Waterstones Book Events for February
Another month, another list of Waterstones book events for you! This month isn’t the biggest list but if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll be pleased!
As part of a series of Europe-focused events at Waterstones Piccadilly throughout 2016 we are thrilled to welcome Diego Marani this evening in conversation with Nicholas Lezard, literary critic for the Guardian and New Statesman and author of Bitter Experience has Taught Me. The evening will include an audience Q&A followed by a book signing. Tickets are £5 and redeemable against the price of the book. Call 0207 851 2400 for details.
Monday 1st February, 19:00 at London Piccadilly
The Interpreter follows New Finnish Grammar and The Last of the Vostyachs in a trilogy of novels on the theme of language and identity. When the translations of a UN interpreter become unintelligible and resemble no known language, he insists that he’s discovering a primordial language once spoken by all living creatures. When he disappears his boss starts having problems talking, speaking the same apparent gibberish as the interpreter’s translations. With no cure available, he follows the trail of the missing interpreter across Europe, crossing boundaries of geography and language in what is both a comic caper and a profound questioning of human existence.
Join us for an evening with Rod Nordland, author of The Lovers in conversation at Waterstones Piccadilly. Tickets are £3 and redeemable against the price of the book
Tuesday 2nd February, 18:30 at London Piccadilly
This is the heartrending account of Zakia and Mohammad Ali, a couple from opposing Islamic sects, who defying their society’s norms have left behind everything they know and are quite literally risking their lives for their love. She is a Sunni, he is a Shia, but as friends from childhood Zakia and Mohammad Ali could never have predicted that their love would anger their families so much that they would be forced to leave their homes finding refuge in the harsh terrain of the Afghani mountains. Without money or passports they rely on the kindness of strangers to house them for a couple of days at a time as they remain on the run, never deterred.
Amy Liptrot discusses her remarkable memoir The Outrun, one of the most highly anticipated debuts of 2016. Tickets are £2 and redeemable against the price of the book.
Tuesday 2nd February, 18:30 at Edinburgh West End
Thursday 4th February, 18:00 at Inverness
Friday 4th February, 19:00 at Aberdeen
When Amy Liptrot returns to Orkney after more than a decade away, she is drawn back to the Outrun on the sheep farm where she grew up. Approaching the land that was once home, memories of her childhood merge with the recent events that have set her on this journey. Amy was shaped by the cycle of the seasons, birth and death on the farm, and her father’s mental illness, which were as much a part of her childhood as the wild, carefree existence on Orkney. But as she grew up, she longed to leave this remote life. She moved to London and found herself in a hedonistic cycle. Unable to control her drinking, alcohol gradually took over. Now thirty, she finds herself washed up back home on Orkney, standing unstable at the cliff edge, trying to come to terms with what happened to her in London. Spending early mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, the days tracking Orkney’s wildlife – puffins nesting on sea stacks, arctic terns swooping close enough to feel their wings – and nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy slowly makes the journey towards recovery from addiction. The Outrun is a beautiful, inspiring book about living on the edge, about the pull between island and city, and about the ability of the sea, the land, the wind and the moon to restore life and renew hope.
Join us as we celebrate the joys of curling up with a good book with celebrated best-selling authors Amanda Brooke (The Child’s Secret, The Missing Husband), Jane Costello (The Nearly Weds, All The Single Ladies)and Debbie Johnson (Cold Feet at Christmas, The Birthday that Changed Everything).
Wednesday 3rd February, 18:30 at Liverpool
We’re delighted to announce that Costa First Novel Award winner Andrew Michael Hurley will be joining us for a talk at 7pm on February 3rd. He will be reading from his book, The Loney, and signing copies after the event. Tickets are £5 or £3 if you hold a loyalty card. Further details: 01772 555766
Wednesday 3rd February, 19:00 at Preston
‘Modern classics in this genre are rare, and instant ones even rarer; The Loney, however, looks as though it may be both’ Sunday Telegraph If it had another name, I never knew, but the locals called it the Loney – that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny and I went every Easter time with Mummer, Farther, Mr and Mrs Belderboss and Father Wilfred, the parish priest. It was impossible to truly know the place. It changed with each influx and retreat, and the neap tides would reveal the skeletons of those who thought they could escape its insidious currents. No one ever went near the water. No one apart from us, that is. I suppose I always knew that what happened there wouldn’t stay hidden for ever, no matter how much I wanted it to. No matter how hard I tried to forget …
This is an event being held everywhere on Thursday 4th February with times varying from a start of 9:00 and ending at 17:00, 18:00, 19:00 and 20:00. Please note that a few events are taking place on Saturday 6th February.
So find out what your local store has going on and join in the fun whether you’re child, adult or elderly! Here’s just a sample of what various stores have planned:
Finchley: Calling all witches and wizards of Finchley and beyond! Pop into store on February 4th for our Harry Potter Book Day. There will be games, activities and puzzles, with potions-based prizes to be won. So grab your wand and your cloak, and help us celebrate the magical world of Harry Potter. SEE YOU SOON!!!
Further details: 0208 446 8669
Ashford: We will be celebrating the wonderful world of Harry Potter with activities throughout the day, including a quiz and searching for snitches. Fancy dress is encouraged and all are welcome – witches, wizards, and muggles!
Aylesbury: Come and join us for the second annual Harry Potter Book Night! Our magical theme this year is ‘A Night of Spells’ – join us in store where we’ll have a sorting hat, spellbinding activities, fancy dress, and all kinds of magical hijinks. Celebrate the greatness of the Harry Potter book series and pass the magic on to someone else. There will also be a bake sale in support of J.K.Rowling’s international children’s charity ‘Lumos‘ that aims to provide children living in orphanages with safe and happy families.
Trafford Centre: Pop along to Waterstones Trafford for an evening of witchcraft and wizardry! From the moment the store opens we will be running fantastic competitions such as a quidditch ball hunt around the store, design a mythical creature (and where we can find them!) and more with exciting prizes to be won!
We will be reading from the beautiful illustrated edition of The Philosopher’s Stone at 17:00 to get you in the wizarding spirit! We will also have a costume parade at 17.30 so make sure you don your best cloaks and magical garments (I know the staff here certainly will). And if that wasn’t enough to fill your sorting hat, we will also have a Harry Potter quiz at 18:00 with even more prizes to be won! Time to start swatting up for your very own O.W.L test…
For more information please contact us in store!
So check out the Waterstones Events Page to find out where your nearest Harry Potter celebrations are taking place!
Join us yet again for a deliciously venomous evening with the incredible Melinda Salisbury, here with us to celebrate the launch of her new book, The Sleeping Prince. With magic, mystery and chatter worthy of the Slytherin common room (see what they did there?), you’re guaranteed to enjoy this exclusive evening and get up close and personal with the author herself.
Friday 5th February, 18:00 at Birmingham High Street
Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep. When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help Errin, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds splits the world as she knows it apart, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom…
Come and meet both the inspiration and author of this wonderful picture book set in a small, delightful village as they meet a pug for the very first time, a pug named Lola! This will be a fantastic event for dog lovers however we have yet to work out how Lola will hold the pen!
Saturday 6th February, 14:00 at Exeter High Street
We said it was a quiet month! Be sure to check our post regularly for any updated listings!