Sunday, May 24, 2015

Benjamin Johncock - LIVE IN LONDON!

Wednesday July 8th - 7.00pm - 8.30pm
An Evening with Benjamin Johncock

DON'T MISS THIS ONE!

Benjamin Johncock, brings the space race to life in his stunning novel The Last Pilot, published in July by Myriad.

...and he's going to be HERE at the Big Green Bookshop!!

The story begins in the bone-dry Mojave Desert in the late 1940s, where US Air Force test pilots are racing to break the sound barrier. Among these pilots is Jim Harrison, a dedicated family man.

By the 1960s, the space race is well and truly underway and Harrison and his colleagues are offered a place in history as the world's first astronauts. But when his young family is thrown into crisis, Jim is faced with a decision that will affect the course of the rest of his life - whether to accept his ticket to the moon and at what cost.
The Last Pilot has been described by Joanne Harris as ‘by far the best debut novel I’ve read in years’ and having been lucky enough to read the book myself, I was totally caught up in the extraordinary human story that unfolds as two nations battle against each other in their quest to get to space.
We'll be chatting to Benjamin about this fabulous book, there'll be a reading or two no doubt and you'll have the chance to get a signed copy or two of the book which will be available to buy on the night.

It's a FREE event and refreshments will be served. 

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Scarlett Thomas - Thursday July 23rd

Thursday July 23rd at 7.00pm-9.00pm
An Evening with Scarlett Thomas.
 
Bestselling author Scarlett Thomas returns to the bookshop for a very special evening, to celebrate the publication of The Seed Collectors, her first novel for five years.
 
"I have no idea why everyone thinks nature is so benign and glorious and wonderful. All nature is trying to do is kill us as efficiently as possible."
Great Aunt Oleander is dead. To each of her nearest and dearest she has left a seed pod. The seed pods might be deadly, but then again they might also contain the secret of enlightenment. Not that anyone has much time for enlightenment. Fleur, left behind at the crumbling Namaste House, must step into Oleander's role as guru to lost and lonely celebrities. Bryony wants to lose the weight she put on after her botanist parents disappeared, but can't stop drinking. And Charlie struggles to make sense of his life after losing the one woman he could truly love.
A complex and fiercely contemporary tale of inheritance, enlightenment, life, death, desire and family trees, The Seed Collectors is the most important novel yet from one of the world's most daring and brilliant writers. As Henry James said of George Elliot's Middlemarch, The Seed Collectors is a 'treasurehouse of detail' revealing all that it means to be connected, to be part of a society, to be part of the universe and to be human.
 
 
Scarlett’s previous novels include Our Tragic Universe, Bright Young Things and The End of Mr Y, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Scarlett’s books are quite rightly, very very popular at the Big Green Bookshop and anyone who was at the shop last time Scarlett was here will know what an incredibly exciting night we have in store.
 
Tickets for the evening are just £5, redeemable on the night on Scarlett’s books. BUY TICKETS HERE.
 
If you can’t make the night, but would like a signed copy of The Seed Collectors posted to you, copies are available to pre-order HERE.

Comedy with Tiernan Douieb and Bec Hill - Friday June 19th

Friday June 19th - 8.00pm - 10.30pm
Comedy Night with Tiernan Douieb, Bec Hill + more tbc
Announcing a very special night of comedy at the Bookshop. 
We welcome the brilliant Tiernan Douieb to the shop who'll be previewing his Edinburgh Fringe Show, 
 
"The World is Full of Idiots, Let's Live in Space".
 
We are also thrilled that the spectacular Bec Hill will also be joining usfor a double bill of fun & frolics. 
 
It's a real treat for us to have two of the best comedians on the circuit come to the shop at the same time and we cannot wait for this one. 
Tickets are just a fiver BUY THEM HERE, and you can bring your own refreshments. 

Your compere for the evening is our good friend Chris Brosnahan, so you're in safe hands. 

Tickets should go very quickly for this, so PLEASE book early. 

Matt Baylis - June 11th

Thursday June 11th - 7.00pm
Matt Baylis returns with his new Rex Tracey Murder Mystery.
The brilliant local crime series.
First, there was Death at the Palace, then there was The Tottenham Outrage. 
Now, Haringey's world weary journalist Rex Tracey returns to investigate another murder in Matt Baylis's brilliant new book "Black Day at the Bosphorus Cafe".
 
