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Is it Booker Longlist season again? Drum roll please...
Peter Carey Theft: A Love Story
Kiran Desai The Inheritance of Loss
Robert Edric Gathering the Water
Nadine Gordimer Get a Life
Kate Grenville The Secret River
MJ Hyland Carry Me Down
Howard Jacobson Kalooki Nights
James Lasdun Seven Lies
Mary Lawson The Other Side of the Bridge
Jon McGregor So Many Ways to Begin
Hisham Matar In the Country of Men
Claire Messud The Emperor's Children
David Mitchell Black Swan Green
Naeem Murr The Perfect Man
Andrew O'Hagan Be Near Me
James Robertson The Testament of Gideon Mack
Edward St Aubyn Mother's Milk
Barry Unsworth The Ruby in Her Navel
Sarah Waters The Night Watch
Banipal, the magazine of modern Arab literature, has organised a UK tour by four young writers - the poets Joumana Haddad from Lebanon and Abed Ismael from Syria, together with the fiction writers Ala Hlehel from Palestine and Mansoura Ez-Eldin from Egypt, offering a fresh perspective on daily life in the Arab world. 7pm, at the London Review Bookshop, online tickets.
B.S. Johnson (surely the greatest writer's name ever), the late English counter-cultural writer, has a night dedicated in his honour. Value This Man features Jonathan Coe, Paul Tickell and David Quantick in conversation, as well as other special guests and possibly even some screenings. 7.30pm, upstairs at The Crown Tavern, 43 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1, £2 entry.
UKAlive is an annual event and consists of readings of poetry and stories from members of the website and usually a little acoustic music from singer/songwriters. The programme of readings is arranged a little in advance but they welcome any visitors who might want to join in and could easily provive a slot on the night. 6pm, The Lucas Arms, 245A Grays Inn Rd, London WC1, Free - more info.