Bookshop tour with Adrian Barnes

Adrian Barnes reading at the The Book Case in Hebden Bridge.

Sorry it’s taken a while to get round to this…

A few weeks ago we packed our bags and embarked on a whirlwind tour of the bookshops of Yorkshire and Lancashire with our author Adrian Barnes to help get his debut novel NOD off to a flying start. Here is a photo to whet your appetite for a more complete write up of the tour.

Tour of Vancouver

To promote NOD by Adrian Barnes we’ve put together a little film of Adrian walking through the areas of Vancouver that feature in the book.

NOD – Adrian Barnes book shop events

We are getting very close to publication date for our new book NOD by Adrian Barnes. Adrian is coming to the UK to promote the book shortly after it hits the shelves. Here’s where you can catch him:

  • Wednesday 7th November – Waterstones Bradford – 11am to1pm
  • Wednesday 7th November – The Bookcase Hebden Bridge – 7.30 to 9pm
  • Thursday 8th November – Waterstones Blackpool – 10.30am
  • Thursday 8th November – Wordpool Literature Festival – 11.30am
  • Thursday 8th November – Blackpool & Fylde College – 1.30 to 3.30pm
  • Friday 9th November – University of Huddersfield
  • Saturday 10th November – Waterstones Leeds – 11am to 1pm

Contact the venues for further details.

Independent’s Day

Finally the metropolitan press have realised that the best literary fiction titles being published emanate from small, independent presses as seen by the inclusion on The Man Booker list of three independents. SALT based in Norfolk, MYRMIDON in Newcastle and AOS in High Wycombe, nearly in London but far enough away not to be labelled a London publishing house. For years now, the significant weight of the big six corporate publishers seems to have been directed towards celebrity, generic and formulaic publishing. You see, they need to fill the coffers to generate double digit growth for their shareholders and if this means all you have to do is replicate what is successful, then Scandawegian cookery books with a vampiric twist, is what you will get. All of us readers who just want to read great stories, well written, can whistle. That’s not to say that the big six don’t publish some great fiction, they do, but the literary publishing pie is getting smaller and smaller as the sleberiture advances get bigger and bigger. This is great for independents. Our concern is for the story, storytelling and getting the best possible book in to the hands of readers.

Here at Bluemoose, we start local. Get the local bookshops and libraries interested and soon enough the book will travel across the border into Todmorden, then Manchester and Leeds and before you know it New York and Hollywood are excited. London is, and has been, somewhat blinkered to what is happening outside of its glitzy box. Just because we don’t have seven Lucindas an Aphrodite and a Cassandra in the PR department, it doesn’t mean our books are not worthy. They are, and the rest of the world is now reading Bluemoose books. If you can read Russian and Bulgarian then in the next couple of weeks you’ll be able to read GABRIEL’S ANGEL by Mark Radcliffe, KING CROW by Michael Stewart and FALLING THROUGH CLOUDS by Anna Chilvers. I won’t do a Colin Welland and say “the Moose is coming”, but watch out for NOD by Canadian author Adrian Barnes. Hollywood really is coming.

Here’s an article published by The Guardian on the rise of independents. Check out our my quotes near the end:

Not the Booker – time to vote!

It’s got to that time when we need all our loyal followers and readers to pull out all the stops and vote for PIG IRON by Benjamin Myers to win the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize. The man needs a new mug, so come on guys, fingertips at the ready…

Full instructions can be found on the Guardian website. The winner will be announced on 15th October.

Bluemoose goes international!

We thought we’d let you know the exciting news about some of our books travelling to foreign fields over the coming months.

Our first book in translation will come out this month as Anna Chilver’s FALLING TRHOUGH CLOUDS is published by Russian publisher Centrepolygraphic.

Later this Autumn KING CROW by Michael Stewart will be published in Russia by Azbooka-Atticus and in Bulgaria by Artline.

GABRIEL’S ANGEL by Mark A Radcliffe follows swiftly behind with a Spring 2013 publication date in Russia also by Azbooka-Atticus.

We have ordered several phrase books and are applying for a passport for the Moose.

Read Regional events

As we mentioned in a previous post, Michael Stewart will be showcasing his book KING CROW as part of New Writing North’s Read Regional campaign. There are a few event coming up between now and Spring next year where you can meet and hear him talk about KING CROW and his experiences of getting it published. Here’s where he will be:

  • 28th October 2012, 2pm ‐ Durham Town Hall as part of Durham Book Festival
  • 21st November 2012, time TBC ‐ Gosforth Library
  • 12th December 2012, 6.30pm ‐ Central Library, Leeds
  • 7th February 2013, 1pm ‐ York Explore Library
  • 20th February 2013, 6pm ‐ Goole Library
  • 7th March 2013, 4.30pm ‐ Wakefield One Library and Museum
  • 21st March 2013, 7pm ‐ Wallsend Library
  • 4th May 2013, 2pm ‐ Hull Central Library

Contact local libraries for more information or check out the Read Regional blog.


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