Coming events

Activities at Browsers Bookshop

Author events

Throughout the year, Catherine Larner organises a number of talks and book launches for Browsers Bookshop. These take place in the shop and at venues throughout the town, as intimate gatherings of around 30 guests to literary lunches and large evening talks with audiences of more than 250 people. 

Authors who have joined us have included Alexander McCall Smith, Margaret Drabble, James Runcie, Kate Mosse, Griff Rhys Jones, Gervaise Phinn, Michael Morpurgo and Deborah Moggach as well as Olympic rowing champion Katherine Grainger and antiques expert, Judith Miller. 

There are new authors or less familiar names, too, invited because we love their books and we want you to try them too.

We’ve welcomed Renee Knight with her psychological thriller, ‘Disclaimer'. There’s been a demonstration from internationally renowned jewellery designer, Alex Monroe, as he’s launched his memoir about his Suffolk childhood ’Two Turtle Doves'. And we met the wonderful and talented Emma Hooper when we walked along the river wall and talked about the inspiration for her debut novel ‘Etta and Otto and Russell and James’. Take a look at reports of past events to get a flavour of what we offer.

Book Group Meetings

What's more, we have a Browsers Book Group meeting. It takes place on the last Monday of each month (except August and December) at 8pm in the bookshop. Around 20 people usually come along to discuss the latest title and we have wine, juice or coffee for a small donation, with complimentary flapjack! Catherine leads the group, which has been going for eight years now, and we've kept a list of all the books we've read - it's a great resource as Catherine tries to find titles that sometimes slip under the radar.

Coming soon

Tuesday 22nd May 2018 at 1.00pm

The international bestselling crime writer, Jeffrey Deaver will be visiting from his home in the USA to launch his new thriller 'The Cutting Edge'.

He will be with us for this lunchtime visit at Woodbridge Library, where he will be in conversation with Catherine Larner and signing copies of the book for the audience members attending.

A former journalist, attorney and folksinger, Jeffrey Deaver is 'the master of suspense'. He has written 35 novels, including the 2011 authorised James Bone thriller 'Carte Blanche'.

Deaver's work has sold over 50 million copies in more than 35 languages around the world, winning numerous awards.

In this latest book, Deaver's most popular character, Lincoln Rhyme is at work again in NYC as he tries to catch a killer targeting couples.

Tickets are £15 and include a copy of 'The Cutting Edge' (RRP £14.99).

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Thursday 7th June 2018 at 7.30pm

One reviewer has described this book as 'warm-hearted' and 'clear-minded'.

It is a delicate and beautiful tale told as a correspondence between two strangers.

Tina lives in Suffolk, Anders in Denmark and politely, apologetically and tentatively they undertake an exchange of letters which becomes increasingly revealing and confiding.

The author, Anne Youngson embarked on a creative writing course in her 50s, when she retired from her career in the motor industry. Now 70, this is her first novel. Her account of her desire to write and her approach to life - ‘it’s never too late’ - is hugely inspiring.

If you are a frustrated or emerging writer, or simply love a good story, you must come along and meet Anne!

Tickets are £13 and include a copy of 'Meet Me at the Museum' (RRP £12.99) with complimentary refreshments.

You can read a review of 'Meet Me at the Museum' here.

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Thursday 14th June 2018 at 7.00pm

Everyone is invited to this free event celebrating the final book in the Golden Apple trilogy by Emily Hauser.

Called 'For the Immortal', it tells of two extraordinary women swept up in one of the greatest legends of all time, discovering the price that must be paid for immortality.

Emily talked to us about her first book in 2016. Called 'For the Most Beautiful', it was a retelling of the siege of Troy.

Anyone who came along will have been delighted and inspired by Emily, whose enthusiasm for Classics is infectious. After school in Suffolk, she studied at Cambridge before completing a PhD at Yale University. Now she has returned to teach in the UK, and we're thrilled that she'll be visiting us again in Woodbridge with this new book.

'For the Immortal' is the culmination of Emily's books retelling Greek myths.

We'll be marking publication day with wine and nibbles, and a chance to mingle and chat with Emily. There will also be the opportunity to be among the first to buy 'For the Immortal', if you choose to do so! Please let us know if you'd like to come along so that we can be sure of numbers for the catering. Call the bookshop and we'll add your name to the guest list!

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Wednesday 25th July 2018 at 7.30pm

Having written the bestselling prequels to the DI Frost novels of RD Winfield, James has now embarked on his own police thriller series. 'Yellowhammer' is the second so far and, while set in Essex in the 1980s, it steps into the Suffolk countryside. James first visited us at Browsers a couple of years ago when he launched this series with 'Blackwater'. It was this visit, and a later return for a talk at Hollesley for Suffolk Libraries, that inspired James to feature our corner of Suffolk in this new book. He will tell us all about this as well as his love of birdwatching and his other life working in publishing, in what will be a relaxed, fun and entertaining evening. Tickets are £8, with complimentary refreshments.

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