Housmans Radical Books (London) NEWSLETTER APRIL 2009  

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CONTENTS:

NEWS

1. Housmans sale continues…
2. Meeting room available for up to 12 people

EVENTS

3. (book event & talk) Nick Davies – ‘Flat Earth News’
Wednesday 1st  April  – 7pm
4 (book event & talk) Nawal El Saadawi – feminist trailblazer
Saturday 4th April – 5pm
5. (talk) Elevator Gallery presents: Derrida and Deconstruction
Wednesday 8th April – 7pm
6. (zine launch) Savage Messiah zine launch: The Olympic Zone
Saturday 11th April – 3pm walk, 7pm launch
7. (exhibition launch) Sonalle: Ethnic Minority Domestic Violence Survivors
Saturday 18th April – 5pm
8. (talk) Elevator Gallery presents: Debord and the ‘Society of the Spectacle’
Wednesday 22nd April – 7pm
9. (film screening & talk) Reel News & Smash EDO film night
Saturday 25th April – 5pm
10. (talk & performance) Elevator Gallery presents: The Postmodern Condition Wednesday 29th April – 7pm
11. Forthcoming in May 2009

BOOKS

12. ‘The Dirty Thirty: Heroes of the Miners’ Strike’
by David Bell

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NEWS

1. Housmans sale continues…

The Housmans sale continues with a huge and continually evolving range of £1 second-hand titles from the now sadly defunct Porcupine Books, and also many newer titles being cleared at half price. Come along for a browse and pick up a bargain!

2. Meeting room available for up to 12 people

Housmans Bookshop is now in the position to offer a meeting room to sympathetic organisations. The room comfortably seats up to 12 people and is situated in a central location with excellent access to public transport. Kitchen and toilet facilities are also available. Unfortunately the room is not accessible to wheelchair users.

The cost for the hire of this room is £25, or if the meetings are longer than two hours a rate of £10 per hour will apply.

For more information and bookings please call Housmans on 020 7837 4473.

EVENTS
More details about all events can be found at www.housmans.com/events.php

3. (book event & talk)
Nick Davies – ‘Flat Earth News’
Wednesday 1st April  – 7pm

flat-earth.jpgWhen award-winning journalist Nick Davies decided to break Fleet Street’s unwritten rule by investigating his own colleagues, he found that the business of reporting the truth had been slowly subverted by the mass production of ignorance. Working with a network of off-the-record sources, Davies uncovered the story of the prestigious Sunday newspaper which allowed the CIA and MI6 to plant fiction in its columns; the newsroom which routinely rejects stories about black people; the respected paper that hired a professional fraudster to set up a front company to entrap senior political figures; and the newspapers which support law and order while paying cash bribes to bent detectives.

Housmans are delighted to welcome Nick Davies, who will be discussing his findings, answering questions, and signing copies of book, which is now available in paperback.

4 (book event & talk)
Nawal El Saadawi – feminist trailblazer
Saturday 4th April at 5pm

Nawal-El-Saadawi.jpgConsidered by many to be the first female Muslim author to write about feminism, sex and the veil, Nawal El Saadawi has published numerous novels as well as writing extensively about her own life. Nawal first brought the experiences of Arab women to the attention of the west in the 1970s with titles including ‘The Hidden Face of Eve’ and ‘Woman at Point Zero’, describing the harrowing conditions for women in her native Egypt.

Housmans are delighted to welcome Nawal El Saadawi, who will be in London for a rare visit to celebrate the re-issue of four of her classic titles. Nawal will be discussing her life’s work, answering questions, and signing copies of her books.

“The leading spokeswoman on the status of women in the Arab world.” The Guardian
For more information about Nawal El Saadawi please visit: www.nawalsaadawi.net

5. (talk)
Elevator Gallery presents:
Derrida and Deconstruction
Wednesday 8th April – 7pm

elevator.jpg‘There is nothing outside of the text. …that what opens meaning and language is writing as the disappearance of natural presence.’ – Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology p. 158-159

What does that mean! Well…ever wondered whether speech is better than writing? Or what the difference is between différence and différance? Or even whether the self-reflexivity of language can cause a crisis in rationality that may undermine the Western tradition of philosophy and the ultimate emancipation of humankind? These questions sound tough, but they needn’t be! Come along to an enjoyable introduction to the oeuvre of Jacques Derrida, and his influence on the political and aesthetic.

For more information about Elevator Gallery please visit: http://www.elevatorgallery.co.uk

6. (zine launch)
Savage Messiah zine launch: The Olympic Zone
Saturday 11th April – 3pm walk, 7pm launch

savage-2.jpgWalk and launch party for Laura Oldfield-Ford’s latest issue of her London-focussed, cult psychogeographic zine, which turns its spotlight on Stratford and the Olympic building site.

Walk
We will be walking around the city of London and drifting towards Housmans where we will be having  drinks and showing films to launch the zine. Meet at Dirty Dicks Public House,  Liverpool Street at 3pm.

