What’s on Half Term Fun & diary dates ….

October Events & Half Term fun!


Sat 22 Oct – Book Signing with Dr Emma J Wells – 11am to 1pmPoster book cover & pic

Dr Emma J Wells signed copies of her new book Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles. emma wells pig






Sat Oct 29 – Book Signing with Andy Seed – 10am to 12 noon

Come & meet local author Andy Seed, signing his 2 new books – The Anti-Boredom Christmas Book & Poems for Pensioners! A FREE event.

Winner of the 2015 Blue Peter Book Award with The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff for Kids!

Diary Dates….

Wed 23 Nov, 7pm to 8.30pm An Evening with Salley Vickers

Salley will give a talk, Q&A plus book signing of her new book ‘Cousins’. Tickets £5 each with £3 redeemable against the purchase of her book.

Thur 24 Nov,  6.30pm, Bloomin’ Words Christmas Cabaret at Rural Arts with Kate Fox & guests.

EARLY BIRD TICKETS £8 each until 31.10.16 (from 1.11.16  £10 ea)

Sun 27 Nov, 11am to 12 noon Meet Julian Norton star of Channel 5 The Yorkshire Vet

Julian will be signing copies of his book ‘Horses, Heifers and Hairy Pigs: The Life of a Yorkshire Vet’ at Thirsk Christmas Fayre, at Thirsk Town Hall.

Sun 11  Dec, 4pm to 5pm – Afternoon Tea and Vegetables with John Hegley! Fig Rolls will be provided for all of those wearing spectacles. Suitable for age 8+.  Tickets £5 each.  A family event.

Sat 17 Dec, 2pm to 4pm – Take Tea with Gervase Phinn.  A FREE event.

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Stop Press MORE Events for October ….

Book signing Event
On Saturday October 22, from 11am to 1pm Dr Emma J Wells will be signing copies of her new book Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles. A FREE event.
Emma is an authority on historic buildings and their social, political and religious history. She was a lecturer at Durham University Archaeology Department, Visiting lecturer in Theology at York St. John university, and her television work includes adviser for BBC 1, BBC 2 and Channel 4.
Her new book leads the modern traveller on a fascinating journey of discovery along seven mediaeval pilgrim routes, taking in world-famous sites such as Canterbury and Lindisfarne as well as out-of-the-way places along paths not so widely travelled.
The book leads the modern traveller along seven British pilgrim routes with historic origins, taking in world-famous sites such as Holywell and Canterbury, and out-of-the-way locations on paths not so widely travelled.Poster book cover & pic

Each route guides pilgrims step by step on a journey of discovery. Illustrated throughout in colour, this book provides clear maps and informative commentary on the history of the most significant landscapes, shrines, art and architecture. Although it offers some fresh walking ideas, primary consideration is given to understanding the history, significance and practices surrounding the pilgrim routes and sites of Britain, helping you to follow in the footsteps of our forebears and gain invaluable insights into their medieval world.
To reserve your signed copy please tel: 01845 524353.

Published by Robert Hale. Out 11th October 2016.
Messy Myths with Jo!
On  Sunday October 23 from 11am to 12 noon join Jo Smith, storyteller and performer from 11am to 12 noon for Messy Myths 2Messy Myths in the garden (weather permitting, if not it’ll be upstairs!). Get crafty and creative with clay, wood, feathers, pebbles & found items, plus stories and fun – suitable for children age 5+.
Tickets £5/child, £8 for 2 and take home crafts.


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Autumn & Winter events


Latest Press Release…

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From Thursday October 6  all the Christmas bestsellers are released, and the countdown to Christmas begins for booksellers, Saturday October 8 marks the first Bookshop Day and continues the Books Are My Bag (BAMB) campaign, celebrating bookselling on the high street.andy seed books (2) 2
Sue Lake, Bookshop owner said “We are thrilled to be marking our 21st birthday in the book trade, and have a host of interesting events coming up in the busy run up to Christmas.”  Sue continued “we are looking forward to hosting events with Andy Seed, John Hegley and Gervase Phinn, and  our Christmas Cabaret evening is on Thursday November 24th at a new venue, Rural Arts in Thirsk, it is hosted by Kate Fox. Our fantastic team of 15 staff will be working very hard to continue giving great customer service.”

Several big autumn titles are released, including Sebastian Faulks’ Pistache Returns
(Hutchinson), Michael Palin’s A Sackful of Limericks (Random House Books), James Patterson’s Filthy Rich and A Woman of God (both Century), Jamie Vardy: From Nowhere, My Story (Ebury Press) and Rick Stein’s Long Weekends (BBC Books), among others.  Many signed copies are already in stock.

Book signing with Andy Seed

Local author Andy Seed will be at the BookCafe on Saturday October 29 from 10am to 12 noon, talking to customers and signing copies of The Anti-Boredom Christmas Book and Poems for Pensioners.   Andy Seed, wrote The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff for Kids, Winner of the 2015 Blue Peter Book Award.

