Book Grocer: 4-10 May

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 83 months ago
Book Grocer: 4-10 May

The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Booker winner Anne Enright is at Foyles in Charing Cross Road to talk about her latest novel, The Forgotten Waltz (6.30pm, free but you'd better reserve ahead).

It's your last chance to experience The Quiet Volume, part of the London Word Festival, now happening at the Senate House Library (various times, two people £12 / £10).

Once you've done that, you can join a celebration of Alan Moore's Dodgem Logic with Stewart Lee, Robin Ince, Steve Aylett, Savage Pencil, Melinda Gebbie, Kevin O'Neill and The Retro Spankers (7pm, £10 / £12).

POLYply 10 introduces you to Christan Bök, Frances Kruk, Dan Scott, Emmanuelle Waeckerle and Lydia White (7pm, free).

The Young Poets Network puts on a showcase at the Poetry Cafe (6.30pm).

Celebrate Hearing Eye press at the Southbank Centre (8pm, free but reserve a place).

Thursday: Get in touch with First Story to find out more about their literary lunch with David Mitchell at the Ognisko Polish Club.

The London Word Festival bows out with a homage to The Prisoner. Indoctrinating you tonight will be Tim Key, Will Adamsdale, David Trent, Thom Tuck, Sara Pascoe, Rich Sandling, Terry Saunders, Benjamin Partridge, Greg McLaren, Nathan Penlington, Tim Wells, James Ward, Miriam Elia and Nathaniel Metcalfe. Colin Hoult is screaming about being a man, not a number (7.30pm, £7.50 / £9).

China Mieville is talking about the outskirts of the universe for his latest novel, at Foyles in Charing Cross Road (6.30pm, free but reserve ahead).

Luke Wright and Tony Walsh join the regulars at Bang Said the Gun (8pm, £5).

Henry Hemming discusses how small groups can make a difference, at the Big Green Bookshop (7pm, £3).

Joanne Harris and Tatiana de Rosnay are at Institut Francais chatting about being French and British, and writing (7pm, £10 / £8 / £5).

David Baddiel talks to Leo Benedictus about his new novel at Waterstone's Hampstead (7pm, £3).

John Citizen hosts Tall Lighthouse at the Poetry Cafe, with Chris McCabe, Jem Rolls, Tiffany Anne Tondut and Camellia Stafford (8pm, £5 / £4).

Friday: Get down to Wanstead Library to hear Marcus Chown and Manjit Kumar explain quantum theory (7.15pm, £5). Be warned: your head may explode.

Gilbert & George are signing copies of their latest book, The Complete Postcard Art of Gilbert & George, in the Tate Modern shop from 6pm.

Kat Francois hosts Intimates, a night of SLAM poetry at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £5 / £3).

Camden Poetry Series is back at the Lumen (7pm, £5 / £4). Ruth O'Callaghan hosts, poets from the floor welcome.

Saturday: The cry of the spurned would-be-lover is But I Made You A Mix Tape! It's also the title of a spoken word night at Jackson's Lane in Highgate, featuring Dean Atta, Paul Cree, Talia Randall, Sean Mahoney, Zionit, Stephanie Hampton, Jon Barton and Eva Sampson (8pm, £8 / £10).

The Literacy Consultancy hosts a masterclass on How the Novel Works, at the Free Word Centre, with Jacob Ross (10.30am, £75 / £45).

Perverse Verse at the Poetry Cafe has an open mic, but if you prefer to hear others read than do it yourself, revel in the words of Rachel Pantechnicon, Sundown Poets, Flame Proof Moth and Rob Auton (7.30pm, £5). Liz Bentley hosts.

Dennis Evans launches Paper in the Wind in Barnet tonight from 7.30pm (£10, includes a copy of the book).

Salisbury House Poets have an Australian evening, in the company of Katherine Gallagher, Kaye Lee and Ross Donlon (7.30pm, £3.50 / £2.50).

Sunday: Gabriel Kuhn discusses the work and legacy of German anarchists Gustav Landauer and Erich Mühsam, at Housmans (6pm, £3).

Jumoke Fashola welcomes Polarbear, Zena Edwards, Sh'maya Poetics, C and Trombone Poetry to Ronnie Scott's for Jazz Verse Jukebox (8pm, £7).

Monday: The British Academy Literature Week kicks off with actors from Shakespeare's Globe re-interpreting the relationship between plays and audiences (6pm), followed by Professor Laurie Maguire giving the 2011 British Academy Shakespeare Lecture (7.15pm, both events free but you'll need to register).

Hilary Spurling is in conversation with Xinran about Chinese women's lives, at Kings Place (7pm, £9.50).

Luke Williams, Jacques Strauss and Kate Monro are reading at The Book Stops Here (7.30pm, free).

Niall Ferguson is discussing civilisation at Daunt Books in Marylebone (7pm, £8).

Exiled Writers Ink returns for its monthly slot at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £4 / £2).

Tuesday: Satire is on the menu at the British Academy Literature Week: Craig Brown and Posy Simmonds debate contemporary satire with John Mullan (6pm), while the 2011 Chatterton Lecture is given by Dr Christopher Tilmouth and considers Alexander Pope (7.15pm, both events free but you'll need to register).

Colin Thubron opens the Asia House Festival of Asian Literature, with a talk about the pilgrimage route through Tibet to Mount Kailas (6.45pm, £15 / £12 / £10).

Niall O'Sullivan hosts Poetry Unplugged open mic at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £4 / £3).

Last Updated 04 May 2011