Launch
Housmans Bookshop from 7pm.

Issue 11 is a drift around the Olympic zone and focuses on a particular moment in the build up to the June the 18th Carnival Against Capitalism riots in the City of London. The riots happened in 1999 and were a protest against the ludicrousness of the global financial system. The zine was written after a day of walking around the perimeter fence of the Olympic zone In March 2009 and is a direct response to the mass destruction of the Lower Lea Valley.

For more information about Savage Messiah please visit http://savagemessiahzine.com/

7. (exhibition launch)
Sonalle: Ethnic Minority Domestic Violence Survivors
Saturday 18th April – 5pm

domestic-violence.jpg“During our relationship, I asked his family for help but they never helped me. His sister suggested to ignore what he was doing and concentrate on me and the baby. He strangled me on many occasions, so it wasn’t easy to ignore what he was doing.”

Housmans are delighted to host the latest exhibition from up and coming photographer Sonalle, whose latest work explores ethnic minority domestic violence survivors. Sonalle will be joined by guests from Southall Black Sisters, and by Margaret Aberdeen, who has survived domestic violence.

This event has kindly been sponsored by Eaves http://www.eaves4women.co.uk
For more information about Sonalle please visit http://www.sonalle.com

8. (talk)
Elevator Gallery presents:
Debord and the ‘Society of the Spectacle’
Wednesday 22nd April – 7pm

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‘Life used to be directly lived, but has since receded into representation’  – Debord, ‘The Society of the Spectacle’.

How do we understand a world saturated by media images? Do we live in a Society of the Spectacle from which authentic life needs to be recovered? Or, as Jean Baudrillard claimed, is there no reality to speak of, except a hyperreality of media representation?  An introduction to these problems, involving screenings of a selection of Debord’s films, to discuss how art can communicate outside of the dominant commodity culture of globalised capitalism, and how political resistance can remain possible in a world where the Gulf War might not have really happened.

For more information about Elevator Gallery please visit: http://www.elevatorgallery.co.uk

9. (film screening & talk)
Reel News & Smash EDO film night
Saturday 25th April – 5pm

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Reel News is an activist video collective, set up to publicise and share information on inspirational campaigns and struggles – not just in this country, but across the world. They regularly produce DVDs which capture the latest actions and protests.

This evening they will be launching their latest issue, which will feature exclusive footage from both the G20 actions in London, and the Strasbourg-based anti-Nato actions from earlier in the month.

Joining them will be guests from Brighton’s Smash EDO campaign, who will be showing some footage from their continuing campaign, as well as introducing their forthcoming May Day street party. Throughout the month we will also be exhibiting a range of artwork that has come out of the Smash EDO campaign.

See http://www.reelnews.co.uk and http://www.smashedo.org.uk for more info.

10. (talk & performance)
Elevator Gallery presents:
The Postmodern Condition
Wednesday 29th April – 7pm

postmodern.jpgWhat is Postmodernity? Is it the abandonment of the ‘grand narratives’ of Modernity? Is it a neo-conservative threat to the Enlightenment Project? Is it, according to Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, a global state of schizophrenia – complete with wasps, orchids, black holes, flying bricks and bodies-without-organs? How does Nicolas Bourriaud use these ideas to theorise aesthetics as a system of relations and, more recently, Altermodernism? Come and discover answers, to these questions and more, in an engaging introduction to the End of History! Accompanied by a live artistic performance by Emma Bennett.

For more information about Elevator Gallery please visit: http://www.elevatorgallery.co.uk

11. Forthcoming in May 2009
All forthcoming events are subject to last-minute changes and additions, so please check the website and next month’s newsletter for more info.

Out of Step – Anarchic punk-rock poetry
Saturday 9th May – 6pm

Wise Women – Women in Sustainability and the Environment
Wednesday 13th May – 7pm

Sue Meyer – Atheism and Feminism
Saturday 16th May – 5pm

Susan Richardson – EcoPoetry
Saturday 23rd May – 5pm

No Sweat fundraiser – The best in new political music
Saturday 30th May – 6pm

BOOKS
For more books please visit http://www.housmans.com/books.php

12. ‘The Dirty Thirty: Heroes of the Miners’ Strike’ by David Bell
£7.99 
Five Leaves Publications, 136pp

The miners’ strike of 1984-85 came to be called the “Great Strike”, with good reason. It was the largest, longest trade union struggle in Britain, and the most far reaching in its consequences, since the 1926 General Strike. For a whole year, some 170,000 miners, plus the women of the mining communities, battled against everything the government and the police threw at them.

Only 30 miners out of 2,000 from the Leicestershire coalfield struck against the pit closure programme. They became renowned as The Dirty Thirty and travelled the world for the strike fund, selling badges, mugs and vests, making speeches, and supporting the other 170,000 strikers in the biggest industrial conflict.

David Bell has interviewed most of the surviving miners and the women’s support group to find out why they struck, and why they held out for so long.

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