The week ahead in literary London
Wednesday: Novelist and journalist John Lanchester will be giving his take on the credit crunch - his book's called "Whoops! - Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay", which gives you an idea of his angle - at Daunt in Marylebone from 7pm (£8, includes wine).
Apples and Snakes put the finishing touches to International Women's Day with their all female open mic night at the Vibe Bar in Brick Lane (7.30pm, £3 / £2). Appearances by Liz Bentley, Lucy Leagrave and Deanna Rodger are guaranteed.
Thursday: Hanif Kureishi is at Foyles in Charing Cross Road to discuss his new Collected Stories and his career (6.30pm, free but email to reserve your place).
Friday: Toby Litt, Cathi Unsworth, Courttia Newland and Ray Banks offer a night of criminal fiction as part of the excellent London Word Festival (Toynbee Theatre, 7pm, £12 / £10).
The Albany unleashes four new poets for the first time, after what they're describing as a 'poetry boot camp'. We're guessing the poems will be a bit more nuanced than repeatedly screaming 'sir yes sir!' (8pm, £8 / £5).
Londonist favourite Clare Mulley launches the paperback version of her biography of Eglantyne Jebb, "The Woman Who Saved Children", as part of the Wise Words festival at the Women's Library (6.30pm, £6 / £5). Clare will be giving a talk before everyone - ahem - heads to the bar.
Other events at Wise Words today include Tamsin Bradley and Emma Tomalin discussing their new book "Dowry" (2pm, £4 / £3); Kavita Ramdya on her book about Indian-American Hindu marriage (3.30pm, £4 / £3); Dreda Say Mitchell and Claire Seeber talking about crime fiction (5pm, £5 / £4); and Kat Banyard launching her book "The Equality Illusion" with a panel including journalist Hannah Pool (8pm. £5 / £4).
Saturday: Wise Words at the Women's Library continues today, with readings from contributors to Grey Hen Press's new anthology Cracking On (2pm, £4 / £3); Tower Hamlets author Kia Abdullah talks to agent Laura Longrigg about building a career as a writer (3.30pm, £4 / £3); Cathi Unsworth and Elizabeth Wilson discussing thriller writing (5pm, £5 / £4); Maggie Gee and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown talking about their lives and latest autobiographical books (6.30pm, £5 / £4); and a session from comedian Shazia Mirza (8pm, £5 / £4).
Tuesday: We're fascinated by the sound of this discussion: English PEN bring book jacket designers and bibliophiles together at the Free Word Centre to discuss the changing face of book covers - from rebranding Wuthering Heights for Twilight fans to the effect of ebooks (6.30pm, £8 / £5).
Irish writers Philip O'Ceallaigh and Ed O'Loughlin make an appearance at Daunt's Chelsea shop to discuss their work at 7pm (£5, includes wine).