We’ve got writers who can’t wait to discuss novels by other people and this will be a key theme for us this year. by Laura Parker

TV personality Richard Osman and crime writer Mark Billingham have chosen four books for their Mystery Book Club, and two are novels: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly and The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. (They’ve also selected City of Lies by Ramita Navai, an account of life in Tehran, and Miracles of Life, JG Ballard’s autobiography.) Saturday 28 April 12:00

In our delicious Eat My Words session, we are bringing together food historian Pen Vogler and cookery writer Kate Young to discuss the menus and recipes served up by our greatest writers, and this includes some of the longest-form novels you can think of. AND you can sample Proust’s petites madeleines and Dickens’ punch (OK, we know about the serialisation with Charles D, but we read them as novels today). Friday 27 April 18:00

Just how many novels does Laura Freeman manage to name in her absorbing and highly-praised The Reading Cure? It’s hard to number as she charts how the lavish, detailed and loving descriptions of food in the novels of Woolf, Dickens (again) and Thomas Hardy, and many others tempted her back to health. As well as following Laura on her delicate path to survival, you can revel in reminders of the plum puddings, pottles of fruit and crisp russet apples that pervade our favourite novels. Laura will be joining Lucy Mangan for our Afternoon Tea slot in the Town Hall. Lucy’s memoir Bookworm is a journey through childhood reading and shows the powers contained in children’s novels to delight, dazzle, amaze – and form a lifelong reading habit. Saturday 28 April 16:00

We love novels so much we’ve even included one with the ticket! The writings of Barbara Pym, the much-loved novelist who lived locally, are being discussed in a book club session led by Andrew Male which will focus on her Excellent Women. Buy a ticket and you will be sent a copy of the novel to read in advance. Saturday 28 April 18:00

We know we value novels, but how much are they worth? For some, a great deal indeed. Bonhams recently sold a first edition, first issue, signed copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for over £100,000. Their book expert Matthew Haley, who has appeared on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, will be talking about rare books. He’ll also be holding a drop-in clinic, surrounded by novels, at the town’s Oxfam bookshop that day. Saturday 28 April 13:15

From the old to the new: literary agent Jo Unwin and publicist Camilla Elworthy will be telling the story of this year’s hottest debut novel, Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce, from initial idea to seven-publisher auction. Saturday 28 April 14:00

Rounding off the weekend is a memoir about a novelist. Alan Taylor will be sharing memories of Muriel Spark, as documented in his Appointment in Arrezzo, a recent Radio 4 Book of the Week. Sunday 29 April 15:00

Richard Osman's Mystery Book Club

Eat My Words

Afternoon Tea with Lucy Mangan and Laura Freeman

Barbara Pym's Excellent Women

Valuing Rare Books

The Story of a Book: Dear Mrs Bird

Appointment in Arezzo