A local bookshop is for life, not just for Christmas, so celebrate it on National Bookshop Day, when many stores will be holding special events. Find one near you at booksaremybag.com.
Author Laura Barnett and singer Kathryn Williams discuss and perform their novel/ album collaboration Greatest Hits to close the Sevenoaks literary festival, 7.30pm. £10. Methodist church, 6 The Drive, Sevenoaks. sevlitfest.com.
Come dressed as your favourite character to hear Frances Hardinge, Lucy Saxon and Maggie Harcourt talk about their new books at the Bath festival, 4.15pm. £6. Komedia, 22-23 Westgate Street, Bath. bathfestivals.org.uk.
The Man Booker prize shortlist (or half of it) goes to Nottingham, with readings by Ali Smith, Emily Fridlund and Fiona Mozley at the Djanogly theatre, 7.30pm. £8. Lakeside Arts, University Park, Nottingham. lakesidearts.org.uk.
Man Booker prize winner Alan Hollinghurst is in conversation and introduces his sixth novel, The Sparsholt Affair, at the Ilkley festival, 7.30pm. £7/5. Ilkley Playhouse, Weston Road, Ilkley. ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk.
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