"When Mina, a Kurdish student, plunges in flames from the top floor of Wood Green Shopping City, it is widely assumed to be a political protest. But local reporter Rex Tracey, who knew the dead girl, doesn’t buy it.
Mina was looking forward to the trip of a lifetime, she’d mysteriously vanished only a week before her death, and she’d been in contact with a whistle-blowing local government officer – who pretty soon ends up dead himself.
As he investigates, the sleuthing journalist with a sad past and weakness for Polish lager is sucked into a world of honour killings, corrupt officials, and clashing traditions."
 
 It's always brilliant when Matt visits the shop and we're delighted that he'll be here to talk about his new book. 
 
Tickets for this event are just £3 HERE, which will be redeemable on any of the Rex Tracey series. 
 
Black Day at the Bosphorus Cafe is published on June 2nd. Copies can be pre-ordered HERE.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Quiz Night - April 24th

Friday April 24th 7.30pm
The Return of the Big Green Bookshop Almost Monthly Quiz

£10 a team. BUY TICKETS HERE

Yes. Quite believably it has been more than a month (probably closer to two years) since our last quiz.
But we now have a new plan.
Our comedy nights have been so successful that the organising of them is now a major commitment, and our lovely organiser and host Chris Brosnahan (who also holds down a full-time job, is a budding author, does stand-up elsewhere, and runs our critique writing group) is under a lot of pressure to deliver every month. So we have decided to do the comedy every two months to ease the strain.
So we have invited the equally lovely Ben Sohawon to host a general knowledge quiz on the alternate months. Starting this very month.
Exciting, isn’t it?
So warm up your brain cells and get your cleverest friends together. Oh and ....
There’s a £60 prize up for grabs
It’s only £10 for a team of up to four people, and tickets are available here. 
It’s a bring your own refreshments affair. Although there might be some refreshments available on a donation basis.

Zoe Williams - May 1st

Friday May 1st 7.00pm
Zoe Williams in conversation.
 
With the general election fast approaching, we are delighted that celebrated Guardian columnist Zoe Williams joins us at The Big Green Bookshop to discuss her latest book Get It Together: Why We Deserve Better Politics. The book is a rousing call to arms for us all to play our part in creating a more equal society. 
 
In the book Zoe addresses many key questions including:
 
Has the NHS had its day?
Who broke the bank?
Has an immigrant taken your job?
Why can so many people not afford a house?
Have we left it too late to avoid the environmental apocalypse?
Who got us into this mess?
She brings together all the arguments that occupy the current political landscape and offers a road map for a better future in an accessible and truly entertaining way.
 
Zoe will be in conversation with Literary Death Match’s very own Suzanne Azzopardi.
 
There’ll be a chance to ask Zoe questions and she’s very happy to sign copies of her book for you.
 
Tickets are now available at just £3 (HERE) and ticket holders will be able to get the book at the discounted price of just £11.99 (RRP £14.99). 
 

Friday, March 06, 2015

The Magnificent Seven(th Birthday) 3 for 2 on everything.

This weekend the Big Green Bookshop will be seven years old. SEVEN YEARS OLD.  Crikey. 

We would like to say how incredibly grateful we are to everyone who has supported the Big Green Bookshop in any way whatsoever and enabled us to keep this daft little shop open for seven years. It isn't easy, but without your continued help, we wouldn't be here now and we thank you all from the bottom, middle and tops of our hearts. We've grown quite fond of the Bookshop and we kind of want to stick around for a good while yet.


Anyway, to celebrate we're going to do something unheard of at The Big Green Bookshop. We're going to encourage you to buy lots of books from us.

More specifically, on Saturday 7th of March and Sunday 8th March we are offering 3 for 2 on all the books, cards and toys we have at the shop.


usual rules apply. Cheapest item is free and includes the stuff we have in the shop. Doesn't include book tokens.

Here's a blogpost of what happened on our opening day, if you're feeling nostalgic.
Here's a video of how we opened (with the help of many volunteers).



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A New Events Venue in Soho.

