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.
Get Into Reading
Continuing with the widely enjoyed, Eason’s Get Into Reading campaign, we have an exciting new selection of children’s books which will be read at 11am each Saturday in every Eason store in the country! Below is the latest schedule of Story Time books, covering mid-September through to mid-December.
Story Time Schedule
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
From the thirteen titles selected as the Man Booker longlist in July, a panel of judges have now announced the 6 finalists in consideration for the Man Booker Prize 2013.
The 2013 Finalist are:
- The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
- Harvest by Jim Crace
- A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
- The Testament of Mary, by Colm Toibin
- The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
- We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
On the 15th of October, the Man Booker Prize will be awarded to one of these outstanding authors, but who do you feel is deserving of the prize?
Comment below with your experience of these books and if you haven’t read them yet, you can buy them Here
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.
Jo Nesbo is coming to Ireland this September and will be in conversation with Declan Burke in The Pavillion Theatre Dun Laoghaire on the 16th September. To celebrate the release of his new novel Police we have 5 sets of tickets for the event in The Pavillion Theatre to giveaway along with a copy of the book!
To enter, simply email us your answer to the question below to firstname.lastname@example.org , and include your name, address and telephone number before midnight Monday 9th September 2013.
What is the name of the Oslo police detective made famous in Jo Nesbo’s novels?
Jo Nesbo is a musician, songwriter, economist and internationally acclaimed author. He is also the undisputed king of the Nordic crime fiction boom with sales of 14 million copies worldwide. For tickets to the event at The Pavillion Theatre where Jo Nesbo will be in conversation with Declan Burke, simply click here
Jo Nesbø © Håkon Eikesdal
Already a huge hit in the US, the New York Times best-selling Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore is a charming and lovable first novel of mysterious books and dusty bookshops. Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco web-design drone and serendipity has landed him a new job working the night shift at the eponymous bookstore. After just a few days, Clay begins to realise that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything. Instead, they simply borrow impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the owner, Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behaviour and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what’s going on…
Author Robin Sloan grew up near Detroit and has worked for various media companies, including Twitter. As he explains in the following exclusive blog, it was actually a tweet that first gave him the idea for the book:
I’m interested in the ways that novels begin — the ways that little seeds of story get planted and grow into rich, complicated narratives.
So, in that spirit, I’ll offer up the tale behind my own novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.
Before it was a book from Atlantic, it was a short story, and even before it was a short story, it was merely a tweet. And not even my own!
In late 2008, my friend Rachel Leow tweeted: “Just misread ’24hr bookdrop’ as ’24hr bookshop’. The disappointment is beyond words.” I was walking down a sidewalk here in San Francisco when I saw it; it made me laugh; I copied the text into the notes app on my phone.
Just a few months later, I sat down at my desk to begin a new short story. I didn’t know what it was going to be about; I just knew I wanted to start something fresh. When I went rifling through my notes, I saw the tweet’s text again, and I wondered: why would a person run a 24-hour bookstore? What would it look like? And who would visit in the middle of the night? With that, I was off. The scene was set; the story began.
That was early 2009. I published the story on the internet just a few weeks later. It wasn’t the first one I would publish that year, but none of the others produced the same swift, sure reception. Somehow, this particular story’s voice and tone, its combination of subjects — new technology, old books – struck a chord out there in the world.
Now, I’ve worked at a couple of tech and media companies here in San Francisco, and in the process I have learned about the value of prototypes. I didn’t realise it in early 2009 but the Penumbra short story was just that: a prototype. A small-scale test of something potentially much larger. By the end of the year, it was clear: there was a deeper story waiting in this weird little shop. People wanted to read it, and – importantly – I wanted to write it.
So, in 2010, I began the work of writing a full-length novel: something I’d never done before. It took about a year to come up with a first draft; I fit my writing sessions into evenings, weekends, holidays. After that, there was editing to do, followed by the initial U.S. release in 2012. Now, finally, in the summer of 2013, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, the novel, is available in print in the U.K. and Ireland as well.
But I am still mindful of that tweet, way back in 2008. I am still amazed by the fact that the smallest scraps of language can blossom into whole books. And, above all, I am still taking notes. After all, who knows which one might grow into my next novel?
