A Very Special Speakeasy

Shhh. We have a little secret to tell you.

So, normally, Speakeasy happens one time every month, at lovely Drink Shop Do.

But sometimes, once in a brilliant blue moon, so many great books come out that we just have to go off-piste. And this is one of those times.

Because on the 24th of June, we are having a super special YA Speakeasy and we are TOO EXCITED ABOUT IT. There will be cocktails, silliness and books to buy. And, most importantly, readings from these OMG-SO-BRILLIANT-CAN’T-DEAL authors:

E LOCKHART is the author of all kinds of incredible books for children and young adults, including the game-changing WE WERE LIARS and the more-girl-power-than-Beyoncé THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS. Born and raised in the States, she’s here, for one night only, to promote her amazing new collaboration,  HOW TO BE BAD.

LAURA DOCKRILL is a performance poet, author, illustrator and short story writer. As well as writing her hilarious and perfect Darcy Burdock series, she’s about to launch her deliciously dark YA debut, LORALI: mermaids and pirates and language to linger over… Yes. Please.

JAMES P SMYTHE is the author of too many brilliant books to name; we like to call him Sir Writes-A-Lot. We also call him a straight-up hands-down genius. And now his debut YA novel, WAY DOWN DARK, is about to hit shelves, and we. Can’t. Wait. He has been shortlisted for and won any number of prizes, including The Kitschies Red Tentacles and the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and he has also lost the Speakeasy Story Challenge twice. Third time’s a charm!

NON PRATT‘s debut novel, TROUBLE, was critically acclaimed and unbelievably awesome, as well as being deservedly shortlisted for both the YA Book Prize and the Branford Boase. And now she’s back with REMIX, a novel about friendship and festivals that’s already causing quite the stir. Non previously worked as an editor at Usbourne and we have all of the love for her.

Now, they’re going to be there – will you? This bit’s important, because it’s different to normal:

Clerkenwell & Social, free from 7pm. We feel it also essential to tell you that between 5 and 8pm, it’s 2-4-1 on some delicious literary themed cocktails*. On a related note, we’re afraid this event is for over-18s only – sorry to disappoint!

Please let us know you’re coming, so we can save you a place: thatnightwheretheydowriting@gmail.com.

*Two of the same cocktail for the price of one, rather than a mix and match situation.

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