Book Grocer: 15-21 September

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 100 months ago
Book Grocer: 15-21 September

bookgrocersmall.jpg The overstuffed week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Arabella Weir talks about her relationship with food at the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green (7pm, free).

The Flow Festival from the Free Word Centre hosts an English PEN discussion on censorship in libraries with Lisa Appignanesi, Douglas Murray, Mike Clarke and Mike Harris (5.30pm, free).

Ed Howker and Shiv Malik discuss the dire prospects of the country's 20- and 30-somethings at Foyles (6.30pm, free but email to reserve a place).

Daniyal Mueenuddin and Nadeem Aslam are at Asia House to celebrate Granta's Pakistan issue (6.30pm, £12 / £8).

Vayu Naidu tell stories from India at Aspace (4pm, free), for the SW11 Literary Festival and Paul Gravett talks about comics at an exhibition of his work at the Pump House Gallery (6.30pm, £4).

Thursday: Ruth Rendell makes an appearance at Hampstead's newest bookshop, England's Lane (7.30pm).

Hanif Kureishi, Joe Dunthorne and Milly Blue join Patrick Neate at Bookslam, this week at the Clapham Grand (7.30pm, £8 / £10).

Tom Morton, the man behind @DrSamuelJohnson, and Tim Coates are on the sofa with Scott Pack and Marie Phillips for this month's Firestation Book Swap (7.45pm, £5 or free with homemade cake).

If you missed the wonderful John Hegley at Greenwich, he's performing his show at Camden Lock Books at 7pm.

Bobbie Darbyshire and Nicholas Royle are at Battersea Waterstone's for the SW11 Literary Festival, talking about their work (7pm, £3).

At the Free Word Centre, short story writer Louise Stern discusses her work and life as a deaf woman. The event will be BSL interpreted (1pm, free). Writers featuring in Granta's Pakistan issue will talk about dynamics of expression in and out of Pakistan (6.30pm, free).

Bang Said the Gun return from their summer break with Attila the Stockbroker (8pm, £7).

Marcus du Sautoy examines the mathematics in the Alhambra theatre, alongside Spanish poetry translated and performed into English, at the Instituto Cervantes (6.30pm, free but reserve a place).

German author of the The Reader, Bernhard Schlink talks about his latest book, Guilt About the Past, at the ICA (6.45pm, £12 / £11 / £10).

Tim Butcher discusses his experiences in Sierra Leone at Bermondsey Square's new bookshop Woolfson & Tay (7pm, £5 / £3).

Friday: The Chiswick Book Festival opens today with Sir Terry Pratchett (4.30pm, £3) and Michael Wood (7.30pm, £5). Unless they're already sold out.

Bernardine Evaristo and Daljit Nagra celebrate Black and Asian poets at the Tabernacle, with Roger Robinson, Denise Saul, Seni Seneviratne, Malika Booker, Mir Mahfuz Ali, Shazea Quraishi, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Rowyda Amin, Janet Kofi Tsekpo and Nick Makoha (7pm, £7).

Vanessa Hannam and Paul McCue talk about history writing at Battersea Waterstone's (7pm, £3).

Friedrich Christian Delius is in conversation about his work with Kim Forrester at the Big Green Bookshop (7pm, free).

Over at Free Word Centre's Flow Festival, Vayu Naidu and her storytellers evoke the spirit of the season (6.30pm, £6 / £3), Apples and Snakes presents Simon Mole's new show (8pm, free), plus an all-night writing session (11pm, £20 / £10).

Contributors to Hair Power, Skin Revolution will be reading at Enfield Waterstone's (6.30pm, free).

Saturday: At the Chiswick Book Festival, Katie Cleminson, Anthony McGowan and Josh Lacey are around for the youngsters, while Charlie Higson, Allison Pearson, Prue Leith, Annie Sanders, Mavis Cheek, Lucy Worsley, Noel 'Razor' Smith, Robert McCrum and Sir Andrew Motion all appear to read and discuss their work. You can also catch performances of short stories, a poetry jam and a panel talking about audio books.

If you want to see Charlie Higson somewhere more central, try Foyles at 2pm, where he's doing a signing.

Alexei Sayle reads from his autobiography, Stalin Ate My Homework, at the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green at 3pm (free, but get there early).

John Hegley hosts his regular Elevenses slot at the Poetry Cafe (11am, £6 / £4).

Kate Tempest performs at legendary Duckie at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (9pm, £6).

Eleanor Rees, Simon Smith, Agnieszka Studzinska, Julia Bird and Tamar Yoseloff are the Salt Poets performing at the Poetry Cafe (7pm).

