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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.

MICHAEL ROSEN EVENT

7.30pm Friday 8th November, Ropetackle

An event for grown-ups as part of the Ropetackle & City Books Children’s Literature Festival! Tickets (£8) on sale from ROPETACKLE – click here book.

For the rest of the Children’s Literature Festival programme click here.

Today, we don’t get nearly enough play in our lives. At school, kids are drilled on exams, while at home we’re all glued to our phones and screens. Former children’s laureate and bestselling author, Michael Rosen, is here to show us how to put this right – and why it matters so much for creativity, resilience and much more.

Packed with silliness, activities and prompts for creative indoor and outdoor play for all ages – with specially illustrated pages for everything from doodling to word play and after-dinner games.

WILL SELF EVENT

Will Self will be discussing his new memoir WILL at 7pm on Friday 15th November, at the Brighthelm Centre, just a short walk down the road from Brighton Station.

Will marks a return in style to novels like Cock and Bull and The Quantity Theory of Insanity, and is sure to delight fans of his seminal books. It’s a funny, frenzied, brutally honest memoir about his drug addiction in the 1980s and his attempts to grapple with adult life as he leaves university for the professional world.

Tickets are £10 and are available from City Books in Hove, in the shop, over the phone, or online from Eventbrite here.

ANDRE ACIMAN EVENT

Thursday 28th November, 7pm, Brighthelm Centre

Andre Aciman will be discussing his latest novel, Find Me, the sequel to bestseller Call Me By Your Name. In this spellbinding exploration of the varieties of love, Aciman revisits his characters’ complex lives in the years after their first meeting.

Andre Aciman will be interviewed by critic, journalist and broadcaster Alex Clark.

Tickets are on sale from City Books, in the shop or over the phone.
General Admission: £10
Book (RRP £14.99) + Ticket: £20

You can also purchase the Book + Ticket option online from Eventbrite here.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In Find Me, Aciman shows us Elio’s father, Samuel, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, now a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train upends Sami’s visit and changes his life forever.

Elio soon moves to Paris, where he, too, has a consequential affair, while Oliver, a New England college professor with a family suddenly finds himself contemplating a return trip across the Atlantic.

Aciman is a master of sensibility, of the intimate details and the nuances of emotion that are the substance of passion. Find Me brings us back inside the world of one of our greatest contemporary romances to show us that in fact true love never dies.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Andre Aciman is the New York Times bestselling author of Call Me By Your Name, Out of Egypt, Eight White Nights, False Papers, Alibis,and Harvard Square, and most recently Enigma Variations. He’s the editor of The Proust Project and teaches comparative literature and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He lives with his wife in Manhattan.

CASEY CEP signed copies

FURIOUS HOURS: MURDER, FRAUD & THE LAST TRIAL OF HARPER LEE
7pm Monday 7th October at the Brighthelm Centre

*Please note: Casey Cep will now be interviewed by Nell Stevens*

New Yorker writer Casey Cep stumbled across a briefcase when researching the publication of Go Set a Watchman – a briefcase containing the first chapter of The Reverend, a true crime book by Harper Lee that was never published – possibly never even finished.

Cep brings the incredible true story of a Reverend serial killer and his murder trial to light, interwoven with a vivid, thoughtful account of Harper Lee’s quest to write another book. A gripping courtroom drama with a deeply moving portrait of a beloved writer’s struggles with fame, success and the mysteries of artistic creativity.

Cep will be in conversation with Nell Stevens, author of Bleaker House and Mrs Gaskell and Me.

Tickets are £10 and available from City Books in Hove, or to purchase online via Eventbrite click here. The Brighthelm Centre is on North Road (BN1 1YD), just a short walk from Brighton train station.

JESS PHILLIPS M.P. signed copies

Jess Phillips M.P. will be discussing her new book Truth to Power: 7 Ways to Call Time on B.S. on Thursday 3rd October at the Brighthelm Centre, just a short walk down from Brighton Station. Please note this event will start at 7.30pm as opposed to our normal time of 7pm!

Powerful, moving and uncompromising, Truth to Power is an incredible collection of interviews with exceptional people who spoke out at a time when the world wasn’t listening.

Speaking truth to power takes courage. Jess Phillips shows you how to identify the problem, form a plan, and to speak out using the exact same tools that those who have been put on a pedestal of being ‘brave’ have used to deal with the fear, the conflict and – let’s be honest – the awkwardness that can come from telling your boss, your family, your neighbour that something is bullsh*t.

Truth to Power will help you change things. It will help you slam down that manager in the office that you have tolerated for years; or tell your mate that you hate the way they talk about your husband or wife. It will help call out bullies in all walks of life. It will help you rally support and fight the fight against injustice – even though the odds seem stacked against you.

General admission + copy of book: £16

General admission + copy of book tickets are available online from Eventbrite here.

General admission only: £10

General admission tickets are available from City Books in Hove. Please contact the shop on 01273 725 306 or via email (info@city-books.co.uk) – or pop in and see us!

Those with General Admission + Book tickets will be able to collect their books upon arrival. The book will also be on sale on the night for anyone who would like purchase copies at the event.

JAMES ELLROY signed copies

James Ellroy on This Storm in conversation with author and journalist Sam Leith.

Legendary crime writer James Ellroy returns with the second book in his Second L.A. Quartet. This Storm is a brilliant, pulse-pounding, as-it-happens historical crime novel set in WWII Los Angeles. Ellroy fans will not be disappointed.

James Ellroy will be discussing This Storm at 7pm on Thursday 5th September at the Brighthelm Centre. He will be interviewed by Sam Leith, literary editor of The Spectator.

Tickets are £10 and available from City Books in Hove, or to purchase online via Eventbrite click here. The Brighthelm Centre is on North Road (BN1 1YD), just a short walk from Brighton train station.