Waterstones Events for June

We’re sure there will be something for everything this month and we’re kick starting with half term weeks and we think your little ones would love a little book time!


9781509804757Gruffalo and Friends Treasure Hunt

Take your children along to Derby for a Gruffalo-themed Treasure Hunt. There will also be Gruffalo-themed colouring and puzzles to compete or take home. Come and join the fun! Suitable for ages 3+. Free to attend, all welcome.

Wednesday 1st June – Derby from 10am

“A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.” Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake …and a hungry Gruffalo!


9780750962414Tudor Tales with Dave Tonge

Professional storyteller Dave Tonge will be in store to entertain customers young and old with his stories from 500 years ago! Signing to follow.

Wednesday 1st June – Norwich Castle Street from 14:00

In Tudor times the ‘common sort’ were no different from us, laughing together, mocking each other and sharing bawdy tales in tavern yards, marketplaces and anywhere else that people came together. These stories were later collected in the cheap print of the period, and professional storyteller Dave Tonge has sought them out to assemble here. Within these pages hide smooth-talking tricksters, lusty knaves, wayward youths and stories of the eternal struggle to wear the breeches in the family, for a sometimes coarse but often comic telling of the everyday ups and downs in Tudor life.


National Young Writers Awards Creative Workshop
Thursday 2nd June – Ashford from 11am

Ashford are delighted to be hosting creative writing workshops for ages 5-14, hosted by Explore Learning Ashford.
Have fun, flex your imaginative muscles, and enter ‘The Mash-Up’, a free creative writing competition, judged by ‘Charlie and Lola’ author Lauren Child, the winner of which will win a trip to Disneyland Paris! Visit www.explorelearning.co.uk/youngwritersto find out more!

Workshop times are as follows: 11am-12pm (age 5-6); 12.15-1.15pm (age 7-10); 1.30-2.30pm (age 11-14).

Please ask a bookseller for details or to sign up. Further details: 01233667450


9781444781816Natasha Corrett – “Honestly Healthy in a Hurry”

Natasha Corrett has been at the vanguard of the healthy eating revolution with her mouth-watering recipes that are all about taste and flavour. Come and meet her at Waterstones to discuss her work. £2 entry!

Thursday 2nd June – Edinburgh West End from 18:00
Friday 3rd June – Glasgow Argyle Street from 18:00

The must-have vegetarian cookbook for easy healthy recipes to cook at home. Gourmet vegetarian chef Natasha Corrett will inspire you to ditch the processed, sugar-laden foods we resort to when we’re busy, reduce food waste and actually save money. With a focus on cooking from scratch, Honestly Healthy in a Hurry contains super speedy suppers that you can make in no time; dishes that are quick to prepare and can be left in the oven while you get on with other things; and cook ahead ingredients that will prep you for a stress-free week ahead.


9781405919180Meet Giovanna Fletcher

Waterstones are excited to welcome author Giovanna Fletcher several times this month! She will be signing copies of her book “Always with Love”

COMPETITION: All customers who pre-order a copy of Always with Love (ISBN 9781405919180) by Giovanna Fletcher at Waterstones.com before midnight 1st June 2016 will be entered into a draw to meet Giovanna for Afternoon Tea at a London location.

Don’t worry if you’ve already pre-ordered you’ll be automatically entered into the draw. Entrants must be resident in the UK.

Full terms and conditions are available here.

