The week ahead in literary London
Wednesday: Shoreditch House Literary Salon has the unbelievably exciting thrill of being the first place anywhere that David Mitchell (the author one, not the comedian one) reads from his new book The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet. Also on the bill are Ned Beauman reading from his new book Boxer, Beetle and Eleanor Moran obsessing over the second Mrs de Winter (Shoreditch House, Ebor Street, 7pm).
Head to Bethnal Green for performance poetry from the London Word Festival. Tim Turnbull, Laura Dockrill, Luke Kennard and Francesca Millican-Slater will be there for your pleasure (7pm, £8).
After recent forays east, Book Slam is back in Notting Hill with Dave Eggers reading from his new book, and music from Valentina (7.30pm, £8).
Robin Robertson and Sam Willetts read from their new poetry collections at the Southbank Centre tonight (7.45pm, £7.50).
Thursday: There's storytelling for grown-ups at the Good Ship in Kilburn with your chance to see bloggers Belgian Waffling and Why Miss Jones IRL, as well as John Finnemore, Benet Brandreth and Kilburn Social Club author Robert Hudson (9pm, £5).
At the opposite corner of town is StorySLAM at the Deptford Albany. Tell your own five minute story (or listen to others, for the more nervous-of-heart) on the theme of The Seven Deadly Sins and win £100 (7.30pm, £7).
Francesca Beard and AF Harrold perform their poetry at the Rose Theatre in Kingston (8.30pm, £6 / £5), with musical accompaniment from Hannah Rose Tristram, Tim Fulker and Nomi Helfenstelle.
David Flusfeder is showing a short film and reading from his novel, A Film by Spencer Ludwig, at Clapham Books (7pm).
Saturday: Apples and Snakes take poets, storytellers and rappers to the Lyric in Hammersmith to entertain your younglings (11am / 1pm, £8 / £6).
Mirium Nash, John Citizen, Rachel Smith are among those poets doing The Shuffle at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm).
Sunday: Leafcutter John and friends decode the epic Modernist poem Briggflats in a London Word Festival commission (7pm, £6.50 / £8). Expect a mixture of poetry and music and something a bit special.
Oliver's Jazz and Piano Bar in Greenwich plays host to poets Kirsten Irving, Amy Key, Gareth Jones, Jude Cowan, Sam Riviere, Retta Bowen, Malene Engelund and Roddy Lumsden (7.30pm).
Monday: Donna Leon reads from A Question of Belief, her new Venice-set novel, at Foyles Charing Cross Road tonight (6.30pm, free but email to reserve a place).
Leon Conrad puts on a night of verse and poetic storytelling at the Poetry Cafe (8pm) in Once Upon A Poem, Twice Upon A Tale.
Tuesday: London Writers' Club joins forces with The Bookseller to discover what makes a bestseller (7pm, £10 adv / £15). There's a Q&A and a chance to network with other writers, published and aspiring.