Just out the Van:
Margaret Atwood leaves the telepresence book-signing robot at home and joins fellow authors Andrew O'Hagan and Erica Wagner and publisher Stephen Page, Chief Executive of Faber & Faber, to discuss the brave new world of authors, readers and publishers in the age of new technology. Digitise or Die: What is the Future of the Book? is part of the
London Book Fair. Tuesday 17th, 7.30pm, £9, The Southbank Centre.
In Next Week:
Taking the Pith looks like fun - "Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but surely pastiche is just looking to get a laugh? Can parody take you to the heart of things or is it just taking the pith? John Walsh hosts a discussion of what may be the lowest forms of wit with parodists Craig Brown, Sebastian Faulks and Sue Limb". Next Tuesday, 7pm, £7, Guardian Newsroom, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA. Book online or call 020 7713 0023 for tickets.
Givin’ ‘em away:
Sunday sees Word4Word, an intimate performance of music, poetry, and open mic in the Theatre Royal’s cosy bar, hosted by Kat Francois. 7.30pm, free, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, E15 1BN.
Next Wednesday, Tokyopop, the manga evening at Foyles, is back. The night includes a quiz, prize draw, free gifts, music, drinks and the chance to try out Nintendo hardware. Wii! 6.30-8.30pm, The Gallery at Foyles. Tickets free, but please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
Try a Bit of This:
Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art—
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors—
No—yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever—or else swoon to death.
Bright Star, by John Keats - a film about the romance between
Keats and Fanny Brawne is to be directed by Jane Campion.
Two for a Pound:
1. Three Brits "make" the International Booker List: McEwan, Salman and Rushdie.
2. Male authors dominate the top 100 books.
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