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Saturday October 10th at 7.00pm
Not the Booker LIVE EVENT
The first Not The Booker Prize was launched in 2009 by Sam Jordison in the Guardian. This award offers the public a chance to have their say in deciding who wins the prize. Mmm, slightly more democratic than other big book prizes, don’t you think?
This Year's Prize
The entry criterion is very similar to the Booker Prize.
Readers are asked to nominate a book fitting these criteria and a longlist is then announced. This longlist is then whittled down to six books.
The six shortlisted books were announced on August 3rd.
Kirstin Innes – Fishnet (Freight Books)
Kat Gordon – The Artificial Anatomy of Parks (Legend Press)
Oliver Langmead – Dark Star (Unsung Stories)
Paul McVeigh – The Good Son (Salt)
Tasha Kavanagh – Things We Have in Common (Canongate)
Melanie Finn - Shame (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
And we are delighted that the Not the Booker Prize is going live! Wembley Arena was deemed too insignificant and The South Bank was turned down. Only Wood Green could host such an event.
All six authors have been invited by The Guardian to attend a panel reading and discussion. We are delighted that we think all six will be able to make it...
Hosted by Sam Jordison, not only will you get the chance to meet the authors, there will also be a Q and A and a signing.
Tickets for this event are just £5, available HERE, redeemable on any of the shortlisted books.
Spaces are very limited and this event is likely to sell out very quickly.
The Man Booker Prize Book Challenge. It’s Back!
Tuesday October 13th from 7.00pm
I am delighted to announce that The Big Green Bookshop will be running its Booker Book Challenge again *cheers*.
Here’s how it works;
The Man Booker shortlist has just been announced.
And here is the Man Booker Shortlist:
Marlon James - A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications)
Tom McCarthy - Satin Island (Jonathan Cape)
Chigozie Obioma - The Fishermen (ONE, Pushkin Press)
Sunjeev Sahota - The Year of the Runaways (Picador)
Anne Tyler - A Spool of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus)
Hanya Yanagihara - A Little Life (Picador)
Over the five or so weeks following the announcement, the idea is to make a concerted effort to read as many of the six shortlisted books as you can.
We'll meet on Tuesday October 13th, the evening the winner is announced, to discuss each of the books. After a heated debate, and a glass or two of wine, the group will vote for whom they think should win. We’ll then watch the televised ceremony, and hopefully cheer as our choice and the actual winner is one and the same. Or more likely, shout and curse as our least favourite book takes the glory.
We realise that the cost of buying six books, most of them hardback is somewhat budget busting. So for our local customers, rather than asking you to buy all the books at full price we’ve come up with a few solutions;
•For a one off payment of £30, we will be a lending library, where you can borrow each of the books for a week each. You can also keep your favourite book after the ceremony. Pre-order this deal HERE.
•We will offer a discount of 20% on the shortlist.
•A group of you could share the cost, so for example 3 of you could buy 2 books each.
However you decide to do this, we will do everything we can to make the books accessible to you. The important thing is that you're able to join in.
It's a challenge to read six books in four weeks (especially books you wouldn't necessarily read), but if you think you're up for it, get involved.
Thursday October 15th – 7.00pm-9.00pm
The Suffragettes. A panel discussion
£3 – BUY TICKETS HERE
We're delighted to be able to put on a fantastic panel event at the shop to coincide with the release of the new film "SUFFRAGETTE", starring Helena Bonham-Carter, Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan.
We have three amazing authors here, who will be discussing the suffragette movement and the importance it played.
The authors are;
Lyndsey's book, 'Lady Constance Lytton: Aristocrat, Suffragette, Martyr' is a fascinating look at the life of one the more unlikely suffragettes. Daughter of a Viceroy of India and a lady in waiting to the Queen. She grew up in the family home of Knebworth and in embassies around the world…
Author of 'Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socailist and Scourge of the Empire'. In this vivid biography Katherine Connelly examines Pankhurst’s role at the forefront of significant developments in the history of radical politics…
Fern is the author of 'The Victorian Guide to Sex', An exciting factual romp through sexual desire, practises and deviance in the Victorian era. The Victorian Guide to Sex will reveal advice and ideas on sexuality from the Victorian period. Drawing on both satirical and real life events from the period, it explores every facet of sexuality that the Victorians encountered.
There will be a discussion and also a Q+A, followed by a book signing.
Refreshements will be available.
Tickets for this are just £3, redeemable on any book on the night.
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