Book Grocer: 24 February - 2 March

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 96 months ago
Book Grocer: 24 February - 2 March

BookGrocer1.jpg The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Barnsley's own Ian McMillan chats about how he came to be who and where he is at the Soho Theatre, alongside Francesca Beard and Scott Tyrell, as part of the Apples and Snakes season (8pm, £8 / £6).

We told you yesterday about the Women in History talk but if your memories are that short, here we are again: historians Susan Ronald (The Pirate Queen), Carol Dyhouse (On Glamour) and David Waller (The Magnificent Mrs. Tennant) discuss some famous and lesser known women in history at the Arts Bar of the Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road (7pm, £3).

Novelist Joshua Ferris discusses his new book, The Unnamed, with Stuart Evers at Keats House tonight at 7pm (£5, tickets from Daunt Books in Hampstead).

Ponder whether lesbians have a special relationship with letter writing at the Women's Library (7pm, £8 / £6) in the company of Margaretta Jolly, whose book looks at the history of women's correspondence.

Thursday: In the middle of London Fashion Week, Sarah Gristwood and Carol Dyhouse (if you didn't catch her at the Phoenix) are on hand to discuss whether fashion and material culture serves to oppress women or allow them self-expression (Waterstones Gower Street, 6.30pm, free).

Bookslam's NY special at Wilton's Music Hall tomorrow is sold out, but there's still space at their usual Tabernacle home tonight (8pm, £8 / £6 advance). If you miss Joshua Ferris at Keats House you can catch him here, with Tawiah and Robin Robertson.

From West to East, as the Poetry Society presents SLAMbassadors at the Whitechapel Gallery (7pm, free). Winners of the UK championship present their investigations into Bengali Britain.

Poets Rachel Pantechnicon and Liz Bentley perform at the Lion in Teddington at Rhythm and Muse (8.30pm, £6 / £5), Music comes from Aaron Norton.

Friday: Fourth Friday welcomes Wendy French and Dilys Wood to the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £6 / £5). Liz Simcock and band also play some tunes.

Saturday: Jewish Book Week starts today; catch the Purim-themed launch event at 8.30pm (£15).

Paul Trewhela talks about the brutalities inflicted by the ANC on enemy agents in their 'rehabilitation centre', Quatro (Housmans, 5pm, free).

Linda Black, Andy Croft and Deborah Tyler-Bennett are reading in the atmospheric crypt of St Mary's Church on Upper Street (7.30pm, £4 / £3). Floor spots are welcome; all proceeds to Hospice Care Kenya.

Sunday: There's an embarrassment on riches at Jewish Book Week today: Will Self and Adam Thirlwell, Tariq Ali, Anita Diamant, Marcus du Sautoy, Niall Ferguson, Abigail Green and Philip Sington are just a few of the people on offer.

Monday: Joan Bakewell chairs a debate on whether the UK can still afford to subsidise the arts (Kings Place, 7pm, £9.50). Sharpening their arguments are Bonnie Greer, Matthew Taylor, Simon Jenkins and Matthew Elliot.

More New York-London hookups tonight at Oxfam's Marylebone High Street store (7pm, £8 suggested donation to Haiti appeal). David Lehman and Mark Ford represent the other side of the pond; Emily Berry, Liz Berry, Kayo Chingonyi, Luke Kennard and Heather Phillipson do us proud.

Down the road, Alexander McCall Smith chats about the latest installment of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series at Daunt (7pm, £8).

Poet, sculptor and performance artist Brian Catling appears with Iain Sinclair at the Swedenborg Society as part of their bicentenary exhibition (6.30pm, £5 / £3).

Meanwhile, back at Jewish Book Week, we've picked out Etgar Keret and Jonathan SafranFoer's talk about vegetarianism (7pm, £10) as the best of a good bunch.

Tuesday: Kilburn's Good Ship welcomes wordPLAY back, and wordPLAY returns the favour by bringing George Szirtes, Kayo Chingonyi, The MeMeMes, Anna Mae Selby and more (8pm, £4.50 / £3.50).

BBC tech correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones hosts a talk about computer gaming at Foyles in Charing Cross Road (6.30pm, free but email to reserve a place), with authors Tom Chatfield and Naomi Alderman, director Justin Villiers and games writer Rhianna Pratchett.

Jewish Book Week has a focus on Arthur Miller this afternoon, while David Aaronovitch and Francis Wheen discuss and debunk conspiracy theories at 7pm (£8).

Last Updated 24 February 2010