It's usually quiet in the summer for events and activities but there's a flurry of author talks taking place in the next couple of months which might appeal to anyone following the Browsers Book Group reading at the moment.

Next week at FolkEast at Glemham, Suffolk, there's an exciting programme of author talks organised by the Halesworth Bookshop. It includes Kate Sawyerwho spoke to us online during lockdown when she launched her debut novel 'The Stranding'. Since then Kate was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and won the Fiction Prize at the East Anglian Book Awards. This is a lovely opportunity to meet Kate in person.

At the end of the month, Topping's bookshop in Ely (slightly further afield but always worth a visit) has an event with Hernan Diaz the author of 'Trust', one of the longlisted titles for this year's Booker Prize which we're debating at a special book group meeting on Monday 5 September.

In September, Suffolk Book League will be hosting Rupert Thomson in a visit to Ipswich. He will be talking about 'Barcelona Dreaming' (our book group title for April) as well as his other work.

Authors regularly mention how pleased they are to participate in events like these for the opportunity to meet their readers whom they recognise as always being so kind, supportive, respectful and appreciative. 

It's been horrific, then, to witness the attack on Salman Rushdie in the US this week. We wish him a full and speedy recovery. 

Thank you for reading.