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The Bookmark is keen to stimulate community enthusiasm in all things literary.  To that end we aim to bring interesting, exciting authors to Grantown, both established names and those starting out on their writing careers.  This is your chance to meet the writers themselves and find out what's behind their latest book.    Whether you have a burning question to ask or simply want to sit and listen, these are informal and enjoyable gatherings open to all.  Most author events take place in local hotels and tickets will be available in advance from the shop or on the door.



"It was a real pleasure to find such a large and enthusiastic audience"

Christopher Brookmyre, September 2013



Chillingly good:  cream of crime writers head to Grantown-on-Spey’s  5th Wee Crime Festival

Come and join us at Grantown’s Wee Crime Festival (Dark Nights, Dark Deeds; Death in Grantown) 3rd to 5th November.    Now in its 5th year, it’s an intimate affair attended by some of the country’s best known crime writers – this year’s line up includes James Oswald, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir , Lin Anderson, Betty Trask Winner: Daniel Shand, Michael Malone, Douglas Skelton, Caro Ramsay and Mason Cross.

Buy your tickets from us here at The Bookmark, Grantown on Spey or call us on T: 01479 873 433 to book. See you there – scarily good entertainment.

















We’re delighted that writer and photographer Charlotte Peacock will be coming to Grantown to talk about 'Into The  Mountain' - her newly published biography of acclaimed Aberdeen writer Nan Shepherd - on Tuesday 7th November


Described by Robert MacFarlane as “rich, wise, subtle, and valuable”, Into the Mountain is the first biography of Scottish novelist Nan Shepherd.  Due to be published on 26th October, it promises to cast light on this notoriously private, fiercely independent and, until recently, underrated Scottish writer.


The event, which will take place at Grantown Museum,  is the only talk being given by Charlotte within Cairngorms National Park, an area which Shepherd – a keen hillwalker – knew intimately and which provided the inspiration for so much of her writing.



Not to be missed!  Buy your tickets here at The Bookmark (or call 01479 873433, priced £5 (wine and nibbles included)



 Tues 13th Semptember 2016 we held an event with Catherine Czerkawska  for her novel "The Jewel" in The Garth Hotel, Grantown on Spey. "The Jewel" is a fascinating novel about the life of Jean Armour and her husband, Robert Burns. There was book discussion by the author and audience and songs of Robert Burns sung by Marie-Louise Napier. We had a wonderful turnout, over 40. See the author's thoughts on the evening:


The Bookmark is also responsible for organising Grantown's new Wee Crime Festival which runs in the autumn.  'Dark Nights, Dark Deeds... Death in Grantown' was a great success both in 2013 and 2014 and we hope to make it annual fixture in the crime writing festival calendar.   So far, the event has featured appearances by authors Lin Anderson, Malcolm Archibald, Neil Broadfoot, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Chris Dolan, Mark Douglas-Hume, Alex Gray, Michael Malone, Lesley McDowell, Russel McLean, Shona MacLean, Shirley McKay, Catriona McPherson, Caro Ramsay, Craig Robertson, Alexandra Sokoloff and Aline Templeton.