Autumn Events at Blackwell’s Oxford

We think that our schedule of author events for the Autumn is the most interesting and exciting that we have ever put together. Perhaps most eye-catching is Steven Pinker in the Sheldonian Theatre on November 3rd, one of only three UK events. In addition to this marquee event we have an eclectic selection of quality talks and performances, from a Classics Balloon debate to an evening of Zombie related horror! Melissa Benn, Ian Goldin and Owen Jones add a political dimension with talks on Education, Migration and the Demonization of the Working Class respectively. Society and Philosophy are represented by Misha Glenny on all our Cyber Threats and Nigel Warburton presenting his charming “A Little History of Philosophy”. Add in the cutting edge performance poetry, prose and music that Eightcuts have brought together for the This is Oxford evening and there is a little (or a lot!) for anyone. Here’s the programme in full:



Dr Austin and Sean Page “Zombies!”

Wednesday 26th October at 7pm
Blackwell’s Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford
Tickets £2.00 tel: 01865 333623 or

Review of Zombie Science 1Z here Book available here
Review of The Official Zombie Handbook(UK) here  Book available here

Ever mused to yourself that there just aren’t enough bookshop events about Zombies?! We attempt to correct this state of affairs by offering you not one but two experts in the field of Zombie Research, and more particularly, what to do in the event on a Zombie invasion. Those experts are Doctor Austin (author of Zombie Science 1Z) and Sean T. Page, the author of two books on Zombieism: THE Official Zombie Handbook (UK) and War against the Walking Dead. The perfect event for Halloween and Half Term!

Classics Evening – Featuring the
Classics Balloon Debate! with Adrian Goldsworthy, Bettany Hughes and Harry Sidebottom

Thursday 27th October at 7pm
Blackwell’s Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford
Tickets £2.00 tel: 01865 333623 or

Celebrate the worlds of Ancient Greece and Rome with us: immerse yourself in all things classical, philosophical, historical and mythological and enjoy our Classics Balloon Debate: In case you’ve not come across the concept before, a balloon debate involves a panel of speakers who are all speaking in the guise of a famous figure from History with the aim of justifying why they should not be thrown out of the hot-air balloon which is rapidly falling to Earth and needs to lose some excess weight quickly! Participants include Bettany Hughes, Harry Sidebottom and Adrian Goldsworthy with more authors to be announced.

Owen Jones “Chavs – the Demonization of the Working Class”

Tuesday 1st November at 7pm
Blackwell’s Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford
Tickets £2.00 tel: 01865 333623 or

Jon Cruddas reviews the book here  Book available here

Owen Jones’ book, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class couldn’t be more relevant and timely and its a masterful analysis of society, class and attitudes in the UK today. In Chavs, Owen Jones explores how the working class has gone from “salt of the earth” to “scum of the earth.” Exposing the ignorance and prejudice at the heart of the chav caricature, he provides a damning indictment of the media and political establishment, and an illuminating, disturbing portrait of inequality and class hatred in modern Britain.

Steven Pinker “The Better Angels of Our Nature”

Thursday 3rd November at 7pm
Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford
Tickets £5.00 (or buy the book and ticket together for £25.00)
tel: 01865 333623 or

David Runciman reviews the book here Book available here from 6th October

Most people would probably select our event with Steven Pinker as the stand-out, don’t-miss, absolutely essential event of the Autumn. It takes place at 7pm on Thursday 3rd November at the Sheldonian Theatre. Steven Pinker will be talking about his new book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, in which he expounds his theory that, contrary to popular belief, humankind has actually become less violent over the centuries.
Pinker is one of the gargantuan intellectuals of our age and this book is epic in substance and scope. He’s only appearing in three cities in the UK this time around, and we would strongly recommend that you get in early to avoid disappointment.

Out of the Blue “Rush”

***Breaking News***We have just agreed today to host the launch of Oxford University’s internationally acclaimed all male a cappella group Out of the Blue’s new CD on Wednesday 9th November. More details to follow as we get them.

Misha Glenny “Dark Market: CyberThieves, CyberCops and You”

Wednesday 16th November at 7pm
Blackwell’s Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford
Tickets £2.00 tel: 01865 333623 or

Book available here
In this fascinating and compelling book, Misha Glenny, author of the international bestseller McMafia, explores the three fundamental threats facing us in the 21st century: cyber crime, cyber warfare and cyber industrial espionage. Governments and the private sector are losing billions of dollars each year, fighting an ever-morphing, often invisible, often super-smart new breed of criminal: the hacker. Glenny has travelled and trawled the world. And by exploring the rise and fall of the criminal website, “Dark Market”, he has uncovered the most vivid, alarming and illuminating stories.

Well we hope this stellar list has piqued your interest. Whether you are a stalwart attendee of our events or have yet to come along to one you are very, very welcome. We hope to see you at one, or more, over the coming weeks.

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