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Wed 6th Dec 2017

Fantastic Beasts

Meet the illustrator

Following our highly competitive Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Quiz in the summer, we are thrilled to announce that Olivia Lomenech Gill, illustrator of the beautiful new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander’s (aka JK Rowling), will be at Mainstreet on Wed 6th Dec.

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Fri 1st Dec 2017

Judith Kerr

Author Event

Children’s books are at the heart of Mainstreet, so we are incredibly excited to announce that legendary autor and illustrator, Judith Kerr, will be with us on Friday 1st December. She will be in conversation with her editor, Ian Craig, talking about her work and celebrating publication of Katinka’s Tail.

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Tue 21st Nov 2017

Michel Roux Snr

Author Event

Michel Roux’s love affair with cheese began at the age of 7 with trips to his local market, St Mandé in Paris, to buy cheese for his family to share as a precious Sunday treat. A lifetime of international travel has served only to increase Michel’s passion for cheese, and inspired his latest book.

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Tue 14th Nov 2017

Olia Hercules

Pop-up Dining Event

Olia Hercules visited Mainstreet a few years ago with her first cookbook, Mamushka. We are delighted to welcome her back for our first ever ‘Pop-up Dining’ event. Olia will be cooking for us from her new book, Kaukasis.

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Fri 10th Nov 2017

Rick Stein

Sold Out

Is coming to St Boswells!

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Wed 1st Nov 2017

Jackie Kay

Sold Out

We are delighted to announce that Jackie Kay will be at Mainstreet on Wed 1st November to talk about Bantam, her first collection since becoming Scottish Makar. It is a book about the fighting spirit that Kay argues we need now, more than ever.

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Sat 7th Oct 2017

Bookshop Day

with Patrick Benson, illustrator-in-residence

This year on Bookshop Day (Sat 7th Oct), we are delighted to be celebrating 25 years of a modern classic and Mainstreet favourite, Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson.

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Few memoirs have inspired so many snorts of laughter, spiked with an aftertaste of pathos. Do not miss this chance to hear Adam’s first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice, hilarity, horror and maddening bureaucracy at Mainstreet on Thurs 5th Oct.
Thu 5th Oct 2017

Adam Kay

Talking about his memoir of life as a junior doctor

Meet Adam Kay and the funniest book ever written about the NHS – This is Going to Hurt. Few memoirs have inspired so many snorts of laughter, spiked with an aftertaste of pathos. Do not miss this chance to hear Adam’s first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice, hilarity, horror and maddening bureaucracy.

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Thu 7th Sep 2017

Tom Kitchin

Cookery Demo

Tom Kitchin loves cooking with game. His beautiful new book, Tom’s Kitchen; Meat & Game, takes a fresh look at meat and game for the home cook. Venison, partridge, pheasant, grouse, rabbit, hare and all things wild find their way into fantastic roasts, full flavoured pasta dishes, terrines and warming soups, richly flavoured pies and puddings and so much more.

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Sat 17th Jun 2017

Joanna Trollope

Event in collaboration with the Borders Book Festival

Join us in partnership with the Borders Book Festival on Sat 17th June when Joanna Trollope will be talking about her new novel, City of Friends.

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Sat 3rd Jun 2017

Afternoon Tea with Salley Vickers

Please join us for a real treat on Saturday 3rd June – afternoon tea with a master in the art of fiction, Salley Vickers. We are huge fans of her most recent novel, Cousins, and this event is to celebrate the publication of the paperback edition.

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Dan Toombs at Mainstreet Trading demonstrating recipes from his book, The Curry Guy
Thu 25th May 2017

Dan Toombs, The Curry Guy

Cookery Demo

Continuing our foodie theme for May, we are delighted to announce that Dan Toombs, aka, The Curry Guy will be with us at Mainstreet on Thurs 25th May.

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Declan Murphy bring to words existence on the frontier between life and death, to describe the incredible bond between man and horse.
Tue 23rd May 2017

Centaur – A man, A horse, A Ghost

Declan Murphy and Ami Rao in conversation with Stuart Kelly, talking about Centaur

The Borders has a rich tradition of the horse, join us at Mainstreet on Tues 23rd May to hear the astonishing true story of a jockey who, quite literally, came back from the dead…

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Sumayya Usmani at mainstreet Trading giving a cooking demonstration from her beautiful new book, Mountain Berries and Desert Spice.
Fri 5th May 2017

Sumayya Usmani

Cookery Demo

Sumayya Usmani, author of Summers Under the Tamarind Tree, will be with us at Mainstreet on Fri 5th May to give a cooking demonstration from her beautiful new book, Mountain Berries and Desert Spice.

