Thursday, 28 October 2010

Creepy dark fiction night......

We were lucky enough to get an invitation from Oxford University Press, to an evening celebrating their best new dark fiction! We had a preview of two new titles due to be published in the new year by William Hussey (Gallows at Twilight) and Rhiannon Lassiter (Ghost of a Chance) and the dark teen novel out now by Joss Stirling (Finding Sky). We loved the hairy spider William had perched on his shoulder!

Great reads for this spooky time of year, ghosts, witches and bad boys!

Thank you Oxford, it was a suitably spooky evening......

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Halloween activites

Are you looking forward to the spooky season? Join us in the shop for a fun storytime and a simple craft activity on Sat 30th October at 4pm. Places are limited to 15 children, so please book your spot! Suitable for 3-6yrs.

We are also running a colouring competition with some great prizes up for grabs, so drop by and pick-up an entry form. Closing date Fri 29th Oct.

Oliver Jeffers coming to the Golden Treasury

We are very excited to confirm that illustrator and author Oliver Jeffers will be coming to The Golden Treasury on Tuesday 2nd November at 4.30pm-5.30pm. Come along to meet and chat with Oliver and get his new book Up and Down signed! Oliver will also be signing his full range of titles, all of which you can see in the shop now.

Please contact us if you cannot make it in person and would like to reserve signed copies.

Salman, Sue and Anna!

What an amazing week Wimbledon Bookfest was! We had the pleasure of bookselling at the Salman Rushdie headline event, where Salman was talking about his new book Luka and the Fire of Life.

It was a very entertaining evening and Sue and Anna were able to meet and chat with the man himself. Photo courtesy of John Stone Photography.

More photos to come...

Friday, 8 October 2010

Julia Golding - a quick interview!

We have been very lucky to have worked with Julia Golding recently on some school events and we took the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her writing and who is her favourite fictional character...

Julia, what was your favourite book when you were young?
At around nine, The Little Princess by Frances H.B.

Do you have a current favourite book or author? If yes, who?
So many! Shannon Hale is a favourite you might not yet have read.

Which of your characters do you most enjoy writing?
Cat Royal

Did you always want to be a writer?

If you weren't a writer, what would you be?

A fantastic singer (but this is not a realistic dream)

Are you working on anything new at the moment?
Always. A new fantasy series in four books, provisional title Dark Lore.

If you could be any fictional character, who would you be and why?
Elizabeth Bennet because she gets Mr Darcy and Pemberley

You have twenty-four hours to do whatever you want. What would you do?
Pretty much what I usually do - write and spend time with my family.

Thank you Julia! Look out for some more short interviews with authors and illustrators.


We are getting towards the end of a very successful Wimbledon Bookfest this week, which has seen all the members of staff at various events bookselling.

Highlights so far this week have been Antony Gormley, Michael Morpurgo, Peter Snow, Tracy Chevalier, Michelle Magorian and tonight Olly Smith and Jay Raynor!

We are very much looking forward to the return of the Wombles on the Common and the headline of the festival, Salman Rushdie on Sunday.

Photos to come!

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Wimbledon Bookfest!

Now in its fourth year, the festival is bigger and better than ever. Kicking
off the festival is children's book author and former Children's Laureate, Michael
Morpurgo, who will be in conversation with Virginia McKenna, founder of the
Born Free Foundation.

While many are events are now sold out, there are still tickets available, including
writer Lynda La Plante and and actress Lynda Bellingham in conversation, renowned psychologist Dorothy Row on Why We Lie, a Literary Lunch with journalist and author Virginia Ironside, Michelle Magorian talking about her classic 'Goodnight Mister
Tom', and a foodies delight with Olly Smith and Jay Rayner.

There really is something for everyone, so grab one of the last few tickets while you can!

We hope you enjoy the Wimbledon Bookfest, we hope to see some of you there!