October is packed full of fun events, author book signings, and our weekly Story Time readings. Some highlights are below, but there are many, many more events lined up for this month! View our Events Calendar for all our scheduled events and signings.
Children’s Fantasy Panel, 17th October, Eason O’Connell Street
We are thrilled to have a triple bill of outstanding children’s authors lined up for this event in our O’Connell St. store this month. First up is the wonderfully spooky Joseph Delaney, who we’re sure will have plenty to tell us about the new Spooks movie ‘Seventh Son’ and about the final book in the series, released this December. Then we have Damian Dibben, author of the time-travelling ‘History Keepers’ series, which has grown in popularity with each instalment. Finally, we have Conrad Mason , author of the hilarious and action-packed ‘Tales Of Fayt’ series. It’s going to be a great night of readings, chat, Q&A and signing.
Mo Willems – Illustrator Evening Thursday 24th October, Eason O’Connell Street
Do NOT…we repeat, DO NOT let the Pigeon anywhere near the bus… That is NOT a good idea!
However, DO feel free to let Pigeon, Elephant, Piggie, Goldilocks and those three dinosaurs come along to Eason O’Connell Street, Dublin, on October 24th at 6pm for what will be an awesome evening of illustrating with the legend that is Mo Willems.
THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT. Bookings can be made in store in O’Connell St, over the phone on 01 8583811 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Master of Horror, Darren Shan shares his views on babies (both Zom-b and otherwise) in this exclusive guest article for Eason.
As a horror writer, I often get asked what scares me most. I give different answers at different times — spiders, snakes, or some of the many other things that make me shiver. But up there near the top of the list, at this moment in time, I would have to add… babies!
I’ve come to a dangerous point in my life, where Mrs Shan is getting broody. For the last few years there has been a lot of talk of “trying for a kid.” In my dreams I sometimes hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet, and wake in a cold sweat.
It’s not that I don’t like children. On the contrary, I love kids, playing games with them, reading them stories, scaring them out of their wits. But a baby of my own is a game-changer.
I’ve been very lucky with my career. I’ve got to travel all round the world and dine out a lot. I go to lots of football matches, the theatre, the cinema. I have my work day perfectly worked out when I’m at home, a few hours of writing, a TV show when I’m having lunch, some more writing, a film in the afternoon when I’m eating dinner, then a nice long night of reading, watching TV and relaxing.
If Mrs Shan gets her way, and Shan Jnr makes his or her entry, all that will change. Chaos will be the order of the day. My world will revolve around nappies, feeding and cleaning, and trying to squeeze in a few hours of sleep when the little monster — sorry, when the cute little baby is dozing.
As someone who has been living a carefree, big boy’s life for the last fifteen or so years, that level or responsibility terrifies me. I mean, sure, I know I’ll love a baby if we have one, and that it will enrich my life in so many ways. I hope I’ll be a good parent, and there are loads of things about it that I’m looking forward to… such as kicking the kid out once it’s an adult, so that I can get my house back the way I want it!
But, yeah, it’s scary too. Good scary… but scary nonetheless.
There’s a saying that writing is always autobiographical, that every writer is using the medium of fiction to explore their day-to-day lives and make sense of the world as they perceive it. Some people disagree with that, but the older I get, the more inclined I am to accept it. As evidence, let’s look at my latest book — Zom-B Baby.
Without giving too much away, the book features a monstrous and eerie infant, one who generates mayhem that results in bloodshed and death. The baby is a diabolical and destructive figure, and after their encounter, my main character, B Smith, will never be the same again.
Is it a coincidence that such a book has come along at this stage of my life? Well, as long-time readers of my work will know, in the fictional worlds of Darren Shan, nothing happens by chance. Everything is linked. And I think the real world is usually a lot like that too.
Zom-B Baby is coming.
Be bloody petrified!
But be prepared to love it too, as I do. Because every baby is loveable in its own way, even a Baby as sinister and nightmarish as this one.
Darren Shan will be signing copies of his new book at:
Eason Patrick St Cork, Friday 27th September 4:30pm
Eason Dundrum, Saturday 28th September 2pm
We’re offering five lucky fans the chance to win a place at an exclusive Zom-B Feast with the Master of Horror, Darren Shan.
