Literary events this November: book signings, festivals and author talks

Love books, love reading, love all things literature? Tons of events celebrating the written word are taking place across the network this November. Here’s our pick of some of the best talks and author meet and greets from crime, non-fiction and even Bob The Street Cat!


James Bowen and Bob the Street Cat
Waterstones, 6 November, 1pm
James Bowen found Bob the cat when they were both living on the streets and his companionship has helped him pull his life around. Come and meet both Bowen and Bob and say hello! Bowen will only be able to personalise (with fan names) the first 200 books, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.He will sign a maximum of two books for each customer.


Investigating Murder: An Evening with Ian Rankin and Special Guests
St George’s Bristol, 12 November, 7:30pm
In this unique event Ian Rankin will discuss his new John Rebus thriller, In a House of Lies, and explore the boundaries between fact and fiction. Rankin will be joined by Forensic Scientist Jo Millington, and Andrew Mott, Senior Investigator at Avon and Somerset Police. Hosted by Telegraph journalist Jake Kerridge.


Noel Fitzpatrick (The Supervet) signing
WHSmith Westfield, London,16 November, 12pm
Meet Noel Fitzpatrick who will be signing copies of his latest book Listening to the Animals– a powerful, heart-warming and inspiring memoir from the UK’s most famous and beloved vet.
Tickets:£16.50 – includes a copy of the book.


Mary Portas at Hay Festival Winter Weekend
Festival Tent, 23 November, 5:30pm
Mary Portas discusses her new book Work Like a Woman: A Manifesto for Change. Having worked for years in an industry where the rules were set by men for men, Portas decided to rebuild her business on the values that mattered to her: collaboration, empathy, instinct and trust. Don’t miss her advice on how we can improve the way we work.
Tickets: £10


An evening with Louis de Bernieres
Toppings Book, 27 November, 7:30pm
Bestselling author of Captain Corelli’s MandolinLouis de Bernières, whose short stories, novels, and poetry have delighted readers for almost thirty years, returns to Bath to discuss his new novel So Much Life Left Over.
Tickets: £16.99 – includes a copy of the book