Category Archives: Events

Harry Potter Book Night

Bloomsbury is reaching out to libraries, bookshops, and schools, asking them to join in on the new Harry Potter Book Night on the 5th February next year. You can even get involved and host a Harry Potter night in your own home! You can register here before Friday 28th November to get a free kit to help host a party. The kit ‘includes invitation templates, an event poster, games, activities and quizzes’ and is a great way to inject more fun into reading books. Continue reading

America and the Man Booker Prize

Richard-FlanaganLast night, the winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 was revealed to be Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Flanagan’s novel has been described as a ‘remarkable love story as well as a story about human suffering and comradeship’ by A.C. Grayling, the chair of the judges. It is ‘a novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.’ It is many things, but it is not American. Continue reading

Super Thursday

For many, this Thursday marks the start of Christmas shopping. It’s Super Thursday, the day of release for most books in the running to becoming Christmas bestsellers. Haven’t heard of Super Thursday before? It’s no surprise, as the day was only given its label recently, after the editor of the Bookseller, Philip Jones, noticed the ‘Thursdays-in-October trend in 2008’. It is a ‘new phenomenon’, as publishers and booksellers jump on the success of other named days within retail like ‘Black Friday’, in the hope that a buzz will form around the day and people will rush to the bookshops. Continue reading