Famous authors line up to celebrate York bookshop’s birthday

Tremendous storyteller: Alexander McCall Smith. Photograph: Graham Clark
16 Apr 2015 @ 9.50 pm
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Author events

Fri Apr 17 @ 7pm SJ Watson, Waterstones, £3

Tue Apr 21 @ 7pm, Patrick Gale, Waterstones, £3

Thu Apr 23 @ 12.30pm, Joe Cross, Waterstones

Wed Apr 29 @ 7pm, Alexander McCall Smith, St Peter’s School, £5

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Has it really been a year since Waterstones moved into Coney Street? Why, yes it has, and some of the biggest names in books are coming to the shop to join the birthday party.

International bestseller Alexander McCall Smith, whose No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has sold over 20 million copies, will be in York to talk about his writing career.

The prolific author will discuss his work including new book Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party, plus the latest addition to the Isabel Dalhousie series, The Novel Habits of Happiness.

There’ll also be the chance to catch up with the latest from Mma Ramotswe in her new adventure The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café. Alexander will be at the special Waterstones event at St Peter’s School on April 29.

Before that, on April 17, SJ Watson will be in town to talk about his new suspenseful bestseller Second Life.

Patrick Gale will be discussing his new novel A Place Called Winter on April 21. Two days later, on April 23, juice guru Joe Cross will be signing copies of his health guide Reboot With Joe: Fully Charged.

Busy year for bookshop

Jacqueline Wilson meets young fans at the Waterstones event
Jacqueline Wilson meets young fans at the Waterstones event

Waterstones’ new bookshop has enjoyed a busy 12 months since moving from its High Ousegate premises in April 2014. In that time the bookshop has welcomed Jo Nesbo, Jeffrey Deaver, Francesca Simon, Patrick Ness, Robin Hobb, Bernard Cornwell, Jimmy White, Sarah Waters, Philippa Gregory and Jacqueline Wilson, plus many more.

Bookshop Manager Jamie Hanslip said:

We’ve been delighted with the response we’ve had from local booklovers since we opened our new bookshop last year. The support from the local community has been fantastic, and has been a key factor in helping us to develop such a thriving events programme.

It’s a privilege to be able to give our customers the opportunity to meet so many brilliant authors as we celebrate our first anniversary. It’s our way of saying thank you.