and your seat directly via the MCT website.

Books Are My Bag celebration in Dulwich Books Saturday 11th October 11am – 3pm

Books Are My BagWe invite you to celebrate bookshops on the high street on Saturday 11th October between 11am & 3pm. For the first 100 customers (yup buying books) you’ll receive a free Books Are My Bag designed this year by Tracy Emin along with two random books from the bookshop’s private library.
What more could you want we ask, well we also will have Laura Dockrill in the bookshop between 11am and 12 to chat with customers, read her poetry and share with her the picture book that influenced her as a child.

John Lanchester & David Mitchell in conversation… on Tuesday 11th November 7.30pm

David MitchellLanchester JohnBestselling author John Lanchester and much-loved comedian David Mitchell will be talking about their brilliantly  entertaining and incisive new books How to Speak Money and Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse (published by Faber & Faber and Guardian Faber this Autumn).
This event will take place in The Great Hall of Alleyns school on Tuesday 11th November at 7.30pm.
Book tickets now imageChaired by Robert Collins former deputy editor of The Sunday Times this event will entertain and enlighten you to all things money.
Join us for an evening of humorous insights and lively discussion.
Tuesday 11th November in MCT at Alleyns 7.30pm

Diana Henry Talk & Demo Monday 24th November in Suzanne James Kitchens 7.30pm

Diana HenryDulwich Books & Suzanne James are delighted to bring to Dulwich Diana Henry. On Monday 24th November at 7.30pm in the wonderful kitchen of Suzanne James on Barry Road.   Diana will talk about and demonstrate her latest recipes and share with you her thought on food and cooking.
Book tickets now imageDon’t miss this great event with two of the local award winning businesses.
Diana Henry was named Cookery Writer of the Year in 2013’s prestigious Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards. She has also twice been awarded ‘Cookery Journalist of the Year’ by the Guild of Food Writers. She is the Sunday Telegraph’s food writer and has a column in Stella, the newspaper’s magazine. Diana has written eight books including Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons, Cook Simple, Roast Figs, Sugar Snow, Food from Plenty and Salt, Sugar, Smoke. Her latest, A Change of Appetite, was published in March 2014.
Tickets are bookable online, via email:, telephone on 020 8670 1920 or pop into the bookshop.

Henry Marsh event on Wednesday 3rd December Tickets on sale soon

Dulwich Books is delighted to host an event with Henry Marsh consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley's/St George's Hospital in London
An astonishingly candid insight into the life and work of a modern neurosurgeon - its triumphs and disasters.
What is it like to be a brain surgeon?
How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason?
How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially life-saving operation when it all goes wrong?
In neurosurgery, more than in any other branch of medicine, the doctor's oath to 'do no harm' holds a bitter irony. Operations on the brain carry grave risks. Every day, Henry Marsh must make agonising decisions, often in the face of great urgency and uncertainty.
If you believe that brain surgery is a precise and exquisite craft, practised by calm and detached surgeons, this gripping, brutally honest account will make you think again. With astonishing compassion and candour, one of the country's leading neurosurgeons reveals the fierce joy of operating, the profoundly moving triumphs, the harrowing disasters, the haunting regrets and the moments of black humour that characterise a brain surgeon's life.
DO NO HARM is an unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital. Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life's most difficult decisions.