Book Grocer: 24-31 August

The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Alex Wheatle, aka the Brixton Bard, reads from his new novel Brenton Brown at Peckham’s Review Bookshop (7.30pm).

McKenzie Wark talks about the Situationists at Housmans (7pm, £3).

Kat Francois brings her comedy show to the Camden Fringe tonight and tomorrow (Sheephaven Bay, 8.45pm, £6).

Thursday: Two Book Slams in a month? They really are spoiling us. Charlie Dark hosts; Sapphire, Breis and Kate Tempest guest (7.30pm, £5 / £8).

Former Stranglers guitarist Hugh Cornwell reads from his debut novel, Window on the World, at the Big Green Bookshop (7pm, free – but you’ll do well to let them know you’re coming).

Belinda McKeon and Edna O’Brien are at Foyles, talking about their work and Irish fiction (6.30pm, free but reserve a place).

Ukranian novelist Andrey Kurkov talks to thriller writer Philip Kerr at Marylebone Daunt (7pm, £8).

Rhythm and Muse in Kingston have an open mic special, plus music from John O’Reilly (8.30pm, £6 / £5).

Saturday: Bobbie Darbyshire is signing her books at Waterstone’s Bromley from 10am; Darren Guest is signing at Waterstone’s Croydon from 11am; former BBC foreign correspondent Jill McGivering is signing from 12pm at Waterstone’s Richmond; and there’s a chance for the kids to meet children’s author Priya Desai at Waterstone’s Chiswick from 11am.

Roddy Lumsden’s Shuffle is back at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm).

Sunday: Actor Lance Pierson leads a guided walk around Highgate in the footsteps of John Betjeman – meet at Kentish Town tube (10.45am, £8 / £6).

Tuesday: Children’s author Shaun Tan is signing his new book, The Bird King and Other Sketches, at Foyles from 2pm.

Niall O’Sullivan hosts Poetry Unplugged open mic night at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pn, £4 / £3).

Vahni Capildeo, Brian Morley read at The Blue Bus, while David Miller launches his new book Spiritual Letters (Series 1-5), at The Lamb (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Wednesday: Homework celebrates Joe Dunthorne’s new novel, Wild Abandon, at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. John Osborne and Ross Sutherland are also partying hard (7.30pm, £5).

WP Jaspert talks about his life at England’s Lane Books (7.30pm, £2).

Michael Ondaatje is in conversation with Geoff Dyer at the British Museum (6.30pm, £7).

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