City Reads Author Events

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City Reads 2015 runs from October 10th – November 1st
City Reads is here!  The concept is simple: one book by one author for the whole community to read, discuss, debate and creatively engage with in a series of special events, workshops and performances. The project is run by Collected Works CIC in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Libraries. For more information about City Reads or to see the full programme of events, including events at your library click here.

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City Reads 2015 events now

The Secret Life of Humans

In The Humans, Professor Andrew Martin’s family is full of secrets and unspoken truths. In partnership with Brighton and Hove Libraries, Myriad authors talk about the role of family secrets in their own work. Join the authors as they read from their novels and discuss why they were drawn to write about family secrets. This will be followed by a chance to put your own questions to the authors.

City Reads 2Hush is the debut novel by Brighton-based author Sara Marshall Ball. Haunting, mysterious and often shocking, the story follows two adult sisters – Connie and Lily Emmett – as they search for the truth about traumatic events from their childhood. Lily has suffered from selective mutism since she was a little girl and the novel asks what happens when we cannot speak, even to those we love the most.

City Reads 3Umi Sinha’s compelling novel, Belonging, follows three generations of one family from India to England, from the darkest days of the British Raj to the aftermath of WWI. It deals with themes of race and ethnicity, of homeland and of the consequences of long-held family secrets.

City Reads 4Hannah Vincent’s debut novel, Alarm Girl, is set in the modern day and sees 11-year-old Indigo and her brother arriving in South Africa to stay with their father. Indigo is confused by the family’s silence surrounding her mother’s recent death in this story steeped in family drama and mystery.

City Reads 5Zig Zag Girl is the first of Elly Griffiths‘ second crime series, set in 1950’s Brighton, featuring DI Stephens & Max Mephisto. When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is reminded of a magic trick, the Zig Zag Girl.


Event Details

Hush: silence and secrets
with Sara Marshall-Ball and Elly Griffiths
Saltdean Library
Thursday 22nd October, 6.30-8.30pm
Tickets £3, available in advance from your local library or on the door.

The art of family secrets
with Hannah Vincent and Umi Sinha
Hangleton Library
Saturday 24th October, 2.30-4pm
Tickets £3, available in advance from your local library or on the door.


City Reads 6Get your copy of the book now!
Books are available to borrow for free from your local library, or download The Humans as an eBook NOW with just your library card and pin: click here.

If you love books and stories, try joining a Read Aloud group. You can have a go at reading aloud or just sit and listen. Sessions and free to attend and everyone is welcome.
Jubilee Library every Friday,
2pm – 4pm
Hove Library every Thursday,
2pm – 4pm.

There will be a new Read Aloud group starting soon in Hangleton library. Email for more information or to let us know you’re interested.

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