- Robin Sloan
Here we are again… Book in hand, ready for a 2014 of Literary Adaptations that will hopefully blow our collective minds. However, one more 2013 nugget to recommend before you sit down to that Turkey at Christmas.
On December 13th The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug lands in theatres all across The Shire, as Bilbo and the crew come face to face with Sherlock, sorry, I mean Smaug the Dragon who will be voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. One Book, three films – who cares! Just enjoy the ride.
Looking ahead to the New Year, first out of the traps is the excellent looking Seventh Son, otherwise known as The Spook’s Apprentice to us bookie types. Based on Joseph Delaney’s bestselling horror series for teens and starring Jeff Bridges as The Spook and Julianne Moore as the Witch… judging by early trailers and footage, this could be awesome. I’m a huge fan of the series and here’s hoping the movie does it justice.
On January 31st the classic The Book Thief by Markus Zusak hits our screens. This amazing book, which is narrated by Death himself, has huge potential to be a massive success. If you haven’t read it yet, I would urge you to do so. It is one of the most beautiful and stunning books of the past number of years.
Valentine’s Day offers up an interesting showdown, especially for couples who are split between Paranormal Romance and Dystopian genres. Richelle Mead’s funky Vampire Academy novels tell the story of Rose Hathaway (half human/half vampire) and were hugely popular in the whole post-Twilight madness. Finally the movie is coming to our screens with a plethora of hip young new actors and our very own Gabriel Byrne as Victor Dashkov. Up against the Vampire threat, and released on the same date, is the oppressive threat of “The Maze”. Set in a post- apocalyptic world The Maze Runner, based on the James Dashner novel, follows a community of boys who wake up with their memories erased and find themselves in a giant maze, being tested and having their lives threatened on a daily basis. Again, early footage and vibes are good on this, so I’d recommend getting the series read as soon as possible, before you wander down for your romantic Vampire/Dystopian evening at the cinema (large popcorn please!).
Forgive me, if I start to ramble on and babble in the next paragraph but this is one of those moments of possible Twilight/Hunger Games style mania. First things first, I am obsessed with Veronica Roth’s Divergent series… With the final part of the series (Allegiant) released in October in book form, the complete trilogy will be ready to be devoured by the masses when the movie is released on March 21st. This is high-octane stuff. Non- stop roller coaster dystopian madness which I can’t recommend highly enough. Not since I first read The Hunger Games have I become as hooked on a series – you will not be disappointed in it and the movie has all the trademarks of a breakout smash hit. Directed by Neil Burger (Limitless) and starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Theo James,. I will eat my various hats if this does not become a worldwide box office smash of epic proportions. Oppressive governments, rival factions and of course the DAUNTLESS. Get ready to choose a side and never look back.
Coming later in the year is a movie, again starring Shailene Woodley and one which, like Divergen, you could say I am slightly obsessed with: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (Nerdfighter Extraordinaire). A thing of beauty is how I’d describe this tale of a teen girl and boy and coping with Cancer through the support group within which they meet. John Green’s writings have slowly started to capture a worldwide audience and this movie again has the breakout potential of a smash box office hit. I have a strong feeling about this movie and have high confidence that the subject matter of death and young love will be handled in a very exceptional way. But again, like Divergent, don’t wait around for the movie… you MUST read the book first.
Finally a mention for two movies on the horizon that should be noted… whether they make it into 2014 remains to be seen, but either way, the books are well worth a look : If I Stay (9781862308312) which has Chloe Grace Moretz as its lead is another tragic tale of love and death, based on Gayle Forman’s bestselling novel. ‘Read it and weep’ is all I can say about this one. The other movie is based on Patrick Ness’s amazing Chaos Walking Trilogy and the first in the series Knife Of Never Letting Go should be due late 2014/early 2015. Coming from the people behind The Hunger Games and Divergent, this Dystopian tale of love and war again looks likely to be tagged with ‘Next Big Thing’ status in the coming months as more becomes clear about who is directing and starring in it. But trust me… the books…. Oh! those books – EPIC in every way!
