Fairfax House opens late and launches festive programme
Thursday November 14th
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Sunday Times bestselling author Salley Vickers will talk about her new novel Grandmothers, the story of three very different women and their relationship with the younger generation.
Grandmothers is a beautifully observed, sometimes subversive, often tender and elegiac novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Librarian.
It is the story of three very different women and their relationship with the younger generation: fiercely independent Nan, who leads a secret life as an award-winning poet when she is not teaching her grandson Billy how to lie; glamorous Blanche, deprived of the company of her beloved granddaughter Kitty by her hostile daughter-in-law, who finds solace in rebelliously taking to drink and shop lifting; and shy, bookish Minna who in the safety of shepherd’s hut shares with her surrogate granddaughter Rose her passion for reading. The outlook of all three women subtly alters when through their encounters with each other they discover that the past is always with us and that we go on learning and changing until the very end.
We understand that The Beagle is advertising for a new landlord. The pub has been in use since 1977.
Saturday November 9th
@ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join us to hear about the first in a brand new crime series based in York and featuring librarian-turned-sleuth Kitt Hartley.
Helen Cox is the author of a brand new crime series featuring Kitt Hartley, librarian at the Vale of York University.
It’s a perfectly normal day for Kitt Hartley at her job at the University of the Vale of York library, until Detective Inspector Halloran arrives at her desk to tell her that her best friend, Evie Bowes, is under suspicion of murder. Evie’s ex-boyfriend Owen has been found dead – with a fountain pen stabbed through his heart – and all the evidence points to her. Kitt knows it could not have been Evie and in an effort to clear her best friend’s name she decides to investigate the murder herself.
Thursday November 7th
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
When did somebody last read to you?
Reading Together is a book group with no preparation required. Guided by writers Fiona Shaw and Daisy Hildyard, we read aloud together, and discuss – or simply listen to – a whole book. Over ten sessions this winter, we will read Maggie O’Farrell’s I Am, I Am I Am: the story of an extraordinary woman’s life told in near-death experiences.
At Reading Together you can share your thoughts about the book, engage in discussion, or simply enjoy being read to. Then continue the conversation over a cup of coffee in the cafe.
The group is free to join. However, places are limited. You can register in person or by telephone at any library in York or using the the Eventbrite link here