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We're pretty much just gonna get right to it this week...See below for your events, your new releases, and your news of dead and fake writers...
Events Around London:
The Imagine Children's Literature Festival Continues all this week, with plenty of events with which to get your kiddies hooked early in life. Most events take place at South Bank Centre and cost £7.
Tomorrow (the 15th), actor Alan Ford (pictured, in the movie Snatch) stops by Waterstone's in Hampstead to show off his unlikely transition — a la Ethan Hawke and Steve Martin — from acting to novel writing, with his first effort, Thin Ice. 68-69 Hampstead High Street. 7pm. £3
Also tomorrow, professional traveller Robert Twigger discusses his latest book, Voyageur: Across the Rocky Mountains in a Birchback Canoe, at the Blackwell's in Oxford. You'll have to call the store for more details, since they didn't post the location: (01865) 333623. 7pm. £2
On Saturday (the 18th), Terry King leads a walk from Clapham Junction to Wandsworth Common Station, pointing out the scenes of historical literary events along the way, as part of LGBT History Month. 12pm. FREE.
Next Monday (the 20th), and also part of LGBT History month, several authors convene to discuss their roles in affecting change for the Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans community. Oval House Theatre, 52-54 Kennington Oval. 7pm. FREE.
Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living, by Carrie Tiffany
MacDougal Street Ghosts, by Hesper Anderson
World-Fixer (translation), by Thomas Bernhard
Peter Benchley, who wrote the book that led to the movie that scared everyone away from the beach for decades (that's Jaws, of course), died this week at the age of 65. After writing the novel, Benchley became a crusader for shark conservation and understanding.
Way across the world in Los Angeles, JT Leroy, who doesn't exist, is DJing a party. Only in LA, where everyone is fake so this type of revelation is business as usual...