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Wed 26th Apr 2017

Modern Calligraphy Workshop

Calligraphy Workshop with Imogen Owen

We have been fans (and stockists) of Imogen Owen’s beautiful card range for many years, so we are delighted to be able to host a first for Mainstreet…

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Portrait of Malachy Tallack
Thu 13th Apr 2017

Malachy Tallack

Author Event

Regular visitors to Mainstreet will know that we are big fans of Malachy Tallack’s highly acclaimed first book, 60 Degrees North. We are delighted to announce that he’ll be with us on Thurs 13th April to talk about his new book, The Un-Discovered Islands.

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Sat 26th Nov 2016

John Simpson

In conversation with Edinburgh Book Festival director, Nick Barley

Please join us on Saturday 26th November to celebrate Civilised Saturday with one of the world’s most respected journalists, BBC’s World Affairs editor,

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Fri 25th Nov 2016

Jodi Picoult

Author Event

Rarely has a book felt more relevant. Jodi Picoult’s publisher sent out early review copies of her new book with the message #readwithoutprejudice, and nothing more. No mention that the book was by one of the highest selling authors writing today. The feedback has been phenomenal. An unmissable event with one of the greatest novelists of today, join us at Mainstreet on Friday 25th November.

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Thu 27th Oct 2016

Sabastian Barry

Talking about his new novel, Days without End

Many of us at Mainstreet discovered the writing of Sebastian Barry with his extraordinary novel, The Secret Scripture, so it’s a huge pleasure to welcome him on Thurs 27th October to talk about his new novel, Days Without End.

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Jeremy Paxman visits Mainstreet Trading for an author event to launch his new book, A Life in Question
Thu 20th Oct 2016

Jeremy Paxman

Discussing his autobiography,

A Life in Questions

We are delighted to announce that Jeremy Paxman will be at Mainstreet for his only Scottish event to launch A Life in Questions on Thurs 20th October.

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Sat 8th Oct 2016

Alan Johnston

Author Event

In a year where politics have dominated the news, who better to hear from than one of the UK’s least divisive political figures. We are delighted to announce that Alan Johnson talking will be talking to Stuart Kelly about the third volume of his memoirs, The Long and Winding Road

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Fri 30th Sep 2016

Gill Meller, Gather

Cooking Demo

Join us to welcome in the new season’s flavours with a cooking demo by Gill Meller on Friday 30th September. Gather is the first book from the River Cottage chef, celebrating his unique style of simple cooking with seasonal ingredients at heart. Gill showcases 120 recipes inspired by the landscape in which he lives and works.

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Thu 22nd Sep 2016

Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston

An evening of creative adventure and literary make-believe

We are very fortunate to be hosting an evening event during which these two talented artists will discuss their own flights of imagination and the process by which they then harness their ideas onto the page (we can barely contain our excitement!).

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Sat 30th Jul 2016

Judith Miller

Author Event

If you are a fan of the Antiques Roadshow, you will be familiar with the charming and knowledgeable Judith Miller. Who better to guide us through the highs and lows of ‘good, better, best’ in the world of antiques?

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Wed 27th Jul 2016

Elisabeth Luard

Author Event

Calling all armchair foodies, Elisabeth Luard, one of the most entertaining and evocative food writers, will be with us at Mainstreet on Wed 27th July to talk about her enchanting food memoir, Squirrel Pie.

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Sat 4th Jun 2016

Maggie O’Farrell

Author Event

It’s been three years since we last had the pleasure of hosting the wonderful Maggie O’Farrell at Mainstreet. Some things in life are worth the wait – she’s back with us on Sat 4th June to tell us all about her new novel, This Must be the Place. Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life. A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, children in California he never sees, a father he loathes in Brooklyn and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex-film star given to shooting at anyone who ventures up their driveway…

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Tue 3rd May 2016

Sabrina Ghayour

Cooking Demo

We are delighted to announce that Sabrina Ghayour, author of Persiana (Observer best new cookbook 2014), will be with us to celebrate her new book, Sirocco, with a cookery demo on Tues 3rd May, 3pm.

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Thu 21st Apr 2016

Author Event

In the year of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, please join us at Mainstreet on Thurs 21st April, to celebrate the bard in the company of Benet is a two time winner of the World Public Speaking Competition, his sell-out Edinburgh and London one-man show, The Brandreth Papers, was described as “heroic storytelling” in the Sunday Telegraph’s five star review and he as “one of our nation’s most accomplished raconteurs”.

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Thu 14th Apr 2016


Discussing her new novel, The Butcher’s Hook

Please join us at Mainstreet on Thurs 14th April to meet actress and former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis who will be discussing her debut novel, The Butcher’s Hook with the Edinburgh Book Festival’s Roland Gulliver.

