Book Grocer: 20-26 October

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 99 months ago
Book Grocer: 20-26 October

BookGrocer1.jpg The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Hanif Kureishi collects the PEN / Pinter prize at the British Library tonight (6.30pm, £7.50 / £5).

Politician Chris Mullin reveals more from his diaries at Daunt Books Marylebone (7pm, £8).

The Public Address Tour comes to Rich Mix with poets Mike Edwards, Saran Green, Hannah Silva, Matt Windle and Adam Kammerling (7.30pm, free).

Carolyn Clark reads from her book The Shoreditch Tales at The Bookbox (7pm, £3).

Avi Shlaim discusses the Israel-Palestine conflict at Woolfson & Tay (7pm, £5 / £3).

At the South Asian Literature Festival, Romesh Gunesekera talks to Boria Majumdar and Mihir Bose about cricket and commonwealth (7pm, £9.50) followed by storytelling and music from Vayu Naidu and Cleveland Watkiss (9pm, £9.50) at Kings Place.

Thursday: Tim Key, Rich Fulcher (as seen with The Boosh), Jesse Armstrong (only the bloody co-writer of Peep Show and The Thick Of It) and Hailey Beavis are at Book Slam (7.30pm, £6 / £8). Luke Wright takes charge.

Warren FitzGerald and Tim Relf join Scott Pack and Marie Phillips for chat, book swapping and cake in Windsor (7.45pm, £5 or free with homemade cake).

Maggie Philbin hosts the Royal Society Prize for Science Books 2010, with shortlisted authors Marcus Chown, Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw, Henry Pollack, Frederick Grinnell, James Hannam and Nick Lane (5.45pm, free).

If you enjoyed Siddhartha Bose's poetry, catch his debut show Kalagora at Rich Mix, part of the South Asian Literature Festival (8pm, £8 / £6). Over at Kings Place, Maya Jaggi chairs a talk by Nayantara Sahgal and Fatima Bhutto (7pm, £9.50).

Ian McMillan joins the regulars at Bang Said the Gun (8pm, £5).

Patrick Wright talks to Neal Ascherson at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £6).

Susan Skedd from English Heritage talks about the blue plaque scheme at Pages of Hackney (7pm, £3).

Ambit launches issue 202 at the Owl Bookshop with readings from Pascal O'Loughlin, Jenny Martin and Samantha Jackson (7pm, free).

Michael Peel exposes the Nigerian oil industry at the Travel Bookshop (7pm, £5).

Friday: There's a Mushaira, a gathering of poets, at the Nehru Centre for the South Asian Literature Festival, with Satyendra Srivastava, Niranjana Desai, Amarjit Chandan and Hilal Fareed (6.30pm, free).

Hylda Sims hosts Fourth Friday at the Poetry Cafe, with Janet Simon and Niall O'Sullivan (8pm).

Saturday: The Crystal Palace Children's Book Festival takes place at Upper Norwood Library and the Bookseller Crow on the Hill, with workshops and appearances by authors like Guy Bass, Jon Mayhew and Laura Dockrill. And everything's free!

There's a discussion about the rise of graphic novels in South Asia at the Q Forum, part of the South Asian Literature Festival (7.30pm, £8).

Martyn Crucefix, Judy Gahagan, Gill McEvoy, Mike Loveday and open mic spot poets read at Poetry in Palmers Green (7.30pm, £5 / £3.50).

Sunday: Laura Dockrill celebrates her new book, Echoes, with Luke Kennard and Robin Ince at the Southbank Centre (7.30pm, £10), followed by a massive party.

Andy Stanton, author of the Mr Gum books, is at the free Children's Book Swap in Windsor (2pm, and they advise you to reserve a place).

A panel looks at how film changes the way people view literature at the Q Forum for the South Asian Literature Festival (7pm, £8).

Martina Thomson introduces Jacqueline Saphra, Caroline Maldonado, Ruth O'Callaghan and Cheryl Moskovitz at Torriano Poets (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Monday: The Foyles Fear Fest Day One has appearances and activities with Tommy Donbavand and Sarah Macintyre (from 2pm, free). Day Two is next Sunday - Halloween itself...

Justine Picardie talks about her new biography of Coco Chanel at Daunt Books Marylebone (7pm, £8).

Tuesday: Toby Wilkinson examines the rise and fall of Egypt at the Travel Bookshop (7pm, £5).

Alexandra Harris talks about the English romantics of the interwar years at the London Review Bookshop (7pm, £6).

Jill McGivering is in conversation with Rosie Furber about her book, The Last Kestrel, set in southern Afghanistan at Woolfson & Tay (7pm, £5 / £3).

Last Updated 20 October 2010