Blackwells is still in temporary accommodation while it awaits the opening of its shiny new store – in the meantime, the bookshop is co-hosting events with the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Here are three on the horizon…
Jacqueline Riding (historical advisor to Mike Leigh) on Peterloo
Historical advisor on Mike Leigh’s new film Peterloo, Jacqueline Riding is in town the night after the UK premier to talk about her tie-in book. Peterloo is the story of a defining moment in the history of British democracy: a horrific massacre in August 1819, when 60,000 people gathered in the cause of parliamentary reform, and over 650 were hacked down by drunken yeomanry after local magistrates panicked at the scale of the meeting.
Thu 18 Oct, 6.30pm, £3, book here
Jason Heller – Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded
In his book Strange Stars, acclaimed science fiction author Jason Heller explores the link between music and literature to tell the story of how incredibly well-read artists – think David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Sun Ra, X-Ray Spex and many more – brought sci-fi’s cosmic flare to their lyrics, sounds and styles, fed into the collective imagination and appetite for the space race, and changed pop music forever.
Sat 27 Oct, 6.30pm, free, book here
Michael Lewis – The Fifth Risk
Michael Lewis (The Big Short, Moneyball, Liar’s Poker) returns to Manchester the day before the US mid-term elections to talk about his latest book The Fifth Risk – a thrilling exploration of Trump and the mechanics of the White House. In The Fifth Risk, Lewis reveals the combustible cocktail of ignorance and venality that is fuelling the destruction of the fabric of America, and perhaps even the world.
Mon 5 Nov, 6.30pm, £5 (£20 with copy of book), book here
Thu 18 Oct – Mon 5 Nov, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY, Tel: 0161 235 0776, times and prices vary, anthonyburgess.org
Published on: Mon 29 Oct 2018