October the 3rd will see the return of Bookmarked, a literary salon hosted by Simon Savidge and Adam Lowe at Waterstone’s Deansgate in the heart of Manchester’s City Centre. Two sofa’s, two hosts, two authors with two titles to discuss and an audience ready to participate; ‘Bookmarked’ aims to bring something new and fresh to the Manchester cultural scene, and what a debut night they have lined up for you with two of the UK’s most exciting female novelists who have both been shortlisted for some of the UK’s biggest book prizes…
Why do we all love a wonderful dark and brooding Victorian tale, especially at this time of year when the nights draw in? Well, at this month’s ‘Bookmarked’ we have two modern day authors, who we think do the likes of Wilkie Collins and the other sensationalist novelists proud, to discuss such fiction and why we still love it today.
Carol Birch is the author of ten previous novels, including Scapegallows (2008) and Turn Again Home (2003) which was long listed for the Man Booker Prize. She has also won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the David Higham Award for Best First Novel. Her latest novel, Jamrach’s Menagerie, has recently been chosen for the Richard and Judy Autumn Book Club 2011 and has been short listed for the Man Booker Prize 2011.
‘An imaginative tour-de-force encompassing the sights and smells of 19th-century London and the wild sea. . . Gripping, superbly written and a delight.’ The Times
‘A captivating yarn of high seas and even higher drama.’ Guardian
Jane Harris is a British writer of fiction and screenplays. Her latest novel, Gillespie and I, was published to critical acclaim in the UK by Faber and Faber, this year. Her first novel The Observations was shortlisted for The Orange Prize for Fiction 2007 and has been published in over 20 territories, worldwide. In France, The Observations was shortlisted for the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger, (2009). In the USA, The Observations won the Book of the Month Club’s First Fiction Prize, (2007). Waterstone’s, the UK bookstore chain, chose Jane as one of its 25 Authors for the Future and in 2007 she was also nominated for the British Book Awards Newcomer of the Year and for the Southbank Show/Times Breakthrough Award. In 2011, Richard and Judy chose The Observations as one of their 100 Books of the Decade. You can read more about Jane’s experiences writing The Observations in an article written for Mslexia.
“Like a Hitchcock film, every detail is there for a reason. . . It is rare to read a literary novel where the storytelling is as skilful as the writing is fine, but in Gillespie and I, Harris has pulled off the only too rare double whammy — a Booker-worthy novel that I want to read again.” The Sunday Times
“Gillespie and I hooks the reader in with great, demented, power.” The Evening Standard
Further Dates For Your Diaries
- Bookmarked ‘Supernatural and Science Fiction’ Night will be Monday 7th November 2011 at Waterstone’s Deansgate with warm up drinks at 6.30pm.
- Bookmarked are planning a special ‘Green Carnation Prize Night’ before the winner is announced on December the 7th. For more information on the prize go here.
- Bookmarked will be having a very special Christmas Party at a hotel in central Manchester, more details to be announced.