book-society-logoThe Book Society, formerly the Society of Bookmen, is a club for professionals in the book trade, publishers, booksellers, literary agents, librarians and authors. Membership is exclusively by invitation from the Society’s committee.

The Book Society meets eight times a year at the Savile Club. At each dinner a speaker is invited to address the Society. The Society’s purpose is to encourage contacts and understanding between the various elements that make up the book trade.


Any queries, please contact the administrator Jo Dawson. 

Event dates 2017:
Thursday 7th September: Youngsuk ‘YS’ Chi, Director of Corporate Affairs and Asia Strategy for RELX Group & non-executive Chairman of Elsevier

Thursday 5th October: Justin Adams, Managing Director, Connect Books

Thursday 2nd November:Chris Riddell, Author, Illustrator, Political Cartoonist and Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2015 – 2017

Thursday 7th December: Christmas Drinks Party

Members will be alerted by email when booking for each dinner is open.

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Thursday 7th September 2017 – guest speaker Youngsuk ‘YS’ Chi07/09/2017 at 18:30

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The Savile Club

Guest Speaker

Youngsuk ‘YS’ Chi

Director of Corporate Affairs and Asia Strategy for RELX Group & non-executive Chairman of Elsevier

Youngsuk ‘YS’ Chi is an international businessman and a leader in the media and technology industry. His primary role is as Director of Corporate Affairs and Asia Strategy for RELX Group, responsible for government affairs, corporate communications, and corporate responsibility for Elsevier’s parent company.  As non-executive Chairman of Elsevier, he works directly with governments, Elsevier customers and in industry associations worldwide.  Additionally, Chi is the Immediate Past Chair of the Association of American Publishers, and also completed 6 years of service as the President and Past President of the International Publishers Association.

Early in his career as Chief Operating Officer of Ingram Book Group, Chi co-founded Lightning Source, the first ever print-on-demand distributor and e-book services provider. After holding several senior executive positions at Ingram Book Group’s parent company, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of Random House.  As founding Chairman of Random House Asia, he led efforts to make Random House the first foreign trade book publisher with local language publishing in Japan and Korea. Prior to joining the publishing industry, Chi spent 13 years in IT and international banking.

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The Committee:

  • Chair: David Taylor
  • Vice-Chair: Sheila Crowley
  • Hon Secretary: Emma Lowe
  • Treasurer: Greg Craig-Waller

Executive Committee:  Michael Bhaskar, Jacqui Graham, Jamie Hodder-Williams, Emma House, Perminder Mann and Rebecca Smart

President: Richard Charkin
Administrator: Jo Dawson