Bloomin’ Words Christmas Cabaret Thursday November 24 , at Rural Arts, Thirsk from 6.30pm for 7pm,

EARLY BIRD TICKETS on sale now £8 each up to 31.10.16, from 1.11.16 £10 each.

A fun night out, with our fantastic host Kate Fox, Stand-Up Poet, writer, performer, researcher and teacher. Kate will guide us through this Kate fox bestevening of spoken word, poetry, comedy and music. Performers to be confirmed. This is a ticketed event.

Afternoon Tea and Vegetables with John Hegley!

Poet John Hegley will make a welcome return to the bookshop on Sunday December 11 with a fun event for families from 4pm to 5pm.

During this fun family show John will be reading from ‘My Dog is a Carrot’ and ‘ I am a Poetato’. Fig rolls will be provided for all of those wearing spectacles.

Suitable for children age 8+.  Tickets £5 each.

Take Tea with Gervase Phinn!

Gervase Phinn will be taking tea in the BookCafe on Saturday December 17 from 2pm to 4pm, whilst chatting to customers and signing copies of his new books Grandchildren and Schooldays. A free event.

For further information and tickets for any of the above events please telephone 01845 524353 or visit www.whiterosebooks.com.

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Carol Drinkwater book signing ‘The Forgotten Summer’

TODAY – (Sat 1st October)  We are really looking forward to welcoming back to Thirsk author Carol Drinkwater who will be in the BookCafe signing copies of her new book The Forgotten Summer, from 1pm to 3pm.51joK4mx0vL__SX323_BO1204203200_

‘Lovely, mouth-watering, page-turning. Packed with the sunshine, scents and savours of the South of France. Enough to make you rush straight to the Eurostar.’ Daily Mail

The grape harvest at the Cambon family’s magnificent Provencal vineyard is always a cause for celebration. But not this year. When the crop is accidentally destroyed, leaving the estate facing ruin, Clarisse Cambon knows exactly who to blame – her English daughter-in-law Jane.

I’s just the latest incident in a decades-long feud that has left Jane feeling like an uninvited guest in her husband Luc’s family. But when tragedy strikes and Jane uncovers a shocking secret at the family’s heart she wonders if she ever really knew any of the Cambons, especially her husband, at all.

carol drinkwater windowNow she is left with a terrible choice – walk away and see everything the Cambons believe in fall apart, or stay to expose the truth and risk being caught in the storm?

‘Secrets, tragedy, hidden pasts and family secrets all set in glorious Provence – I loved this’ Santa Montefiore

‘This atmospheric read will whisk you straight to the South of France as you become immersed in the tale of secrets and heartbreak’ Marie Claire
Taken from Penguin UK website

Please telephone 01845 524353 to reserve your signed copy of the book.

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Stop Press ….

Stop Press … Author Salley Vickers is dropping by on Friday afternoon with Proofs of her new book ‘Cousins’, which will be available.

Brilliant and mercurial Will tye suffers a life changing accident. The terrible event ripples through three generations of the complex and eccentric Tye family, bringing to light old tragedies and dangerous secrets. cover_jpg_rendition_242_374
Told through the eyes of three women close to Will, his sister, his grandmother and his aunt, Cousins is a novel weaving darkness and light, taking us from the outbreak of World War Two to the present day.

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2 Vacancies in the Café.

Poster Vacancy Cafe Assistants Sept 2016

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“Best launch party since Muhammed Ali’s biography” at White Rose BookCafe!

Latest Press Release:-

Television’s ‘The Yorkshire Vet’ Julian Norton launched his new book at White Rose BookCafe, Thirsk recently.

Sue Lake of White Rose BookCafe, Thirsk said that “Sales of the new book by Yorkshire Julian Norton & BookCafe owner Sue Lake - by Olivia Lowry PhotographyVet, Julian Norton have outstripped sales of Harry Potter books” she added “ We were absolutely delighted when Julian asked us to hold a Party to launch his new book Horses, Heifers and Hairy Pigs: The Life of a Yorkshire Vet. We wish Julian every success in the future, with his book and the 3rd TV series of The Yorkshire Vet” (photo of Julian Norton and Sue Lake by Olivia Lowry Photography).View of the Book Launch Party by Olivia Lowry Photography

Julian’s book follows the success of The Yorkshire Vet TV series and looks at his childhood love of animals, adventures as he trained as a vet, then moving on to his first steps in the profession, including the challenges faced by vets, includes dealing with the unexpected and sometimes exotic pets, plus some excitable owners. Julian’s writing shows his love of Yorkshire and his passion for his job shines through.Julian Norton's Book Launch Party

Julian’s event was very well supported, with fans travelling from London, Newcastle, and Castleford.

Friends, family and customers enjoyed complimentary canapes and prosecco, courtesy of Publisher Michael O’Mara, in the sunny garden at the BookCafe.  Debut author, Julian enjoyed meeting some clients of Skeldale Veterinary Practice who feature in the book, and it was often overheard “I feature on page 192, or my pet is on page 84”.

