English Book Events
Book Event: Jo Ann Hansen Rasch’s New Collection of Poetry
Jo Ann Hansen Rasch was one of the first – if not the first – writer we had at the bookshop, so it’s a great pleasure to have her back some 12 years later for the launch of her second poetry collection Dancing Light Sings.
Born during the dramas of the last two or three years, the poems span a lifetime, revealing not only lighter moments, but darker legacies too. Jo Ann’s poetry is personal and written in simple confident language. Born in New Zealand, but living most of her adult life in Lutry, she has published a memoir, a book of poetry and many essays, short stories and poems.
The event is taking place on Saturday, 9th April. We will serve light refreshments from 18.30 and the reading will start at 19.00. Please sign up here if you wish to attend.
Caroline Bishop, March 4th at the Bookshop
We are delighted to hold our first event after a two-year hiatus, and it seems appropriate that Caroline Bishop should be the first author to visit. Caroline’s debut novel, The Other Daughter, came out just when we had to close, so it’s great to have her here on the publication of her second book, The Lost Chapter.
Caroline is a Lausanne-based author and journalist, who has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and BBC Travel, among many others.
The Lost Chapter is a captivating story about friendship, long-held secrets, and learning to live past fears. It tells the story of Florence and Lilli who became friends at a finishing school in Lyon in 1958. Now eighty years old and living in England, Florence is the bold, independent woman Lilli knew she could be – the exact opposite of Florence’s neighbour Alice. Florence is determined to help bring Alice out of her shell, just as Lilli once did for her. When Florence discovers that the novel she’s reading is written by Lilli and is based on their time at school, the two stories begin to unfold together, and it becomes clear that some secrets can’t stay buried forever.
Come to the bookshop on Friday, March 4th at 6:30pm to catch up with the local literary scene with some light refreshments, and hear Caroline speak starting at 7pm, followed by a book signing. Please sign up here.
Poetry and Scones at the Bookshop!
Come to the bookshop on Saturday, 7th December at 4pm for the launch of Carla Drysdale’s new poetry collection – All Born Perfect. The poems are written with Carla’s trademark candour and craft, combining a poet’s lyricism and the matter-of-fact tone of a survivor. The works depict a working mother bringing up two sons and reveal that the mother’s acts of love and labour provoke her own childhood trauma.
Carla Drysdale’s poetry books include All Born Perfect (Kelsay Books, 2019); Inheritance (Finishing Line Press, 2016) and Little Venus (Tightrope Books, 2010). Her poems have appeared in many literary journals, including Cleaver Magazine, LIT, Literary Mama, the Literary Review of Canada, Peacock Journal, PRISM, International Offshoots: Writing from Geneva, The Fiddlehead, What Rough Beast (a project of Indolent Books), and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse.
In 2014 she was awarded PRISM’s annual Earle Birney poetry prize. Of her latest book, All Born Perfect, poet Molly Peacock writes, “The marvel of this collection, abounding with unexpected metaphors and driven rhythms, is the deep understanding of time reached by the epiphany of the title poem: All Born Perfect.”
Born in London, Ontario, Carla lives in Ornex, France.
Book Event: The Naked Irish
We’re delighted to announce that Clare O’Dea will be at the bookshop on Saturday, 9th November talking about her new book The Naked Irish: Portrait of a Nation Beyond the Clichés.
Like her bestselling title, The Naked Swiss, her latest book is an insightful and revealing examination of the reality of modern Ireland behind the national myths.
Are the Irish a nation of emigrants if we have the second highest foreign-born population in Europe? Do we really hate the English and want a united Ireland? Are the Irish really friendly or just faking it?
The event starts at 4pm and we’ll be serving tea and scones. The talk will be followed by a book signing.
For more information on Clare and her book please visit her website : https://clareodea.com/2019/10/11/the-naked-irish-in-all-good-bookshops
Looking forward to seeing you then!
10 Years of Books Books Books!
Cast your mind back 10 years to when the global financial crisis hit, when America took North Korea off its list of terrorist countries, and Kim Kardashian chose a new dress. Lost amongst these headlines was the news that Lausanne had a new English bookshop. Situated in a converted fitness studio in the Globus building and stocking 6,000 new books, Books Books Books opened its doors on 13th October 2008.
Feels to me like a good time for a drink! Two even! We’re so excited, we’re having two parties to celebrate!
Friday, November 30th
We are holding a second party on Friday, 30th November, also starting at 18.00.
This time we have invited Michelle Bailat-Jones to read from her latest novel Unfurled (Ig, 2018). The book was published this month and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who described it as, ‘a captivating exploration of bereavement, guilt, and forgiveness.
Veterinarian Ella has a close relationship with her ferryboat captain father, John Tomlinson, and a contained life with her scientist husband, Neil. Her life implodes after her father is killed in an accident, leaving Ella unable to cope with her emotions, especially after discovering John had contact with Maggie, her long-absent mother.’
Michelle is a writer, a translator, and reader. Her first novel, Fog Island Mountains, won the 2013 Christopher Doheny Award from the Center for Fiction and Audible. She has been published in storySouth, PANK, The Atticus Review and many other places. She is also the Translations Editor for Necessary Fiction.
Once again, we are expecting a crowd and have limited spaces to 35 people. Just to recap, the celebration starts at 18.00 on Friday, 30th November. Please sign up here.
Friday, November 2nd
The first party will feature Richard Williams, sometime founder of Holy Cow, now the owner of Blackbird and most recently author of Mostyn Thomas and the Big Rave (Graffeg, 2018).
While running his casual dining empire Richard found time to write his first novel, and it’s a good one.
Set in Little Emlyn, Pembrokeshire, it tells the story of how Mostyn, a farmer on the brink of bankruptcy, and Jethro, a young raver, decide to hold a rave to save Mostyn’s farm. But as young revellers begin to pour in from all corners of the county things do not go to plan; moneylenders, drug dealers, the county council and the bank all set a collision course with Mostyn and Jethro, and it’s not clear who will get out alive. This is an electrifying debut which pits a struggling Welsh faming community steeped in centuries of religion and tradition against the unstoppable rave culture.
It’s a particular pleasure to invite Richard back to the bookshop. Those of you with long memories will remember that we opened our shops at almost the same time. Holy Cow even did the catering for our one year anniversary.
The party starts at 18.00 on Friday, November 2nd. We will provide food and drinks, but please think about bringing your own too. Please sign up here, and note that we are limiting entry to 35 people as we expect it to be crowded.
Adrienne Hahn Poetry Reading
Join us on Saturday, November 17th at 15.00 for tea and scones and servings of poetry from Adrienne Hahn’s new collection Mind Over Matter.
Adrienne hails from New Zealand and has been publishing poetry regularly for the past 25 years in the GWG Offshoots anthology, Walking in Sand (2006) and On the Edge (2014).
Her latest collection, published by Editions Soleil Blanc (2018) and described by the poet Alison Chisholm as, “Intense, honest, and infused with depth and warmth” and by Michael Hulse as, “a courageous, unfooled autobiography in brightly-recollected moments.”