Housmans Radical Books Newsletter for February 2015

2 February 2015 — Housmans

NEWS

1. A request for ideas for a renovated Housmans basement

IN-STORE EVENTS

2. [Again] Introductions presents: ‘Biopolitics’ with Nikolas Rose

3. ‘Stopping the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’ with Linda Kaucher

4. ‘Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion’ with Tansy E. Hoskins

5. [Again] Introductions presents: ‘Feminism’ with Stella Sandford 

6. Forthcoming events to be confirmed:

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS

7. Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles

8. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group
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NEWS 

1. A request for ideas for a renovated Housmans basement

One of the rooms in the Housmans basement – at one time previously occupied by Porcupine Books – is due to be renovated in the very near future, and plans for its use remain open. The room will be larger than its old incarnation, with an extension bringing the room to approximately 370sq. ft. The space will be limited by only having access by stairs, and could only be accessible to the public via Housmans, potentially limiting access to the space to Housmans’ opening hours. Being a basement space it has limited natural light, though there will be a few floor tiles in the ceiling.

Ideas currently being floated include renting the space out as cheaply as possible to a campaign group or possibly expanding Housmans book stock into the space, but we would welcome other ideas or speculative proposals. The full rental cost of the space, including a service charge is a little over £10,000pa. 

It may be you have an idea for your own initiative that you’d like to fill the space with, but we also welcome ideas that we as Housmans might be able to take up and make happen. To discuss this further please contact nik@housmans.com

IN-STORE EVENTS

2. [Again] Introductions presents: ‘Biopolitics’ with Nikolas Rose
Wednesday 4th February, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
Professor Rose introduces the subject of ‘biopolitics’, in which power is exercised on our bodies through the likes of disease scares, obesity epidemics and definitions of mental illness.
 
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3. ‘Stopping the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’ with Linda Kaucher
Wednesday 11th February, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
Linda Kaucher explores the numerous threats contained in the US/EU ‘free trade’ TTIP deal, and presents the campaign to stop its implementation.
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4. ‘Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion’ with Tansy E. Hoskins
Wednesday 18th February, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
Tansy Hoskins explores the social, economic and environmental repercussions of the global fashion industry, as told in her recent book published by Pluto Press.
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5. [Again] Introductions presents: ‘Feminism’ with Prof. Stella Sandford 
Wednesday 4th March 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
Prof. Stella Sandford shares her insights into the feminism’s latest debates and challenges, from the perspective of the feminist tradition in philosophy and theory.
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6. Forthcoming events to be confirmed:

Thursday 5th March – Melissa Gira Grant ‘Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work’ 

Friday 20th March – Ain’t I A Woman? SOAS Women Society

Wednesday 8th April – Polly Toynbee and David Walker – ‘Cameron’s Coup’

Wednesday 15th April – Brian Morris  ‘Anthropology, Ecology, and Anarchism’ 

Wednesday 22nd April – The Vegan Book of Permaculture with Graham Burnett

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS READING 

7.  The Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles
Housmans has a monthly book club which usually meets on the second Thursday of the month, starting at 7pm in the shop. Forthcoming titles under discussion are:

Thursday 12th February
Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
Graphic novel from the author of Persepolis, a “funny and enlightening look at the sex lives of Iranian women.”.

Thursday 12th March
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Vonnegut’s classic satirical WW2 novel, first published in 1969

Thursday 9th April 
Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn 
An investigation into, and call to arms against, the oppression of women and girls worldwide.

If you would like to find out more about the reading group, please email catherine@housmans.comThe Fuse has its own web page here:http://www.housmans.com/fuse.php

8. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group

Housmans has a regular Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group, who meet on the second Tuesday of the month. All are welcome, but please be prepared to join in the discussion. Please try to turn up by 7pm sharp. 

On Tuesday 10 February 2015, we will discuss PACIFISM AND PROPERTY RIGHTS.

And on Tuesday 14 April 2015,  we’re looking at PACIFISM AND THE GENERAL ELECTION.

For more information please visit: http://londonpacifismnonviolence.wordpress.com/ 

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