Book Grocer: 8-14 June

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 89 months ago
Book Grocer: 8-14 June

The week ahead in literary London

Wednesday: Get to the London Review Bookshop to hear one of the country's best writers, Ali Smith, talk about her new novel There but for the (7pm, £7).

Hilary Horrocks and Simon Pirani discuss Vietnamese revolutionary Ngo Van at Housmans (7pm, £3).

Mohan Rana and Bernard O'Donaghue read from Rana's Poems (translated by O'Donaghue) in the Anatomy Theatre and Museum at Kings College (7pm, free but reserve in advance).

David Lodge, Stephen Baxter and Adam Roberts talk about HG Wells at the British Library (6.30pm, £7.50 / £5).

Agnes Meadow hosts Loose Muse at the Poetry Cafe for women writers of all genres (8pm, £5 / £3).

Thursday: Jon Ronson and Francesca Beard appear at tonight's Book Slam, with Hannah Peel providing some tuneage (7.30pm, £8 / £10).

Matt Harvey, Dreadlockalien and Spoz join Dan Cockrill, Martin Galton and Rob Auton at Bang Said the Gun (8pm, £5).

John Hegley performs Beyond our Kennel at Whittington Park Community Centre for the Holloway Arts Festival (8.30pm, £9 / £6).

Allan Mallinson is signing copies of On His Majesty's Service at Hatchards from 2pm.

Ian Leslie considers whether lying is essential to our society, at the RSA (1pm, free).

Ketaki Kushari Dyson and William Radice celebrate the 150th anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore at Lauderdale House (8pm, £5 / £3).

Friday: Roger McGough and guests bring poetry to Meltdown at the Southbank Centre (7.45pm, £12.50).

Audrey Niffenegger, Stephen Baxter, John Gribbin and Paul Cornell ponder the art and science of time travel at the British Library (6.30pm, £7.50 / £5).

Naomi Woddis launches her new exhibition - photographs of poets - at The Albany, with performances from Sabrina Mahfouz, A F Harrold, Dzifa Benson, Joe Duggan, Jasmine Cooray, Joelle Taylor, Kayo Chingonyi and Tshaka Campbell (8pm, £3).

Greta Sykes, Deborah Lavin, Vincent Berquet, Gill Oxford, David E. Morgan, Khatchatur Pilikan, David Horsley, Jane Ennis, Penny Dimand and Estella Schmid do an evening of poetry with a Socialist History theme at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm).

Adele Ward presents David Cooke and an open mic for Friday Night Writers at Swiss Cottage Library Art Gallery (6pm, free).

Saturday: We told you about it last week and now it's here - the Queen's Park Book Festival, a full day of authors for £5 advance / £6 on the day. Everything kicks off from 11am.

Richard Tyrone-Jones is your guide for Utter!'s MisGuided Tour of Crouch End. Guests will be elaborating the history of Haringey's military victories over Islington and the location of portals to other dimensions. Meet 2pm outside Hornsey Town Hall (£5 / £7).

Helen Burke launches her new collection The Ruby Slippers at the Poetry Cafe (8pm).

Sunday: Tom Allen, John-Luke Roberts, Neil Sinclair, James Dowdeswell and Sarah Bennetto tell summer tales at the Pleasance's Storytelling Club (8pm, £8 / £6).

Ruth Fainlight and Leah Fritz are the Torriano Poets (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Michael Horovitz, Dorothea Smartt, Ernesto Sarezale and Sabrina Mahfouz perform at Jazz Verse Jukebox (8pm, £7).

Esther Kamkar, Yvonne Green and Colette Littman read at the Spiro Ark Centre in Jewish Women's Voices of the East (8pm, £8).

Monday: Coffee House Poetry celebrate Bob Dylan at 70 - Roddy Lumsden, Roger McGough, Carol Rumens, Jeremy Reed, Luke Wright and Caroline Bird sing his praises (8pm, £7 / £6).

Holloway Arts Festival puts Aoife Mannix and other poets in the North Nineteen pub (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

John Banville and Tom McCarthy talk to Robert Coover, "a literary secret" this side of the pond, at Kings Place (7pm, £9.50).

The Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets 2011 take place at the British Library (6.30pm, £6 / £4).

Tuesday: The First Story anthology produced by students at the Harris Academy Bermondsey launches, with writer-in-residence Marie Phillips. Email info [at] for more information.

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

Jeremy Hilton and Tom Lowenstein are the guests at The Blue Bus (7.30pm, £5 / £3).

Book ahead: We have a hunch that David Nicholls' appearance at England's Lane Books on 15th June may be popular... (7.30pm, £5).

Follow @LondonistLit for our pick of that day's literary events

Last Updated 08 June 2011