Baileys cocktails and fiction is the focus of new bar pop-up

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction will open its first-ever pop-up Baileys Prize Book Bar at Waterstones on Tottenham Court Road, London on Monday 16 May.

The pop-up will open at Waterstones' Tottenham Court Road store
The pop-up will open at Waterstones' Tottenham Court Road store

It will serve as the destination for book lovers to relax and enjoy the six novels in the 2016 shortlist, while indulging in a Baileys cocktail.

The bar will be available for five days and book clubs and reading groups will be invited to host sessions. There will also be a programme of events involving writers including Ali Smith, Eimear McBride, Kate Mosse and chair of judges Margaret Mountford.

On Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes, there will be an opportunity to hear each of the six finalist novels brought to life in exclusive readings from actors Tori Allen-Martin and Jim Rastall.

The 2016 shortlist includes Ruby by Cynthia Bond, The Green Road by Anne Enright, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie, The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.

Readers who purchase one of the six shortlisted books throughout the week will receive either a free Flat White martini or a Baileys coffee.

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Anna MacDonald, Baileys europe marketing director said: "In partnership with the Women’s Prize, we are proud to bring this to life in a unique way with the first ever bar to be given over exclusively to the sheer pleasure of books and reading."

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