Christmas Events at Blackwell’s

We’re all getting into the Christmas spirit here at Blackwell’s. The lights are up, the trees are decorated and Jack Frost has been nipping at our noses.

We have a calendar packed full of festive delights coming up over the next two weeks. Ranging from our Christmas Family Day, to a book signing with the  man himself, Michael Palin, there is something for everyone.

On Thursday, December 6th, from 1pm, Michael Palin will be joining us for a signing of his new book, ‘Brazil’.

Half a continent in size and a potent mix of races, religions and cultures, of unexplored wildernesses and bustling modern cities, Brazil is one of the few countries Michael Palin has never fully travelled. In a new series for BBC1 – his first for five years – his new book ‘Brazil’ explores, in his inimitable way, this vast and disparate nation.

We advise that you show up early to get your hands on that perfect Christmas present for a loved one, or even for yourself!

This is a free event, all are welcome. Blackwell Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BQ. 01865 333623.

On Saturday, December 8th, from 11am, we will be holding our annual Blackwell’s Christmas Family Day.

Grab a woolly hat, maybe a carrot, a big handful of snow and join us for some Raymond Briggs, ‘The Snowman’ themed fun.

The day will include:

  • Christmas music from Abingdon Brass Band
  • Face painting
  • Balloon modelling
  • Christmas storytelling with Andrew Weale
    (Shortlisted Red House Children’s Book Award 2013 The Spooky Spooky House)
  • Cartoons with Clive Goddard
    (the hilarious illustrator of the Horribly Famous series)
  • Arts, crafts, activities, competitions, games & much more

This event is free and

will be taking place in the Children’s Department.

During our Christmas Family Day, BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz will be talking about his new book, ‘What Are You Looking At?’ Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 12pm

He will be explaining, in the blink of an eye, why:

Image credit: Ben May

-Conceptual Art isn’t actually rubbish

-Picasso was a genius (but Cézanne might be better)

-Pollock is no drip

-Cubism has no cubes

-A urinal changed the course of art

and

-Why your five-year-old really couldn’t do it

Probably the world’s first art-history stand-up comedian. Refreshing and irreverent Will cuts through the pretentious art speak and asks all the questions you were too embarrassed to.

All this to come over the next couple of weeks. Make sure to come along to one of our varied events, and indulge in some yuletide fun.

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