The Londonist Literary List

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The Londonist Literary List

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Everything literary in London this week will undoubtedly be overshadowed by a new release from a man who hails from the far off land of Columbia: For the first time in over ten years, we have on our hands a new novel by Nobel Prize Winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez (pictured), arguably the most beloved and universally acclaimed novelist alive today. And Memories of My Melancholy Whores is one of the better titles we've ever heard, to boot. So rather than try (and then fail) to compete, let's just accept defeat and get on with the listings...

Events Around London:

Tonight, Beryl Bainbridge stops by the Waterstone's in Hampstead to discuss her new book, Front Row: Evenings in the Theatre, which is, appropriately enough, a collections of her musings on theatre. 68-69 Hampstead High Street. 7pm. £3

It's already time again for this month's Book Slam, taking place as usual this Thursday at Cherry Jam, with its eclectic collection of "no-brow" literature. Early birds used to get the free admission, but now even they have to pay — we're not sure why, but we'll just generously assume that it's only in order to cover costs like the DJ and prizes. 58 Porchester Road. 8:30pm. £2 before 8pm/£5 after 8pm.

New Releases:

If Frogs Had Wings, by Daniel Joseph Farside

Memories of My Melancholy Whores, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One Little Sin, by Liz Carlyle

Little Acorns, by John Purdham

Three Gentlemen of Verona: The Lovelife of London Society, by Gianni Ventura

April Fool's Day, by Josip Novakovich

Espresso Tales, by Alxeander McCall Smith

Copy Cats (short stories), by David Crouse

Mr. Brecher's Fiasco, by Martin Kessel

Other News:

According to the Guardian, One in three Londoners admits to having bought a book "solely to look intelligent." Whatever, at least their forking their money over — someone has to keep the book industry afloat, right? The best part of the article is the fact that a picture of Rushdie's Midnight's Children accompanies it, with the caption/link "Buy Midnight's Children Now." Click on it and you'll be whisked to the Guardian's bookstore, where you can buy the Rushdie classic. So not only are they suggesting which book may best make you "look intelligent," they are providing you with a link to their bookshop, so they can profit from your insecurity. This is the most brilliantly subversive marketing ploy we've ever seen!

Last Updated 25 October 2005