Book Grocer: 13-19 January

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 108 months ago
Book Grocer: 13-19 January

BookGrocer1.jpg Looking at the week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Launching the 2010 edition of 'Socialist Register', editor Colin Leys, along with contributors Wendy Savage and Jonathan Tomlinson, discuss the state of healthcare within capitalist systems at Housmans (7pm, free).

Thursday: The legendary Bookslam eases itself back into action at the Tabernacle with a brilliant line-up: Booker-nominated author Jon McGregor, comedian Dan Antopolski, singer-songwriter Josephine Oniyama and wondeful poet Francesca Beard. (Doors 6pm for 8pm start, £6 advance / £8 on the night.)

Poets Glyn Maxwell and Kate Kilalea appear at the latest Penned in the Margins event at Aubin and Wills's Westbourne Grove store (6.45pm, free).

Nick Holder, David Solman and Ken Worpole will discuss the Hackney Society's new publication Hackney - Modern, Restored, Forgotten, Ignored at Stoke Newington Bookshop at 7pm (free to members of the Hackney Society / £3. Includes a glass of wine).

AS Byatt makes the first of her appearances this week at the Swedenborg Society (6.30pm, £5 / £3) or if none of that takes your fancy, Bang Said the Gun host their now-weekly night at the Roebuck with Niall O'Sullivan, Paul Birtill and the World Famous Tequila Shot Open Mic Spot (8pm, £5 / £3).

Friday: We've already told you about Henry Rollins and Poejazzi at the Royal Festival Hall, but now seems as good a time as any to remind you about them.

Saturday: Stay in. Read one of these.

Sunday: On the eve of this year's presentation of the TS Eliot Prize, shortlisted poets - including Jo Shapcott, George Szirtes, Sinéad Morrissey and Alice Oswald - are reading from their work at the Southbank Centre (7.30pm, £12).

Get some jazz and performance poetry in Jazz Verse Jukebox at Ronnie Scott's Upstairs Bar. Compere Jumoké Fashola is joined by Zena Edwards, Polarbear, Adisa, Anthony Strong and anyone who fancies one of the open mic spots (8pm, £6).

Monday: AS Byatt's back, joined by Aleksander Hemon and Tom McCarthy, to discuss European writers and how they've influenced their own writing. This English PEN event won't just look at established authors but also asks which emerging writers should we be paying attention to? (Southbank Centre, 7.45pm, £7.50.)

Rafael Uzcategui, a member of Colectivo El Libertario, an anarchist project and magazine in Venezuela, will talk about the situation in Venezuela from a critical anarchist perspective, with a special focus on the militarisation of Venezuelan society. (Housmans, 7pm, free, in Spanish and English.)

Reserve your ticket quickly for Jasper Fforde's talk at Foyles; his new book isn't about Thursday Next, but we imagine fans of his much-loved heroine will still pack out the seats (Charing Cross Road branch, 6.30pm, free).

Ivor Dembina presents his solo comedy show "This Not a Subject for Comedy", about Israel and Palestine, alongside Mark Kelly performing darkly comic poems and extracts from his new novel at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £5).

Tuesday: Tim Atkins and Rob Holloway continue The Blue Bus series of poetry readings at The Lamb on Lamb's Conduit Street (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Angela Kirby, Gerda Mayer and Joy Howard read from Grey Hen Press's new anthology Cracking On: Poems About Ageing by Older Women, at Queens Park Books. Eve Featherstone will also read work by Berta Freistadt, who died last year. Michele Hanson is their special guest (7pm).

Last Updated 13 January 2010