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Some Foyles Events

From: Justin
Sent on: Saturday, July 31, 2010 6:45 PM
Thought I'd forward this email with some details of events at Foyles. These include a Philippa Gregory and a Bernard Cornwell event.
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Foyles Bookshop 

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We're thrilled to announce our autumn programme of events, bringing you two series presenting the greatest writers and the biggest ideas. From Booker-winners to bestsellers, our Great Writers series showcases some of the best living writers; Big Ideas explores the debates raging through society - generational divides, religion vs. secularism, the realities of East meets West and the power and influence of music - all brought to us by some of the world's most highly regarded thinkers.

As a friend of Foyles, we're delighted to offer you an exclusive opportunity to book early for these events; tickets won't go on general release until Monday, so book now so you don't miss out.

Thu 2
Sat 4
Tue 7
Thu 9
Sat 11/
Sun 12
Tue 14
Wed 15
Thu 16
Sat 18
Thu 23
Sat 25
Thu 28

Wed 29


 Philippa Gregory
 Raymond Briggs
 DBC Pierre
 Michael Frayn
 Indie Weekend

 Jed Rubenfeld
 Jilted Generation
 Will Self
 Charlie Higson
 In Your Face
 Penguin Day
 Balloon Debate:
 Steve Caplin: Photoshop

Tue 5
Wed 6
Thu 7

Sat 9
Mon 11

Thu 14
Mon 18
Thu 28

Thu 3

Tue 16

Thu 18
Wed 24

Tue 30


 William Gibson
 Ismail Kadare
 Battle of Ideas:
 Secularity Today
 Faber Poetry Day
 Quentin Blake
 & Donald Sturrock
 Ian Bostridge
 Bernard Cornwell
 Balloon Debate:


Ian Morris: Why the West
 Rules for Now

 Christopher Fowler
 & Adam Nevill
 Geza Vermes: Jesus
Balloon Debate:
 Lucasian Professors
 Alex Ross


Thursday 2nd September, 6.30pm
Philippa Gregory: The Red Queen
The Gallery at Foyles

The queen of historical novels - and distinguished academic - Philippa Gregory returns to the Wars of the Roses with The Red Queen, as the young Margaret Beaufort stops at nothing to ensure her son Henry Tudor ascends to the throne. History truly comes alive in Philippa's vivid and meticulously researched stories.
Tickets: free, email [address removed] to reserve places

Tuesday 7th September, 6.30pm


DBC Pierre: Lights Out in Wonderland
The Gallery at Foyles

If Booker winning enfant terrible DBC Pierre's life was written as a novel, reviewers would say it was unbelievable. Join us for this one-of-a-kind event as the misfit of modern literature reads from and talks about his new novel Lights Out in Wonderland - dark, surreal and twisted but very, very funny.

Tickets: Free, email [address removed] to reserve places


Thursday 9th September, 6.30pm
Michael Frayn: My Father's Fortune

The Gallery of Foyles
Michael Frayn is arguably the greatest comic writer of his generation, for who else can claim such mastery of novels, plays, philosophy and satire? Looking back over the whole of his career and beyond to the shadowy landscape of his family history, Frayn at last turns his eye to his own fascinating life. Join us for a truly special event, as one of our most cherished and celebrated writers discusses his most personal work to date, My Father's Fortune.
Tickets: Free, email [address removed] to reserve places


Tuesday 14th September, 6.30pm
Jed Rubenfeld: The Death Instinct

The Gallery at Foyles
Lawyer-turned-novelist Jed Rubenfeld has a knack for turning Freudian theory into fodder for crime novels as he proved in his immensely popular The Interpretation of Murder, which saw Freud and his followers turn sleuth.  He tells us how he's done it, and what's on the horizon for everyone's favourite psychiatrist in his new book, The Death Instinct.
Tickets: Free, email [address removed] to reserve places


Thursday 16th September, 6.30pm
Will Self: Walking to Hollywood
The Gallery at Foyles

One of the most thought-provoking writers and raconteurs of his age, whatever Will Self turns his hand to becomes extraordinary. Walking to Hollywood weaves together fact, fancy, memoir and invention as Self delves deep into his own psychosis, memory loss and OCD.
Tickets: Free, email [address removed] to reserve places


Tuesday 5th October, 6.30pm
Gibson: Zero History

The Gallery at Foyles
He's known to many as the noir prophet, to others as the man who coined the term cyberspace. To us, he's the visionary behind Neuromancer, Spook Country and many of the most ground-breaking, world-shifting, mind-boggling SF inventions ever to land on our bookshelves. In a rare visit to the UK, he lands in our Gallery to take us to ever more unfathomable realms with Zero History. Not to be missed.
Tickets: free, email [address removed] to reserve places


Wednesday 6th October, 6.30pm
Quentin Blake & Donald Sturrock
In conjunction with The House of Illustration

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
For many of us, the stories of Roald Dahl are inseparable from the illustrations that accompany them. Dahl's biographer Donald Sturrock appears in conversation with the legendary illustrator Quentin Blake, to discuss not only the life and words of a master, but the importance of the visual in literature and beyond.
Tickets: ��9.50, available at

