Dates and Speakers for 2022

Tuesday 15th February 2022: David Shelley, CEO of Hachette UK and President of the Publishers’ Association (dinner at The Conduit)

Tuesday 12th April 2022: Polly Powell, Batsford Books (dinner at The Conduit)

Thursday 9th June 2022: Summer Party, The October Gallery

Tuesday 13th September 2022: dinner with guest speaker TBC, The Conduit

Tuesday 11th October 2022: dinner with guest speaker TBC, The Conduit

Tuesday 15th November 2022: dinner with guest speaker TBC, The Conduit

The Book Society AGM 2022

The Annual General Meeting of The Book Society will be held on Wednesday 25 May 2022 via Zoom. A link will be shared with all members well in advance. Please find below the papers circulated ahead of this meeting:

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Member Obituary: David Whitaker

Reprinted with kind permission from The Bookseller

David Whitaker, a former editor of The Bookseller, has died. Whitaker died peacefully in his sleep overnight on 4th August, his widow Maggie Van Reenen has confirmed.

Whitaker edited the magazine for three years from 1977 to 1979, although his principal contribution to the book trade came via Whitaker Publishing, the business that owned The Bookseller until its sale to VNU in 1999. Whitaker was proprietor, managing director and then chair of the business, until he retired in 1997.

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Introducing our new venue, The Conduit

As voted by the membership at the EGM in November 2021, we are moving to a new venue for our events, The Conduit. Located in Covent Garden, this new and forward-looking members club occupies a 6-floor converted warehouse with sustainability and ethical hospitality taking centre stage. Our main dinners will be held in The Forum on the 1st floor, with the exciting option to host our annual summer party in the rooftop bar.

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