ofthe Year‘.

women in the Western World are

incoherent at times.

some other life?

I Memories and Portraits Robert Louis Stevenson (Richard Drew £4.99) RLS's thoughts on dogs. his father and literature amongst other things. Has a definite antiquated. dust-ridden feel to it - like being trapped in a time-warp with ‘Louis‘ himself.

I SI lves Robert Louis Stevenson (Richard drew £4.99) Tales of derring-do from the adventure-story spinner. and a new ending byJenni Calder (which. unsurprisingly. lacks the quirkiness of RLS‘s inimitable style).

I A Year in Provence Peter Mayle (Pan Books £4.99) A diary-like account of the author‘s first year as an ex-pat in the depths of Provence. Local rural mores from gastronomic delights to the idiosyncracies of local plumbers - are recounted in an engaging and witty style. Winnerofthe 1989 British Book Awards ‘Travel Writer

I The Blind Side at Eden Carol Lee (Bloomsbury £5.99) Present-day relationships between men and

discussed vis-a-vis Freud. Jung. feminism and atomic weaponry. Compelling but frustratingly

I Your Monkey’s Schmuck Simon Louvish (Flamingo £3.99) A glib. disjointed tale of Danny ll. the

I’ll/y. I '


failed writer ofwacky short stories as he works his way thorugh the rejection slips. Not as much fun as the cover.

I The Standard Lile at a Temporary Pantyhose Salesman Aldo Busi (Faber £4.99) Angelo and Lometto are salesmen in the underwear trade. together they set offon several sales trips. laying bare Italian life in all its gritty low-life. Hair curling stuff.

I Ask Me Tomorrow Stan Barstow (Black Swan £4.99) Barstow‘s second novel. after A Kind Of Loving is the story of two young people in the 60s and their quest to make good. Strong characterisation and earthy Yorkshire realism.

I Enemies, A Love Story Isaac Bashevis Singer (Penguin £4.99) Herman Broder. a survivor from the Nazi holocaust. leads a complicated post-war life in New York with his Polish peasant wife. his mistress and ex-wife. I The Fortune Michael Korda (Pan Books £4.50) Gold-digger. Alexa. has the good sense to marry ancient billionaire Arthur Bannerman before his kicks his gold-plated bucket. ‘Racy' thriller. I Dragon Prince Melanie Rawn (Pan £4.50) Fantasy sci-fi featuring some seriously wacky nonsense in the form ofSunrunners. Star Scrolls and some unfortunately named characters with outstandingly daft names. I Star Scroll Melanie Rawn (Pan £7.99) The second in the Dragon Prince series of the sci-fi fantasy. More dross in the shape of depressineg good prince. mediocre dragons and wicked witches. Snow White dwarfs it.


I JOHN SMITH'S 57 St Vincent Street. 221 7472.

Mon 23 6.30pm. Launch ofSander Mercdcen‘s Career Choice Job Search (Harcourt. Brace and Jovanovich £5.95). Wine served. A book which will interest students. mature students. lecturers. careers officers and job hunters alike.

I WATERSTDNE'S 132 Union Street. 221 0890.

Fri 20 7.30pm. Brian McCabe reading from and signing copies of The Other


McCoy (Mainstream £11.95).

I SCDTIA BAR 112 Stockwell Street. 552 8681.

Tue 1 8.30pm. Glasgow Writers' Retreat present Alex Cathcart and Friends in an East meets West celebration.

I BOOK TRUST AT GLASGOW'S GLASGOW The Arches Gallery. Glasgow‘s Glasgow, Midland Street. offJamaica Street. 204 3993.

Until Tue 29 10am—8pm. £4 (£2.50) family (£11.50). (Price applies to admission to the whole of Glasgow's Glasgow ofwhich the following is a part.) Books and Glasgow Writers of the 20th century. Novelists. poets and playwrights celebrated in this exhibition ofbooks. video interviews and taped readings. Anemoon Events Only All at 3pm. £1.50 (50p).

