Book Club Live: World Book Night Special: Literary vs Commercial - West Bridgford Library

West Bridgford Library, Nottingham

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Venue West Bridgford Library

Join us on World Book night for a very special event. Hear our panel discuss and debate the thorny issue of what makes a book literary or commercial.  What defines a book as either literary or commercial?  Who decides? Is it important to categorise books in this way and what do writers feel about it?  Is one more valuable than the other? Are the terms helpful or confusing to readers? 

Booklovers won't want to miss this fascinating event, where these questions and more - including some posed by our audience -  will be debated by a panel from the world of books and writing, including novelists Alison Moore and Kim Slater, and publisher and bookseller Ross Bradshaw of Five Leaves.

Alison Moore is an acclaimed writer and a Patron of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature.  Her first novel The Lighthouse was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Awards, and won the McKitterick Prize. Her short fiction has been included in Best British Short Stories, Best British Horror and Best New Horror, broadcast on BBC radio and collected in The Pre-War House and Other Stories.  In 2018, she published her fourth novel Missing and her first book for children Sunny and the Ghosts to be followed by Sunny and the Hotel Splendid in 2019.

Kim Slater was born in Nottingham and went back to university at the age of 40 where she gained a BA follwed by an MA in Creative Writing in 2012. She has since written four young adult novels for Macmillan Children's Books, three of which have been nominated/longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and also the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize. In 2016 she began writing adult psychological crime thrillers as KL Slater for digital-first publisher Bookouture, Hachette and recently celebrated selling over a million copies of her titles in just two years. She is also published in paperback by Sphere in the UK and Grand Central in the US. All Kim’s books are set in Nottinghamshire.

Ross Bradshaw is founder and General Editor of Five Leaves Publications, a small Notts-based independent press which has been publishing work, mainly politics, society, history, poetry and Nottingham, since 1996. Its other imprints include More Shoots More Leaves, Crime Express and Bromley House Editions. Ross also heads up the Five Leaves Bookshop team, Nottingham's independent bookshop, which won the British Book Awards  Independent Bookshop of the Year Award 2018, and has been shortlisted for the award again this year..

Tuesday 23 April, 7.30pm


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