Events Archive

On tour with Maureen Johnson

A month ago we dusted off our manners, polished our tiaras and rolled out the red carpet ready for your reigning Queen of Teen, Maureen Johnson’s Royal Tour. We worked your Queen hard and visited six cities in five days (Newcastle! Leeds! Manchester! Birmingham! Cheltenham! London!) and it was great to see so many loyal […]


This month sees the publication of Gareth P. Jones’ new book THE SOCIETY OF THIRTEEN – a dark and adventure-filled blend of mystery, magic, friendship and the macabre. Gareth is not only a master storyteller but a master entertainer who puts on brilliant interactive, inventive and energetic events all themed around his books. Here he […]

Dawn O’Porter’s Best Friends Ball & THE BOOBY TRAP

On Friday September 20th Dawn O’Porter, her best friends and a large crowd of people gathered in Bush Hall for a ball in aid of Breast Cancer Care’s Pink Fridays campaign. The ball was organised by Breast Cancer Care and sponsored by Andrex. We also used this party as chance to launch THE BOOBY TRAP […]

Hot Key Books at LeakyCon London

Last weekend a large group of Harry Potter fans gathered in one place for LeakyCon London! LeakyCon is a Harry Potter convention that’s been happening in the United States for years and has now finally made its way to the UK. The convention also has a Lit track and some of our authors came long […]

PAPER AEROPLANES: The book tour!

Last month, we had another huge milestone – our first book tour! The months of planning and organising (and packing) for Dawn O’Porter’s PAPER AEROPLANES tour all came together in a crazy week at the end of May. Check out what we got up below! For more about the book and Dawn’s future event dates, […]

The pen is mightier than the mobile

This year, we have been working closely with the fantastic Platform youth hub in Islington, building an author-led creative writing programme for young people aged 13 to 19 called Write Ideas, which runs every Tuesday evening in term time. Two fabulous authors, Sarah Mussi and Sara Grant, have helped the young authors along their journey […]

Hold on to your (cowboy) hats — Abbi Glines is coming to town!

Next week, Abbi Glines, author of THE VINCENT BOYS and THE VINCENT BROTHERS, will be touring around the UK, meeting fans and getting her first taste of British life! Below is a blog she wrote about her preparations for the trip. Come meet Abbi at the Regent Street Apple Store on Monday the 15th at 6:30 […]

Bologna 2013: Thinking about design…

Bologna Book Fair is a wonderful showcase of beautiful design. From Pre-School and Board Books up to New Adult, the books here are presented to showcase the best work of their publishers. There are classics like the Miffy books for babies and toddlers, rubbing shoulders with new and challenging jackets for young adults like Asylum […]

Announcing…the Hot Key Books Parent Parlour!

We spend a lot of time thinking about parents here at HKB towers. We think about what they want, what they worry about, and what they think about when they’re in bookstores. But there’s only so much speculating we can do. So, we decided the best way to figure out how we can better serve […]

History, Music and Wonderful Company – The A WORLD BETWEEN US Book Launch

Last Thursday I was lucky enough to attend the launch event for the brilliant Lydia Syson’s A WORLD BETWEEN US. In classic Lydia/Hot Key fashion, the night was an amazing mix of enormous fun, fascinating historical facts and delicious food and drinks. This was literally my idea of a perfect event – for those of […]


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