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Festival America Launches in London

Dulwich Books will host an event with Jonathan Ames (25 September) as part of Festival America, the much-lauded French festival which makes its debut in London this year (24-27th September) in venues around Traflagar Square and in Dulwich. Founded in Paris in 2002,  Festival America celebrates the finest contemporary writing from the Americas. In its inaugural year, the focus country is Canada and the festival will welcome some of the country’s most celebrated writers and debut novelists to London including Patrick DeWitt, Andrée Michaud, Heather O’Neill, Michael Redhill and Guy Vanderhaeghe. They will speak alongside writers from North America including Nathan Hill, Sarah Churchwell, Jonathan Ames and Ivy Pochoda. Jonathan Ames is the creator of TV series including Blunt Talk and Bored to Death; he is also the author of the novel You Were Never Really Here, made into a movie starring Joaquin Phoenix. His 1998 novel the Extra Man riffs on New York high society and is a tale of friendship and frustration, cocktails and cross-dressing. Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott’s novel portrays Truman Capote and his betrayal of the women he appeared to need and adore – his Swans, inhabitants of the upper East Side who gave him an entrée and …

The Great North Wood by Tim Bird

An atmospheric, mythical history of South-East London’s long-lost ancient woodland, The Great North Wood, stunningly brought to life by award-winning comic artist Tim Bird. Forest Hill. Honor Oak. The names of South-East London’s leafy suburbs evoke the ancient woodland from which they arose. There was a time, many centuries ago, when all of the southeast was covered in dense forest – ‘England slumbered beneath a canopy of leaves’ – that is, until Man began to pull it apart, bit by bit. One particular forest stretched from what is now Croydon to Southwark, from Lambeth to Lewisham. As Man claimed ownership of this land, they wrote a name on a map: The Great North Wood. Over time, The Great North Wood was cleared – Empire called for wood to make ships; a growing population required land for farming; industrialisation allowed railway lines and roads to cut through the forest and bring people into newly-formed suburbs; war and rebuilding brought a new kind of destruction in the form of bombs, then concrete. Now, only small patches of woodland remain amidst …

An Evening with Antony Beevor

Join historian Antony Beevor on Thursday 21st June for a talk on the story of Arnhem. The British fascination with heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem – the battle for the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine in 1944 – in myths. Antony Beevor, the distinguished military historian, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting. It is a gripping account of an iconic moment in British and European history as well as an analysis of the cost of failure, which included pitiless German reprisals. Antony Beevor’s previous bestselling books include Berlin, D-Day, Ardennes 1944 and the multiple prize-winning Stalingrad. An Evening With Antony Beevor 7.30pm, Thursday 21st June MCT at Alleyns School, Townley Road, Dulwich, SE22 8SU www.village-books.co.uk/events Tickets £10/£8 SaveSave SaveSave

Behind the scenes in the NHS with Christie Watson & Caroline Elton

Join Christie Watson and Caroline Elton at Bell House on Tuesday 8th May as they discuss the NHS, share their views of life behind the scenes and what it is like for the teams that look after us in hospitals. Doctors and nurses are the people we turn to when we fall ill and who look after us. They are the people we trust with our lives, and with the lives of those we love. But what is it like from their side? Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years. Taking us from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, The Language of Kindness is an astonishing account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness. Christie’s book has received many fantastic reviews. Just to quote a couple: “An amazing book – terrifying at times, but tender and truthful.  Let’s be thankful for wonderful nurses – and writers – like Christie Watson” JACQUELINE WILSON  “A remarkable book about life and death and so brilliantly written it makes you hold …

April events at Village Books

An Evening with Susie Steiner in conversation with DS Graham McMillan Wednesday 18 April 7pm at Bell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich Village SE21 7BG Village Books invites you to join Susie Steiner and DS McMillan for an evening discussing working together on plotting the crimes so the books have a real authenticity. Whilst researching her latest book Persons Unknown, Susie Steiner worked with DS Graham McMillan. DS McMillan is a real life detective with the Met Police and his views and thoughts add a reality to Susie’s crime novels making them unique. Tickets £10, includes drinks & entry. Book here. Introducing debut novelist AJ Pearce Monday 23 April 7pm at Bell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich Village SE21 7BG Village Books invites you to meet AJ Pearce. Picked as one of the leading debut novelists of 2018 this will be an event you’ll not want to miss. Irresistibly funny and enormously moving, Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce is a love letter to the enduring power of friendship, the kindness of strangers and the …