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Thank you thank you thank you, Smoke, for being the first literary journal to actually take us up on our offer for free publicity!! Smoke’s got a new issue out, and they want you to know about it, and they want us to help you know about it, and if you scroll down to the end of this post, that’s exactly what we’ll do. In the meantime, you’ll notice that all the bookstores in London are getting in the holiday spirit and all the London publishers’ wells have literally run dry — for the first time ever, we don’t have a single new release to which our dear readers should be alerted.
Events Around London:
On Wednesday (the 7th), cultural critic Geoff Dyer stops by the London Review Bookshop to discuss the history of photography, which is, incidentally, the topic of his most recent book. 7pm. 14 Bury Place. £4.
On Thursday (the 8th), the London Review Bookshop stays up past its bedtime with free wine and 10% off all books. For one night only (until next week, when they do it again), open until 8:30pm. 14 Bury Place. It really is free, but if you want to go, you have to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also on Thursday, Waterstones in Picadilly is hosting “an evening of festive celebration with a host of writers.” In this case, such a celebration includes mince pie, singing, wine, and Eric Sykes, Roberta Taylor and Matt Skinner. From 5:30pm. 203-206 PIcadilly. FREE.
On Monday (the 12th), critic George Steiner and Swedish Academy Secretary Horace Engdahl discuss the list of Nobel Prize winners in literature, possibly with Steiner criticising and Engdahl defending. 6:30pm. Conference Centre, St. Pancras, 96 Euston Road. £6.00/£4.00 concessions.
Smoke (A London Peculiar) has just released Issue #7 (pictured). It’s on sale for the ridiculously reasonable price of £2.50. You can read excerpts here and order it here! All content is inspired by London, and the new issue looks to be well worth the low price.