It's an exciting spring and summer for two of our authors - J. David Simons and Mandy Haggith - as they are both making special appearances at a host of events around the country.
J. David Simons, whose new novel An Exquisite Sense of What Is Beautiful has been garnering some great reviews and selling like hot cakes on Kindle, appeared at Waterstones' prestigious Gower Street shop in London. It is Europe's largest academic bookstore and situated in the heart of Bloomsbury, where some sections of An Exquisite Sense... are also set. At the other end of the country, David also gave a reading last week at Waterstones in Dundee. Poet, author and playwright Chris Dolan was on hand to introduce David and lead a Q&A session.
David is also busy with a series of events taking place at libraries in Scotland. At the beginning of May, he appeared at both Drumchapel and Knightswood libraries in Glasgow, and he is due to appear at Kirkcaldy library in June. Come September, he will be taking part in the Nairn Book and Arts Festival.
Meanwhile, Mandy Haggith is also busy promoting her new novel Bear Witness, which launched in April at a specially arranged Highland eco-debate that attracted the attentions of the BBC, STV and the Press & Journal. Last week Mandy also gave a reading from Bear Witness at Waterstones in Sauciehall Street, Glasgow, and on Friday 31st May she will be at the Bookmark in Grantown-on-Spey. In July, Mandy has the honour of being the Poet-in-Residence at Edinburgh Royal Botanical Gardens. Mandy will spend the month celebrating the Gaelic Tree Alphabet at the Gardens.