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Marcel Krueger & Paul Scraton
Thursday 23rd November 2017 at 6:00PM
Tickets: FREE

No Alibis Bookstore are pleased to invite you to an evening with Marcel Krueger and Paul Scraton to celebrate the launch of their new travel books on Thursday 23rd November at 6:00PM. Tickets for this event are free, and can be booked using the EventBrite button below.

Join Marcel Krueger (Babushka’s Journey) and Paul Scraton (Ghosts on the Shore) at No Alibis as they talk about their travels through central and eastern Europe, give readings from their books and discuss their related themes, from family memory to how we tell the stories of the past.

Marcel Krueger is the author of Babushka's Journey, in which he follows the story of his grandmother from her vanished homeland of East Prussia to the labour camps of the USSR. Chasing the sights, sounds and voices of past and present along this route, Marcel has created both fictionalised historical narrative and contemporary travelogue, covering two different journeys that follow the same path.

Further along the Baltic coast, in Ghosts on the Shore Paul Scraton explores the German shoreline between the old East and West Germany dividing line and the Polish border. Exploring a world of socialist summer camps, Hanseatic trading towns long past their heyday and former fishing villages surrendered to tourism, Paul unearths the stories, folklore and contradictions of the coast, where politics, history and personal memory merge to create a nuanced portrait of place.

Praise for Babushka's Journey:

“This book is a moving account of family love and the devastation of war.” Max Egremont, author of Forgotten Land

Praise for Ghosts on the Shore:

“This is a beautifully written book that breathes a kind of mythical life into a forgotten corner of Europe. Read it and be transported by glittering prose.”Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3

Matthew-November 14 2017, 12:11

Gerald Dawe
Friday 24th November 2017 at 6:00PM
Tickets: FREE

No Alibis Bookstore are pleased to invite you to an evening with Gerald Dawe to celebrate the launch of his new book, IN ANOTHER WORLD on Friday 24th November at 6:00PM. Tickets for this event are free, and can be booked using the EventBrite button below.

In Another World is a unique trip through Belfast, mapped into the mystic through the timeless music of Van ‘the Man’ Morrison. The aptly soulful and inventive prose stems from the electric wit of acclaimed poet and fellow Belfast man, Gerald Dawe.

Struck by the extraordinary brand of rhythm and blues that was Morrison’s brainchild, Dawe’s book is a celebration of the inspirations that underlie Morrison’s music. Silhouetted in the work is a vibrant and moody Belfast; the formative influence of the pre-Troubles northern capital.

Dawe’s writing transmutes the tender and unforgettable strains of Morrison’s work, from the release in 1968 of Astral Weeks to the publication in 2014 of Lit Up Inside: Selected Lyrics. A powerful tribute to mark Van Morrison’s accomplishments, In Another World taps into his legacy’s eclectic soul and is kin to its enchantments.

Gerald Dawe is a retired Professor of English and Fellow of Trinity College. He has published eight collections of poetry and several volumes of essays, and he is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including the Macaulay Fellowship in Literature. His latest poetry collection Mickey Finn’s Air, was published in 2014; Of War and War’s Alarms: Reflections on Modern Irish Writing appeared in 2015.

Matthew-November 14 2017, 12:30

Willy Vlautin
Sunday 28th January 2018 at 8:00PM
Venue: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
Tickets: £12.50

No Alibis Bookstore are pleased to invite you to an evening of words and music with Willy Vlautin to celebrate the launch of his new book, DON'T SKIP OUT ON ME on Sunday 28th January at 8:00PM in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. Tickets for this event are on sale now, and can be booked using the button below.

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Willy Vlautin’s fifth novel, ‘Don’t Skip Out On Me’ is scheduled for release on Feb 1 2018 on Faber and Faber. Like his previous novel ‘Northline’ it will have an accompanying soundtrack included with the book on cd but this time it is Richmond Fontaine playing on all the instrumental tracks. While the cd will be coming free with the book. Décor will be releasing the album on vinyl as well as a vinyl release of the previous Willy Vlautin soundtrack to Northline. Both soundtrack albums will be strictly limited with Don’t Skip Out on Me to 1000 lps and Northline with 500 both on 180gram vinyl. Don’t Skip Out will be with a gatefold with photography from Willy Vlautin. Willy will tour the UK and Ireland in support of these soundtracks and book with pedal stell player David Murphy.

The new novel follows Horace Hopper, a half-white and half-Paiute Indian farm hand in Nevada, who dreams of bigger things. Leaving behind the farm and its fragile stability, he heads South to re-invent himself as the Mexican boxer Hector Hidalgo… but at what cost, and what of those he’s left behind?

'Don't Skip Out on Me is magnificent. Willy Vlautin is now one of America’s great writers.’ Roddy Doyle

Don’t Skip Out on Me was recorded early 2017 just after the band called it quits on their final European tour. It was laid down at Flora and Playback studios in Portland, Oregon with John Morgan Askew whom also produced their previous album. The songs feature Paul Brainard deft pedal steel and the mariachi horns of Paul with Cory Gray; both upbeat, sparse and recurring themes find place on the varied album following the trails of Hector’s career. Northline is a much more paired down subtle album that follows the book of the same name for beautiful soundscapes and again featuring Paul Brainard on pedal steel.

In addition to the new vinyl and book, Willy Vlautin’s third novel LEAN ON PETE has been adapted for the screen by acclaimed British director Andrew Haigh (45 Years and Weekend) and will be released March 2018 via Curzon cinemas, staring Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny and Charlie Plummer, who won the Best Young Actor award at the Venice International Film Festival. 'Luminously shot and acted' FT 'A rivetingly beautiful film' Daily Telegraph

The European tour dates will feature spoken word, Q &A plus Richmond Fontaine, Delines and some instrumental tracks

Matthew-November 14 2017, 21:00

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