Newham Bookshop thanks James Patterson
We are delighted to have been awarded a grant by American thriller writer James Patterson to help create our parents’ and children’s reading and writing room. (More news about this when the work starts).
We are one of 73 independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland to get one of these grants, and we thank James Patterson for his generosity.
James Patterson is donating a total of £250,000 in grants to independent bookshops across Britain and Ireland.
He is a founding partner of the Children’s Reading Fund.
The chief sports correspondent of The Times, Matt Dickinson, signed copies of his biography of Bobby Moore before the West Ham v. Liverpool match on Saturday 20 September. Matt Dickinson discussed Bobby Moore with Garry Richardson on Today on BBC Radio 4 on Friday 12 September. Listen here.
Benjamin Zephaniah Terror Kid
On Thursday 2 October there was a packed cinema to welcome Benjamin Zephaniah discussing his latest novel, Terror Kid, in an event run in partnership with Newham Monitoring Project.
The photographer Prodeepta Das took pictures at the event; you can see some of them here.
Trevor Brooking My Life in Football
Sir Trevor Brooking signed copies of his autobiography before West Ham v. QPR on Sunday 5 October, and then came back afterwards and signed some more!
Lucinda Gosling Knitting for Tommy
Lucinda Gosling, in Knitting for Tommy, describes the knitting craze that swept across Britain as women produced all manner of knitwear for the troops in the trenches. Lucinda Gosling is also the author of Great War Britain: The First World War at Home.
Tickets £6 from Newham Bookshop. Telephone 020 8552 9993. Ticket includes light refreshments prepared at Coffee7.
Steve Lewis An East End Album
The photographer Steve Lewis talks about his latest book, An East End Album. Steve Lewis has published two other books about the East End, London’s East End − a 1960s Album and London’s East End − Then & Now, and was featured in Spitalfields Life in 2011. Have a look here.
Tickets £7, concessions £5, from Bishopsgate Institute. Telephone 020 7392 9200 or book online. Event in partnership with Bishopsgate Institute.
Wednesday 29 October at 7 pm at The Wanstead Tap
Sarah Jackson East London Suffragettes
Sarah Jackson tells us about her book celebrating 100 years since the formation of the East London Suffragettes.
Tickets £5 from Newham Bookshop. Telephone 020 8552 9993.
Ruth Rendell 50 years of Inspector Wexford
Ruth Rendell celebrates 50 years of Inspector Wexford, and introduces her new novel, The Girl Next Door. Bishopsgate Institute has published an extract of the first Inspector Wexford book, From Doon with Death. You can read it here.
Tickets £12, concessions £10, from Bishopsgate Institute. Telephone 020 7392 9200 or book online. Event in partnership with Bishopsgate Institute
Owen Jones The Establishment
Owen Jones tackles The Establishment, and how they get away with it, in an eagerly awaited follow-up to Chavs.
Tickets £9, concessions £7, from Bishopsgate Institute. Telephone 020 7392 9200 or book online. Event in partnership with Bishopsgate Institute.
Jacqueline Wilson 100 books
Jacqueline Wilson returns to Stratford to talk about her very popular children’s books, and to celebrate the publication of her 100th book, Opal Plumstead. (Please note that only books bought at the event will be signed).
Jacqueline Wilson discussed her 100th book with Sarah Montague on Today on BBC Radio 4 on Monday 6 October. And her 101st, and her 102nd. Listen here.
Tickets £5 from Stratford Circus. Telephone 0844 357 2625 or book online. Event in partnership with Stratford Circus.
Kate Adie Fighting on the Home Front
Kate Adie discusses the legacy of women in World War One, Fighting on the Home Front.
Tickets £12, concessions £10, from Bishopsgate Institute. Telephone 020 7392 9200 or book online. Event in partnership with Bishopsgate Institute.
A word about dates and venues
I was quite pleased with the postcard, below left, we sent to our mailing list members recently, to publicise Newham Bookshop Events this autumn. There is also a flyer with the same design. But apparently it’s confused some people. I won’t make the same mistake again, but to be clear, I always put the date, time and venue of each event above the name of the author and book title, or sometimes at the top on the left. In future I’ll separate events in a list with lines so that the confusion won’t arise. If I had done this, the postcard would have looked like the one below right.