Off The Shelf: Win Richard Ford signed Canada book and Sheffield talk tickets

Canada author: Richard Ford.
Canada author: Richard Ford.

SHEFFIELD’s Off The Shelf book festival - October 13 to November 3 - gets under way with events including a talk by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford, chatting about his new book Canada.

It is a haunting and visionary novel of vast landscapes, complex identities and fragile humanity.

His book questions the fine line between the normal and the extraordinary and the moments, in our lives, that take us into new worlds. It has received brilliant reviews.

Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Described by the Irish Times as “…the voice of twentieth century America,” he has published six novels and four collections of stories including A Multitude of Sins and The Lay of the Land.

Independence Day was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first time the same book had won both prizes.

He will talk about his new book and his career at St George’s Church, University of Sheffield, Mappin Street, Saturday, October 13, at 7.30pm.

Guarantee your place. Tickets are £8/£6 (cons) from Sheffield Motorpoint Arena Box office, call 0114 256 5567 or buy at

Other highlights in the first week of the festival include:

* Monday, October 15: Ian Livingstone, the co-founder of Games Workshop and who launched Dungeons and Dragons in Europe- Showroom.

* Tuesday, October 16: Novelist Paul Torday, author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - Showroom.

* Wednesday, October 17: Actor Richard Wilson - Pennine theatre.

* Thursday, October 18: Historian Dan Snow with new book and series about castles - Octagon.

* Saturday, October 20: You Should’ve Seen Us - Yorkshire archive film - Showroom.

For full details of these and other events, or to download this year’s brochure, visit the official festival web site at or call or call 0114 273 4400.


To celebrate the start of the festival and Richard Ford’s appearance, as a first prize we have a signed copy of his latest book, Canada, and a pair of tickets to his talk

Two runners up get a pair of tickets each to the event.

For chance to win prizes, enter our free draw - email your name and details, with StarCompRF in the subject bar to

Or follow digital editor Graham Walker on Twitter @GW1962 then tweet him with #StarCompRF.

Deadline is Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 10am. Usual rules and data terms apply, as below.

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