Waterstones in Tottenham Court Road (TCR) is set to be “transformed into Lyra’s Oxford” the night before Philip Pullman’s first Book of Dust novel is published.
Caitlin Moran is set to attend the central London store for the celebration of La Belle Sauvage on 18th October. The event will kick off the store's autumn programme, which also includes supper clubs, author events featuring Roddy Doyle and Max Porter and a monthly poetry series.
The midnight opening featuring Moran, Mark Grist and “other special guests” will mark the long-awaited new series from Pullman which returns to the universe of His Dark Materials. He revealed the “equel” in February which will be published on 19th October by David Fickling Books and Penguin Random House Children’s.
As part of the new season of events, the TCR Waterstones bar will also host whisky tasting with Bonnie Macbird, Cocktails of the Movies’ masterclass and a supper club hosted by Kate Young of Little Library Cookbook (Head of Zeus).
Podcasters No Such Thing as a Fish, A Gay and A NonGay and Faking Lit will feature new partners including Mixtape Live’s poetry and spoken word, with renowned poets Roger Robinson and Nick Makoha. National Poetry Day will be celebrated with readings and an exhibition from poets and performers.
There will be a discussion around mental health called "Boys Don’t Cry", on 18th September and a panel and screening about Haitian history and politics.
A Waterstones spokesperson said the team will continue to run its monthly book clubs but will no longer be hosting private events or launch parties. Rosie Beaumont-Thomas, formerly a senior account manager at Four Colman Getty, took on the running of the events earlier this year. She told The Bookseller that the decision to no longer hold private events was related to capacity as well as commercial reasons.
Beaumont-Thomas said: "We are doing this to both focus on the public cultural events programme, and also it’s an issue of capacity – we’re limiting ourselves to a maximum two events per week so that the store can still function well commercially, and to ensure that the events are all of a high quality."
Most of the events cost around £5 and “wherever possible” the price of the event is redeemable against the cost of the book that the event promotes.
For more information, visit the Waterstones Tottenham Court Road website.
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