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Our literary events provide an opportunity to listen to some great authors.

During these relaxed evenings you will have the chance to pose questions to the guest and purchase signed first editions at reduced price.

QI EVENING

QI : 2024 FACTS TO STOP YOU IN YOUR TRACKSA Quite Interesting Evening

A bumper final edition of the most surprising, amazing, and hilarious facts on the planet from the clever-clogs at QI.

 Don’t miss this eye-popping, gob-smacking, jaw-dropping (and quite-interesting) event.QI 2024

The cult TV show QI is now revving up for its 19th year on BBC2. In the past 11 years, their spin-off books have sold over 3.5 million copies. The latest, seventh book in the series – 2,024 QI Facts To Stop You In Your Tracks – brings the grand total of QI facts up to a staggering 10,000.

Join the three writers, James Harkin (star of worldwide hit podcast No Such Thing As A Fish) Anne Miller (producer R4’s The Museum of Curiosity) and John Lloyd (Blackadder, Spitting Image, Not The Nine O’Clock News) for an evening of astonishing info and merry laughter.

John, James and Anne photo

‘A fantastic collection of pithy conversation-starting facts.’ (Charlie Higson)

‘Intriguing, hilarious and downright surprising little nuggets of information.’ (Mirror)

‘Fascinating … The answers to the questions you never even thought to ask.’ (Mail)

7.00p.m. THURSDAY 22nd NOVEMBER 2018

ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG

Tickets (£8.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS or

https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/whats-on/      

Tel: 01273 464440

WILL ASHON

WILL ASHON : CHAMBER MUSIC About the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces)

Chamber Music Jacket

‘I loved it. Passionately written, diligently researched, lovingly rendered. Breathtaking’ Kate Tempest

Twenty-five years ago an album was released that changed the world. The complexity, range, humour, musicality, power and reach of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) electrified music fans everywhere.

Will Ashon tells, in 36 chambers (or chapters), how this extraordinary album came to be.  From the history of jazz to social housing, from fashion to politics, from crack to the FBI, from Hong Kong martial arts movies to racism, race and a confused USA, Chamber Music is the explosive and revelatory story of our world in 1993 and today.

Chamber Music ranges from provocative essays to semi-comic skits, from deep scholarly analysis to satirical celebration, seeking to contextualise, reveal and honour the singularly composite work of art.

 

“Each of these chambers contains wonders of history, destiny and mythology.  Chamber Music is hip hop as race and class Will Ashon (c) Arthur Lol USE THIS ONEpolitics, as music and as poetry on the move.” Margo Jefferson

“Ashon’s book is stylistically loaded, reckless, funny, naked, thorough, thoughtful, mysterious, devastating, unrelenting, and compassionate. One of the most rewarding pieces of hip-hop criticism ever written’ Jeff Chang, author of We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation

“A remarkable achievement and the sort of writing this landmark album deserves … Just pain dope.” Guy Gunaratne

Will Ashon is the author of Strange Labyrinth: Outlaws, Poets, Mystics, Murderers and a Coward in London’s Great Forest (Granta, 2017) and two novels.  He previously ran BIG DADA records where his artists included Roots Manuva, MF DOOM, Kate Tempest and Diplo.

7.00p.m. TUESDAY 27th NOVEMBER 2018

RIALTO THEATRE

11 Dyke Rd, Brighton BN1 3FE

Tickets £10.00

are available from

CITY BOOKS

or RIALTO

Rialto

Author photo Arthur Lol

DAMIAN BARR On Sale Soon

DAMIAN BARR : YOU WILL BE SAFE HERE

The stunning and shocking debut novel from the award-winning author of ‘Maggie & Me’

SET IN SOUTH AFRICA ‘YOU WILL BE SAFE HERE’ EXPLORES

LEGACIES OF ABUSE, REDEMPTION AND THE STRENGTH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT
You will be safe

 

South Africa, 1901, the height of the second Boer War. Sarah van der Watt and her son are taken from their farm by force to Bloemfontein Concentration Camp where, the English promise: they will be safe.

 

Johannesburg, 2010. Sixteen-year-old outsider Willem just wants to be left alone with his books and his dog. Worried he’s not turning out right, his ma and her boyfriend send him to New Dawn Safari Training Camp. Here they ‘make men out of boys’. Guaranteed.

 

You Will Be Safe Here is a deeply moving novel of connected parts. Inspired by real events, it uncovers a hidden colonial history and present-day darkness while exploring our capacity for cruelty and kindness.

MAKE A NOTE IN YOUR DIARY!

7.00p.m. THURSDAY 4th APRIL 2019

ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS CHURCH

Victoria Road, Brighton BN1 3BD

ON SALE SOON Tickets (£10.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS

or Eventbrite 

BARBARA KINGSOLVER Signed Copies

                        BARBARA KINGSOLVER : UNSHELTERED             SOLD OUT

The new novel from the Orange Prize winner and international bestselling writer

2016 Vineland   Meet Willa Knox, a woman who stands braced against an upended world that seems to hold no mercy for her shattered life and family – or Unshelteredthe crumbling house that contains them.

1871 Vineland   Thatcher Greenwood, the new science teacher, is a fervent advocate of the work of Charles Darwin, and he is keen to communicate his ideas to his students. But those in power in Thatcher’s small town have no desire for a new world order. Thatcher and his teachings are not welcome. . Both Willa and Thatcher resist the prevailing logic. Both are asked to pay a high price for their courage. From some storms no shelter is possible.

A testament to both the resilience and persistent myopia of the human condition, Unsheltered explores the foundations we build in life, spanning time and place, to give us all a clearer look at those around us and perhaps ourselves. Examining the theme of inheritance – whether social, economic or ecological – it blends warmth and wisdom, fearlessness and political acuity: a novel that speaks truly to our times.

