The Londonist Literary List

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The Londonist Literary List

The Londonist Literary List appears every Tuesday. If you’d like to bring an event to our attention, please email

Along with a wealth of events this week, new books by Margaret Atwood and Jay McInerney (pictured) are also of particular interest...

Events Around London:

Tonight, David Runciman discusses his new book, The Politics of Good Intentions, which claims that Blair and Bush have abused history in order to further their goals for the future. Yes, add one more item to the list of atrocities. 7pm. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place. £4 (although the website says its sold out).

Also tonight, Peter Hobbs stops by the Crockatt & Powell bookshop to read from his new collection of short stories, I Could Ride All Day in My Cool Blue Train. 7pm. 119-120 Lower Marsh. FREE.

Tomorrow (the 1st), Anders Bárány, Deputy Director of the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, talks about the evolution of the Nobel Prize in Literature. 6:30pm. The British Library, St Pancras. £6/£4 concessions.

On Thursday (the 2nd), Bookslam returns, this time with all things Brazilian, as host Patrick Neate celebrates the release of his new book, Culture is our Weapon: AfroReggae in the Favelas of Rio, with coauthor Damian Platt. 8:30pm (but getting there early is advised). Cherry Jam, 58 Porchester Road. £2 before 8pm, £5 after.

Friday (the 3rd) marks the first day of the Spit-Lit Festival. The impressive lineup includes a slew of talented female writers. Through March 11th. All events take place at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street.

Next Tuesday (the 7th), Rem Koolhaas and Cees Noteboom discuss the place of their work in defining a sense of place in the contemporary world. 7:45pm. Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre. £8.50.

Also next Tuesday, Ambit Books presents Sonja Besford as she reads from her new short story collection, memories of summers in brist near gradac, at The Owl Bookshop. 7pm. 209 Kentish Town Road. FREE.

Also next Tuesday, Stefan Collini stops by the London Review Bookshop to discuss his new book, Absent Minds: Intellectuals in Britain. Expect no shortage of inflated egos at this one. 7pm. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place. £4.

New Releases:

Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, by multiple authors

Romance For Sale in Early Modern England: The Rise of Prose Fiction, by Steve Mentz

Memories of a Meltdown, by Mohamed Makhzangi

Giraffe, by J.M. Ledgard

Disobedience, by Naomi Alderman

Maybe a Miracle, by Brian Strausse

Last Night (short stories), by James Salter

Van Rijn, by Sarah Emily Miano

The Good Life, by Jay McInerney

The Tent, by Margaret Atwood

Iris and Ruby, by Rosie Thomas

Other News:

Ready Steady Book has a roundup literary festivals taking place throughout England in March.

Last Updated 28 February 2006