Monday 11th October, 6.30pm
Ismail Kadare: The Accident
The Gallery at Foyles

In an incredibly rare London appearance, Man Booker International Prize-winner Ismail Kadare joins us in the Gallery. Often compared to Gogol, Kafka and Orwell, tonight Kadare discusses his new novel The Accident, and the rich Balkan heritage which has provided inspiration for his remarkable half-century of fiction and poetry.
Tickets: Free, email [address removed] to reserve places

Monday 18th October, 7pm for 7.30pm
Bernard Cornwell in conversation with Richard Holmes: The Fort
One Great George Street,  London SW1P 3AA
The much loved creator of Sharpe returns to American shores with an epic tale of heroism in the heart of the war for independence, The Fort. Cornwell's events are few and far between, so an evening spent with the master of historical fiction is a chance not to be missed.
Tickets: ��10 or ��20 including a copy of the book (click price to purchase)

Tuesday 16th November, 6.30pm
Christopher Fowler and Adam Nevill: The End of the Line
The Gallery at Foyles
With contributions from some of today's finest storytellers, The End of the Line is a collection of chilling stories set on the world's subway systems. Descend with Christopher Fowler and Adam Nevill to the sinister depths of the underground.
Tickets: Free, email [address removed]


Wednesday 15th September, 6.30pm
Ed Howker & Shiv Malik: Jilted Generation
The Gallery at Foyles

Why can so few young people afford to buy a house? Why do even top graduates struggle to find jobs and when they do they're poorly paid and unstable? Why does politics, from voting to protesting, seem so pointless? This evening 20-something journalists Howker and Malik explain how Britain gave up on its future, who is really to blame and what must be done to put it right for the Jilted Generation.
Tickets: free, email [address removed] to reserve places

Thursday 23th September, 6.30 pm
David Perrett: In Your Face
The Gallery at Foyles
Why do some faces make our pulses race while others leave us cold or have us running for the hills? Can beauty be measured mathematically? Find out tonight as Professor of Psychology David Perrett opens up the mysteries In Your Face.
Ticket: Free, email [address removed]

Wednesday 29th September, 6.30pm
Steve Caplin: Adobe Photoshop CS5
The Gallery at Foyles
An event for Photoshop fanatics to learn new 3D skills or for anyone interested in the visual design that constantly surrounds us and the programme that creates it. Caplin is a true master of his art and serious students should come prepared to scribble notes whilst interested observers can just sit back and enjoy the incredible show.
Ticket: Free, email [address removed]

Thursday 7th October, 6.30pm
Battle of Ideas presents...
Papal Plots, Burqa Bans and Illiberal Liberals: What does it mean to be secular today?
The Gallery at Foyles

Tolerance and freedom of religion have always been uneasy bed fellows, and the question of what can be reasonably permitted in the name of religious belief is ever more hotly debated since the rise of so-called militant secularism. With France recently outlawing the burqa, there has never been a more pertinent time to ques
tion the limits of tolerance and indeed its very definition. In doing so, the panel will attempt to pinpoint what it means to be secular today.
Tickets: ��7.50/��5, available on or 020 [masked]

Thursday 3rd November, 6.30pm
Ian Morris: Why the West Rules for Now
The Gallery at Foyles
Centuries of colonialism, warfare and trade have seen the countries of the western hemisphere assert their dominance over the globe. In Why the West Rules for Now, Ian Morris examines the thousands of years of history that have caused this dominance and considers how long it can last. This event offers an opportunity to discuss the East-West relationship with a man who's made it his life's work to examine it.
Tickets: Free, email [address removed]

Thursday 18th November, 6.30pm
Geza Vermes: Jesus and The Dead Sea Scrolls
The Gallery at Foyles
Geza Vermes is widely recognized as the leading authority on Jesus as a historical figure, never afraid to challenge Christian orthodoxy in separating the facts from the myths. He discusses the life Jesus based on the latest analysis of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other recent archaeological discoveries.
Tickets: Free, email [address removed]

Tuesday 30th November, 6.30pm
Alex Ross: Listen to This
The Gallery at Foyles
With The Rest is Noise, Alex Ross changed the way we listen to and think about music. Listen to This expands on his thesis, offering a sweeping view of the musical spectrum.  Ross has said that his aim is to "approach music not as a self-sufficient sphere but as a way of knowing the world" and this rare UK appearance offers anyone who loves any form of music the chance to hear more of what Alex has to say.
Tickets: Free, email [address removed]


The world's greatest thinkers are in a sinking balloon, only one can be saved and their fate is in your hands. Join us for our playful series of balloon debates as leading academics fight for the life, honour and reputation of their favourite genius. In association with Icon Books, publishers of the Introducing... series.