You’ll be invited to a private venue in Dublin, where you’ll get to meet Darren Shan, receive a free signed copy of the latest Zom-B book, and a free limited edition Zom-B Army t-shirt. There will even be gruesome Zom-B themed food and the chance to have your own Zom-B makeover!
To enter, simply complete the entry form below – and you could be there!
Entries have now closed:
Terms and Conditions
1. This competition is not open to employees of Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, Eason and their immediate families.
2. To enter this competition you must meet all of the following criteria: be a resident of the Northern Ireland or Eire, be 18 years old or under and have permission from a parent or legal guardian if you are under 16 years of age.
3. To be eligible, entries must be received by 31st October 2013.
4. Five winners who have answered the questions correctly will be randomly selected, the decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
5. The winning entrants, plus one accompanying person (companion) per winner (the person accompanying the winner must be 18 years old or over if the winner is under 16 years old), will be invited to an event at a Dublin venue in early 2014.
6. Simon & Schuster UK Ltd will pay travel expenses up to €50 total for each winner and their companion (receipts will need to be provided). Winners will be given a signed copy of the new Zom-B book and a limited edition Zom-B Army t-shirt.
7. Entry to the competition is conditional on acceptance of the full terms and conditions.
8. Simon & Schuster UK Ltd and Eason have organised this competition in good faith and do not accept any liability relating to the prize.
BOOKS ARE MY BAG is a nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops. This collaboration between publishers, bookshops and authors is the biggest ever promotion of bookshops. For many people bookshops conjure fond images of book readings, in-store cafes and delight at the discovery of a new author. In fact, 56% of all book buying decisions are made by consumers in a bookshop and high street bookshops (both chains and independents) still account for almost 40% of books bought by consumers. Yet, many high street bookshops are under threat.
BOOKS ARE MY BAG aims to halt this process by celebrating the nation’s love of bookshops, calling on book lovers to show their support by visiting and purchasing a book from their favourite bookshop on Saturday 14th September.
Eason are actively taking part in this campaign. The campaign launches on the 14th September 2013 and on that day anyone who buys a book is given a FREE Books Are My Bag Tote Bag*.
*While stocks last. In Store Promotion only. Does not apply to purchases made online at Easons.com or Easonschoolbooks.com
Please Note: If you have purchased Alex Ferguson Tickets, they have been dispatched and will be delivered via courier to you between 30th – 31st October.
Sir Alex Ferguson Eason Exclusive Event
Eason are very proud to present Sir Alex Ferguson at an exclusive Eason event in the Convention Centre Dublin on Friday 8th November.
Earlier this year, Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United after 27 years in the role. He has gone out in a blaze of glory, with Manchester United winning the Premier League for the 13th time and he is widely considered to be the greatest manager in the history of British football. Sir Alex will be discussing the highlights of his extraordinary career with breakfast television host and lifelong Manchester United supporter Eamonn Holmes.
Tickets are now SOLD OUT
Sir Alex Ferguson Ticket and Event Information
Tickets are priced at €40 and include a signed copy of the book ‘Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography’.
The event is scheduled to start at 7.30pm.
The Sir Alex Ferguson event at the Convention Centre is an evening where Sir Alex will be in conversation with Eamonn Holmes. Tickets are priced at €40 which includes a signed copy of the book. Books will have been pre-signed by Alex Ferguson.
*Ticket Limit: Ticket limit of 2 Per Person, per transaction, per household, per credit card. Orders exceeding the specified ticket limit will be cancelled by Eason without notice at its discretion. This includes duplicate orders having the same name, billing address or credit card.
**For an event of this size there will not be sufficient time for meet and greets.
Derek’s new book Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men is the eighth instalment in the biggest, funniest, most thrilling comedy-horror-adventure series in the universe – and the follow-up to 2012′s number-one bestseller, Kingdom of the Wicked.
And now is your chance to meet the great Derek Landy himself!
Friday September 6, 4pm: Book Signing at Eason Galway
Sunday September 8, 2pm: Book Signing at Eason Limerick
Check our Shop Locator for contact details and directions for all Eason stores.