Housmans Newsletter December 2013

3 December 2013 — Housmans

NEWS

1. Please encourage your friends and family to support Housmans
2. Seasonal closing times
3. Date change for Seumas Milne event
4. ForcesWatch petition to stop recruitment of 16 year olds into the UK armed forces

IN-STORE EVENTS

5. ‘Liberation in the 1960s?’ with Phil Cohen
6. Christmas Zine Social
7. ‘The Revenge of History: The Battle for the 21st Century’ with Seumas Milne
8. ‘Pauperland: Poverty and the Poor in Britain’ with Jeremy Seabrook
9. ‘Colin Ward: Life, Times and Thought’ with Ruth Kinna, Carl Levy, Pietro Di Paola, Stuart White
10. ‘Mutual Aid: an introduction and evaluation’ with Iain McKay

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS

11. Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles
12. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group

HOUSMANS RECOMMENDS 
Book and DVD recommendations, available in-store and online.

NEWS 

1. Please encourage your friends and family to support Housmans

Thanks so much for all your support this year. We really value your backing, and the best way of continuing to do that is by getting your books from us, and encouraging your friends and family to do the same, particularly so at this time of the year. 

With that in mind we’d like to ask if you might consider sending out this 140 character message via any social media networks you have access to: 

This xmas, rather than using union-busting, tax-avoiding #Amazon please support your local radical bookshop, such as housmans.com  

Of course, please feel free to amend this message or write your own. We’re keeping a catalogue of reasons to boycott Amazon on our website here:

http://www.housmans.com/boycottamazon.php 

2. Seasonal closing times

Housmans will be closed on the following:
Christmas Day, Wednesday 25th December
Boxing Day, Thursday 26th December
New Year’s Day, Wednesday 1st January
…other than that we are open as usual.

3. Date change for Seumas Milne event
Please not that Seumas Milne’s forthcoming event will now take place on Thursday 12th December, as opposed to the 11th as originally advertised. 

4. ForcesWatch petition to stop recruitment of 16 year olds into the UK armed forces
Please consider signing the following petition from ForcesWatch, a campaign group who share our building here at 5 Cally Rd.
http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-recruitment-of-16-year-olds-into-the-uk-armed-forces 

IN-STORE EVENTS

 

5. Five Leaves presents: ‘Liberation in the 1960s?’ with Phil Cohen
Wednesday 4th December, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Phil Cohen recalls his involvement with various movements of the 1960s, including taking LSD with RD Laing, the early days of the Situationists, and assorted run-ins with the police and gangsters.
click here for more information

 

6. SW Zines presents: A Christmas Zine Social

Saturday 7th December, 7 – 9pm

Free Entry

Housmans invites you to discover the work of some thirty-odd zine makers at our end of year Christmas party. Bring a bottle!

click here for more information

 

7. ‘The Revenge of History: The Battle for the 21st Century’ with Seumas Milne
***PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE***

Thursday 12th December, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Seumas Milne discusses the seismic political shifts of the 21st century and how they have shaken the foundations ofUS hegemony to create a new configuration of international power relations.

click here for more information

 

8. ‘Pauperland: Poverty and the Poor in Britain’ with Jeremy Seabrook

Wednesday 22nd January, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Jeremy Seabrook discusses the history of poverty in Britain, and explores how the poor repeatedly come to be used as a scapegoat for society’s ills.

click here for more information

 

9. ‘Colin Ward: Life, Times and Thought’ with Ruth Kinna, Carl Levy, Pietro Di Paola, Stuart White

Saturday 25th January, 6.30pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Contributors to a new collection analysing the thought of Ward, discuss his work across a variety of fields, including his journalism, thoughts on Italian anarchism, and anarchism’s relation to the non-anarchist left.

click here for more information

 

‘Mutual Aid: an introduction and evaluation’ with Iain McKay

Wednesday 29th January, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Iain McKay evaluates Kropotkin’s classic text Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution, and considers it in relation to the findings of contemporary thinkers such as Richard Dawkins, Stephen Jay Gould and Matt Ridley.

