Past events 2019
Tuesday 25th June - Sara Sheridan
Can you imagine a different Scotland, a Scotland where women are commemorated in statues and streets and buildings - even in the hills and valleys? This,Where are the Women: A Guide to an Imagined Scotland, is a guidebook to that alternative nation, where the cave on Staffa is named after Malvina rather than Fingal, and Arthur's Seat isn't Arthur's, it belongs to St Triduana.
A huge thank you to Sara for joining us in the bookshop and listening to her share how she re-drew the landscape, creating monuments for more than 1,000 women on sites across Scotland. Clever and complex with meticulous research, illustrative maps and an astounding imagination Sara has manouvered these women into Scotland's landscape today.
Signed copies in stock.
Tuesday 18th June Greg Kenicer
We were delighted to welcome Dr. Gregory Kenicer, Head of Education at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, to hear about his book Scottish Plant Lore: An Illustrated Flora.
Beautifully illustrated with the latest research and the social and natural history of plant lore this book shows us that there is far more to Scotland's plant life than might be imagined.
Scottish Plant Lore is a lavish new book devoted to the history of the folk uses of Scotland's flora down through the centuries. Illustrated with both period and contemporary botanical art as well as photographs from the RBGE Herbarium, it combines some of the latest research with a celebration of the rich social and natural history that has gone before.
Thursday 6th June Max Porter
The author of Grief is the Thing With Feathers and Lanny popped in to sign books, have a cuppa, a chat and a bit of cake.
The internationally anticipated Lanny was published in March to critical acclaim - chimerical, audacious, strange and wonderful - a song to difference and imagination, to friendship, youth and love.
It was a pleasure to meet Max and we hope he will return soon. Signed copies of both books in stock now.
Wednesday 15th May Richard Frazer
A huge thank you to Richard for sharing his journey to Santiago de Compostela with us in 'Travels With A Stick'. A fascinating, inspiring and insighful evening.
Signed copies now in stock
This absorbing account reveals how the pilgrim journey can be nourishment for the human heart.
It connects us to landscape and brings us to the mystery of what it is to be human and vulnerable and open to the kindness of strangers and the gift of the new and the unexpected.
Thursday 18th April Kirsty Logan
Kirsty returned to Biggar to launch the paperback of her latest book The Gloaming.
A bewitching tale of first love, shattering grief, and the dangerous magic that draws us home. Mara's island is one of stories and magic, but every story ends in the same way.
The Gloaming is a gorgeous tale of love and grief, and the gap between fairy tales and real life. It was a pleasure to welcome Kirsty back to the shop and hear about her work, including the fact that Mermaid Performer is a real job!
Thursday 4th April Simon Winder
At the heart of western Europe lies a huge swath of land, stretching from the mud and fogs of the North Sea coast, all the way to the great barrier of the Alps.
Divided by their languages, religions and frontiers, everyone living there shares one thing: that they are inhabitants of a lost part of Europe - Lotharingia.
In this highly entertaining book Simon retraces how Lotharingia has brought forth many of Europe's greatest artists, inventors and thinkers, but it has also reduced many a would-be conqueror to helpless tears of rage and frustration.
Tuesday 26th February Ann Cleeves
What an evening! The fabulous Ann Cleeves joined us in Biggar Library to discuss, with author and critic Lesley McDowell, the FINAL Shetland novel and eighth in the series, 'Wild fire'.
Signed copies of the whole Shetland series in stock now.
Remote. Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, a new English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny's body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire.
Perez is facing the most disturbing investigation of his career. Is he ready for what is to come?
Tuesday 19th February Janice Galloway
We were thrilled to have Janice join us in the bookshop to celebrate the newly published collection 'Jellyfish'. Janice Galloway is an internationally acclaimed author of novels, short stories, poetry and non-fiction as well as collaborative works with sculptors, painters, musicians and photographers.
"Jellyfish is a timely reminder that she is one of the finest writers around. Each story, each sentence, is beautifully crafted by someone who cares enough to take such care..." Scots Whay Hae