Ole Thorstensen at the Southbank Centre
Nov
25
3:45 PM15:45

Ole Thorstensen at the Southbank Centre

From their Viking forefathers to progressive gender politics, Nordic masculinity appears to have come a long way. Separate myth from reality, and get under the skin of men from the North, in a talk featuring men from across the region.

What are the lessons that can be drawn, from politics and the media, to everyday life? How does the reality of life in the region compare to the positive image?

Speakers include Ole Thorstensen, born in Arendal, Norway, and making his debut as an author with a story about work and identity and a tribute to manual labour, Making Things Right: A Master Carpenter at Work. Thorstensen was raised on Tromøy, an island with five thousand inhabitants. He is a trained carpenter, and has worked for 25 years in the construction industry. He now lives in Eidsvoll, six miles north of Oslo.

Also joining the conversation is Nils Rune Utsi aka Slincraze, a Sami-Norwegian rapper who was the subject of award-winning documentary, Arctic Superstar.

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Ole Thorstensen at the Southbank Centre
Nov
26
1:45 PM13:45

Ole Thorstensen at the Southbank Centre

Celebrate the joy and meaning that comes from making things, from woodwork to building skyscrapers.

Ole Thorstensen was born in Arendal, Norway, and makes his debut as an author with a story about work and identity and a tribute to manual labour, Making Things Right: A Master Carpenter at Work. Thorstensen was raised on Tromøy, an island with five thousand inhabitants. He is a trained carpenter, and has worked for 25 years in the construction industry. He now lives in Eidsvoll, six miles north of Oslo.

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Susan Wightman at the Dulwich Literary Festival: How to Design a Book
Nov
11
3:00 PM15:00

Susan Wightman at the Dulwich Literary Festival: How to Design a Book

Writers may choose the words that we read, but typographers define their appearance on the page.

In this session designer Susan Wightman (co-author with Michael Mitchell of the definitive Typographic Style Handbook), takes us through the art and science of typography.

She will explain basic typographic principles and what makes good typography, using one-off prints from her design agency Libanus Press. As well as budding designers this session should appeal to all those who are fascinated by the history of the written word.

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An Evening with David Lagercrantz
Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with David Lagercrantz

Join Waterstones Guildford for an evening with David Lagercrantz; the best selling author continuing Stieg Larsson's Millenium Series. 

Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back in this compelling full-tilt thriller from the series that has published more than 90 million copies worldwide. David Lagercrantz will be in Guildford to talk about his experience continuing Larsson's series and the new novel. This will be followed by a Q&A and an opportunity to get your copy of The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye signed! 

Tickets for this event are very limited, so please book your tickets quickly to avoid disappointment.

Further details: 01483536366

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An Evening with David Lagercrantz
Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with David Lagercrantz

Lisbeth Salander is back, the ink embedded in her skin is a constant reminder of her pledge to fight against the injustice she finds on every side.

Interned in captivity Lisbeth is confined to the secure unit of a women’s prison and surprisingly finds herself in relative safety. Flodberga is a failing prison, effectively controlled by the inmates, and for a computer hacker of her exceptional gifts there are no boundaries.

Mikael Blomkvist makes the long trip to visit every week - and receives a lead to follow for his pains, one that could provide an important expose for Millennium: Salander tells him to check out Leo Mannheimer, a seemingly reputable stockbroker from Stockholm, somehow connected to the long-ago death of a child psychologist - and to the psychiatric unit where Lisbeth was an involuntary patient as a child.

Chorleywood Bookshop invites you to an evening filled with tension, power and a novel filled with an unstoppable force, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye is inspired by Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy and written by visiting author David Lagercrantz. Join Salander and Blomkvist once again as they continue their fight for justice that has thrilled millions of readers across the world.

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David Lagercrantz in conversation with Claire Armitstead
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

David Lagercrantz in conversation with Claire Armitstead

Join Goldsboro Books at Browns for an evening with David Lagercrantz, in conversation with Guardian Books Editor, Claire Armitstead, to launch his new novel The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye.

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye is the fifth instalment in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series and the second novel in the series to be written by David Lagercrantz. His first, The Girl in the Spider’s Web has been a bestseller in more than 40 countries around the world.

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NO EASY WAY OUT: Daša Drndić at the Edinburgh Festival
Aug
27
7:00 PM19:00

NO EASY WAY OUT: Daša Drndić at the Edinburgh Festival

  • Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre, Edinburgh Festival (map)
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Belladonna, by the Croatian author of the acclaimed Trieste, Daša Drndić, is a parable on the perils of growing old and infirm in an unforgiving modern world. The hero of writer and palliative care nurse Steven Amsterdam's The Easy Way Out is a suicide assistant. His job is legal. A sharply funny book that asks the hardest question: would you help someone die?Two novels highlighting big issues. Their conversation will be chaired by Jenny Niven.

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LOVE AFTER WAR: Otto de Kat at the Edinburgh Festival
Aug
25
3:30 PM15:30

LOVE AFTER WAR: Otto de Kat at the Edinburgh Festival

  • The Writer's Retreat, Edinburgh Festival (map)
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Two elegant, intimate novels explore the ghosts of 20th century Europe that haunt those trying to move on. Otto de Kat's new novel, The Longest Night, is the story of 96 year old Emma coming to terms with her past. He is joined by Finnish writer Arja Kajermo, a much-loved Dublin-based cartoonist. Her darkly comedic talents are also evident in her debut novel The Iron Age – illustrated by her niece – which draws on her childhood to tell a coming of age fairy tale in post-war Scandinavia.

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ECHOING CRY OF WAR: Lars Mytting at the Edinburgh Festival
Aug
19
10:15 AM10:15

ECHOING CRY OF WAR: Lars Mytting at the Edinburgh Festival

  • The Spiegeltent, Edinburgh Festival (map)
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Norway’s internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood, Lars Mytting brings us his latest novel, The Sixteen Trees of the Somme, a deeply moving family story of epic scale. Lars will be discussing his work alongside Rachel Seiffert, whose novel The Dark Room, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and whose latest story, A Boy in Winter, focusses on three days after the SS invade a small Ukrainian town in 1941. Their conversation will be chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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RIVETING READS: Russian Literature Today featuring Andrey Kurkov
Aug
3
7:00 PM19:00

RIVETING READS: Russian Literature Today featuring Andrey Kurkov

  • The Knowledge Centre, The British Library (map)
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Discover contemporary Russian fiction with Boris Akunin, Alisa Ganieva, Andrei Kurkov and Zinovy Zinik

Our love of the Russian classics means we often overlook the wealth of contemporary fiction available in English, from crime to science fiction, from all parts of the Russian-speaking world. Authors Alisa Ganieva, Boris Akunin, Andrei Kurkov and Zinovy Zinik discuss and read from their work, with Rosie Goldsmith.


Enjoy food and drink purchased from the Knowledge Centre Bar from 18.00 and after the event until the Bar closes at 22.00.

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