Sunday: The brilliant London Word Festival hosts a day at the Roundhouse's Turning Point Festival, with Ross Sutherland, Joe Dunthorne, Tim Clare, Laura Dockrill, Nathan Penlington (doing Uri & Me), Terry Saunders, Francesca Millican Slater, Hannah Silva and the Roundhouse Poetry Collective (3pm, £8).

Fay Weldon talks about her life and career at the New End Theatre in Hampstead (7.30pm, £10).

Staying NW3-ish, the Hampstead and Highgate Festival at the London Jewish Cultural Centre (in Golders Green) starts today: John Lanchester, Ruth Padel, Stephen Games, John Mullan, Joanna Briscoe, Louise Doughty, Andrew O'Hagan, Giles Coren, Ron Moody, Jay Rayner, Miriam Halahmy, Laetitia Maklouf, Catherine Horwood, Zaiba Malik, Lynda Bellingham, Simon Callow, Joanna Trollope and Steven Berkoff are the events that aren't sold out - but it's touch and go for some (tickets £5-12).

As one local lit fest opens, another one closes: this time it's the Chiswick Book Festival. Zaiba Malik is here as well as Hampstead / Golders Green, alongside Nic Ridley, Lucy Jago, Fran Warde, Nigel Ostrer, Rebecca Frayn, Sadie Jones, Claire Tomalin, Adele Parks and Val McDermid. We feel dizzy at the sheer number of writers.

Liked Joshua Idehen's poem last week? Then catch Poejazzi, which he co-founded, at The Last Days of Decadence (7pm, free). Jono McCleery, Musa Okwonga, Niall O'Sullivan, Belle-Moore Benham, James Wheale and Kim Leng Hills are all performing.

At the SW11 Literary Festival, Alex Wheatle runs a creative writing workshop in Northcote Library (2pm, £5), while Jahnell, Indigo Williams and Alex Gwyther get into a Poetic Frenzy at the BAC, and Cecelia Delatori tells musical stories (7pm, £3).

Monday: Rosie Boycott's 5x15 returns from its summer break with David Aaronovitch, Sarah Dunant, Iain Hutchison, Jeremy Leggett and Tim Butcher telling the stories behind their ideas and inspiration in 15 minutes (6.45pm, £20 / £15).

Andrew Motion hosts a night of Thomas Hardy's poetry at Kings Place (7pm, £9.50), with poets Pam Hope, Paul Hyland, Catherine Simmons and Kate Scott.

Gill Gregory, Nadia Valman and Georgie Wemyss read from their work on migration and discuss with the BAC audience for the SW11 Literary Festival (7pm, £5).

Arvon presents Voices from the Panjab: Amarjit Chandan, Shazea Quraishi, Shamshad Khan and Seema Anand are at the Free Word Centre (7.30pm, £10 / £5).

Over at the Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival: Alex Broun, Dan Lepard, Maria McCann, Emma Darwin, R.N. Morris, Rose Melikan, Rachel Billington, Robert Lacey, David James Smith, Valerie Grove, Andrew Graham-Dixon, Chris Cleave, Fiona Millar, Tania Byron, Martin Amis and Claire Armistead.

Coffee House Poetry celebrates harvest festival in the company of Lesley Saunders, John Greening, Helen Ivory, Gale Burns, Agnieszka Studzinska, Martin Figura, Kate Noakes, Yvonne Green and Henry Fajemirokun (8pm, £7 / £6).

Did you submit your favourite zines? Head down to the London College of Communication for today's exhibition of past and current zines.

Ken Champion and Juli Jana bring More Poetry to Mug House in London Bridge (7.30pm, free).

Shirley King and Rose Andresier perform the work of Ted Hughes, John Betjeman, Charles Dickens, Kenneth Grahame and Mrs Beeton to a musical accompaniment at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £3).

Tuesday: The last day of the Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival promises: Fiona Kirk, Daisy Hay, Kate Figes, Nicci French, Ion Trewin, Anne Chisholm, Jane Robins, Helen Simpson, Michele Roberts, Maggie O'Farrell, John Harvey, Marika Cobbold, Pam White, Barbara Levy, Jane Rusbridge, Linda Kelsey, Mark Billingham, David Morrissey and Jeffrey Archer. Yes, you read that right.

Gilbert Achcar discusses the Arabs and the Holocaust at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £6).

Index on Censorship launches its magazine at the Free Word Centre (6.30pm, free).

Isabel Losada talks about her experiences getting published at Battersea Waterstone's (7pm, £5).

Jane Miller talks about old age to Andrew O'Hagan at Daunt's Chelsea shop (7pm, £5).

Independent publisher Lucy Owen, from To Hell with Publishing, is guest speaker at the London Writers' Club (7pm, £10).

Michael Foley examines the elusive condition of happiness at Woolfson and Tay (7pm, £5 / £3).

Last Updated 15 September 2010