As the summer shirts, sandals and shades slowly shift further towards the back of the wardrobe, Foyles gets ready for a cosy Autumn showcase of talks, walks and literary love-ins with the likes of Neil Gaiman, Douglas Coupland, Amy Tan and Chuck Palahniuk.
The season kicks off tonight with graphic novelist Rutu Modan in conversation with leading comic creative Hannah Berry, while Friday will see Disney, Pixar, and Twentieth Century Fox consultant Bobette Buster guiding audiences through the narrative flair of ET, The Godfather, Toy Story II, and Schindler’s List. September will not only bring golden leaves and thick knit scarves, but an opportunity to book a free session on the couch with School of Life bibliotherapists Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin to help you grapple with everything from a lovelorn heart to the rapidly changing seasons. And, for crime-thriller fanatics, Foyles have organised an evening dedicated to ‘Fragrance and Detective Fiction’ exploring the whiffy scents evoked by Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyles – surely this brings whole new meaning to the ‘whodunnit’?
If you aren’t ready to hibernate just yet, the debuting London Lit Crawl festival will bring book-lovers together for an adventurous amble of bookshops, pubs and cafes in Covent Garden and Soho, while a Georgian London history walk promises to sweep guests back to seventeenth century London of sex and art, ambition and ruin. But, with a rambunctious ‘Big Bookshop Party’, a Cover Design Competition, and a whole host of events addressing everything from socio-economics to the history of language, we are certain you will what to get yourselves booked in!