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All the big releases came out last week (Zadie Smith, Rushdie, Coetzee, etc). This week, there's little in the way of new stuff to read, but there are a ton of authors talking all the same, in the form of readings and discussions. Last week was good for the homebodies. This week, all of the literary social butterflies (if they actually do exist) are having a field day...
Events Around London:
Tonight, Suzannah Clarke heads over to the Guardian Newsroom (which seems on odd venue for such an event) to discuss her best-selling novel from last year, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. 6:30pm. £5. 60 Farringdon Road.
Tomorrow, Sebastian Faulks (pictured) will be discussing and signing copies of his new novel, Human Traces, at Waterstone's in Picadilly Circus. £3 (redeemable against purchase of the book). 7pm.
Also tomorrow, a number of authors and critics are joining forces to discuss the cult classic Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (we think it's no coincidence that the discussion comes on the tail of the movie adaptation). British Library Conference Center. 96 Euston Road. 6:30pm. £6/£4 Concessions.
On Thursday (the 8th), Christopher Frayling makes an appearance at the London Review Bookshop to discuss his new book, Sergio Leone: Once Upon a Time in Italy. Film buffs and book lovers alike ought to get a kick out of this one. Tickets must be reserved ahead of time by calling or emailing the bookstore. 14 Bury Place. 020 7269 9030. 7pm.
Also on Thursday, Maggie Gee discusses her latest novel, My Cleaner, at the Kufa Gallery. 26 Westbourne Grove. 6:30pm. Free.
Monday the 12th, Zadie Smith makes another appearance, this time at Waterstone's in Oxford Street, to sign copies of her new novel, On Beauty. 311 Oxford Street. 6:30pm. Free (but obviously you have to buy a copy of the book in order to get it signed).
After last week's windfall of new releases, there is no way this week can be anything but a letdown — unless you are an Agatha Christie fan, in which case you can enjoy any number of newly released hardback editions by quite possibly the world's most famous crime writer.
On Thursday (the 8th), the Booker Shortlist will be announced — and because this year's field is so highly impressive, watch for at least a couple of deserving authors to be left out of the final field. And speaking of the Booker, the Guardian is running a contest in which, if you have a talent for recognizing the eyes and noses and mouths of famous authors, you might win all 17 of the novels on this year's Longlist.