Housmans Radical Books, London: Events Newsletter August 2011

27 July 2011 — Housmans

Recent arrivals

Shop Spotlight on Soma

‘2-Tone London’ with Pauline Black
‘Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class’ with Owen Jones
‘The Glorious Times of the Situationist International’ with McKenzie Wark

Rebellious Media Conference


1. Recent arrivals

A spotlight on some new titles at Housmans.

Le Monde Diplomatique (English edition)
We now stock this highly-regarded monthly newspaper, offering left-oriented analysis and opinion on politics, culture, and current affairs.

SchNEWS in Graphic Detail: A Collection of Political Graphics Produced by SchNEWS 2000-2011 (£5, pp 96, paperback)
Funny, sharp, poignant, flippant and cheeky by turn this is a potted history of at least ten years of political commentary from the Brighton-based alternative-media crew.

The Left in Iran 1941-1957 – Revolutionary History Vol 10, No.3 (£25, pp 450, paperback)
The annual book produced by the Revolutionary History group, carries on from the previous issue in exploring Iran’s little-known left-wing history.

‘Saturday Night & Sunday Morning: The 2001 Bradford Riot and Beyond’ by Janet Bujra and Jenny Pearce (£13.99, pp 240, hardback)
Bujra and Pearce, from Bradford University’s renowned Department of Peace Studies, examine what caused the riots, the aftermath, recent history, and find cause for optimism in the future.
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‘Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project’ by Iain Sinclair (£20, pp 432, hardback)
Sinclair applies his psychogeographic approach to the ‘Olympian machinery of global capitalism’ that’s rolling through London in order to construct the 2012 Olympics.
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‘Debt: The First 5,000 Years’ by David Graeber (£21.99, pp 224, hardback)
Radical anthropologist Graeber looks into the history of debt, and finds that far from being a modern phenomenon, forms of debt have existed since the agrarian revolution.
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2. Shop Spotlight on Soma

You may have noticed our large selection of books – fiction and non-fiction – relating to India and the surrounding region. These books, along with our selection of progressive children’s titles, and Indian fair-trade crafts and beautiful cards (often on hand-made paper, and hand-painted), are supplied to us by a wonderful independent called Soma.

Based in a shop in Kennington, Soma have been importing Indian books and crafts since the 1960s. They often deal directly with small suppliers, including village-based craft co-ops, ensuring the best deals for their work. Pioneering the notion of fairly traded goods Soma also take pride in having held the very first Black Book Fair, at St Matthews in Brixton.

We stock as much as we can make room for from Soma, but if you would like to see their full range (especially more of their crafts range), why not visit their shop at 38 Kennington Lane, London SE11 4LS.



Full listings information can be found at www.housmans.com/events.php

4. ‘2-Tone London’ with Pauline Black
Wednesday 3rd August, 7pm
£3, redeemable against any purchase

Combining her life at the top of the 2-Tone phenomenon with her search for her birth parents, Black will speak about her experience of London, as told in her new autobiography, ‘Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir’.
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5. ‘Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class’ with Owen Jones
Wednesday 10th August, 7pm
£3, redeemable against any purchase

Join author Owen Jones as he explores the connections between the demonization of the working classes, the media, and the political establishment. Owen will take questions and lead discussion after his talk.
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6. ‘The Glorious Times of the Situationist International’ with McKenzie Wark
Wednesday 24th August, 7pm
£3, redeemable against any purchase

McKensie Wark’s new book, ‘The Beach Beneath the Street: The Glorious Times of the Situationist International’, explores anew the history of the movement and connects the Situationist’s work to new practices in communication, built form, and everyday life. Illuminating for both those already fascinated by the Situationists and those discovering the movement for the first time, Wark’s talk will provide valuable insight into the Situationists.
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6. Rebellious Media Conference

There are a last few tickets left for the Rebellious Media Conference, taking place on the weekend of the 8th and 9th October. The line up is fantastic (Housmans will be there!), with speakers confirmed so far including:

• Noam Chomsky (Manufacturing Consent etc.)
• Michael Albert, coordinator of one of the world’s largest radical websites, ZNet
• Matthew Alford (Reel Power: Hollywood Cinema and American Supremacy)
• Jessica Azulay (New Standard News)
• Mark Barto (London Video Activist Network)
• Zoe Broughton (Campaign Filmmaker)
• Johann Hari (Independent)
• Dan Hind (The Return of the Public)
• Emily James (Just Do It)
• Robert McChesney (Our Media, Not Theirs)
• Laurie Penny (Penny Red)
• John Pilger (The War You Don’t See)
Plus speakers from Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (tbc), CopySouth, Corporate Watch, the Glasgow Media Group, GreenNet, iContact Video, The Manchester Mule, The New Economics Foundation, Nottingham Indymedia, the Open Rights Group, Platform, Reel News, SchNews, Spinwatch, UK Uncut and many more.

For tickets and more info please visit http://rebelliousmediaconference.org/

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