There is an article in this week's Oxford Times about her talk in Woodstock on February 8th:
A novel sparked by the Josef Fritzl abuse case might seem likely to be a miserable read. But Room, by Emma Donoghue, is one of the most heart-warming books I’ve read in a long time.
Like Fritzl’s victim, Donoghue’s protagonist is imprisoned in a room and gives birth to children after being repeatedly raped. The story is told by her five-year-old son Jack, who has never known a different life and accepts as normal his meagre existence with rationed food, a few books and occasional access to television.
It has become a word-of-mouth bestseller, translated into Dutch, Swedish, Italian, Hebrew and South Korean. Now the author is travelling from her home in Canada to visit Woodstock for a paperback launch event hosted by the town’s tiny bookshop.
In an interview with the Oxford Times, Donoghue said the choice of Woodstock was partly a way of marking the importance of independent bookshops. “A lot of them are very passionate about books, and often people buy the book as a result. And Room has been one of those books that’s become a success partly because of word-of-mouth.”
Tickets are selling fast but we do some some space left.
Welcome to The Woodstock Bookshop
The shop opened in May 2008 and is on the main road in Woodstock, just next to the bus stop. We can supply most books to order by the next day and have several thousand books in stock: to order books ring or email the shop. We have a large selection of children's books and are happy to advise and recommend. We can also supply second-hand and out-of-print titles. We offer discounts for school orders and for book clubs and have a free local delivery service.
We were on the regional shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2009, 2013 and 2017, and listed in the recent Independent's Top 50 UK Bookshops.
Two monthly book groups take place at the bookshop - a poetry group, initially formed to read collections submitted for the annual T S Eliot Prize and now following a slightly wider brief; and a book group focusing more on fiction. Both are open to everyone but occasionally space is limited - please contact us for details.
We hold a series of informal talks and readings throughout the year. If you buy any book at the talk the cost of the ticket will be deducted. Please ring or email to book a place - early booking advisable.
The Woodstock Literature Society also holds an excellent series of monthly talks - do visit their website for further details.