Book Grocer: 1-7 December

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 99 months ago
Book Grocer: 1-7 December

The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Penned in the Margins launches new books from Michael Egan and Siddhartha Bose at the Southbank Centre's Poetry Library (8pm, free).

Polly Toynbee and David Walker discuss whether Labour changed Britain, at Clapham Books from 7pm (free).

Attila the Stockbroker, Hollie McNish and Niall Spooner-Harvey shake down the Soho Theatre at the behest of Apples and Snakes (8pm, £8 / £6).

Granta launches issue 113, The Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists, at Foyles in Charing Cross Road (6.30pm, free but email to reserve a place). Andrés Barba, Sònia Hernández, Javier Montes, Matías Néspolo, Andrés Neuman, Santiago Roncagliolo and Andrés Felipe Solano will be talking about having their work chosen.

Poet, fiction and non-fiction writer Maureen Duffy talks to Rosemary Furber about her work, including latest thriller The Orpheus Trail, at Woolfson & Tay (7pm, £5 / £3).

Alex Ross chats about his brilliant, bestselling, analysis of music history, The Rest is Noise, at Marylebone Daunt Books (7pm, £8).

There's a pamphlet party at The Lamb - Matt Bryden, Claire Crowther and Carrie Etter all launch new work (7.30pm, free).

Thursday: Charlie Brooker - woohoo! - is signing copies of the re-released TV Go Home at Foyles St Pancras from 5pm.

Bang Said the Gun are getting ready for Christmas with Matt Harvey and Karen Hayley (8pm, £5).

Artist Alice Shirley is having a private view of the artwork from her book of Aesop's Fables at England's Lane Books (6.30pm).

Critic Martin Gayford gives an illustrated talk about sitting for Lucien Freud at Keats House (7pm, £5).

Lucia van der Post brings her knowledge of things her mother told her to the art of hosting Christmas, at the Grosvenor Literati (6.30pm, £20).

Hear poems from David Floyd, Pauline Drayson and Yvonne Green at Hendon Library, and then find the words tied to the POET TREE. There's also an open mic (6.30pm, free).

Joe Duggan, Helen Mort, Tim Wells and Michael Wyndham are all loving Tall Lighthouse at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £5 / £3).

Friday: Fathieh Saudi presents The Prophets, a poetic journey from childhood to prophecy, at Leighton House Museum (6.30pm, £5).

Ruth O'Callaghan introduces Charles Bennett and Caroline Gilfillan at Camden Poetry Series (7pm, £5 / £4).

Kat Francois wants you to get Intimate with some SLAM poetry at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £5 / £3).

Saturday: Appetite for Spanish poetry whetted at Foyles? Then head to the Poetry Cafe where Farrago invites Ascen Arriazu, Sofia Buchuck, Gwen Burnyeat, Mercedes Cebrián, Isabel del Rio, Keith Jarrett, Nina Melero, Carlos Reyes Manzo and Yamilka Noa over for a showcase (7.30pm, £6 / £5 / £3).

Before that, experience Mesopotamian poetry with Zipang at the Poetry Cafe (3pm).

Salisbury Poets get festive at (where else) Salisbury House (7.30pm, £3.50 / £2.50).

Sunday: Katherine Gallagher introduces a London North Poetry Society Stanza Reading with Liz Berry, Maggie Butt, Lynda How, Kaye Lee, Joan Michelson and Cheryl Moskovitz at Torriano Poets (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Monday: The sublime Ian McMillan and Luke Carver Goss present wintry words, and songs produced with the audience, at Kings Place (7pm, £9.50).

Which is the best book ever? Eight people have two and a half minutes to defend their choice in a balloon debate at Foyles (7pm, free but email to reserve a place).

Book Club Boutique dons a black tie and ballgown for its Christmas bash at the House of St Barnabas (7.30pm).

Tom Raworth and Hugo Williams perform Poetry at King's (College) from 6.30pm (free).

Tuesday: Alexandra Harris discusses the Romantic Moderns of the 1930s and 40s at Daunt Books in Marylebone (7pm, £8).

The Private Eye team are signing copies of this year's annual at Selfridges from 1pm.

David Gaffney reads from his latest short story collection, alongside Alan Brownjohn, Deborah Levy and Tim Liardet at the Ambit night at the Betsey Trotwood (7pm, free).

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

Last Updated 30 November 2010