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Blackwell’s Presents: What makes a book rare?

Bring Andrew Hunter a book from 1900 and he might scoff. Hunter, an antiquarian bookseller from Blackwell’s in Oxford’s Rare Books department, trades only truly old and rare books. His talk at Blackwell’s as part of the Rare Books Festival (20-30 March) detailed what it is for a book to be considered valuable by booksellers […]

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Blackwell’s Presents: The Scottish Bothy Bible

Having published his book The Scottish Bothy Bible earlier this year, Geoff Allen gave a talk at Blackwell’s in Edinburgh last Thursday. Witty, personal and very informative, Geoff Allen provided a fascinating insight into the way in which he collated his book and the many difficulties he faced when writing. Bothies are relatively unknown, a secret […]

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Blackwell’s Children’s Giving Tree continues to grow

On the frosty autumnal morning of 10 November, Blackwell’s once again launched the Children’s Giving Tree project. Accompanied by local children’s author, Gill Arbuthnott, Kirsty Smith and her book Tree Elves welcomed those in attendance, and provided thoughtful insight into the project’s main initiative and its background. The Children’s Giving Tree was started with the […]

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Unbound: A New Way to Publish

Getting a book published is a notoriously difficult task. Each year thousands of prospective writers have their work rejected by publishing houses for a variety of reasons: be it that the novel is not the type that they are looking for, that they do not think it will sell particularly well when forced to compete […]

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Blackwell’s Presents: Gerry Hassan – Scotland the Bold

Gerry Hassan is one of those few people aspiring to, and maybe even capable of, seeing events as they unfold within the context of history. He attempts to do just that in his new book, Scotland the Bold, which was published only last week. At his book launch at Blackwell’s last Thursday, however, he did […]

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Blackwell’s Presents: An Evening with Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin crosses the stage, looking every inch what you expect of a crime writer. He sits down, takes a sip of whiskey and examines the audience with the same shrewd gaze you can imagine his detective, John Rebus, uses to survey a crime scene. When he speaks, the voice that captures your attention is […]

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(Blackwell’s Presents) The Other Tiger: Recent Poetry from Latin America

Modern Latin American poetry is a relatively unknown genre of literature that Blackwell’s sought to celebrate and raise awareness for last Wednesday, with the poetry launch of The Other Tiger: Recent Poetry from Latin America. The intimate and informal gathering was treated not only by the presence of translator and editor Richard Gwyn, a poet […]

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Blackwell’s Presents: An Evening with Jim Crumley

An intimate gathering at Blackwell’s bookshop last Wednesday gave nature enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in discussion with seasoned Scottish nature writer Jim Crumley about his new book, The Nature of Autumn. Alongside taking questions from the audience, Crumley opened up about his personal writing process and his sources of inspiration. While Crumley had initially […]