Category Archives: Libraries

British Library – European Literature Night

Wed 16 May 2012, 18:30 – 20:30, at the British Library it’s European Literature Night.  Authors include:

AUSTRIA’s Paulus Hochgatterer; DENMARK’s Pia Juul; FRANCE’s Laurent Binet; GERMANY’s Ludwig Steinherr; HUNGARY’s Noémi Szécsi; MONTENEGRO’s Ognjen Spahić; POLAND’s Zygmunt Miloszewski; ROMANIA’s Robert Şerban; SWEDEN’s Anne Swärd; Quim Monzó from SPAIN.

Click on the link above for further information and the link to book, or click here to go directly to booking.

CWA Dagger in the Library 2012 Longlist

Many congratulations to these fine authors.

Belinda Bauer
Simon Beckett
S.J. Bolton
Frances Brody
Gordon Ferris
Elena Forbes
Nicci French
Elly Griffiths
John Harvey
Susan Hill
Shona MacLean
Peter May
Steve Mosby
Imogen Robertson
M. J. Trow

From the CWA site:

Unlike most other literary prizes, the Dagger in the Library is awarded not for an individual book but for the author’s body of work … The nominated authors must be alive, preferably working in Britain and cannot have won the award before. As the award is for a body of work, authors should have published at least three books. Entries from reading groups or individuals are submitted through libraries. Nomination forms may be downloaded by clicking the links at the top of the right-hand column. Groups who nominated the winning author will be entered into a draw for £300 to be spent on books.

Cowbridge Book Festival

Coming up in May, we have the Cowbridge Book Festival.  There’s a Crime Night on May 16 with three crime authors: M. R. Hall; Belinda Bauer; Martin O’Brien.  But that’s not all.  On Monday 14 May, Bernard Knight and Susanna Gregory will be providing ‘The Medieval Murderers’ in the morning, with Ann Cleeves talking about her novel The Glass Room in the evening.   And there’s more.  Lots of other lovely authors.  Click on the next bit to download the programme in pdf format.  CBF_2012_Prog_Events

Festival of Crime Writing Events – Libraries in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

It’s kicking off tomorrow folks!  Here’s the page to find the booking details. And here’s the schedule:

Meet Peter James – Wednesday 22 February, Maidenhead Library, 7.30pm.  Tickets £5/£4 with advantage card from Maidenhead or Windsor Libraries (or buy online).

Medieval Murderers featuring Karen Maitland and Philip Gooden – Wednesday 29 February, Windsor Library, 7.30pm.  Tickets £5/£4 with advantage card from Maidenhead or Windsor Libraries.

Cosy Crime & Afternoon Tea with Jill Paton Walsh writing as Dorothy L Sayers – Thursday 1 March, Maidenhead Library, 2pm.  FREE (tickets must be booked in advance on 01628 796969)

Sophie Hannah – Wednesday 7 March, Windsor Library, 7.30pm.  Tickets £5/£4 with advantage card from Maidenhead or Windsor Libraries.

The Secrets of Crime Writing with Rebecca Tope, Priscilla Masters and Caro Peacock – Wednesday 14 March, Maidenhead Library, 7.30pm.  Tickets £5/£4 with advantage card from Maidenhead or Windsor Libraries (or buy online).

John Harvey – Wednesday 21 March, Datchet Library, 7.30pm.  Tickets £5/£4 with advantage card.  Buy online or at libraries: Maidenhead 01628 796969 or Windsor 01753 743940.

Lindsey Davis – Wednesday 28 March, Ascot Library, 7.30pm.  Tickets £5/£4 with advantage card from Maidenhead or Windsor Libraries (or buy online).

And see here for more library events for the area.

Thrillers vs romance. Thrillers = new winner.

From today’s Daily Mail:

Crime stories and thrillers have killed off romantic novels as the most-borrowed genre of book in Britain’s libraries, research has shown.

But, as usual, we can find some entertaining comments from the public.

Given the format of this man’s novels, this reader must have had one page and a paragraph left before giving up?  Would you stop there?

Moving on…

Quite right too.  At least they got it right in the article itself, even if a previous commenter didn’t.

Moving on…

These two are related?  (Literary merit & number of killings.)

This reader means Wilbur, yes?

Some free advice: avoid glue when reading.  (This makes for unhappy librarians.)

M R Hall Event at Newport Libraries, Gwent

Redeemed-UK She may be ‘… a bit obsessed and a bit difficult, but she doesn’t give in…’ – so who is she?

It’s great to see authors out and about doing events at our public libraries, isn’t it?  The libraries of Newport, Gwent have been organising some great events during the past year or so, attracting some big names, and last week was no exception.  Matthew Hall, who writes his legal thrillers under the name of M R Hall has a new book out, the third in his Jenny Cooper series, The Redeemed.  He gave a splendidly informative talk about this engaging series and the background to it, to a gathering of interested readers at the Malpas Library.

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