The week ahead in literary London
Wednesday: If you didn't get free tickets to the Crime Time talk with Michael Ridpath, Imogen Robertson and Cassandra Clark at the Arts Bar in the Phoenix Theatre, never mind - it's only £4 on the door (7pm).
Loose Muse is the city's only regular event for women writers of all genres. Tonight at the Poetry Cafe poet Chrissie Gittins and playwright Sonali Bhattaraya joins host Sara-Mae Tuson (8pm, £5 / £3). There's also an open mic section.
Does it bother you when manuscripts are taken away from their home country by private buyers? If you have strong feelings either way you might want to head to the British Library for a discussion on securing the nation's literary heritage (6.30pm, free). Andrew Motion, Ronald Harwood, Victoria Glendinning and antiquarian bookseller Joan Winterkorn form the panel.
Will Self, Mark Gwynne Jones, Kate Fox and host, poet Paul Lyalls, are at the Enterprise in Chalk Farm for the latest Express Excess (8.30pm, £5).
Thursday: The Museum of London commissioned short stories from Tracy Chevalier and Linda Grant to celebrate the launch of the new Galleries of Modern London. Both writers are at MoL tonight from 6.30pm to discuss the influence London has on them.
Salt Publishing poets Luke Kennard, Tom Chivers, Abi Curtis, Diana Pooley, Mark Waldron and Katy Evans-Bush read at Lauderdale House, Highgate, at 8pm (£5 / £3).
Peter Moore is chatting about the art of travel writing at, fittingly, The Travel Bookshop at 7pm (£3).
Chris "Ventriloquist" Redmond and Salena Godden join the regulars (Dan Cockrill, Martin Galton, Sjanneke Milligan and Rob Auton) at Bang Said the Gun (8pm, £5).
Friday: The regular Dodo Modern Poets night returns to the Poetry Cafe. Host Patric Cunnane welcomes Other Theresa, PR Murry and Ann Vaughan-Williams (8pm, £6 / £5).
Saturday: Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune are at Housmans to discuss reclaiming The F Word, and what the new feminist movement means (5pm).
Sunday: The second issue of comic The Zoom! is launched at Wood Green's Big Green Bookshop (5.30pm). Expect a badge and a voucher for free salt at a Crouch End chippy.
Monday: We like the British Library's Magnificent Maps exhibition. Why not combine a visit with hearing David Starkey talk about the function of maps in the medieval and early modern period? (6.30pm, £7.50 / £5.)
Tuesday: Ambit move into the Betsey Trotwood for the evening, and bring poets George Szirtes, Liz Berry, Vidyan Ravinthiran and Donald Gardner with them (7pm). Turn up early to bag your open mic slot.