Book Grocer: 22-28 February

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 80 months ago
Book Grocer: 22-28 February

Book, poetry and spoken word events in London this week

Wednesday: Lars Iyer launches his new novel, Dogma, at the Wapping Project (7pm). He'll be chatting about it with Sam Jordison.

Poet and novelist John Fuller is in conversation with Adam Phillips at Lutyens & Rubinstein's beautiful bookshop in Notting Hill (7pm, £5).

Rachel Rose Reid tells stories about fashion at Selfridges (6pm, free).

Kat Francois hosts Jawdance at Rich Mix, with spoken word performances from Simon Mole, Uniq the Poet, Ronnie McGrath and Maria Slovakova (7.30pm, free).

Thursday: DJ Connell and Timothy Graves read from and talk about their respective books, Julian Corkle is a Filthy Liar and Homo Jihad, at Bethnal Green Library (6.30pm, free).

Shiv Malik, Deborah Grayson, Adam Ramsey and Clare Coatman tell Evan Davis how badly young people are getting screwed by politics, at Foyles (6.30pm, free but email to reserve a place).

If you have £40 to blow, why not spend it on a three course meal at the St Pancras Grand Brasserie and listen to Simon Callow wax lyrical about Charles Dickens? (6.30pm).

Slightly Foxed magazine hosts a party at Dulwich Books to celebrate publication of paperback editions of classic memoirs (6.30pm, free).

Nicola Streeten's graphic novel details losing her two year old son; she's talking about it at the Big Green Bookshop (7pm, free).

The Poetry Takeaway and Musa Okwonga take part in Selfridges's Words Words Words season (6.45pm, £10).

Poet Sam Riviere responds to austerity measures at Toynbee Studios (7.30pm, £5).

Hear Victorian tales with music, cake and parlour games at Jacksons Lane in Highgate (8pm, £12.95 / £10.95).

Mr Gee hosts Brixtongue at the Electric Social, with performances from Jazzman John Clarke, Gloria Thomas and more (7.30pm, £8).

Friday: Morris Gleitzman has done a take on the global economic crisis for children. Hear about it at the Southbank Centre (11.30am, £8 / £4).

There's a Pere Lachaise theme at St Ethelburga's church – readings of Wilde, Proust and Gertrude Stein's work, plus live music (8pm, £10 / £7).

Hylda Sims hosts Fourth Friday at the Poetry Cafe (8pm, £6 / £5), celebrating the posthumous publication of John Rety's collection with Stephen Watts, David Floyd and Jacqueline Gabbitas.

Saturday: It's Dickens Day at Foyles! Excellent themed panel discussions and a Dickens quiz, from 9.30am (£10 / £8).

To celebrate World Book Day on 1 March there are a ton of book swaps for children around town. The pick is probably from Booktrust at the Free Word Centre (from 11am, free), with The Gruffalo's illustrator Axel Scheffler.

If you're around Dulwich, local author Linda MacDonald is signing copies of her debut novel Meeting Lydia at Dulwich Books from 11am.

Children's author Tom McLaughlin tells tales of the Diabolical Mr Tiddles at the Big Green Bookshop (11am, free).

Amy Key, Jacqui Saphra and Gale Burns host The Shuffle at the Poetry Cafe (7.30pm, £5 / £3) with Wayne Holloway Smith, Maggie Sawkins, Faye Lipson, Paul Stephenson, Ruth O'Callaghan, Amy Neilson Smith and more.

Sunday: Lip, Tongue & Toe storytelling collective (otherwise known as Alys Torrance and Alice Fernbank) plus guests are at Jam Circus in Brockley (7pm, £5).

Monday: Andrew Motion, Ann Thwaite and LOCOG celebrate the life and work of Alfred Lord Tennyson, at Kings Place (7pm, £9.50).

Surya Turner leads a craft-slash-storytelling event for under 5s at Rich Mix (1.30pm, £2).

Vince Laws and Trudy Howson host a night at the Poetry Cafe that's part of LGBT month (8pm, £5 / £3).

Tuesday: Jon McGregor, excellent author and short story writer, appears at Book Slam at the Tabernacle, alongside Francesca Beard, Rachel Rose Reid and Heidi Vogel (7.30pm, £8).

Litro Live! hosts a free festival of Double Dutch in Kensington, with David Winner, Abdelkader Benali, Ramsey Nasr, Chika Unigwe, chocolate making and more (from 9am).

Niall O'Sullivan hosts the Poetry Cafe's open mic night (7.30pm, £5 / £4).

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

Last Updated 22 February 2012