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Spring Events at Foyles Charing Cross Road

17th March 2011 - Foyles Events

Foyles presents a packed spring programme of events with today's leading writers including: Costa Book of the Year award winning poet Jo Shapcott, authors Sebastian Faulks, Rose Tremain, Mark Haddon and Kate Mosse, poet Wendy Cope as well as the opportunity to meet Russia's leading crime and science fiction authors and meet Jazz legend Peter King as he launches his autobiography.

Full listings information

All events, unless otherwise stated, are free and held in the Gallery at Foyles, 113 - 119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB. A full listing of ALL forthcoming events can be found here.


Tuesday 5 April, 18.30 - 20.30
Jo Shapcott - Reading/ Signing
Award winning poet Jo Shapcott reads from her Costa Book of the Year collection Of Mutability to launch the spring issue of Poetry Review
Tickets: £8/ £6 concessions and £4 for Poetry Society members.
Available from the Poetry Society website or by calling 0207 420 9886 (telephone booking fee of £1 applies)


Thur 7 April, 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Ray's Jazz at Foyles presents Peter King Flying High - In Conversation/ Signing
Peter King, one of the world's leading alto saxophonists, who has performed with a galaxy of musical legends from Ray Charles to Marlene Dietrich launches his autobiography. With searing honesty he will reveal insights into his life, the industry and his music at this exclusive London event. Peter will be in conversation with author and music journalist, Roger Cotterrell.
Tickets: Free. Reserve online on our website or email


Wednesday 13 April, 6.30 pm
Grigory Chkhartishvili aka Boris Akunin - in conversation/ Signing
Crimes and Misdemeanours: Russian Detective Fiction
The undisputed champion of Russian crime fiction, Boris Akunin, has plumbed the depths of tsarist Russian history as inspiration for his sinister characters and labyrinthine plots. At Foyles he sheds light on the truth behind the fiction, on the differences between British and Russian crime, and on the true origins of his pen name. This event is supported by the British Council and Academia Rossica as part of the Russia Market Focus 2011cultural programme at The London Book Fair.
Tickets: Free. Reserve online or email


Thursday 14 April, 6.30 pm
Sergey Lukanyenko and Dmitry Glukhovsky - in conversation/ reading/ signing
Contemporary Russian Fantastical Fiction
On the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight into space, two pioneering writers of Russian future fiction genre make a rare visit to the UK. Sergey Lukanyenko (Night Watch creator) and Dmitry Glukhovsky (Metro 2033) open a portal into their strange and wondrous universes. This event is supported by the British Council and Academia Rossica as part of the Russia Market Focus 2011 cultural programme at The London Book Fair.
Tickets: Free. Reserve online or email


Friday 15 April, 6.30 pm
The Pale King: A celebration of the life & work of David Foster Wallace - Discussion
Celebrate the worldwide publication of David Foster Wallace's The Pale King at a special homage event with New Statesman literary editor Jonathan Derbyshire in conversation with Wallace's agent and literary executor Bonnie Nadell, and Michael Pietsch, his American editor responsible for readying both Infinite Jest and The Pale King for publication. Authors Paul Murray and Catherine O'Flynn will read excerpts from The Pale King.
Tickets: Free. Reserve online or email


Tuesday 19 April, 2011 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Wendy Cope, Family Values - in conversation and signing
One of England's wittiest contemporary poets Wendy Cope launches her new book, Family Values, in which she remembers the wounds of a damaged childhood, and recalls the inevitable problems of ageing with an intriguing blend of sadness and joy.
Tickets: Free. Reserve online or email


Saturday 7 May, 10am - 5.00pm - Whole day of events
VINTAGE CLASSICS DAY with authors including Sebastian Faulks, Rose Tremain, Jake Arnott, Lionel Shriver, Mark Haddon, Kate Mosse
21 years ago the first Vintage Classic appeared on Foyles bookshelves. To mark the occasion Vintage's most celebrated writers discuss the classic works that have shaped their careers.

The timetable for the Vintage Classics Day:

Vintage Villains

Jake Arnott, bestselling author of The Long Firm, Sadie Jones, award-winning author of The Outcast and Small Wars and Sebastian Peake, son of Gormenghast creator and illustrator Mervyn Peake, debate who they think is the greatest literary villain. Chaired by arts critic and freelance journalist Viv Groskop

Rose Tremain in conversation

Internationally acclaimed and award-winning author Rose Tremain discusses her literary influences and her latest bestseller Trespass

12.45pm-1.45pm Rose Tremain signing

Mark Haddon, Lionel Shriver & Kate Mosse in conversation
Author, illustrator and screenwriter Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and A Spot of Bother), Lionel Shriver (Orange Prize-winning novel We Need to Talk About Kevin) and novelist and playwright Kate Mosse (Labyrinth), Co-Founder of the Orange Prize for Fiction, talk about which classic novels they would pass on to the next generation

Archive Hour

Jean Rose and Alison Hennessey from Vintage Publishers will talk about the hidden gems and lost classics that have been rediscovered in their archives, including Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway's Party and A. A. Milne's The Red House Mystery.

Faulks on Fiction

Sebastian Faulks, one of our most celebrated writers and presenter of BBC 2's Faulks on Fiction discusses his most recent bestseller A Week in December and the classic fiction that has shaped his extraordinary career, with James Walton, critic and writer and presenter of Radio 4's books quiz The Write Stuff.

Venue: The Gallery at Foyles
Tickets: £18 / £15 concs
*Early bird special of £12.00 for tickets booked until 1 April*
Please purchase tickets online or call 020 7437 5660 menu option 4 or visit Foyles, 113 - 119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB

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