Book Grocer: 27 January - 2 February

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 103 months ago
Book Grocer: 27 January - 2 February

BookGrocer1.jpg Looking at the week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: The Game of War is, as you might expect, a military strategy game - with a difference. Players aim to destroy their opponents' communications structure, thereby learning "how to fight and win against their oppressors". The book on which it's based, by Marxist theorist Guy Debord, is being translated into English for the first time; get down to Housmans for 7pm to play and see a short film about it all.

Apples and Snakes is at the Soho Theatre with Zena Edwards - poet, storyteller and musician - headlining with Inua Ellams, Word Festival organiser (more on this to come) Tom Chivers and Sabrina Mahfouz. (8pm, £8 / £6)

Thursday: Zora Neale Hurston is one of the most successful black women writers of the early twentieth century. Join Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Busby at the Women's Library (7pm, £10 / £8) to celebrate her life and work.

Six writers from the English PEN workshops launch the new collection The Light of the Lights at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon (6.30pm, £3, includes a copy of the book).

This week's Bang Said the Gun (The Roebuck, 8pm, £5 / £3) features Dzifa Benson and AF Harrold, plus regulars Daniel Cockrill, Martin Galton, Sjanneke Milligan and Rob Auton (don't forget the Tequila Shot Open Mic Slot).

John Burnside is at the London Review Bookshop from 7pm (£6) discussing his raw and honest memoir Waking Up in Toytown, a sequel to A Lie About My Father.

Friday: Farrago hosts a night of English and Spanish poetry at the Poetry Cafe from 7.30pm (£6 / £5 / £3).

Saturday: Apples and Snakes is back again, this time at the Half Moon Theatre (11am & 2pm, £5) with a show for Littlest Londonists aged 3-5. Rappers, poets and storytellers make words come alive for your tiny tots.

Michael Rosen introduces Taffy Thomas, the UK's first Laureate for Storytelling, at the British Library at 2pm (£5 / £3).

For the grown-ups, Book Club Boutique is pulling an all-dayer at Blacks on Dean Street. At 3pm there's readings from Kate Tempest, Stuart Evers, Kim Sherwood, Nikesh Shukla, Sophie Woolley and Ray Shell, followed by drinking with DJs at 6pm and a party at 9pm.

Sunday: Lazy Gramophone press hold the launch party of their latest publication, The Book of Apertures, at the Betsey Trotwood from 1pm (free for the music, £9.99 to hear six authors reading - entry includes a copy of the book).

Monday: Deborah Moggach, Al Alvarez, Rowan Pelling and Hardeep Singh Kohli are at King's Place arguing over which authors to chuck out of a failing hot air balloon. John Dunne, Ian Rankin or Arnold Bennett? Ultimately, you decide... (7pm, £9.50)

Tuesday: Part of the Scott and the Antarctic events series, explorer Pen Hadow, author Max Jones and Scott's biographer David Crane will be talking about the legendary polar adventurer at the British Library from 6.30pm (£6 / £4).

wordPLAY returns to the Good Ship in Kilburn with Annie Freud, Simon Barraclough and Martin Plimmer, Obi Iheme, Denrele (doing a ditty about Neil Gaiman, we hear) and Sarah Day; music comes from Quinn. (8pm, £4.50 / £3.50)

Peter Carey is discussing and signing his latest novel, Parrot and Olivier in America, in the Gallery at Foyles in Charing Cross Road from 6.30pm (free, but you'll need to reserve your place).

Last Updated 27 January 2010