Book Grocer: 12-18 October

The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Alex Wheatle continues his show about how he became a writer at the Albany, in Deptford, until Friday (7.30pm, £10 / £7).

Nikesh Shukla, comedian Nat Luurtsema and Kevin McNeil are the judges at Literary Death Match (8.15pm, £6 / £8), passing comment on cat dude Tom Cox, Molly Naylor, DW Wilson and Benjamin Partridge.

Sebastian Groes, Maureen Duffy and Oliver Harris look at London’s murkier corners, in the cosier surrounds of Woolfson & Tay (7pm, £5).

Part of the South Asian Literature Festival, Seema Anand is joined by Robert Blyth and Daljit Nagra at the National Maritime Museum to tell tales of traders and the East India Company (6.30pm, £8).

Ambit founder Dr Martin Bax introduces Euron Griffiths, Edmund Prestwich, David Ball, Sonja Besford, and Miles Burrows at the Betsey Trotwood (7pm, free).

Mike Loveday, Ilya Kaminsky, Annie Freud, Todd Colby and Khin Aung Aye are at Oxfam Books on Marylebone High Street 7pm, £5 / £3, all proceeds to Oxfam).

Poetry London launches the Autumn issue at Foyles with Paul Farley, Sasha Dugdale, Luke Kennard and Cristina Newton (6.30pm, free).

Thursday: Get your brain in gear for the Big Green Bookshop‘s literary quiz (7pm start, £5 per team, max 4 per team).

Darian Leader asks: what is madness? at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £7).

Lorraine Mariner performs her poetry at Newington Library from 7pm, and it’s free.

Kat Francois and Jack Dean join the regular Bang Said the Gun crew at the Roebuck (8pm, £5).

Poets Derek Adams, Claire Booker and Adrian Green make the trip from Essex to Swiss Cottage library (6.15pm, free).

Shanta Acharya, Todd Swift, Mario Petrucci and Susan Wicks perform their poetry at Lauderdale House (8pm, £5 / £3).

The White Review launches its latest edition of art and literature at Foyles, with sculptor Richard Wentworth talking to Marina Warner (6pm, free).

Friday: Cathi Flowers and Jack Dean are Poetry Jamming at Richmond’s Tea Box (8pm, free).

Enjoy an evening on the Golden Temple of Amritsar and the launch of Reflections of the Past at the Nehru Centre (6.30pm, free) or hear Kathryn Hansen, Francesca Orsini, Ravi Vasudevan and Rosie Thomas talk about Indian theatre, pre-Bollywood, at the University of Westminster (6.30pm, free).

Catch a vibrant evening of performance poetry with Paul Lyalls and Adisa at Dulwich Library (7pm, free).

Saturday: At the South Asian Literature Festival there’s the Difficult Second 24 Hour Book Project that we’ve already told you about; also at the Free Word Centre are talks on translation (12pm, £5) and how to get published (2pm, £5), travel tales from Anita Sethi and Rana Dasgupta (4pm, £5), an anthology of Brit Asian writing from Tindal Street Press, with Nikesh Shukla, Niven Govinden, Bidisha, Gautam Malkani and Kavita Bhanot (6pm, £5); or at the Nehru Centre, Julie O’Yang chats to Smita Singh and Sunita Pattani (6pm, free).

Anne Rice is signing books at Foyles Charing Cross Road from 2pm.

There’s an evening of poetry in Spanish and English at the Poetry Cafe, with Elizabeth Faitarone, Ali Abdolrezaei and Abol Froushan (7.30pm).

Martin Figura, Helen Ivory and Eve Pearce are all reading Poetry in the Crypt of St Mary’s church, Islington (7pm, £4).

Inua Ellams, John Berkavitch and Christian Watson turn Bethnal Green’s Gallery Cafe into The Word House from 7.30pm (£4).

Nine poets – including Tom Chivers, Chris McCabe, Jack Underwood and Tamarin Norwood – have been paired up with others to collaborate on new work, which will be unveiled at Rich Mix (7pm, free).

Sunday: Back at the South Asian Literature Festival, Hogarth Brown reads from his children’s book Afindica, at the Children’s Story Centre in Stratford (2.30pm, £4.50).

Jon Sayers and Christine Webb are the Torriano Poets (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

There’s poetry from the King James Bible at Keats House (3pm, £5 / £3).

Monday: Wood Green’s Big Green Bookshop celebrates the publication of Haruki Murakami’s IQ84 with lots of Japanese drinks and snacks and a screening of Norwegian Wood (7.30pm, £30, includes a copy of the book).

At the South Asian Literature Festival, Julian Stair, Naman P. Ahuja and Sunand Prasad discuss a new book about artist Devi Prasad (6.30pm, free).

Linda Anderson gives the TLS Lecture on the subject of American poet Elizabeth Bishop, at the Royal Society of Literature (6pm, £8 / £5).

Tariq Ali discusses the Arab Spring at UCL (7pm, £8 / £5).

Raymond Tallis, Simon Garfield, Luke Johnson, Diana Athill and Sonia Faleiro all tell tales for 15 minutes at 5×15, down at the Tabernacle (7pm, £20 / £15).

David Parry invites you to spend an Evening with the Gruntlers – or, you know, his guests – at the Poetry Cafe (7pm, £5 / £3).

Coffee House Poetry celebrates Galway’s Salmon Poetry, with Julian Stannard, Lorna Shaughnessy, Todd Swift, Nessa O’Mahony, Alan Jude Moore, Noel Monahan and Anne le Marquand Hartigan (8pm, £7 / £6).

Tuesday: Terry Pratchett is making an appearance at the Theatre Royal to mark the publication of his latest Discworld novel, Snuff. Tickets cost £35-£45 and also get you a hardback copy of the book (8pm start).

Right. The publicity for the latest Lumen Poetry Series mentions Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, alongside Clare Brant and Ruth O’Callaghan (6.30pm, £5 / £4). That sounds… surreal. Someone please go and let us know if he turns up?

Join Booktrust‘s writer in residence Clare Wigfall and find out why short stories matter at the Free Word Centre; also with Clare Hey, Lee Brackstone, Di Speirs, Ali Smith and Adam Marek (6.30pm, free).

Bidisha and Paul Burston talk about homosexuality in South Asian literature, at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (7pm, free).

Annexe host their first ever event at The Charterhouse Bar, with Nathan Penlington, Charlie Dupré, Will Conway, Gloria Sanders, Instant Theatre and a book swap (7.30pm, £3).

William Fiennes talks about young people, their literary and articulacy, at the Brook Green Book Festival 8pm, £4).

There’s another 5×15 tonight, this time at the Union Chapel in aid of the Margins Project, with Daisy Goodwin, Mike Figgis, John Bird and Franny Armstrong (7pm, £15).

Claire Tomalin’s just published a biography of Charles Dickens and she’s talking about her work at the Southbank Centre (7.45pm, £10).

London Writers’ Club has agent Madeleine Buston in the house (7.30pm, £10).

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

Peter Philpott and Emily Critchley perform their poetry at the Blue Bus at the Lamb (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

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