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Village Books to host a Harry Potter Trivia Quiz

Village Books are hosting an official Harry Potter quiz to celebrate 20 years of the books. As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations for Harry Potter, the publisher Bloomsbury is running an official Harry Potter Trivia Tournament. Twenty bookshops across the UK have been chosen to host the quiz and Village Books are delighted to be one of only two shops chosen in London. The quiz is taking place on Friday 7th July at 7pm. Tickets are £25 per team and can be booked online here  This event will take place in the Hall at All Saints Church. We have fantastic prizes to present on the night and the winning team will be invited to join 19 other teams for a grand finale, hosted by Bloomsbury in London.  Bloomsbury will pay travel costs to attend this event which will take place in the autumn. Village Books will be donating profits from this event to Lumos, the children’s charity founded by J K Rowling.

Italian Literary Evening at Village Books

Village Books of Dulwich Village present Lucy Foley, author of The Invitation and Louisa Young, author of Devotion as they chat and discuss all things Italian on Tuesday 13th June at 7pm. We’ll be serving prosecco and arancini throughout the evening. The Invitation is a sweeping love story set during the 1950s in Italy, filled with mystery, glamour and danger. ‘A seductive love tale’ says the Sunday Times Style magazine. Devotion is a novel of family, love, race and politics set during the electric change of the 1930s.  The third book in the series set in the difficult years between the two World Wars, this is a novel of love, family, race and politics in the 1930s. ‘Young expertly weaves politics, race and loyalty into the family’s narrative’  says the Observer Tickets are £8 and include prosecco and arancini. Book tickets here:

The Last Word: Maggie O’Farrell

Maggie O’Farrell is appearing at Alleyn’s School on Thursday 18th May at 7.30pm to chat about her most recent smash, This Must Be the Place – a dazzling, intimate epic about who we leave behind and who we become as we search for our place in the world. As the author of seven fabulous books, including The Hand That First Held Mine, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, Instructions for a Heatwave, shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award this is an event not to miss. Ticket are £10  Book tickets online at or pop into the bookshop on Calton Ave, in Dulwich Village. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? When I was around seventeen or eighteen, I was in Edinburgh one evening at the time of the Festival. I was sitting on the steps of a closed cafe in the Old Town when a man walked up the steps, to try the locked door. I say ‘walked’ when actually it was more of a glide, a float, a human glissando: something in the quality of …

Books and Beer: Lisa McInerney in conversation with David Keenan

Join Dulwich Books at 7pm on Saturday 22nd April for an evening of books and beer with Lisa McInerney (The Blood Miracles) and David Keenan (This Is Memorial Device). Last year Lisa became a Dulwich Books bestseller when her hard-hitting debut novel The Glorious Heresies won the Bailey’s Prize for fiction by women. A tale of organised crime and less organised families, set in the ‘arse end of Ireland’, Lisa’s new novel revisits the characters of The Glorious Heresies and continues the story of twenty-year-old Ryan Cusack, who struggles to make his way out of the drug world to follow his dream of becoming a DJ. Lisa will be in conversation with David Keenan, long-time music critic and author of the extraordinary This Is Memorial Device. Lisa herself has described David’s debut novel as “an incredible book, savage and tender and poignant and mad”. A hallucinated oral history of a Scottish post-punk scene that never existed, the book’s 26 chapters each set out the fictional recollections of one person who was there to witness this most obscure explosion of culture. …

Dulwich Books Spring Events

As Spring approaches, Dulwich Books are delighted to share their calendar of upcoming events. This season they truly have something for every member of the family – from special story times with children’s authors, to Peter Bazalgette talking about empathy, to Lisa McInerney on her new novel The Blood Miracles, to A.C. Grayling on war… the list goes on. One highlight is sure to be the Spring Literature Showcase with a trio of outstanding writers – Elif Shafak, Gwendoline Riley and Ayobami Adebayo. Tuesday 28 February: Pancake Day Party with Chetna Makan 15.00 – 16.30. We’ll be celebrating Pancake Day with a special celebration featuring Great British Bake Off finalist Chetna Makan. This event will be an opportunity to taste some of Chetna’s homemade treats, to ask her for baking tips, to have a fresh pancake, and to buy a signed copy of her bestselling recipe book The Cardamom Trail: Chetna Bakes with Flavours of the East. On the Bake Off Chetna became known for her bold use of Eastern flavours. Her bestselling recipe book Cardamom Trail gives you all the info …