On Saturday 23rd April, as part of the commemorations of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Rob and Kate took part in The Complete Walk, a free, interactive celebration of Shakespeare’s plays created by Shakespeare’s Globe, and podcasted around the way. We talked about the walk and our thoughts about Shakespeare, including our favourite plays, most watched, and favourite productions.
Yesterday, we shared a Q&A with Holly Bourne, author of Am I Normal Yet?, one of this year’s World Book Night books. As supporters of World Book Night, I’m really pleased to be able to share another fab Q&A with you this today, just before World Book Night itself, from Leigh Bardugo, whose book Shadow and Bone I absolutely loved and reviewed. This time, Leigh shares her reading habits, advice on recommendations for reluctant readers, and Shakespearean favourites. I hope those lucky people receiving Shadow and Bone this evening enjoy it as much as I did…!
We’ve been supporters of World Book Night since before Adventures With Words properly kicked off, in 2011, and we’ve been talking to you about it most years since then. You can read all about its origins on the World Book Night website, but it came about in order to promote reading for pleasure for people who don’t read regularly, by reaching out to people in unusual places with a huge team of enthusiastic volunteers ready to give away a range of brilliant titles. This year’s set of books is no exception, and I was thrilled when the team at WBN got in touch to ask if we’d like to share some Q&As from a couple of the authors involved. This evening, Holly Bourne shares some insights into her reading habits, advice on recommendations for reluctant readers, and Shakespearean favourites (remember that anniversary?), as people all around the country prepare to share their love for her fantastically funny and feminist YA novel, Am I Normal Yet?
Next up, Kate and Darran (@ShinraAlpha) are sharing their thoughts on Concentric by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury Kids), in the run-up to the YA Book Prize 2016. Join us as we talk about the whole shortlist, before our round-up post on the Waterstones blog.
In the run-up to the announcement of the YA Book Prize 2016, Darran (@ShinraAlpha) and I are reading and sharing our thoughts on all ten books on the shortlist. We’re kicking off with The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson (David Fickling Books).
This week, Rob and Kate talk about the busy week of bookish events they’ve been to in London, including a Meet-The Author evening with Jonathan Safran Foer, London Book Fair 2016, and a Vintage Books Evening at Waterstones Piccadilly.
On Saturday 2nd April, we were invited along to the Wellcome Book Prize Blogger Brunch, to hear from authors of shortlisted books Amy Liptrot, Suzanne O’Sullivan, Alex Pheby and Cathy Rentzenbrink, hosted by book blogger Simon Savidge of Savidgerxads. We recorded the morning to share it with you.
On Saturday 19 March, a group of enthusiastic bloggers, phone batteries duly charged, were invited along to Scholastic HQ to hear about a selection of their new titles for 2016. I’ve storified my tweets from the afternoon, plus a few tweets and pictures from Scholastic and some of the other bloggers – just ‘Read More’ to see what we chatted about.
Kate and Rob discuss the sad passing of Harper Lee and Umbero Eco before Kate tells us about her visit to Faber Children’s.
Rob and Kate discuss a few new books that acquired lately. For once Rob picks the Vintage books!
Kate and Rob discuss the new places that you can buy books outside of the traditional bookshops.
This week Rob and Kate look ahead to the books being published in February 2016.
Last weekend, despite the chilly temperatures, Rob and I ventured out and treated ourselves to some spectacular sights in the form of Lumiere London. We started near Waterstones Piccadilly after work on Friday – it sounds like we avoided the worst of the crowds by doing so – and we managed to see some fantastic illuminated light-and-sound outdoor art, although we didn’t travel to see things that were further away. I think we’ll try to tick everything off if it happens again.
Mind Your Head – Juno Dawson and Dr Olivia Hewitt talk about their new book, illustrated by Gemma Correll
On Thursday 21st January, I headed over to the first event at the newly opened Waterstones Tottenham Court Road (open until 11pm – try the cocktails!) to hear Juno Dawson and Dr Olivia Hewitt talk to Jo Elvin, editor at Glamour Magazine, about their new non-fiction book for teens Mind Your Head, illustrated by Gemma Correll.