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Max Porter and Eimear McBride in conversation

In 2009 when I first decided to open a bookshop in Norwich, my sister in law said that I should go and speak to her mate in London who was at the time running a branch of Daunt Books in Chelsea. So down I went and spent a very enjoyable hour or so with a tall, enthusiastic and generous chap who offered all sorts of advice as we sat outside the shop smoking and drinking lemonade. I asked him if he ever thought he might open his own shop. 'Well if I was going to I would have done it in Norwich, so no, not now!' he said, and then added, 'But if I did, I'd call it Porterstones', which was a lovely little pun on his name - Max Porter. Skip a few years and Max has remained a good friend and supporter throughout his own professional changes - from Daunt to Granta, where he remains an editor and now to being an author. His book 'Grief Is The Thing With Feathers' came out earlier this year and really shouldn't need any introducing to people interested in contemporary writing; it has been everywhere, it's beautiful and classically 'Faber' style design appearing alongside an embarrassment of riches of superb reviews. Shortlisted for The Goldsmiths Prize and The Guardian First Book Award, it remains at the top of the charts, where it looks set to stay until it falls gently into place as a modern classic.

Another book which had similar outrageous success is Eimear McBride's A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing, which also has deep ties with The Book Hive. And when it was newly out and Eimear was doing the rounds, she did an event at Dulwich Books and was interviewed by a young editor from Granta who had also had a recent success with a book he'd picked up called The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton - winner of the 2013 Booker Prize. He was Max...

And now it is my great pleasure to re-unite these shining stars ofmodern fiction in The Book Hive for an event that promises to be filled with insight into the world of writing and publishing- and what it is like to find oneself, all of a sudden, not just a successful author but an important one.

Monday 30th November