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Should we bother copyrighting our work in the age of the internet? Can a Booker Prize-winning novelist be wild? Are George W. Bush's abuses limited to the present, or do they affect the past as well? Is all of our complaining responsible for the current surge in literary events? And if so, does that mean that we should spend a lot more time complaining? These are the questions that plague us here at Londonist this week. Lucky for us, it looks like there are some answers forthcoming...
Events around London:
Tonight, Hari Kunzru chairs a panel discussion of the implications of electronic media on authorial copyright — a valid concern for any writer hoping to cash in on his or her craft. 7pm. Adams Street Club, 9 Adams Street. £5.
Also tonight, DBC Pierre, Chuck Klosterman (pictured), and Michael Smith join forces for "a walk on the wild side." Uh, right. We've enjoyed seeing Klosterman read in the past, but it was hardly a wild ride (I don't care that he writes about rock 'n' roll), and it's hard to imagine that the two other readers will pick up the slack. 7:45pm. South Bank Centre. £8.50.
Tomorrow (the 22nd), past winners of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction read their work. 6:30pm. Foyles Bookshop, 113-119 Charing Cross Road. £7.
Also tomorrow, Booker Prize winner DBC Pierre shows up for second time in as many days, but this time he'll be available to sign his new novel, Ludmilla's Broken English. 3pm. Waterstone's, 82 Gower Street. FREE
Next Tuesday (the 28th), David Runciman discusses his new book, The Politics of Good Intentions, which claims that Blair and Bush have abused history in order to further their goals for the future. Yes, add one more item to the list of atrocities. 7pm. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place. £4.
Also next Tuesday, Peter Hobbs stops by the Crockatt & Powell bookshop to read from his new collection of short stories, I Could Ride All Day in My Cool Blue Train. 7pm. 119-120 Lower Marsh. FREE.
Sinners and Saints, by Eileen Dreyer
According to Robin, by Julian Fane
Weeping Women Hotel, by Alexei Sayle
Connections, by Sheila O'Flanagan