Cathedrals across the UK will welcome bestselling author Salley Vickers as she promotes the new paperback edition of her latest book, The Cleaner of Chartres. Salley will meet audiences of local readers in specially chosen cathedral city venues where she will answer questions and read from the novel.
We helped organise the tour by inviting libraries to approach their local cathedrals about hosting an event. Publishers Penguin are offering the successful library/ cathedral bidders a range of promotional materials, plus free copies of The Cleaner of Chartres to offer book groups to read before they attend their local event. Local booksellers will also be invited to sell books from Salley Vickers' backlist - which includes bestsellers such as Miss Garnet's Angel, Vacation, Dancing Backwards and The Other Side Of You - at each event.
Sandeep Mahal, who leads our work with publishers and libraries, says: "We're delighted to be partnering with Penguin to bring The Cleaner of Chartres alive in local communities, through the public library network and a unique collaboration with cathedrals. Libraries' unique ability to forge local partnerships to spread reading is helping reach and create new audiences."
Kate Woodward, library manager: reading and learning for Shropshire Council, says: "Shropshire Library Service is delighted to work with The Reading Agency in support of the new Ludlow Arts Festival for 2013. St. Laurence's Church in Ludlow is a very special venue which we feel will beautifully complement Salley Vickers' talk about her new novel."
About the book
The Cleaner of Chartres centres on the beautiful and enigmatic but mysterious and vulnerable Agnès Morel, a foundling raised by nuns. Now in her forties, Agnès works daily to clean historic Chartres Cathedral. But with a chance meeting in the cathedral the spectre of Agnès' past returns, provoking malicious speculation from locals. As the rumours grow more ugly, Agnès is forced to confront her history, and the mystery of her origins finally unfolds.
Attend one of the following events during the tour:
Saturday 1 June, 2pm: Gloucester Cathedral in association with Gloucestershire Libraries. Venue: The Chapter House, Gloucester Cathedral. More information on the Gloucester Libraries website.
Thursday 6 June, time to be confirmed: Bristol Cathedral in association with Bristol Libraries.
Thursday 13 June, time to be confirmed: Canterbury Cathedral in association with Kent Libraries. Venue: to be confirmed.
Monday 17 June, 7.30pm: Guildford Cathedral. Further details to be confirmed.
Thursday 27 June, 6.30pm: Festival of Chichester. Venue: Chichester Cathedral.
Monday 22 July: event at the John Hewitt International Summer School, Armagh. Venue to be confirmed.
Friday 20 September, 7pm: Ludlow Arts Festival 2013: Ludlow Library. Venue: St Lawrence's Church, Ludlow.
Saturday 12 October, time to be confirmed: Beverley Festival of Literature. Venue: Beverley Minster.