Book Grocer: 3 - 9 March

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 104 months ago
Book Grocer: 3 - 9 March

BookGrocer1.jpg The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: You know all that 'Gordon Brown is a bully' stuff? It all stems from Andrew Rawnsley's book The End Of The Party. He's chatting with Jeremy Vine at Waterstones Gower Street (£10, 7.30pm).

Poet and playwright Bernard Kops reads from his new collection, This Room in the Sunlight, at West End Lane Books tonight from 8pm (free, with drinks).

Our choice at Jewish Book Week for tonight is Robert Winston discussing whether our reliance on technology might ultimately prove our downfall (£10, 7pm).

Thursday: Liz Bentley and ShortMAN are the featured poets at Bang Said the Gun (£5 / £3, 8pm) - plus you if you fancy grabbing an open mic spot.

John Kampfner, Eric Kaufmann and Dominique Moïsi examine how fear, voluntary surrender of freedoms and the rise of religious conservatism could threaten democracy at Jewish Book Week (£8, 7pm).

After documenting his pain at losing his wife, Dannie Abse revisits their marriage in his new collection Two for Joy. He's talking about it at Hampstead Waterstones at 7pm (£3).

Abi Oborne, Holly Pester and James Wilkes bring an apocalyptic vibe to the latest Crossing the Line poetry reading (£5 / £3, 7.30pm) in Leathermarket Street.

Friday: Kat Francois starts a new monthly show at the Poetry Cafe tonight at 7.30pm.

Saturday: Drawing on the Black Cultural Archives' recent oral history project, a study day at the London Metropolitan Archives - in conjunction with the Women's Library - provides an overview of the rise of black British feminism in the 1970s (free, 10am-5pm).

Celebrating International Women's Day on Monday, Housmans hosts Nina Power and Lindsey German talking about the state of contemporary feminism, with a focus on consumerism (5pm).

The fabulous Michael Rosen is reading at Stratford Circus (£3, 3pm), followed by a fundraising event for Book Aid International with - among others - John Hegley and Bernadine Evaristo.

Jewish Book Week has commissioned stories from Jon Canter, Esther David, Rachel Holmes, Ed Kritzler and Irma Kurtz on the theme of home and exile... listen to their tales and vote on whether you think they're fact or fiction (£8, 9pm).

Sunday: Newham Bookshop brings Jacqueline Wilson to Stratford Circus (£3, 3pm) to talk about her new book, Little Darlings, and answer questions.

English PEN invites Michael Arditti, Amanda Craig and Morris Farhi to Jewish Book Week to talk about serious and provocative issues that change our lives (£8, 11am).

As Jewish Book Week draws to a close there are plenty of events for your little ones, from cookery to Anne Fine and Meg Rosoff. For those older in years, perhaps Lionel Shriver or a talk on queer Jewish culture appeals?

Monday: The release of Magma 46 is celebrated in style at Coffee House Poetry (£7 / £6, 8pm). Issue editors Jacqueline Saphra, Norbert Hirschhorn and the rest of the Magma team are joined by contributors Anne-Marie Fyfe and Penelope Shuttle.

Tuesday: Niall O'Sullivan hosts the Poetry Cafe's regular open mic night (£4 / £3, 7.30pm).

Ruth O'Callaghan presents Jane Elizabeth Martin Memorial at the Lumen Poetry Series (£4 / £3, 6.30pm). There are aso spots for poets from the floor.

Last Updated 03 March 2010