Author Events - 2016

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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