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On offer this week are a couple of imported events, most notably from the United States and Slovenia, a couple of appearances by Chuck Palahniuk (pictured), a couple of pretty good British authors thrown into the mix, and one new book by the great Jose Saramago...
Events Around London:
On Thursday (the 4th), Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk reads from and discusses his new novel, Haunted, a collection of related tales taking place at an artists retreat. 7:45pm. South Bank Centre. £8.50.
Also on Thursday, Portland invades London with a selection of readings and films by writers and filmers from the Northwest United States. Looks to be an eclectic night of creative outpouring. 7:30pm. The Horse Hospital, Colonnade. £7 / £5 members and concessions.
Also on Thursday, Slovenia's preeminent author, Drago Jancar, stops by the London Review Bookshop in promotion of his new book of short stories, Joyce's Pupil. 7pm. 14 Bury Place. £4
On Saturday (the 6th), Vintage Books and Marie Claire Magazine bring together a number of eminent authors, including A.S. Byatt and Chuck Palahniuk (still pictured), for a whole day of 'readings, discussions and signings.' 10:30am. Waterstone's in Picadilly, £20 gets you lunch and refreshments, too!
Next Monday (the 8th), three of the UK's better short story writers get together to read from their latest collections and discuss the state and future of the short story. 7pm. Somerset House in the Strand. £5 suggested contribution.
Next Tuesday (the 9th), David Mitchell, author of Booker nominated Cloud Atlas, will be signing copies of his new novel, Black Swan Green. 12:30pm. Waterstone's, 82 Gower Street. FREE
Also next Tuesday, Lionel Shriver will be reading from her new novel, Double Fault, at the Waterstone's in Picadilly. 7pm, 103-106 PIcadilly. £3
Londonstani, by Gautam Malkani
Stone Cradle, by Louise Doughty
Painting Mona Lisa, by Jeanne Kalogridis
Much Married Man, by Nicholas Coleridge
Keeping Secrets, by Andrew Rosenheim
Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell
Seeing, by Jose Saramago