Julian Norton & Peter WrightVet Peter Wright took time out of his busy schedule, along with other staff from Skeldale Veterinary Practice to support their colleague Julian.  Jim Wight wrote the Foreward in the book, and also signed copies for customers. Also in attendance were Louise Dixon Editor  from Michael O’Mara Publisher and David Riding of MBA Literary Agents (see pic above), plus Paul Stead of Daisy Beck Studios in Leeds.  David Riding had approached Julian after series 1 of Julian Norton signing books - by Olivia Lowry PhotographyThe Yorkshire Vet, with the idea of Julian writing his memoirs.

Thirsk Yarnbomber, Ann Akers had lovingly created a horse, heifer and a hairy pig, which looked spectacular peeping out of the bushes, customers enjoyed taking selfies with them!

horse, heifer & hairy pigJulian said afterwards “Sue, thank you so much for all your help, organisation and enthusiasm that went into today….  Louise Dixon said it was the best launch party she had been to since Muhammed Ali’s biography, praise indeed!”

Thanks also to the fantastic team of staff at the BookCafe for all their hard work. If you require a signed copy of the book please tel 01845 524353.

NB: Photo of the BookCafe garden view & Julian talking to young fans, taken by Olivia Lowry Photography, all other photographs by CJ P.R.  (Caroline Nicholls).

Garden view Julian Norton's Book LaunchJim Wight signs the book for Ann AkersGeorgey Spanswick of BBC Radio York chats with Producer of Daisy Beck Studios

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Book launch party this week & other news!

This week we are busy getting ready for the exciting Book Launch Party on Sat 17 Sept 11am to 1pm, for Julian Norton’s new book ‘Horses, Heifers and Hairy Pigs: The Life of a Yorkshire Vet’ £12.99.  Everyone is welcome to attend. You can pre order the book by telephoning 01845 524353.

September News & Offers :- http://eepurl.com/cfl0Hv

PLEASE NOTE:  On Sat 17th Sept the Café  will be open as usual up to 10.45am, but will be closed from 10.45am until 1pm. After 1pm normal service will resume.We are expecting to be very busy, so please bear with us as there may be some queues, and waiting time too meet Julian, and have your book signed.  Horses Heifers and Hairy Pigs CoverNorton Julian (1) - Credit Natasha Jarvis


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Latest Press Release ….

Bestselling Crime Writer, Peter Robinson to visit White Rose BookCafe, Thirsk

Bestselling crime writer Peter Robinson will be at White Rose BookCafe, 79-81 Market Place, Thirsk, YO7 1ET on Thursday August 25 at 7pm giving a talk and signing copies of his latest book ‘When the Music’s Over’ a DCI Banks Mystery.

Peter Robinson grew up in Yorkshire and now divides his time between Richmond and Canada. There are 22 books in the bestselling DCI Banks series, the critically acclaimed crime novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe and are published in translation all over the world. Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks is now a major ITV 1 drama by Left Bank productions, in which Stephen Tompkinson plays Inspector Banks.

The new DCI Banks book has the team investigating two highly contemporary crimes, each echoing and illuminating the other. When the body of a young girl is found in a remote countryside lane, evidence suggests she was drugged, abused and thrown from a moving van – before being beaten to death.

While DI Annie Cabbot investigates the circumstances in which a 14-year-old could possibly fall victim to such a crime, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks must do the same – but the crime Banks is investigating is the coldest of cases. Fifty years ago Linda Palmer was attacked by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet no investigation ever took place. Now Caxton stands accused at the centre of a historical abuse investigation and it’s Banks’s first task as superintendent to find out the truth.

As more women step forward with accounts of Caxton’s manipulation, Banks must piece together decades-old evidence. With his investigation uncovering things from the past that would rather stay hidden, he will be led down a path even darker than the one he set out to investigate.

You can meet the author and have your book personally signed on August 25. Tickets are £5 each with £3 redeemable on a book purchase.  Wine and nibbles will be served before the talk and the garden will be open weather permitting. For further information or to pre order your copy, and reserve tickets telephone 01845 524353 or visit www.whiterosebooks.com.



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Book of the Week 15/8

Book Group recommendation
‘Neither Here, Nor There’ by Bill Bryson, all about his travels in Europe, a timely read!
“Bill Bryson’s first travel book, The Lost Continent, was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years. In Neither Here nor There he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Fluent in, oh, at least one language, he retraces his travels as a student cover.jpg.rendition.460.707twenty years before.

Whether braving the homicidal motorists of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant or window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations. He even goes to Liechtenstein.” taken from Penguin website.



Book of the Week & Children’s Book of the Week ...
‘One’ by Sarah Crossan £7.99, winner of the coveted children’s book prize The CILIP Carnegie Medal, which is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.
The medal is awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals,judged solely by the nation’s librarians.

Sarah Crossan’s ‘One’ was also winner of the Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year and Children’s Choice Award 2016 , plus winner of the YA Prize 2016.9781408827215-195x300
It is about twins Grace and Tippi – conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change.
No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love? But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined…

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