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Wed 16th Mar 2016

Emma Bridgewater

Author Event

“No one understands pattern and design quite like Emma does. This gem of a book celebrates not just her beautiful designs but also the vision that channelled her craft into a global business. She is a remarkable woman and a national treasure.” Kirstie Allsopp

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Thu 11th Feb 2016

Finding your Detective

Author Event

How does a writer find their detective? Agatha Christie her Poirot, Rankin his Rebus? Join us at Mainstreet on Thurs 11th Feb to hear from two masters of crime writing, Sophie Hannah and David Mark. While their subject matter may be dark, these two writers have a strong line in humour, they will make a raucous pair to brighten a gloomy February night.

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Wed 27th Jan 2016

Deliciously Ella

Author Event

Her first book, Deliciously Ella, took the food world by storm in early 2015, becoming the fastest-selling debut cookbook since records began – the new queen of healthy eating, Ella Woodward, will be with us on Wed 27th Jan to talk about her new book, Deliciously Ella Every Day.

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Tue 24th Nov 2015

Paula Hawkins

Author Event

Last year we were proud to host an event with Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist. We are delighted to announce that Paula Hawkins author of this year’s publishing sensation, The Girl on the Train, will be with us at Mainstreet on Tues 24th Nov.

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Tue 20th Oct 2015

Michael Morpurgo

Author Event

The master storyteller is back at Mainstreet!

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Fri 2nd Oct 2015

Ben Fogle

Author Event

Please join us at Mainstreet to meet TV presenter and lifelong dog lover, Ben Fogle, on Friday 2nd October. He will be talking about a subject close to many of our hearts, Labradors.

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Wed 23rd Sep 2015

Margaret Atwood

Author Event

We are thrilled to announce that bestselling, Booker prize-winning author Margaret Atwood will be joining us at Mainstreet on Wed 23rd September. She will be discussing her wickedly funny anddeeply disturbing new novel, The Heart Goes Last, about a near future in which the lawful are locked up and the lawless roam free.

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Sat 11th Jul 2015

Honey & Co: The Baking Book

Cookery Demo & Author Talk

Continuing our foodie theme, we are thrilled to have ‘the Honeys’ joining us at Mainstreet on Sat 11th July. They will be talking about, and cooking from, their gorgeous new book on baking. Their first book, Honey & Co, won The Sunday Times Food Book of the Year 2014 and was recently announced as Fortnum & Mason’s Cookbook of the Year. Don’t miss the chance to taste their amazing food and hear their story.

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Wed 10th Jun 2015

Olia Hercules

Cookery Demo & Author Talk

Many of you will be looking forward to the Borders Book Festival which has a strong foodie theme this year. To get you in the mood, we are delighted to welcome the Observer’s Rising Star for 2015, Olia Hercules, to Mainstreet on Wed 10th June.

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Thu 19th Feb 2015

S J Watson

Author Event

“Quite simply the best debut novel I’ve ever read” Tess Gerritsen

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Thu 6th Nov 2014

The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop

Author Event

We are delighted to announce that Victoria Hislop, author of bestselling novel, The Island, will be at Mainstreet to talk about her new book, The Sunrise, on Thurs 6th November.

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Mon 29th Sep 2014

Clare Balding

Author Event

We are delighted to announce that, fresh from the Commonwealth Games, Clare Balding will be joining us at Mainstreet on Monday 29th September to talk about her new book, Walking Home: My Family and Other Rambles.

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Wed 21st May 2014

Andy McNab

Author talk followed by Q&A and book signing

We are very excited to announce that Andy McNab will be at Mainstreet on Wed 21st May to talk about Fortress, the second in his Tom Buckingham series. This is a man who writes from personal experience, he is renowned for his energetic and exciting events.

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Thu 20th Mar 2014

Kirsty Wark

Author Event

The ridiculously talented Kirsty Wark has published her first novel. Having just heaved a sigh of satisfaction as I turned the last page, I can highly recommend The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle (esp. to fans of Maggie O’Farrell). Do join us on the 20th March to hear more when Kirsty will be visiting Mainstreet.

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Tue 11th Mar 2014

Perfect by Rachel Joyce

Author Event

Join us at Mainstreet to hear Rachel Joyce, who shot to fame with her novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, talk about her new novel, Perfect.

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Tue 25th Feb 2014

Where Memories Go by Sally Magnusson

Author Event

Join us at Mainstreet with Sally Magnusson on Tues 25th Feb for our first event in 2014. It will be something quite different and very special, likely to make you laugh and cry, though not perhaps in equal measure.

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