2016 sees events scheduled in store and a couple of miles west at The Bedford pub in Balham. From established names like Helen Dunmore to rising stars like Fiona Barton and Monica Wood, there’s real variety on offer.
Dulwich Books: in store events
Head to Dulwich Books’ well-loved 6 Croxted Road location for these evening talks
Deadly in Dulwich: Fiona Barton and Ann Morgan, January 21, 7 p.m. - £10 including a mystery cocktail
Thriller fans assemble; this is your chance to catch a literary sensation in the making. Fiona Barton is making her debut this year and if the hype is to be believed, The Widow could replicate the success of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on The Train. Barton is joined by Ann Morgan, author of the international literary survey Reading The World, and now of Beside Myself, an eagerly awaited psychological thriller.
Helen Dunmore, January 28, 7 p.m. - £10 including a glass of prosecco
Winner of the inaugural Orange Prize for Fiction, Helen Dunmore is a prolific author who’s written everything from poetry collections to children’s books to historical fiction. She’ll be in conversation with Susie Nicklin, discussing her latest novel Exposure, a Cold War spy story: part romance, part thriller.
New Voices: Monica Wood and Jem Lester, February 4, 7 p.m. – £10 including a glass of wine and a proof copy of The One-In-A-Million Boy
If you're looking for original fiction, then this is the event for you. US writer Monica Wood makes her UK debut this year with The One-In-A-Million Boy: a poignant tale of the friendship between a 104 year old woman and the 11 year old boy who visits her. Wood is joined by Jem Lester whose début novel Schtum tells the story of another young boy, Jonah, who lives with autism, and who has never spoken. Both are exciting authors, well worth keeping an eye on.
Literary events at The Bedford pub, Balham
Dulwich Books comes to The Bedford pub, 77 Bedford Hill, for a very special series of events
Growing Up Communist: David Aaronovitch and Jo McMillan, 11 February, 7:30 p.m. - £6 which is fully redeemable against a copy of either Party Animals or Motherland
Journalist David Aaronvitch grew up in a communist family. In his memoir Party Animals, he looks back at his youth, but also at the roots of the ideology which so influenced it. In Motherland, Jo McMillan writes about another childhood spent on the far-left, but in this case a fictive one, telling the story of Tamworth’s foremost communist and her daughter Jess.
Displacements: Ben Rawlence, 10 March, 7:30 p.m. - £6 which is fully redeemable against a copy of City of Thorns
Dadaab in Eastern Kenya is the world’s largest refugee camp, home to a half million people. Over four years, researcher and writer Ben Rawlence became well-acquainted with the town, and from his experiences emerged City of Thorns. Against a complex political backdrop, Rawlence tells the stories of nine of Dadaab's residents, focusing on individual lives in the most difficult of circumstances.
|What||Dulwich Books Events 2016|
|Where||Various Locations | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Brixton (underground)|
14 Jan 16 – 10 Mar 16, Event times vary