Book Grocer: 19-25 May

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 93 months ago
Book Grocer: 19-25 May

BookGrocer1.jpg The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Shoreditch House opens its doors for another literary salon at 7pm (free, members have priority). Diana Athill, Clare Wigfall and Alex Preston are on hand for your delight.

Please note: Jawdance contains no actual dancing. Just "crunchy, chewy, new poetry" from Apples and Snakes, at Rich Mix (7.30pm, free). Get there early to grab your own open mic spot.

Robert Rowland Smith, philosopher and author of Breakfast with Socrates, is at Clerkenwell Tales bookshop from 7pm for a 'philosophy improv'. Get down there and chat about whatever you feel like.

Novelist Scarlett Thomas expands upon heaven and hell, the themes of her last two books, at the Swedenborg Society (6.30pm, free).

Thursday: Back once again (though they're not renegade masters, nor will there be - much - ill behaviour) is the Firestation Bookswap (7.45pm, £5) in Windsor. Joining hosts Scott Pack and Marie Phillips this month are historian Kate Williams and novelist Charlie Williams (spooky). Bring a book to swap and enjoy the cake.

Toby Litt and Alex Preston discuss London as a backdrop for fiction at Waterstones Gower Street (6.30pm, £3).

The London Literature Lounge rocks up at the Poetry Cafe with three Calgary poets in tow, as well as the editors of Brand magazine (7.30pm, £5).

Utter! is getting hot under the collar and talking about sexuality at the Cross Kings (£5 before 7.30pm, £6.99 after). Join Catherine Brogan, Sophia Blackwell, Donal Dempsey, Dean Wilson and four people competing for your approval to get paid. James McKay hosts while Richard Tyrone Jones reclines at the back.

In Wood Green, Katherine Gallagher reads from Carnival Edge, her new poetry collection. Head to the Big Green Bookshop for 6.30pm.

Saturday: Take your little ones to Asia House to learn more about the culture and customs of Pakistan, part of the Festival of Asian Literature (2pm, free but they advise you book).

Poet Daljit Nagra is at the Poetry Cafe tonight from 8pm (free).

Sunday: Celebrate 350 years since Daniel Defoe's birth with Keats House, who are putting on a programme of his Londony works this afternoon (3pm, £5 / £3), including his plague journal.

Monday: Coffee House Poetry celebrates Slavonic Literature and Culture Day with an evening of Russian poetry in translation. Expect the classics and more modern works (8pm, £7 / £6).

Jacqueline Rose and Marian Hobson talk to writer and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva about her life and work at the British Academy (6.30pm).

Korean-American author Chang-rae Lee talks to Erica Wagner about his latest book at the Festival of Asian Literature (6.45pm, £11.50 / £7.50).

Tuesday: There may still be overflow tickets available for the Josephine Hart Poetry Hour at the British Library (6.30pm, £2). Well known actors perform the work of an equally well-known poet; tonight it's Larkin's turn.

Caroline Smailes launches her new book, Like Bees to Honey, at the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green (7pm). There'll be wine, and it's up to you whether you come in a bee costume. (We hope you do.)

Missed Toby Litt on Thursday? Never mind, he's at Clapham Library as part of the Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival talking about his new book, King Death (7pm).

Justine Hardy, Victoria Schofield and Basharat Peer discuss Kashmir with Kamila Shamsie at the Festival of Asian Literature (6.45pm, £11.50 / £7.50).

Join Lemn Sissay, Naomi Alderman, Ed Hogan and Rebecca Swift to launch an anthology of writing by young people about child soldiers at the Free Word Centre (7pm, £5 / £3).

Last Updated 19 May 2010