Wednesday, March 02, 2011

World Book Day Event in Bristol

I'm delighted to be taking part in a World Book Day celebration here in Bristol, on Saturday night at the Grant Bradley Gallery. Here are the details, do come - and if you'd like to take part, there are contact details at the bottom of this blog post!

The largest Book Give Away Ever attempted!

World Book Night at the Grant Bradley Gallery
Hosted by the Bard of Windmill Hill Trevor Carter

Saturday 5th March 2011

Join us this Saturday 5.30 - 7pm at The Grant Bradley Gallery to collect your FREE copy of Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin
Laura Chase’s older sister Iris, married at eighteen to a politically prominent industrialist but now poor and eighty-two, is living in Port Ticonderoga, a town dominated by their once-prosperous family before the First War. While coping with her unreliable body, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life, in particular the events surrounding her sister’s tragic death. Chief among these was the publication of The Blind Assassin, a novel which earned the dead Laura Chase not only notoriety but also a devoted cult following.
Sexually explicit for its time, The Blind Assassin describes a risky affair in the turbulent thirties between a wealthy young woman and a man on the run. During their secret meetings in rented rooms, the lovers concoct a pulp fantasy set on Planet Zycron. As the invented story twists through love and sacrifice and betrayal, so does the real one; while events in both move closer to war and catastrophe. By turns lyrical, outrageous, formidable, compelling and funny, this is a novel filled with deep humour and dark drama.
The evening’s events will also include:

  • A live set by local singer song writer Barry Walsh
  • Performance poetry by the Bard of Windmill Hill Trevor Carter
  • Readings from the Blind Assassin
  • A chance to meet and discuss your favourite books
  • A display of local publishers books

If you are interested in doing a short presentation on your favourite book or reading, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Trevor Carter to tell us about your choice of book and arrange a slot. We look forward to hearing from you!



Sarah Hilary said...

Lovely! It looks like being great fun. Not sure of our plans for the weekend yet, but if we can we'll make it.

Tania Hershman said...

Ooh, do come and read, maybe some Patricia Highsmight? I was only asked yesterday, it's being put together quite hurriedly but sounds wonderful. And the Grant Bradley gallery is where my art installation will be, I've been meaning to get there and hadn't managed it!

Tania Hershman said...

PS Or some Fred Vargas??!

Sarah Hilary said...

That would be so cool! What're you reading?

Tania Hershman said...

Well, I've been asked to read something of mine (not, of course, that my book is my favourite book) and something else, so am trying to decide. I want it to be a short story. I haven't hit upon the right thing yet.

Sarah Hilary said...

Even better! That's very exciting. Which story will you pick? No, don't tell me. It should be a surprise!

Tania Hershman said...

I probably won't decide til the night!

Unknown said...

Oh this sounds really interesting.
I wish I could come, but I'm afraid it's going to be too cold again this weekend to drive my motorbike all the way up to Bristol.
I will think about it though.
Nahno ∗ McLein

Lauri said...

Sounds like fun, Blind Assasin is one of my favourite books. I love Margaret Atwood, did you see the video about the moose and the cheesesandwiches? Very funny. (Do I keep mentioneing this everywhere???)

Congrats BTW for the nod from Booktrust for White Road. Well deserved!