London Book And Poetry Events: 26 June-2 July 2014

Bob Mazzer is at Rich Mix on Monday to show his collection of Tube photos.

Bob Mazzer is at Rich Mix on Monday to show his collection of Tube photos.

Literary Festival

FOYLES FLAGSHIP: The new Foyles flagship store on Charing Cross Road is now open. The Grand Reopening Festival begins on 11 June. See full programme for individual events. 11 June- 5 July

Thursday 26 June

BOOK LAUNCH: Blackwell’s on Charing Cross Road hosts the launch of Snug by Matthew Tree. The author will read from the book to a musical accompaniment. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: Angus Reid and Mary Davis’ new book A Modest Proposal: Call for a Constitution argues for the creation of a peoples’ constitution in Scotland. They discuss the book at Housmans bookshop in Kings Cross. Free, just turn up, 7pm 

LGBT TENNIS: Gay’s The Word bookshop near Euston hosts author Elizabeth Wilson talking about her book Love Game. She talks about the history of lawn tennis and why it is of particular interest to LGBT individuals. £2, RSVP on Facebook, 7pm

BAD GIRLS: Observer literary editor Lisa O’Kelly is at Waterstone’s Piccadilly to talk to three young female writers whose fictional ‘anti-heroines’ are fast becoming poster girls for the modern woman. The authors are Helen Walsh (The Lemon Grove), Zoe Pilger (Eat My Heart Out) and Emma Jane Unsworth (Animals). £5/£3, prebook, 7pm

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Daniel E Sutherland and Cherry Smyth are in conversation at Hatchard’s bookstore about the life of artist James Abbot McNeil Whistler. £8, prebook, 7pm

BAGHDAD HISTORY:Justin Marozzi is at Daunt Books in Marylebone to talk his new book, Baghdad, which is a cultural history of the city dating back 13 centuries. £8, prebook, 7pm

AUTHOR READINGS: The Bookseller Crow in Crystal Palace hosts an evening of readings to mark the beginning of the Crystal Palace Overground Festival. The authors reading areWill Wiles, JB Morrison, Jonathan Gibbs and poet Barbara Brownskirt. 7.30pm

Friday 27 June

POETRY MAGAZINE LAUNCH: Arts Council funded poetry magazine Magma Poetry launches its latest issue at London Review Bookshop in Holborn. Main guest poets are Collette Bryce and Lorraine Mariner who will talk on their articles in the magazine, and other poets will be reading their work. Free, prebook, 7pm

BOOK SLAM: The Tabernacle in Ladbroke Grove hosts Book Slam. Hosted by comedian Sara Pascoe, authors such as Kamila Shamsie and Nikesh Shukla introduce their latest work. £6/£8, prebook, 7.30pm

EAST LONDON POETS: Six poets with strong connections to East London are at Rich Mix in Shoreditch to share their latest work. They include  Graham Buchan, an Anglo-Scot resident in Tower Hamlets and Stephen Watts, who has close cultural links with local Bangla and Somali artists. Free, just turn up, 8pm

Saturday 28 June

KEATS WALK: The ever-popular Keats in Hampstead walking tour returns, guiding walkers through Keats’ life in Hampstead, accompanied by readings from his poems. Tickets usually sell out fast, so book quickly. £8/£6, prebook11am

SEDUCTIVE POETRY: Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love kicks off with A Poetic Guide To Love And Seduction, featuring poets whose work is in The Emma Press’s Poetic Primer for Love and Seduction. £8, prebook, 6pm

POETRY LAUNCH: British poet Tim Atkins’ latest collection, Petrarch, is launched at Rich Mix with over 20 poets reading from the book. Free, just turn up, 7pm

AUSTRALIAN POETS: The Shuffle at The Poetry Cafe is an evening of poets from Down Under including Katherine Gallagher, Diana Pooley, Cath Drake. £6/£4, just turn up, 7.30pm

Sunday 29 June

POETRY WRITING: Keats House Poets Stephanie Turner and Dean Atta lead an afternoon of poetry writing at Keats House. Free, prebook, 2pm

PRE-PUBLICATION EVENT: Gay’s The Word bookshop near Euston hosts a pre-publication launch event for The Emperor Waltz, Philip Hensher’s new novel, a week ahead of the official publication date. The author will read from the book. Free, prebook via email4pm

TORRIANO POETS: At this week’s Torriano Poets meeting, Caroline Natzler launches Fold. Poets from the floor are welcome. £5/£4, just turn up, 7.30pm

OPEN MIC: Write It Mic It is an open mic night at Hackney Attic Picturehouse. Actors, playwrights, comedians, spoken word artists and sketch groups all have the chance to try out new material on the audience. £5, prebook, 7.30pm

Monday 30 June

WORLD WAR ONE READING: As part of the Waterloo Festival 2014, there is a reading of poetry, letters and memoirs from World War One.  Includes work by Rupert Brooke, Rudyard Kipling, Jessie Pope, Wilfred Owen and Edith Nesbit. £5/£4, prebook, 3.30pm

POETRY SHOWCASE: As part of the City of London Festival, poets Sheri Benning, Joey Connolly and Katharine Kilalea will be showcasing their work Bowler Hat in Paternoster Square. £8, prebook, 6.30pm

UNDERGROUND PHOTOS: At Rich Mix in Shoreditch, Bob Mazzer launches his book of Underground photographs. The pictures date from the 1970s and catch a series of individual moments on the Tube, and he will be talking about them. Free, prebooking essential, 7pm

CAPITALISM TALK: At The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, five speakers are given 15 minutes each to talk, unscripted, on a topic. Tonight’s topic is Capitalism and its Discontents, and speakers include budget food blogger and political activist Jack Monroe. £16.05, prebook, 7pm

ITALIAN WAYS: Tim Parks’ new book captures the essence of Italian life and looks at how Italians view themselves, with specific reference to the Italian railways. He is at Daunt Books in Marylebone to discuss the book. £8, prebook, 7pm

Tuesday 1 July

CHEF SIGNING: Italian chef Gino D’Acampo will be at Waterstone’s in Leadenhall Market signing copies of his new cookbook, Pronto! Arrive early to avoid disappointment. 12.30pm

FREUD: Lutyens Rubinstein bookshop in Ladbroke Grove hosts Adam Phillips talking about Becoming Freud. The book is a biography of Freud’s earliest years as the oldest and favoured son of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. £8, prebook, 7pm

BOOK LAUNCH: Laurie Penny celebrates the launch of her new book, Unspeakable Things, at Waterstone’s Hampstead and will be in conversation with the performance poet Sophia Blackwell. £5/3, prebook, 7pm

LINDA GRANT: Orange Prize Winner and Man Booker shortlisted author Linda Grant is at Dulwich Books to discuss her new novel, Upstairs at the Party, which is set on a university campus in the 1970s. £8, prebook, 7pm

Wednesday 2 July

LIVING WITH CANCER: Author Mike Marqusee is at Housmans bookstore in King’s Cross to talk about his new book, The Price of Experience: Writings on Living with Cancer, which is based upon his own experience of being diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2007. £3, prebook, 7pm

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