November is Book Month in Scotland
Bookworms come out to play in winter. There’s something about November that stimulates the mind, intellect and imagination. While nature goes into hibernation mode, us humans turn to our papered tomes to siphon the colder, darker evening away with a good story.
Book Week Scotland is happening from Monday 19th to Sunday 25th November this year. It’s a fantastic conglomeration of book lovers and figureheads getting together to promote literature, new ideas and the simple, joyful act of reading that remains at the core of lifelong learning after millennia of societal changes and progress.
No matter how you try to reinvent reading – with Kindles, performance acts or podcasts – the fundamentals stay the same. And this is what the nation will be celebrating at the week-long festival.
Aviemore Book Club
This month, Waterstones in Aviemore is jumping on the literary bandwagon and hosting a number of events for bibliophiles. First up on Saturday 3rd November from 11.30am to 12.30pm is the book club for children aged 9 to 12 years. The session brings kids together to discuss what they thought of Sophie Anderson’s The House with Chicken Legs. This paperback examines a girl’s life in her house prone to running outbursts as she longs for the home stability to make friends and set herself free from her grandmother’s supernatural shoes.
Children will gasp in awe and get a sparkle in their eyes with this adventurous tale. The book club setting is a great environment for them to interact with other wee bookworms and gain confidence talking about their reading, but spaces are limited, so make sure to sign your kid up soon.
Aviemore Reading Group
The adult book group event of November in Waterstones Aviemore will be focusing on A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan. An engaging reading followed by open, animated discussion is the formula that makes this session so popular.
Come down on Thursday 8th November from 6.30pm to 7.30pm to learn about the origins of this mythical beast and how it has graced myth and legend throughout human history.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by JK Rowling
Carrying on the theme of fantasy creatures, JK Rowling’s very own Fantastic Beasts screenplay entitled The Crimes of Grindelwald is the subject of a series of celebrations at the Waterstones shop in Aviemore. Starting from Monday 5th November, you can drop into the store to fill in an entry form and pre-order your copy of the book at half price.
You can also be the lucky winner of a £10 gift token if you make a drawing of the most fantastic beast of all time. Get your entry to the store by 4pm on Friday 16th November – publication day – and the winner will be announced before the shop closes at 5.30pm. The next day some wizardry will descend on the bookshop so bring yourself in full magical costume and the wee wizards and witches with the best robes will be in for a treat!
That’s all folks. Mugs, glasses and cats at the ready, and happy reading from us all at Hilton Coylumbridge!