And that is that… Hollywood has it all sorted for the next 18 months, getting its inspiration from some of the most original, funny, sad, daring and addictive books of the past number of years. So before you go sit in the dark and watch it all unfurl on the big screen… why not sit back, relax and enjoy a good read… Because remember – Before those Movies Came the Books!
- David O’Callaghan, Eason’s Children’s Book Buyer
I recently sat down to write my tenth novel. Ten novels in ten years. You would think it gets easier. You would think that your confidence would grow with each book. You would imagine that facing a blank screen is no longer daunting…you would be mistaken!
In the strangest way, each book becomes more difficult to write. Why? I think it’s because as a writer you want each book to be better. You strive to grow as a writer. You want to engage your reader. You want to grab their attention and keep it. You want them to turn the page and the next one and the next one…
Starting a new book can take a while. You often hear of writers, cleaning out their offices, clearing their desks, tidying their attics. We have so many avoidance techniques. The sight of a blank screen or blank page is just as daunting now as it was when I started my first book thirteen years ago.
My first two attempts at novels were turned down by everyone. But instead of letting it stop me in my tracks, I dusted my very bruised ego down and started a new book. I think it’s very important to keep writing. When I’m working, whether it’s on a novel or a column for the Irish Independent, I’m happy. I find I’m quite grumpy when I’m not working on something. I need writing; it’s like eating and drinking to me. I realise that may sound a bit ‘hippy-dippy’ but it’s how I feel.
I am happiest and calmest and most at peace when I’m in the middle of a book and consumed by my characters, my plotlines and my writing. There is no greater feeling than the one after a constructive writing day. But every high has a low and there is no worse feeling than the one after one of the days when the words just will not flow. Those days when writing is like dragging blood from a stone. You go to bed feeling depleted and despondent.
But…the good news is that often, you’ll wake up the next day and find the words will flow and you will once again be in your happy place. Writing, like all jobs involves a lot of hard graft. It’s not all creativity and inspiration, it’s a lot of hard work, focus and discipline.
My new book, Mad About You, deals with the theme of trust. How much do you really trust your partner? What would you think if your husband began to get sex texts from a strange number? When he protests his innocence and seems genuinely upset, would you believe him? Or would a seed of doubt be planted in your mind? Would that seed grow bigger and would it eventually destroy your relationship?
The idea for the book came to me when I called over to a friend’s house for coffee and her neighbour called in. She began to tell me the story of what had happened in her life when her husband had been stalked by a ‘stranger’. She said it had affected their marriage and as things got progressively worse and the stalking became more aggressive, that it affected her physically as well as emotionally. She ended up becoming completely paranoid and having panic attacks. They eventually found out who the stalker was. It turned out it was someone they knew but would never, in a million years, have suspected.
The couple in Mad About You, Emma and James, have been married for over ten years and have two children. Their marriage has become a bit stale. They take each other for granted and they’ve stopped making an effort with each other. Like so many marriages, when children come along, your relationship takes a backseat. Children can be all consuming and suddenly you find that weeks (and even months) have gone by during which you haven’t had a proper conversation. So when James begins getting sex texts from an unknown number, the trust in their marriage is tested to the limit.
Whenever I have a book that is about to be published I always want to run away and hide. A month in the Witness Protection Programme sounds like a good idea. Even though this is my 9th book to be published, the nerves never subside. I think they actually get worse.
But the book is finished, it’s printed and it’s about to go into the shops and so I have to set it free and just cross my fingers and hope for the best.
In the world of Teen/Young Adult literature , 2013 and early 2014 are set to be remembered as the years when Hollywood woke up to the potential of the right book, at the right time, to equal the fanatical followers and massive box office draws of Harry Potter, Twilight & The Hunger Games. Every major studio has a teen novel in its pocket and is currently getting ready to unleash it on the cinema-going public.
While not all of these adaptations will be as successful as studios wish them to be (take a bow Eragon, Beautiful Creatures & Alex Rider), I must admit that the Class of 2013/14 does contain some of my favourite books of the last number of years and in fairness, until the final credits roll on the screen, I can’t help but get excited!
