Take a look at this image that was doing the rounds on Tumblr a while back. It was often tagged with “friendship”. All very soppy.
Now look at the cover of Booker winner Alan Hollinghust’s novel The Stranger’s Child.
Who is the extra guy? Do they know he’s there? Is this the most obvious literary photo-bomb ever?
I think we should be told.
Any Other Mouth is the debut short story collection by Manchester-based author Anneliese Mackintosh, and we’re delighted to be hosting the English launch of the book here in Blackwell’s.
Anneliese Mackintosh is a Bridport Short Story Prize shortlistee and her fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland. She is an associate editor in her spare time, and this collection was years in the making.
Supporting her on the night will be master of very short fiction David Gaffney, novelist Socrates Adams and multi-talented author Michelle Green. The event will be hosted by the inimitable Fat Roland.
Click here to join the Facebook event page. Click here to read a five-star review of Any Other Mouth.
Date: Wednesday 18 June 2014
Venue: Blackwell’s bookshop, Manchester
In advance of our Mark Z Danielewski event on Tuesday, we take a little time out for a closer look at the postmodern genius of House of Leaves.
Do join us on Tuesday. The event will take place at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation at 6.30pm, and support will come from the winner of the Dundee International Book Prize, Nicola White
Get your tickets before they sell out.
If you guess the connection between these names, you get a free lens cap.
Some words just spine chilling.
On Tuesday, April 15th, we will host a book talk and signing with Mark Z Danielewski. He has a brand new edition of Fifty-Year Sword out on Cargo Publishing. You can buy your tickets for that event here.
In this, and two other blog posts, we appreciate the stunning beauty of his classic House of Leaves.
“hollowed out… beneath the belly…”
Lists and lists and lists.
Careers guru Steve Rook (author of The Graduate Career Guidebook) will run a special one-off event on the first floor of Blackwell’s Manchester on October 5.
Whether you have a career in mind or no idea what you want to do after university, Steve Rook will explain how to find your dream role.
His inspiring approach breaks the career journey into manageable steps and helps you navigate each stage, from deciding what you want, to gaining work experience, conducting a job hunt, writing a great CV, impressing at interview and getting the job. It’s never too early to start planning your future!
Whether it’s one-to-one advice or a group workshop you need, this event will help. Students and graduates are equally welcome.
Date: Saturday 5th October 2013
Time: Noon until 2pm
Venue: Blackwell’s bookshop, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RN (first floor)
Sign up at CareersWorkshop.eventbrite.co.uk.
Both Don and Paul Muldoon paid tributes to Seamus Heaney, who was originally scheduled to appear at Manchester Literature Festival on Saturday. Thanks to all who supported the Martin Harris Centre event and our bookstall.
(With thanks to Manuela Moser for letting us use the photo of her getting her copy of Orpheus signed!)
Last night, we had a grand launch of A Modern Family (Bluemoose Books) by Socrates Adams. Socrates read alongside Chris Killen and a fun time was had by all.
You can see some photos from the event on our Facebook page. Click here to have a look.
Massive thanks to everyone who came and to Bluemoose for the support.
Now, *this* is an author photo.
This is Mario Livio in the back of his new book Brilliant Blunders, which looks at huge scientific mess-ups which happened to change the world.
Inflatable globes in space…author photo-takers, up your game!
Here are the 2013 Booker Prize longlistees and their anagrams. With apologies to Colum McCann and probably-favourite Jim Crace who have a pretty unanagrammable names…
Ha Swat =Tash Aw
About Wool Naively = NoViolet Bulawayo
Tolerate Canon = Eleanor Catton
Rear Hives = Eve Harris
Hurried Chaos = Richard House
Jail-Hair Hump = Jhumpa Lahiri
Monocled Alias = Alison MacLeod
A Trenched Melon Lost = Charlotte Mendelson
Uh, Zero Kit = Ruth Ozeki
Annoy Lard = Donal Ryan
Climb In Too = Colm Tóibín