London Book And Poetry Events: 24-30 October

Author appearances, poetry and spoken word events in London this week

Wednesday: Joe Dunthorne comperes A Frightful Evening at the Ministry of Stories, with guests Tim Clare and Joanne Bourke (6.30pm, £5).

Audrey Niffenegger, Dan Abnett and Sophia McDougall conjure up magic at Foyles (6.30pm, free).

Jawdance at Rich Mix boasts the spoken word talents of GREEdS, Steve Tasane, Lettie McKie, Simon Burrowes and Chicagoan Maya Barros Odim (7.30pm, free).

Precious Williams reads from her autobiography at Canada Water Library (7pm, free).

Musical poet comedian Liz Bentley joins Rosie Wilby for a guaranteed fantastic evening at Woolfson & Tay (7pm, £8).

Abdel Bari Atwan talks about Al Qaida after Bin Laden, at City University (6pm, free).

AM Homes discusses her new novel May We Be Forgiven, at the Southbank Centre (7.45pm, £10).

Thursday: There is a such a thing as a free lunch and it’s happening at Waterstones Piccadilly from 1pm, with author Eduardo Halfon.

Tom Reiss’s only London event talking about his new book, The Black Count, is at Dulwich Books (7.30pm, free).

Tom Jones from Tired of London, Tired of Life is talking about the print version at Waterstones Oxford Street (7.15pm, £4).

Kate Mosse is at Foyles talking about her new novel Citadel (6.30pm, free).

There will be a Bang Said the Gun tonight, but at the time of typing the website was down and we couldn’t see who the guests are (8pm, £5).

Guy Mannes-Abbott talks about his uniquely personal book about Palestine, In Ramallah, Running, at The Mosaic Rooms (7pm, free).

Sandra Agard presents the story of Harriet Tubman at Stoke Newington Library (6.45pm, free).

Malika Booker and Dorothea Smartt remember Samuel Coleridge Taylor at The Albany (7.30pm, £7 / £5).

Friday: Guatemalan author Eduardo Halfon debates translations of his work with Ollie Brock and Thomas Bunstead at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £10).

Dawn French talks about her new novel with Sue Perkins at the Criterion Theatre (6pm, £15, includes a signed copy of the book).

Abdulrazak Gurnah kicks off the African Book Festival at the Free Word Centre (6.45pm, £6) followed by spoken word from Patience Agbabi, Kayo Chingonyi and Warsan Shire (8.30pm, £6).

Leone Ross, Ian Thomson and Thomas Glave read some noir at Pempamsie in Brixton (7pm).

Christopher Syrus is at Clapham Library performing poetry about his time in prison (7pm, free, part of Lambeth Black History Month).

Jeremy Kingston and Angela Kirby are the poets at this month’s Fourth Friday in the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £6 / £5).

There’s poetry inspired by Sonic Youth from Roddy Lumsden, Chrissy Williams, Tim Wells, Amy Key and others at the Mascara Bar in Stamford Hill (7.30pm, free).

Saturday: Yaa Agyare tells stories from around the world at the Book Box in Hackney (11am, £4 or £6 family).

Alternatively (or as well as), take the kids to Foyles for a Fearfest with YA authors Gareth P Jones, Karen Mahoney and Ruth Warburton (2pm, free).

The African Book Festival features appearances from Alastair Bruce and Aminatta Forna, Musa Okwonga and Hannah Pool, Tina Okpara, Ellah Allfrey and Goretti Kyomuhendo.

Monday: Michael Morpurgo is talking about his life and work at the Bush Theatre (7.30pm, £12), part of the Brook Green Festival of Books.

Jacqueline Rose gives a lecture on The Unfinished Project of Modernism, at the Southbank Centre (7.45pm, £10).

The Throwaway Lines project starts at the Free Word Centre, turning litter into “litterature”.

Hear Wendy Shutler and some autumnal poems at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £5 / £4).

Ernesto Sarezale hosts erotic literary night Velvet Tongue, with guests KD Grace and SP Howarth (7pm, £3).

Tuesday: Deborah Levy reads from her Booker shortlisted novel Swimming Home at Keats House (7pm, £5).

Helen Fielding, Isla Blair and Julian Glover read at iF poems at the Bush Theatre (7.30pm, £12).

Niall O’Sullivan hosts the Poetry Cafe‘s regular open mic night (7.30pm, £5 / £4).

Book ahead: Londonist podcast king N Quentin Woolf hosts Open Pen’s spoken word and literary comedy night Out Word at the Shooting Star on 22 November (7pm, £10 / £8).

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