The list is long and the popcorn will be plentiful but before you head to your local multiplex, remember: all of these movies existed as books first and I would wholly recommend getting ahead of the curve and reading them first – because as we all know, the book is always better than the movie!
First out of the blocks is the second Percy Jackson adventure, coming August 7th. Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & The Sea of Monsters returns to the world of Greek Gods & Monsters, in a follow up to the excellent Lightning Thief (a far superior movie to Clash of the Titans, in my humble opinion). A hugely popular series with a massive fan base, I think the books can be best described as rip-roaring… and, in fairness, you’ve got to love a bit of modern-day meets Greek Mythology!
Next up is Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, landing August 21st. One of the first paranormal series post-Twilight to make a dent in the hearts and minds of teenagers in Ireland and the US, The Mortal Instruments is a tale of Shadowhunters, monsters, demons, vampires and werewolves, which has grown in popularity book by book. With the movie starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, early sneak peeks and feedback look extremely positive for Clary, Jace, Simon and Valentine. This has the potential to be the big breakout franchise.
Meg Rosoff’s stunning dystopian novel How I Live Now arrives as a movie on October 18th and stars Saoirse Ronan and Tom Holland, with Kevin MacDonald directing. Rosoff’s novel is a beautiful coming of age story situated in the English countryside and set against the backdrop of a Third World War outbreak. Again, I have high hopes for this movie, and while it may not scream ‘blockbuster’, it has ‘indie hit’ written all over it and definite cult-classic potential.
One film that will surely capture the people’s imagination and introduce a whole new audience to Orson Scott Card’s brilliant sci-fi dystopian novel is Ender’s Game. Set seventy years after a horrific alien war – think Starship Troopers for teens – I devoured this book in one sitting. The movie looks similarly as intense and impressive, and will definitely be edge of the seat stuff. With a great cast of some of the best young new actors (Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld) and some legendary old ones (Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley) , this is one book that I’d implore people to read as soon as possible, preferably before the film’s release here on October 25th. I repeat: It is Fantastic.
Finally, on November 22nd, we see the release of the sequel to last year’s box office smash hit. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire continues on with the tale of Katniss, Gale, Peeta & President Snow, this time against the backdrop of the 75th Annual Hunger Games. This exhilarating trilogy and its iconic female lead, Katniss, is still one of my favourite series of the last ten years. If you haven’t read it yet, I urge you to join the revolution now. Down with the Capitol!
In the sequel to this Book to Movie Preview, I’ll take a look at some of the big adaptations coming our way in 2014 including: Divergent, The Fault In Our Stars, Seventh Son (otherwise known as Spook’s Apprentice), The Book Thief, Vampire Academy and The Chaos Walking Trilogy. I did say it was going to be a memorable year or two, so start making room on that bookshelf.
Summertime and the livin’ is easy!
The kids are off school and the weather is fine. We’re interested in knowing: Are you an Early Bird or a Procrastinator?
Easonschoolbooks.com makes it so simple to order all your back to school needs in just a few clicks. You can have your school books delivered right to your house and we can even cover them for you so you don’t have to get out the sticky tape and wallpaper.
Take a look at our School Book Shopping 101 infographic and ask yourself, are you going to be an Early Bird this year?
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Make sure to check out the great events in Eason stores all over the country this month! As well as our weekly Story Time readings every Saturday, we’ve got some of the top authors in the world visiting Eason stores! See below for the confirmed events for July 2013:
Thursday, July 11th
Saturday, July 27th
Roar! Roar! Mike Waszowski… Mike Waszowski!
Too many times as a young child I found myself shouting that… ah, who am I kidding? I was a grown adult, in awe of Pixar’s incredibly loveable characters: Mike, Sully and Boo in 2001’s Monsters Inc.
Well here we are 12 years later, on the verge of finding out how Mike and Sully’s friendship grew in their college years. In this year’s prequel Monsters University (in cinemas July 12th) a whole new generation of kids are about to experience what happens when a large, furry, blue beast and a small, one-eyed green dude get to share a room in their University years. Plus an older generation are going to find out how it all began in the first place!
Me… while I most definitely will miss the Boo character in the new movie, it won’t stop me randomly shouting “Mike Waszowski!” at strangers on the street over the coming weeks in her honour.