Book Grocer: 23-29 March

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 77 months ago
Book Grocer: 23-29 March

The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Lutyens & Rubinstein host Jennifer Egan's only UK live event to promote her much-talked-about novel A Visit from the Goon Squad (7pm, £5).

In this week of protest, it seems apt that Louise Raw is at Housmans talking about the 1888 London matchwomen's strike (7pm, £3).

Actor Edward Petherbridge reads from his autobiography at England's Lane Books (7pm, £5).

Publisher Scott Pack's hosting a tweetup at the Big Green Bookshop (7pm). There will be cake.

Helen Burke, Wendy Klein, Rosemary McLeish, Gerda Mayer, Ruth O'Callaghan, Anne Stewart and Christine Webb are at The Luxe for Grey Hen Press (6.30pm).

Thursday: It's a bumper crowd at Bang Said the Gun, with Murray Lachlan Young, Karen Hayley, Fatima Al Matar and Rhian Edwards joining the regulars (8pm, £5).

Amarjit Chandan, Pascale Petite, Nii Parkes and Shazea Quraishi help launch English PEN's latest Readers and Writers book at the Free Word Centre (6.30pm, £8 / £5).

Shrabani Basu reveals the friendship between Queen Victoria and Adbul Karim, a young Muslim confidante, at the Travel Bookshop (7pm, £5).

Head to Dr Williams's Library in Gordon Square to catch Gabrielle Drake performing as Elizabeth Gaskell in her own words (7.15pm, £17.50).

If you couldn't get to the Big Green Bookshop for cake yesterday (or even if you did), head over there to hear Rob White and Julie Welch discuss The Ghost of White Hart Lane (7pm, free).

Sebastian Hayes presents Judith Gahagan and Ruth Ingram reading from Hans Sahl, Peter Huchel and Reiner Kunze at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Modern Poetry in Translation launches its latest edition with Steve Komarnyckyj, Emily Jeremiah, Tim Allen, and David Constantine at St Martin's in the Fields (6.30pm, free).

Exiled Writers Ink is in Hackney with Rahila Khalwa, Nigar Hasan-Zadeh and Mehrangiz Rassapour (7.30pm).

Friday: African Writers' Evening presents readings from Nadifa Mohamed and Nii Parkes at the Southbank Centre (7.45pm, £8 / £4).

Hylda Sims hosts Fourth Friday down at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £5 / £4).

Saturday: Get in quick to book your tickets for Costa winner Jo Shapcott at Poetry East (7.30pm, £7).

Michael Rosen is doing a poetry show for families with small children at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, along with Poet in the City (2.30pm, 3.30pm, £3 per child, one accompanying adult free).

Hannah Lowe, Jude Cowan, Amy De'Ath, Livia Franchini and special guest Penelope Shuttle all do the Shuffle at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Sunday: Poejazzi takes over the Volupte Lounge with Kadija Kamara, Warsan Shire and Bridget Minamore (8pm, £10).

Monday: Deborah Moggach chairs a discussion about writing, with Michael Frayn, Philip Hensher and Hilary Spurling, at the British Library. We reckon this lot might know a thing or two about it (6.30pm, £10 / £7.50).

Travel writer Colin Thubron is at Kings Place talking about his new book (7pm, £9.50).

Coffee House Poetry holds an end-of-season party with invited guests and a newsy theme (8pm, £7 / £6).

Hugo Williams is the Poet in the (North Nineteen) Pub (7.30pm, free).

Tuesday: Editor Alison Hennessey is the draw at London Writers' Club Live this month (7.30pm, £10 / £15).

John Julius Norwich casts a historical eye over the Papacy at Daunt Books Marylebone (7pm, £8).

Poet Durs Grünbein, and his translator Michael Eskin, read from and discuss his latest essays at the Southbank Centre (7.45pm, £8 / £4).

Niall O'Sullivan hosts Poetry Unplugged open mic (and not 'mice' as we just typo'd) at the Poetry Cafe (and not 'cage' as we just typo'd) (7.30pm, £4 / £3).

Last Updated 20 March 2011