88121 Reading by novelists Janice Galloway and Sian liayton. joined by poet Gerrie Fellows.

Mon 23 Graham Johnstone: Words and Pictures Workshop

Tue 24 Eastcrhouse Young Author‘s project presentation workshop. They wrote their own novels how can you write yours?

Wed 25William Mcllvanney hosts a writers' workshop.

Thurs 26 Easterhouse Young Authors‘ project presentation and workshop.

Fri 27 Moira Burgess giving a talk on Glasgow Books and Writers.

Evening Events Only All at 6pm. £1 .50 (50p).

Fri 20 Sue Townsend hosts a writers‘ workshop with the Castlemilk Writers‘ Group. Audience participation.

88121 The Carol Fry Studio presents scenes from James Barclay's Wullie's War followed by audience participation.

Mon 23 An interview with Ronald Frame. Thur 26 Launch ofJohn McGill's excellent Thai Ruben '5 Guy (Mainstream £9.95). a first novel by local author.

Fri 27 Launch and reading from Edwin Morgan‘s Not/ting N0! Giving Messages.


I CENTRAL LIBRARY George 1V Bridge. 225 5584.

Thursl May-Fri 1 June World of Books and Newspapers Library Centenary Display taking place in the Lending Library Building.

I MCDONALD ROAD LIBRARY 2 McDonald Road. 556 5630.

Thurs 26 1.30—8pm. Multi Cultural Fair: Book Fair and Story Telling for the Children.

Fri 27 10am—7.30pm. Multi Cultural Fair: Book Fair. Story Telling and Cabaret. Sat 28 9.30am»-12.30pm Book Fair; l0—l().45am and 11—1 1 .45am Palestinian cookery demonstrations.



All events are free and tickets can be obtained from the McDonald Road Library. Central Library. Leith Library. 22930 Ferry Road. El 16 4A 1:1. 554 5507' or the Edinburgh Multi Cultural Centre. Brunswick Road. 557 4960. Further information from McDonald Road Library.

I SOUTH DUEENSFERRY LIBRARY 9 Shore Road. E11309RD. 331 1697. Thurs 25 7.30pm. Reading by Iain Banks. Free. Tickets available frotn the librarv. I JAMES THIN 53—59 south Bridge. E111 lYS. 556 6743.

Mon 23 1 1 .30pm— 1 .30pm. ()rganic Wine Tasting. Part of Green Book Fortnight which runs until 28 April. Red and white organic wines on offer. There's also a Friendsofthe Earth ‘Save the Rainforests' T-shirt and £10 book token to be won in the JamesThin Green Quiz. plusa colouring competition for children and. for teenagers a competition to suggest the best ways in which to improve their town. country or planet.

I POETRY ASSOCIATION OF SCOTLAND 38 Dovecot Road. Edinburgh. E1112 Nil. 334 5241.

Wed 2 7.45pm. £1 (members free). Taking place at 27 (ieorgc Square will be the last PAS readings of 1989-90 given by two poets living and working in the south west of Scotland. llugh McMillan who has written two books published by linvol- ‘Triumph of the Air' anti ‘Too Much lnsalata' and Tom Pow who‘s second book ‘The Moth Trap' a follow up io‘Rough Seas' which will be published by (‘anongate later this month.


Fri 20 7.30—9pm and Sal21 “lam—12.30pm. Newington ('hurches Book Fair. Coffee Served 10am--noonon Sat. Books. plants. brie-a-bracetc all on sale. Donations received 9am—-6pm Fri 20. For transport of donations or if you cart help at all contact Andrew Bethune on 667 8871 or 1 ielcn Douglas on 667 4685. The proceeds of the fair will help (‘hristian Literature Projects in the third world and eastern Europe.

reading from and signing copies of

(£12.95 published by Jonathan Cape) in The Boyd Orr Building, Glasgow University.

Free tickets available from all branches of John Smiths

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