Barbara Kingsolver: ‘We’re living through a scary historical moment when the most basic agreements about who we are as citizens, and how we’ll succeed in the world, are suddenly unravelling. It isn’t the first time. People are such interesting animals. Unsheltered speaks to these moments, and uses the lens of unravellings past to ask where we might be headed.’

Barbara Kingsolver’s previous fourteen works of fiction and non-fiction have been translated into many languages and earned a devoted readership. Her novel The Poisonwood Bible was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Orange Prize, before being named an Oprah Book Club selection. She won the Orange Prize for The Lacuna and her novel Flight Behaviour was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. In 2000 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, her country’s highest honour for service through the arts. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She has lived in England, France and the Canary Islands, and has worked in Europe, Africa, Asia, Mexico and South America. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.

Barbara Kingsolver - credit David Wood

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..7.00p.m. TUESDAY 13th NOVEMBER 2018

ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS CHURCH

Victoria Road, Brighton BN1 3BD

Tickets (£8.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS

or Eventbrite 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/barbara-kingsolver-tickets-50904634131?ref=estw

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Credit David Wood

 

CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL Lots of signed books

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2018 9th-11th NOVEMBER

In association with Ropetackle

We are thrilled to be bringing to Ropetackle the literature festival for children of all ages and adults alike!

Childrens Fest

The program is as follows:

Fri 9th – 4.30p.m. 

Simon Tyler presents Adventures in Space

 

Sat 10th – 9.30a.m.

Rob Lloyd Jones presents Jake Atlas

 

Sat 10th –  11.00a.m.

Polly Faber & Clara Vulliamy’s Picking Pickle

 

Sat 10th – 2.00pm

Nick Sharratt’s Drawalong

 

Sun 11th – 10-30-1pm

A Strange New Space

 

Sun 11th – 2.00p.m.

Sarah Edmonds RSPB workshop

 

Sun 11th – 3.30pm

Matt Haig presents Truth Pixie

 

Sun 5.30p.m.

Steve Butler & Steve Lenton present You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yeti 

 

ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG

Tickets are available from Ropetackle

Tel: 01273 464440

ROBIN INCE signed books

ROBIN INCE : I’M A JOKE AND SO ARE YOU

A Comedian’s Take on What Makes Us Human 

YOU'RE A JOKE

In Association with Brighton Science Festival http://www.brightonscience.com/

 

As a connoisseur of comedy, Robin Ince, stand-up comedian and presenter of  Radio Four’s The Infinite Monkey Cage, has spent decades mining our eccentricities to create gags – and watching other strange individuals do the same. And for years he has sought – sometimes in vain – to understand the world around us. In this book, he unites these pursuits to examine the human condition through the prism of humour.

 

Why do we make the choices we do in life? Where does anxiety come from? Where does imagination come from? Why are we like we are? Do our parents f*&k us up? Informed by personal insights from his own life as well as interviews with a bevy of A-list comedians, neuroscientists, psychologists and doctors – this is a hilarious and often moving primer to the mind. 

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7.00p.m. TUESDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2018

ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG

Tickets (£8.00) are available from

CITY BOOKS or

https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/whats-on/      

Tel: 01273 464440

HELENA KENNEDY Q.C. Signed books available

HELENA KENNEDY : EVE WAS SHAMEDHOW BRITISH JUSTICE IS FAILING WOMEN

In Conversation with Caroline Lucas MP

Helena Kennedy is one of Britain’s most distinguished lawyers. She has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights.Helena Kennedy c Alister Thorpe

She has used many public platforms – including the House of Lords, to which she was elevated in 1997 – to argue with passion, wit and humanity for social justice. She has also written and broadcast on a wide range of issues, from medical negligence to terrorism to the rights of women and children.

In Eve Was Shamed Helena Kennedy forensically examines the pressing new evidence that women are still being routinely discriminated against throughout the legal system, from the High Court (where only 21% of judges are women) to female prisons (where 84% of inmates are held for non-violent offences despite the refrain that prison should only be used for violent or serious crime). In between are the so-called ‘lifestyle’ choices of the Rotherham girls; the failings of the current rules on excluding victims’ sexual history from rape trials; battered wives being asked why they don’t ‘just leave’ their partners; the way statistics hide the double discrimination experienced by BAME and disabled women; the failure to prosecute cases of female genital mutilation… the list goes on.
The law holds up a mirror to society and it is failing women. So what comes next? How do we codify what we’ve learned? In this richly detailed and shocking book, one of our most eminent human rights thinkers and practitioners shows with force and fury that change for women must start at the heart of what makes society just.

 

Two women a week are killed by a spouse or partner.
Every seven minutes a woman is raped.
The police receive one phone call per minute concerning domestic violence.
New technology has enabled the unprecedented proliferation of pornography.
Women and children are being trafficked on an industrial scale.

None of this points to a world that is a woman’s oyster.

The #MeToo campaign is a response to law’s failure to secure justice for women.

Now is the time for change.

Helena Kennedy c Alister Thorpe

 

“Helena Kennedy has written a chilling exposé of how the law has historically failed women. Taking no prisoners, Kennedy outlines the damage we must undo, and the changes we must make. Eve was Shamed is a necessary book for the #MeToo era” (Amanda Foreman)

“Passionate and persuasive proof that equal justice is an ideal yet to be achieved. Drawing upon her outstanding career at the defence Bar and of leading reform in Parliament, Helena Kennedy eloquently urges an end to the discrimination and dehumanisation that women suffer in the courts, and in their lives” (Geoffrey Robertson QC)

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7.00p.m. Thursday 18th October 2018

BRIGHTHELM CENTRE

North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD

Tickets (£8.00) from CITY BOOKS

Tel: 01273 725306 info@city-books.co.uk

or

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