Friday 3rd June – Southampton West Quay from 12:30
Friday 3rd June – Reading Broad Street from 17:00
Saturday 4th June – Chelmsford from 12:30-1:30pm
Saturday 4th June – Lakeside from 17:00

The next much-anticipated romantic chapter in Billy and Sophie’s love story from bestselling author Giovanna Fletcher. Sophie’s got used to being the girlfriend of Billy Buskin, the biggest movie star in the world. Sort of. But when she and Billy take a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, she quickly discovers she’s totally unprepared for the chaos of Hollywood, the paparazzi and Billy’s controlling mother. And when Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, it seems there’s more than just miles between them. Now Sophie must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not every love story lasts the distance …


9780857078056Meet C.J Flood

Waterstones are thrilled to welcome C.J. Flood, as part of the Derby Book Festival celebrations. Chelsey’s first book, Infinite Sky, won the Branford Boase Award in 2013, was longlisted for the Carnegie and unsurprisingly became an instant bestseller here in Derby and elsewhere. We are thrilled that Chelsey will be joining us to sign copies of her new book, Nightwanderers.
Free to attend, no ticket required, all welcome.

Saturday 4th June – Derby from 11:00

It all started with a poo in a flowerbed. Rosie and Titania are as close as sisters – closer, in fact. While Rosie is shy, red-faced and passive, Ti is big, tough and daring. They shouldn’t be friends, but they are. Creeping out at night, the girls love to secretly wander through their coastal town, exploring empty streets and sharing their frustrations about school and their different, but equally difficult, families. But when Rosie betrays Ti, the two girls run in different directions – making decisions that could do irreparable damage to both of their lives. As Rosie confronts harsh truths, she must find a way back to Ti, and to herself.


9781784620493Michael Knaggs

Waterstones are excited to welcome Michael Knaggs, author of ‘Heavens Door’ and ‘Catalyst’ who will be signing copies of his books.

Saturday 4th June – Wigan from 11:00

The public demand for radical change in law and order in the wake of a catalytic event on a tough East London estate featured in Catalyst, the first book in the ‘Hotel St Kilda’ Trilogy. Now with the second installment, Heaven’s Door, we rejoin the story as the new government, who swept to power off the back of the public’s appetite for reform, start to assert their control. The new measures for addressing street crime include lifetime banishment for worst offenders, a popular development which receives widespread support, and which Tom Brown, the Home Secretary, decides to extend to cover other serious crimes. Although he meets strong opposition to this change, he steadfastly pushes it through. Then, at the zenith of his political achievement, and just when he seems reconciled with his family, his decision backfires. His private and political lives collide dramatically and Tom is faced with a devastating choice which, either way, will lead to personal tragedy.


9781426216497Meet Buzz Aldrin

Saturday 4th June – London Piccadilly from 12:00

Waterstones Piccadilly are thrilled to welcome Buzz Aldrin to their bookshop as he signs copies of his new book No Dream is Too High.

Please note the following terms and conditions for the book signing:
Access to the queue is on a first come, first served basis.
Buzz will sign copies of No Dream is Too High only.
Books will carry a signature only; no dedications will be possible at the event.
No merchandise, memorabilia, photos or space related items will be signed at the event.
Photography will be possible at the book signing, however posed photos will not be allowed.

If you are unable to attend the event and wish to reserve a signed copy of No Dream Too High, please contact the bookshop. Reservations cannot be guaranteed and will have Buzz’s signature only. For further information, please contact the bookshop.


9781472227478Alison Weir

The acclaimed historian and author, Alison Weir, is coming to Windsor to talk about her new book on Katherine of Aragon, and we couldn’t be more delighted. Alison will also be answering questions and signing copies of ‘Katherine of Aragon – The True Queen’

Tuesday 7th June – Windsor from 19:30-21:30

Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by bestselling historian Alison Weir, author of The Lost Tudor Princess, is the first in a spellbinding six novel series about Henry VIII’s Queens. Alison takes you on an engrossing journey at Katherine’s side and shows her extraordinary strength of character and intelligence. Ideal for fans of Philippa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwick. ‘Shatters the many myths about Henry VIII’s long-suffering first wife’ – Tracy Borman A Spanish princess. Raised to be modest, obedient and devout. Destined to be an English Queen. Six weeks from home across treacherous seas, everything is different: the language, the food, the weather. And for her there is no comfort in any of it. At sixteen years-old, Catalina is alone among strangers. She misses her mother. She mourns her lost brother. She cannot trust even those assigned to her protection. KATHERINE OF ARAGON. The first of Henry’s Queens. Her story. History tells us how she died. This captivating novel shows us how she lived.


