Ladies, Gentlemen and noble Bibliophiles, please be aware: the Charing Cross Road branch of the esteemed booksellers Blackwell’s is holding what promises to be a rather stupendous Steampunk Evening, this Thursday, December 8th, from 6.00 – 8.30 p.m.

The Bookman, by Lavie TidharOne of the exceedingly illustrious word-smiths invited to attend is none other than our very own Lavie Tidhar, esq. author of the highly-regarded Bookman Histories (tomes currently available for public perusal consisting: The Bookman and Camera Obscura, to be completed in February of the year 2012 by The Great Game) who will be joining a plethora of creatively-minded personages of great renown.

The event will be hosted by the fine, upstanding folk behind The Kitschies (“an annual award for those books which best elevate the tone of genre literature”) fame, who would like to make the following known to all and sundry: “Entry is free and there’s no ticket required. If you would like to RSVP, you can do so on the event’s Facebook page. (RSVPing makes sure we have enough of The Kraken Rum for everyone. How’s that for an incentive?)”

A feast of steampunk literature and art, with free Kraken Rum for all? Can you think of a better way of spending a Thursday evening on Charing Cross Road (sans the obvious addition of a pair of spring-heeled boots, a filigree’d sword-cane, a yellow handkerchief, three burly Russian sailors and a visiting Dutch burlesque troop lately of Old Amsterdam)?

No, we didn’t think so.

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