click here for more information

 

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS

 

11. The Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles


Housmans has a monthly book club which usually meets on the second Thursday of the month. All are welcome, but please email nik@housmans.com if you intend to come, so we have an idea of numbers. Books lined up for the new year are as follows:

 

Thursday 12th December
‘Anarchy in Action’ by Colin Ward

 

Thursday 16th January
‘As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial – A Graphic Novel’ by Derrick Jensen and Stephanie McMillan

Thursday 13th February
‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ by Erich Maria Remarque

12. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group

Housmans has a regular Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group, which 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.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 10 December 2013, when the topic will be

NONVIOLENCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS.
For more information please visit: http://londonpacifismnonviolence.wordpress.com/

 

HOUSMANS RECOMMENDS 
A small selection of some of our most popular books and DVDs from this year.

 

‘Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police’ by Rob Evans and Paul Lewis (Faber & Faber, 2013) £12.99

‘Undercover’ reveals the truth about secret police operations – the emotional turmoil, the psychological challenges and the human cost of a lifetime of deception – and asks whether such tactics can ever be justified.

 

‘NHS SOS: How the NHS was betrayed – and how we can save it’ edited by Jacky Davis and Raymond Tallis, foreword by Ken Loach (Oneworld, 2013) £8.99

‘NHS SOS’ is an insiders’ exposé of the collusion, opportunism, back-door deals, and negligence that has put the NHS at mortal risk – and a manifesto for how to stop and reverse the reforms before it’s too late.

‘Fifty Shades of Feminism’ edited by Lisa Appignanesi, Susie Orbach and Rachel Holmes (Viagro, 2013) £12.99

In this volume, fifty women young and old – writers, politicians, actors, scientists, mothers – reflect on the shades of feminism that inspired them, and what being woman means to them today. Contributors include: Tahmima Anam, Joan Bakewell, Bidisha, Lydia Cacho, Shami Chakrabarti, Lennie Goodings, Linda Grant, Natalie Haynes, Siri Hustvedt, Jude Kelly, Kathy Lette, Kate Mosse, Bee Rowlatt, Elif Shafak, Ahdaf Soueif, Shirley Thompson, Natasha Walter, Jeanette Winterson – alongside the three editors.

 

‘The Spirit of ’45’ by Ken Loach (Dogwoof, 2013) £9.95 DVD

Ken Loach’s impassioned documentary explores the spirit of unity which buoyed Britain during the war years and carried through to create the foundations of the modern welfare state.

 

‘Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital’ by Lloyd Bradley (Serpent’s Tail, 2013) £12.99

Lloyd Bradley tells the story of black music in London and the larger-than-life characters making it, journeying fromSoho jazz clubs to Brixton blues parties to King’s Cross warehouse raves to the streets of Notting Hill – and onto sound systems everywhere. Featured as Radio 4’s Book of the Week.

 

‘Fight the Power! A Visual History of Protest Among the English-Speaking Peoples’ by Seán Michael Wilson and Benjamin Dickson (New Internationalist, 2013) £9.99

This comic book visualises the key moments of the last 200 years when ordinary people across the English-speaking world have risen up against oppression and injustice and fought for a better life for all.

 

‘People Over Capital: The Co-operative Alternative to Capitalism’ edited by Rob Harrison (New Internationalist, 2013) £9.99

In response to the question “Is there a co-operative alternative to capitalism?”, this book showcases fourteen essays by economists, academics, co-operators, politicians, and campaigners, exploring both the success and untapped potential of co-operatives.

 

‘Digital Revolutions: Activism in the Internet Age’ by Symon Hill (New Internationalist Publications, 2013) £9.99

From Occupy to the Arab Spring: how the internet and social media are changing activism and movements. Includes illustrative examples of recent campaigns and movements, as well as interviews.

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