Book Grocer: 9-15 November

Book, poetry and spoken word events in London this week

Wednesday: Get all dystopian at the Southbank Centre with Joe Dunthorne and Naomi Wood reading from their new novels (7.45pm, £8).

Agnes Meadow hosts Loose Muse, the night for women writers of all genres, at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £5 / £3).

Robert Stein’s new poetry collection launches at the Betsey Trotwood (7.30pm, free).

Thursday: The Show Don’t Tell collective bring stories of lost places and times of London to your ears at Deptford’s Albany (7.30pm, £8 / £6).

David Constantine, Helen Constantine, Philip Gross, Christopher Pilling, Saradha Soobrayen and Karen McCarthy Woolf are the poets at Lauderdale House from 8pm (£5 / £3).

Well this should be excellent – surreal stand-up Simon Munnery is at Bang Said the Gun, as well as Atomic Wednesday and the Bang Said regulars Dan Cockrill, Martin Galton, Rob Auton and Peter Hayhoe (8pm, £5).

Kate Colquhoun is at Upper Norwood Library reading from and talking about her novel Mr Briggs’ Hat (7.30pm, free).

Friday: Swiss graphic novelist Frederik Peeters makes a stop at Gosh! Comics to chat about his latest work, Sandcastle (7pm, free).

Poets Andrew Oldham and Ian Parks are reading at Swiss Cottage Library from 6.30pm for zero pence.

The latest issue of the Southbank Poetry Magazine launches at the Poetry Cafe, with Joe Dresner, Gillie Robic, John Keenan, Pauline Sewards, Anna-May Laugher, Gary from Leeds, Amy Acre, Sarah Westcott and Suzanna Fitzpatrick (8pm, £4.50 / £3.50).

Saturday: There are various readings and events at the Small Publishers’ Fair at Conway Hall (from 12pm, free).

Niall O’Sullivan hosts a night for new talent in The Cellar, at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £4 / £3).

Gerard Benson, Cicely Herbert, Tony Harrison, Carole Satyamurti and George Szirtes are the poets at a concert for remembrance at Jerwood Hall (7.30pm, £15 / £10).

Find out what made Siegfried Sassoon the poet he was, at the Imperial War Museum (2.30pm, £10 / £7.50).

Palestinian-American Remi Kanzi presents Poetic Injustice, an evening of political poetry at the Tabernacle, with Zita Holbourne, Rafeef Ziadah, Omar Offendum and Poetic Pilgrimage (8pm, £12 / £10 / £8).

Sunday: Siddhartha Bose, Carol Grimes, Deborah Stevenson, Brigitte Beraha and Randolph Matthews join Jumoke Fashola for Jazz Verse Jukebox at Ronnie Scott’s (8pm, £7).

This is apposite, what with that asteroid passing nearby: Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley read from their collection Dreaming Spheres: Poems of the Solar System at Torriano Poets (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Monday: As is this: science populariser Marcus Chown is at Gower Street Waterstone’s discussing 10 bonkers things about the solar system (7pm, £8 / £5).

Toby Litt, Helen Simpson and Monique Roffey are the readers at The Book Stops Here, lit event-slash-party at the Alley Cat on Denmark Street (8pm, free).

The London History Festival starts with a bang: Simon Sebag Montefiore talks about love, sex, war, Jerusalem and Rome at Kensington Central Library (7pm, £5 / £3).

Hear Infectious Stories from Alys Torrance and up-and-coming storytellers, at the Betsey Trotwood (7pm, £5).

Magma issue 51 launches at Coffee House Poetry, with Selima Hill and Pascale Petit (8pm, £7 / £6).

Farrago Poetry hosts a Spanish (and English) showcase at the Poetry Cafe, with Sofia Buchuck, Isabel del Rio, Keith Jarrett, Susana Medina and Yamilka Noa, hosted by John Paul O’Neill (7.30pm, £6 / £5).

AF Harrold, JJ Von Der Heydt, Pete Brown and host Bernadette Reed are Talking Rhythm at the Prince of Greenwich (7.30pm, £3).

Tuesday: The London History Festival carries on with Hallie Rubenhold, Alex von Tunzelmann and Imogen Robertson discussing women in and writing history (7pm, £5 / £3).

Kathryn O’Reilly, G.R.E.Ed.S., Kemi Taiwo and Ollie Brown perform new work at The Word’s a Stage at the Soho Theatre, backed by Apples and Snakes (8pm, £8 / £5).

The Poetry Cafe‘s regular open mic night is here again, hosted by Niall O’Sullivan (7.30pm, £4 / £3).

Ruth O’Callaghan welcomes Ros Barber and Catherine Smith to the Lumen Poetry Series (6.30pm, £5 / £4).

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