Tuesday 28th September, 6.30pm
Who is the World's Most Fashionable Sociologist? Foucault, Zizek or Baudrillard: Nikolas Rose, Chris Horrocks & Chris Kul-Want
The Gallery at Foyles
Who has best put their finger on the nub of the human condition: Foucault the structuralist, Zizek the Cartesian or Baudrillard the postmodernist? 
Tickets: free, email [address removed]

Thursday 28th October, 6.30pm
Who is Philosophy's Biggest Hitter? Wittgenstein, Nietzsche or Kant: John Heaton, Laurence Gane, and Chris Kul-Want
The Gallery at Foyles

Who is the true cerebral colossus, bestriding the world of philosophy like no other: Heidegger the existentialist, Nietzsche the postmodernist or Kant the epistemologist?
Tickets: free, email [address removed]

Wednesday 24th November, 6.30pm
Who is the Greatest Lucasian Professor? Hawking, Newton or Dirac: JP McEvoy, Graham Farmelo and Manjit Kumar
The Gallery at Foyles

Which of the holders of the prestigious post of Lucasian Professor at Cambridge has made the most vital contribution to our understanding of the cosmos: Stephen Hawking, the black hole expert, Isaac Newton, the father of classical mechanics, or Paul Dirac, quantum pioneer?
Tickets: Free, email [address removed]


Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th September
Indie Weekend, with Geoff Dyer, PD James, Philip Kerr and more
Brought to you by the Independent Alliance
The Gallery at Foyles
It may sound like something from Star Wars, but in reality the Independent Alliance is a network of independent publishers, including Faber, Canongate and Atlantic, joined together to ensure their extraordinarily diverse output reaches the widest audience possible. Publishing everything from internationally best-selling crime writers, to Booker Prize winners, to those undiscovered gems only an independent house can unearth, this weekend they bring to Foyles a vast array of authors for two full days of literary events, including discussions on counterculture and how to write non-fiction, and speed-dating Indie-style. Join us for one or both days, as we celebrate independence in all its forms.
Tickets: ��15/��12 concessions, for entry to all sessions on Saturday; ��15/��12 , for entry to all sessions on Sunday; ��25/��20 for both days. Click price to purchase or buy instore at Charing Cross Road.

Saturday 25th September, 11am-5pm
Penguin Day, with Colm T��ib��n, David Vann and more
The Gallery at Foyles

75 years ago, the first Penguin paperbacks appeared on shelves in bookstores, including works by Ernest Hemingway, Andre Maurois and Agatha Christie.  Today we celebrate those years of book-making history, covering everything from that iconic Penguin jacket design, to a behind-the-scenes look at the publishing process, to the authors who continue the legacy of Penguin writing.
Tickets: ��15/��12 concessions, for entry to all sessions. Click price to purchase or buy instore at Charing Cross Road.

Saturday 9th October, 11am-5pm
Faber Poetry Day, with Don Paterson, Daljit Nagra, William Boyd and the Faber New Poets
The Gallery at Foyles

The publishers of TS Eliot and Ezra Pound, Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, Carol Ann Duffy and Andrew Motion, Faber have an unrivalled reputation for bringing great poetry to the world. Delve into poetry's past with Don Paterson on Shakespeare���s sonnets, discuss the giants of contemporary verse with 2007 Forward Prize-winner Daljit Nagra and look to the future with the glittering Faber New Poets. Explore reading and writing poetry in the inspirational company of some of the artform's finest practitioners.
Tickets: ��15/��12 concessions, for entry to all sessions. Click price to purchase or buy instore at Charing Cross Road.


Thursday 14th October, 6.30pm
Ian Bostridge
The Gallery at Foyles

Multiple Gramophone Award winner Ian Bostridge is one of the worlds most respected and versatile tenors, acclaimed for his performances of everything from Bach to Britten and Schubert to Smetena. In this intimate recital Bostridge launches his brand new collection of EMI Classics album, a collection of rare baroque arias, and answers your questions.
Tickets: ��10, including an exclusive advance copy of his forthcoming album Three Baroque Tenors (click price to purchase)


All these events will take place in the Children's Dept on the Ground Floor

Saturday 4th September, 2pm
Raymond Briggs signing: Mother Goose Treasury
The iconic creator of The Snowman joins us for a limited time in the Children's Department to sign copies of his newly released Mother Goose Treasury. No need to reserve, but do arrive early to join the queue.

Saturday 18th September 2pm
Charlie Higson signing: The Dead
Best-selling author of the Young Bond novels will be in the Children's Department to sign copies of The Dead, and performs a death-defying (or at least very scary) stunt to kick it all off. Come early so you don't miss any of the action. No need to reserve, but do arrive early to join the queue.

Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 October
Foyles Fear Fest: LA Weatherly, Sam Enthoven, William Hussey, Sarwat Chadda and more

For two days of angelic amusements and demonic delights, including giveaways, competitions and talks from the cream of the other-worldy crop, come to Foyles on Hallowe'en weekend.
Keep on eye on our website,,
 for more details shortly.

Saturday 6th November, 2pm
John Boyne & Oliver Jeffers signing: Noah Barleywater Runs Away
Not one but two megastars of children's literature come together to sign copies of their brand new book, Noah Barleywater Runs Away. This incredibly rare opportunity is most certainly not to be missed. No need to reserve, but do arrive early to join the queue.






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