The Big Green Bookshop (that's us)  and The Old Café in Charing Cross Road are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership, which will hopefully mean that we'll be able to put on even more amazing events, not only in Wood Green, but also in Central London.

 The Old Café is a superb event space located in the heart of Central London, at 113-119, Charing Cross Road in between Tottenham Court Rd and Leicester Square Underground stations. 
Look at it? Isn't it lovely.
Book lovers may recognise the address, as it's where Foyles Bookshop was situated, before it relocated a few doors down the road last year. About a month ago the cafe reopened as an independent trader on the first floor of the old building. Time Out wrote about it here.

O Yes. Here it is. 
Its wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and extremely friendly staff (not to mention the great prices and delicious food) make this a really great place to frequent. It's open from 8am, so if you're in London town, it's well worth a visit.

Now obviously, its location lends itself to more literary events and so they've teamed up with us to help them become a new and exciting central London venue for such things. 


 Over the next few weeks the first of these joint events will be announced, but we want it to buzz louder than a million bees, so if you’re interested in holding an event at the venue and want to have a chat, please get in touch with Simon at enquiries@biggreenbookshop.com .  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Working Title Comedy Night

Friday January 30th 8.00pm
Working Title Comedy at the Big Green Bookshop
Everyone calm down! Comedy is back at the Bookshop and will continue to be here on the last Friday of EVERY month. 
It's still just a fiver to get in (bring your own refreshments). 
 
This month we welcome back the brilliant DAVID MILLS, who'll be performing a preivew of his 5 date Soho Theatre show "Don't Get Any Ideas".
 
"He's charmingly bitchy, un-PC and very funny. No one is safe from his sharp tongue as he rants about seemingly minor issues with a huge amount of wit. A class act."
 
Tickets for the Soho Theatre Shows are HERE (£10), but if you want to watch this superb stand-up in the intimate surroundings of the Big Green Bookshop aswell, then come along on January 30th too.
 
There is stellar support from Damian Kingsley and more acts tbc.
 
Buy tickets early, as we fully expect this will be a full house!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Folio Prize Book Challenge

February 9th until March 22nd
The Folio Prize Book Challenge

The Folio Prize is the first major English language book prize open to writers from around the world. Its aim is simple: to celebrate the best fiction of our time, regardless of form or genre, and to bring it to the attention of as many readers as possible.
 
This is one of the UK’s biggest prizes (the winner will receive £40,000) and although this is only its second year, if last year is anything to go by, we have a real treat in store.
Last year George Saunders’ phenomenal Tenth of December was crowned the winner.
 
The Shortlist will be announced on February 9th with the winner being crowned on March 23rd
 
Such is the strength of this list we have decided to do a FOLIO PRIZE BOOK CHALLENGE.
 
The challenge is to read as many, if not all of the shortlisted titles, before the winner is announced in March.
 
Here's how it's going to work;
 
As soon as the shortlist is announced on Monday February 9th, we’ll order copies of each of the books, which we’ll hopefully get by Thursday February  12th
We'll open until 7pm on that Thursday so people who want to take part can come along to say hello, take home one or more of the titles, and enjoy some rather lovely wine. Obviously, you don't have to come along on the Thursday if you want to take part.
Over the next six or so weeks those taking part will make a concerted effort to read as many of the eight shortlisted books as they can.
The group will meet again on Sunday March 22nd the evening before the winner is announced to discuss each of the books. After a heated debate, and a glass or two of wine, the group will vote for whom they think should win. We'll then announce our findings and wait with baited breath for the official announcement the following day.
 
We realise that the cost of the shortlist might be quite a lot, especially if there are hardbacks on it, and for us, the most important thing is that people can join in. So we’ve come up with a few solutions;
 
•For a one off payment of £30, we will be a lending library, where you can borrow each of the books one or two at a time. You can also keep your favourite book after the ceremony.
•We will offer a discount of 20% on the shortlist for Book Group members.
•A group of you could share the cost, and swap them between yourselves.
 
However you decide to do this, we will do everything we can to make the books accessible to you. The important thing is that you're able to join in.
It's a real challenge, but if you think you're up for it, come along.
 
We’ll be doing a similar challenge when the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist is announced in April.