Storytelling at Dulwich Books

Our Thursday and Saturday storytime will be taking a break during August, although if Annie is here just say ‘I’d like to hear a story, please’ and she will be happy to oblige!

Storytime returns with a bang in September with not one, not two but THREE guest author storytellers!

Big Blue Thing on the HillWe look forward to welcoming Yuval Zommer author of The Big Blue Thing on the Hill on Saturday 6th September at 11am. Perfect for all readers of 6 and under, don’t miss this exciting event.  Reserve your free seat online, or via email: or via telephone: 020 8670 1920.
On Thursday 11th September we host Anna Bogie author of Happy Hooves, Ta Dah! in the bookshop at 11am.  Reserve your free seat online, or via email: or via telephone: 020 8670 1920.
On Saturday 13th September we host Loretta d’Souza author of Talk to the Paw to read from her picture book. Ideal for any under 6 book lover we advise you to reserve your free seat online, or via email: or via telephone: 020 8670 1920.

Plus there will be all those lovely new Autumn picture books to test run!

Nickolas Butler in conversation at Dulwich Books Tuesday 16th September 7pm

Shotgun LovesongsJoin us on Tuesday 16th September at 7pm and hear Nickolas Butler talk about his fantastic debut novel Shotgun LovesongsBook tickets now image

Tickets are bookable online, in the bookshop, via email on or by telephone on 020 8670 1920.

Why come to this event? This will be Nickolas’s only talk in London and it will be a treat to hear him talk about his novel which is one of the major debuts of 2014.

Chloe read an advance copy of Shotgun Lovesongs and this is what she has to say “I fell in love with the title of this book, and fell even deeper in love with it from page 1. It’s quiet, achingly sweet and melancholy and I was heartbroken when I finished it”

Meet The Authors: Picador, Pizza & Proofs Thursday 2nd October SOLD OUT

Join the pre publication buzz on the latest Picador fiction titles of 2014 and come along to our first Meet The Authors event we are hosting on Thursday 2nd October. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

In partnership with Picador publishers we are hosting a party  in the bookshop to introduce you to these new authors. You’ll have a chance to meet and hear authors, Jessie Burton, Rebecca Wait and Emily St J Mandel.

Chloe and Dave have read these books and loved them and we know that you’ll love them too!

Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

Jessie’s book, The Miniaturist has been published to critically acclaims and is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth. As a South London girl we are delighted to be hosting her event.

Rebecca Wait is another South Londoner and her book, The View On The Way Down is a brilliant novel that leaves you contemplating many things.

Emily St J Mandel first novel to be published in the UK is Station Eleven and is due for publication on Thursday 29th September and is already receiving rave reviews.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT, however we will be hosting another Meet the Author event soon and if you don’t want to miss out, sign up for our “meet the author” series and be the first to hear about the. Send us your email address to with subject line Meet the Author.

Tracy Chevalier talk Tuesday 7th October 7.30pm at Dulwich Picture Gallery

TRACY 2012 USE c Eammon McCabeTracy Chevalier will give an illustrated talk on Tuesday 7th October in The Linbury Room of Dulwich Picture Gallery about the influence of quilts on her work, both in her most recent novel The Last Runaway, and in a quilt art show she has curated for  Last RunawayDanson House in near-by Bexleyheath. Called Things We Do in Bed, the exhibition runs until October 31st. Book tickets now image

For those of you who don’t know Tracy she says of herself. I was born in Washington, DC but have lived in England all my adult life, and now have dual citizenship (but kept the American accent). I have a BA in English from Oberlin College, Ohio, and an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England. I live in London with my English husband and son. Before turning to writing full-time, I was a reference book editor for several years. I have written 7 novels including Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Tickets are £12 for non members & £10 for DPG members and includes a copy of The Last Runaway.


Books Are My Bag celebration in Dulwich Books Saturday 11th October 11am – 3pm

Books Are My BagWe invite you to celebrate bookshops on the high street on Saturday 11th October between 11am & 3pm. For the first 100 customers (yup buying books) you’ll receive a free Books Are My Bag designed this year by Tracy Emin along with two random books from the bookshop’s private library.
What more could you want we ask, well we also will have Laura Dockrill in the bookshop between 11am and 12 to chat with customers, read her poetry and share with her the picture book that influenced her as a child.

Diana Henry Talk & Demo Monday 24th November in Suzanne James Kitchens 7.30pm

Diana HenryDulwich Books & Suzanne James are delighted to bring to Dulwich Diana Henry. On Monday 24th November at 7.30pm in the wonderful kitchen of Suzanne James on Barry Road.   Diana will talk about and demonstrate her latest recipes and share with you her thought on food and cooking.

Don’t miss this great event with two of the local award winning businesses. Book tickets now image

Diana Henry was named Cookery Writer of the Year in 2013’s prestigious Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards. She has also twice been awarded ‘Cookery Journalist of the Year’ by the Guild of Food Writers. She is the Sunday Telegraph’s food writer and has a column in Stella, the newspaper’s magazine. Diana has written eight books including Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons, Cook Simple, Roast Figs, Sugar Snow, Food from Plenty and Salt, Sugar, Smoke. Her latest, A Change of Appetite, was published in March 2014.

Tickets are bookable online, via email:, telephone on 020 8670 1920 or pop into the bookshop.

Dulwich Books Winner Best Independent Bookshop UK & Ireland

Bookseller Industry Awards!

Sheila Collecting BA Award
Sheila collecting the award for best independent bookshop in UK & Ireland 2014

Dulwich Books wins national award! Dulwich Books was voted the best independent in the UK & Ireland on 12th May by industry colleagues.

The judges said “combining the traditional virtues of bookselling with thoroughly modern marketing & digital actiPrintvity”, “vastly experienced staff”, “offering superb customer service”, “a packed calender of events”, “eye-catching 21% leap in sales”, “the energy is amazing” and that Dulwich Books was a destination bookshop

The award was presented by Alan Johnson at the industry dinner of nearly 1,000 people and a good night was had by all!
It just leaves me to say a huge thank you to all our customers for their loyalty, support and advice over the years. We are very proud of what we have achieved and you make it a very enjoyable job.

It is a thrill to be rewarded for doing our job. Sheila


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