Saturday 30 October, 10.30am until 5.00pm, Upper exhibition space
Foyles will once again run the festival bookshop, stocking books by festival speakers and other books related to the Battle of Ideas 2010 themes. This year the expanded bookshop will include shelves to browse, seating areas to read in and author signings (look out for details at the festival).
Foyles is a Charing Cross Road institution, but in the last few years the entire shop has been refitted. It still has an unparalleled range of books at its heart, with five floor of books on 56 specialist subjects, but also features an art gallery, a café, Ray’s Jazz shop and a flourishing programme of author events. Foyles also has shops at Royal Festival Hall, St Pancras International, and Westfield London.
This year Foyles Charing Cross Road will host a Battle Satellite entitled Papal plots, burqa bans: what does it mean to be secular today?, on Thursday 7 October and, as the home of Bookshop Barnies, Nathalie Haynes will discuss her new book, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life on Tuesday 2 November.
Barriers to Science
"Only the Battle of Ideas could provide the platform for a discussion about a GCSE Science exam where the atmosphere was so electric. It felt like a battle for the soul of British education."
Philip Walters, chairman, Rising Stars educational publishers