9781781324615Playing FTSE launch

Waterstones are delighted to announce the launch of the highly-anticipated novel “Playing FTSE” by Penelope Jacobs. This will be a private launch party held at 5th View Bar & Restaurant on the top floor of Waterstones Piccadilly.

This is a wonderful, exclusive opportunity to attend an industry launch for fans of City-based novels. This is a champagne reception so please note that smart-casual dress is required.

Tickets are very limited (£10) so please get in touch to reserve your place asap. Available on 02078512400 or piccadilly@waterstones.com

Wednesday 8th June – 5th View Bar & Restaurant, 203-206 Piccadilly, Piccadilly, W1J 9HD from 18:30

When Melanie Collins joins an investment bank as a young graduate, she quickly discovers that femininity is an invaluable asset. But it must not be abused. She witnesses other women falling victim to office affairs and is determined to be taken seriously. In an industry where abilities are rewarded handsomely, she rises rapidly through the ranks. But her increased profile attracts the attention of a senior colleague and she is ill equipped to handle his advances. Balancing a demanding job with a confusing personal life proves difficult and soon their relationship threatens to jeopardise her career. As events move beyond control, her glamorous world becomes tainted by betrayal and bitterness.


9781509814701An Evening with Alice Adams

Four friends. Twenty years. One unexpected journey. Inseparable throughout college, Eva, Benedict, Sylvie, and Lucien graduate in 1997, into an exhilarating world on the brink of a new millennium. Hopelessly in love with playboy Lucien and eager to shrug off the socialist politics of her upbringing, Eva breaks away to work for a big bank. Benedict, a budding scientist who’s pined for Eva for years, stays on to complete his PhD in physics, devoting his life to chasing particles as elusive as the object of his affection. Siblings Sylvie and Lucien, never much inclined toward mortgages or monogamy, pursue more bohemian existences-she as an aspiring artist and he as a club promoter and professional partyer. But as their twenties give way to their thirties, the group struggles to navigate their thwarted dreams. Scattered across Europe and no longer convinced they are truly the masters of their fates, the once close-knit friends find themselves filled with longing for their youth- and for one another. Broken hearts and broken careers draw the foursome together again, but in ways they never could have imagined.A dazzling depiction of the highs and lows of adulthood, “Invincible Summer “is a story about finding the courage to carry on in the wake of disappointment, and a powerful testament to love and friendship as the constants in an ever-changing world.

Thursday 16th June – London Hampstead from 19:00. Event is priced at £5 or £3 for card holders


9780752897899An Evening with Justin Cronin

Waterstones are delighted to welcome the sensational American author, Justin Cronin, to Waterstones Piccadilly and other venues for an evening of discussion and questions about his new book: The City of Mirrors.

Drawing to a close the phenomenal Passage Trilogy, The City of Mirrors continues Amy’s story across a post-apolyptic wasteland towards a final confrontation. This is a rare opportunity to meet one of the most exciting voices in modern horror and we hope you will be able to join them.

Please reserve your place for this event online at waterstones.com/events, in store, on 02078512400 or piccadilly@waterstones.com

Monday 20th June – London Piccadilly from 19:00

In life I was a scientist called Fanning. Then, in a jungle in Bolivia, I died. I died, and then I was brought back to life…Prompted by a voice that lives in her blood, the fearsome warrior known as Alicia of Blades is drawn towards to one of the great cities of The Time Before. The ruined city of New York. Ruined but not empty. For this is the final refuge of Zero, the first and last of The Twelve. The one who must be destroyed if mankind is to have a future. What she finds is not what she’s expecting. A journey into the past. To find out how it all began. And an opponent at once deadlier and more human than she could ever have imagined.


This is just a selection of the varying events Waterstones host and you can find these and many more on their website. We create these lists monthly so don’t miss out in July!

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