Collection: Events

Look out for our upcoming events - opportunities to hear writers talk about their work, buy signed copies, and meet fellow readers. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find details of ticketed events we have coming up!

 

BOOK CLUB - monthly on Wednesdays (usually!); get in touch to book your space

Each month we run a book club, bringing authors, writers, and translators along to join the discussion as often as possible. To buy book club books and secure your place, please pop into the shop or email us on hello@collectedbooks.co.uk


SOCIAL CLUB!
Teddy by Emily Dunlay
Thursday 8 August, 7-9pm

Our NEW social club is a place for you to come, alone or with friends, and chat about some of our (and your!) favourite books and drink some wine (or beer or coffee or softs or tea!) and create a wonderful social reading community.

Having had lots of fun in June with YELLOWFACE by Rebecca F. Kuang and then switching to some non-fiction with I Want to Die but I Still Want to Eat Tteokbokki by Baek Sehee for July, we're really excited to be reading Teddy by Emily Dunlay for our August event. This is a corker of a reading, following what happens when mistakes from the past strain to resurface among the heat and humidity of 60s Italy. The American Embassy needs to keep a tight hold of Teddy, or God knows what could happen…  Reading the book is strongly encouraged before you attend so you can get the maximum juicy discussion - there won't be any holding back to avoid spoilers!

AND we're offering an exclusive discount for book buying on the night: 3 for 2 on all paperbacks (cheapest free!). This is just for social clubbers and for one night only so, save up your book buying to get the most out of it (because, yes - you can get 6 for the price of 4, 9 for the price of 6, and so on...!)

Send an email to hello@collectedbooks.co.uk or message on Instagram to get your name on the list!


JULY: Neon Roses by Rachel Dawson; FULLY SIGNED-UP
Monday 29 July, 6.30pm (please note change from our usual day)

We'll be joined by Rachel Dawson to talk about her heartwarming, funny and a little bit filthy queer coming-of-age story with a cracking '80s soundtrack!

Eluned Hughes is stuck. It's 1984 in a valley in south Wales: the miners' strike is ravaging her community; her sister's swanned off with a Thatcherite policeman; and her boyfriend Lloyd keeps bringing up marriage. And if they play '99 Red Balloons' on the radio one more time, she might just lose her mind.

Then the fundraising group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners comes down from London, and she meets June, a snaggle-toothed blonde in a too-big leather jacket. Suddenly, Eluned isn't stuck any more - she's in freefall. June's an artist and an activist.

With June, Eluned can imagine a completely different life for herself. But as her family struggles with the strike, and her relationship with her sister deteriorates, should she really leave it all behind?

Paperback copies of the book available from the shop now! July's book club is now FULL but please get in touch if you would like to go on the waiting list...


AUGUST: The Postcard by Anne Berest, translated by Tina Kover
Wednesday 14 August, 6.30pm

We'll be joined by translator Tina Kover to discuss this enthralling investigation into family secrets, a poignant tale of mothers and daughters, and a vivid portrait of twentieth-century Parisian intellectual and artistic life.

In January 2003, the Berest family receive a mysterious, unsigned postcard. On one side was an image of the Opéra Garnier; on the other, the names of their relatives who were killed in Auschwitz: Ephraïm, Emma, Noémie and Jacques. Years later, Anne sought to find the truth behind this postcard.

She journeys 100 years into the past, tracing the lives of her ancestors from their flight from Russia following the revolution, their journey to Latvia, Palestine, and Paris, the war and its aftermath. What emerges is a thrilling and sweeping tale based on true events that shatters her certainties about her family, her country, and herself. At once a gripping investigation into family secrets, a poignant tale of mothers and daughters, and an enthralling portrait of 20th-century Parisian intellectual and artistic life, The Postcard tells the story of a family devastated by the Holocaust and yet somehow restored by love and the power of storytelling.

FREE but spaces are limited so... GET IN TOUCH TO SIGN UP! Copies available to buy in the shop now.