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If know your manga from your anime, your Akira from your Ghost in the Shell, tonight's Tokyopop Manga looks set to draw a dedicated fan-crowd with an evening of music, film and art, including a masterclass and competitions, at the Foyles Gallery, 6.30pm. Tickets are free, but reserve yours by emailing mangaATfoyles.co.uk.
The sagacious Zadie Smith will be reading from her Orange Prize winning novel On Beauty at 7pm. There will also be a Q&A after for all you Smithsonians. Crockatt & Powell Booksellers, 119 Lower Marsh SE1 7AE, 020 7928 0234.
Tonight is also the 150th Anniversary of George Bernard Shaw's birth and Michael Holroyd explores the intriguing relationship between Shaw, Irving and the most celebrated actress on the Victorian stage, Ellen Terry. 18.30-20.00 Conference Centre, St Pancras, Tickets £6.00 (£4.00 concessions).
The mashing of newspaper publishing history and matchmaking might seem strange bedfellows but over at the British Library you can view their latest exhibition, Front Page: Celebrating 100 years of the British Newspaper 1906 – 2006 and also try your hand at writing a personal ad with the aid of a relationship expert, which, apparently, will "help you meet the man or woman who would make your Front Page" (sic). The evening is supported by Mills and Boon and we'd be intrigued to hear from an attendee on how the night pans out ( i.e. if the British Library is a rockin'… etc). 18.30-21.30, British Library, Pearson Gallery, St Pancras, 02074127222, Tickets are free, but booking is required.
Has it really been a whole month since the last Book Slam? July's Slam has a super secret special guest plus Like Wright (Co-founder of the infamous Aisle 16 and the Poetry Boyband,) and all the un/usual bells and whistles. £2 before 8pm, then £5, Doors open 7pm, open till late, at Cherry Jam, 58 Porchester Road, London, W2, email@example.com for info.
John Pilger's relentless determination to report the truth has made him one of the most controversial foreign correspondents of our time. In Freedom Next Time he challenges us to examine our own government's part in creating fear, terrorism and insecurity in the world. Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QW. (020) 7224 2295, 7pm, £5.
On Trying to Keep Still chronicles Jenny Diski's attempts to follow Montaigne's quest for mental idleness. In fact she spent the year travelling to New Zealand, living in a country cottage for two months, and visiting the Sami people of Lapland. Nice work if you can get it… Contact the London Review Bookshop for tickets, 14, Bury Place, London WC1, 7pm.