With Christmas just around the corner and gift-hunting at the forefront of our minds, our fortnightly Events Round-Up consists of new books launches and author talks to help inspire your gifting.
From Nadiya Hussain’s new cookbook release for your foodie friends, to a discussion with Philip Pullman promoting his new novella for fantasy fans, there is a whole host of events ready to join from the comfort of your home.
It is now more important than ever that we support the book community and the work that goes into promoting the authors we love. Take the time to order your gifts from your local bookseller, take part in events like these if you are financially able or promote the arts online.
Every contributor and reader of The Publishing Post has a passion for books and a love for this industry so we want to see it thrive. We are so thankful to still have access to book launches during this year and we hope they get the support they need to continue. Take a look at our round up of incredible authors and the events you can join during this festive season.
Online Event: Ghostland: In Search of a Haunted Country - An Evening of Supernatural Tales
When? 8th Dec
Where? Online here (£7+)
Blackwell’s is hosting a ghostly evening as they invite Edward Parnell to discuss his book Ghostland: In Search of a Haunted Country. The conversation will be followed by a reading of Between Sunset and Moonrise by Richard Malden of Nunkie Theatre.
Hungry: Grace Dent in Conversation with Angellica Bell
When? 9th Dec
Where? Online here (£5+)
Kicking off the festive season, food writer Grace Dent will be discussing Christmas food and her joyous new book Hungry with presenter Angellica Bell. Be sure to join this event if you’re looking for meal inspiration.
A Night in with Nadiya Hussain
When? 9th Dec
Where? Online here (£10+)
Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain will be discussing her new book Nadiya Bakes including her top tips and favourite bakes. There will even be a chance to pose your own cake conundrums so get set and book your place.
Online Event: Serpentine with Philip Pullman
When? 10th Dec
Where? Online here (£6+)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Northern Lights, settle in for an evening with fantasy storyteller Philip Pullman as he discusses his new novella Serpentine. Tickets start at £6 with the opportunity to purchase a signed copy.
BookMachine Christmas Party 2020: Festive Comedy
When? 10th Dec
Where? Online here (£0/£5)
It goes without saying that we probably all need a bit of light relief after this year and what better place to find it than at BookMachine’s Festive Comedy night? Sit back and be entertained by comedians Mel Byron, Fiona Ridgewell, Kuan-Wen and Kathryn Mather, with tickets free for BookMachine members and just £5 for non-members.
Introduction to eBooks with Alison Mott
When? 10th Dec Where? Online here (£16+)
Curious about publishing your own eBook or just interested in learning more about the eBook publication process? Join copywriter and tutor Alison Mott for a special workshop hosted by the Nottingham Writers’ Studio and learn how to create an eBook out of a word document and gain insights into the process involved for uploading to Amazon and other sites.
Sabaa Tahir in Conversation with V.E. Schwab
When? 11th Dec Where? Online here (£5+)
Tune in for a magical evening hosted by Waterstones featuring bestselling author Sabaa Tahir talking about her new book, the hotly anticipated final instalment to her series An Ember in the Ashes with fellow fantasy author V. E. Schwab.
Virtual Talk: Dickens and Christmas by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
When? 13th Dec
Where? Online here (£8+)
Get into the festive spirit by joining author and great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, for an exclusive virtual talk all about how Christmas was celebrated in the 19th century. The live event has been specially organised by the Charles Dickens Museum, with copies of Lucinda’s book also Dickens and Christmas available via their online store for those looking for the perfect bookish gift.
Solstice Shorts Festival 2020 Tymes Goe by Turnes
When? 21st Dec Where? Online here (£5 suggested donation)
This year’s annual Solstice Shorts Festival will be a night packed full of music and poetry to celebrate the launch of Tymes Goe by Turnes, a new anthology from Arachne Press featuring poems and short stories by 23 writers, taking influence from the 16th Century poet Robert Southwell and the Coronavirus pandemic.