Housmans Books Newsletter April 2014

28 March 2014 — Housmans

NEWS

1. Agit Disco: a benefit shindig for Housmans
2. London Radical Bookfair & Alternative Press Takeover 2014
3. Shop closures

IN-STORE EVENTS

4. ‘Are the Kids All Right? Representations of LGBTQ Characters in Children’s and YA Literature’ with B.J. Epstein, Mark Jennett and Letterbox Library
5. ‘Divide and Ruin: The West’s Imperial Strategy in an Age of Crisis’ with Dan Glazebrook
6. ‘Stalin Ate My Homework’ with Alexei Sayle
7. ‘Masters of the Airwaves: The Rise & Rise of Underground Radio’ with Dave VJ and Lindsay Wesker
8. Bob Crow Memorial Event: ‘Plundering London Underground’ with Janine Booth and Peter Pinkney
9. Hysteria –a feminist periodical, new issue launch with guest speakers including Minna Salami aka MsAfropolitan + more tbc
10. ‘Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War to End Apartheid’ with Alan Wieder
11. ‘Eco-Anarchism in the 1970s: London’s Street Farm collective’ with Stephen E. Hunt
12. ‘Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made’ with Richard Seymour
13. Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom present: ‘Settling Scores: The Media, the Police & the Miners’ Strike’

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS

14. Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles
15. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group

HOUSMANS RECOMMENDS
Shortlisted books for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2014, available in-store and online.

NEWS 

1. Agit Disco: a benefit shindig for Housmans  

As hopefully you’ll have heard by now, Housmans are taking over local eco-music venue Surya to throw a fund-raising party. 2 floors, 16 amazing selectors, and a world of temperature-raising political music… all the details are here: http://www.housmans.com/blog/?p=2106 

2. London Radical Bookfair & Alternative Press Takeover 2014

After last year’s successful inaugural event, the London Radical Bookfair returns bigger and better, this year teaming up with the Alternative Press gang to takeover all three floors of Bishopsgate Institute. Please come and along, and spread the word. Full details: http://londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com/ 

3. Shop closures

Once a year we have to shut up shop for a stock take, and this year this will take place on Sunday 30th March. Apologies for any inconvenience. We’ll also be closed on Friday 18th April and Monday 21st April, but will remain open across the Easter weekend.

IN-STORE EVENTS

4.  ‘Are the Kids All Right? Representations of LGBTQ Characters in Children’s and YA Literature’ with B.J. Epstein, Mark Jennett and Letterbox Library
Saturday 29th March, 6.30pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Panel discussion of Epstein’s new book which considers the representations of LGBTQ characters in children’s and young adult literature. This talk will be followed by the announcement of the shortlist for the ARB’s Little Rebels Award for Radical Children’s Fiction.
click here for more information

5. ‘Divide and Ruin: The West’s Imperial Strategy in an Age of Crisis’ with Dan Glazebrook
Saturday 5th April, 6.30pm
Free Entry

Dan Glazebrook examines the new strategies employed by Western powers to spread imperialism around the world.
click here for more information

6. ‘Stalin Ate My Homework’ with Alexei Sayle
Wednesday 9th April, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Alexei recounts his childhood growing up within a Jewish atheist communist family in Liverpool. There will be time for questions and for signing copies.
click here for more information

7. ‘Masters of the Airwaves: The Rise & Rise of Underground Radio’ with Dave VJ and Lindsay Wesker
Wednesday 16th April, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

DJs Dave VJ and Lindsay Wesker discuss the crucial role black radio – pirate and legal – has had in transforming British culture.
click here for more information

8. Bob Crow Memorial Event: 
‘Plundering London Underground’ with Janine Booth and Peter Pinkney
Wednesday 23rd April, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

As London Underground celebrates its 150th birthday, our guests discuss the failures of the tube’s infrastructure privatisation, and consider what can be done to protect this crucial public service.

Due to the sad and untimely death of Bob Crow, who was due to speak at this event, our guests, both comrades of Bob’s, will begin the talk with a memorial to Bob, sharing memories and celebrating his legacy.
click here for more information

9. Hysteria –a feminist periodical, new issue launch with guest speakers including Minna Salami aka MsAfropolitan + more tbc
Saturday 26th April, 6.30pm
Free entry

Launch event for second issue of Hysteria, a feminist periodical founded by the SOAS Feminist Society. This issue considers ‘Roles & Rules’. At this launch speakers will include Minna Salami aka MsAfropolitan who will discuss African feminism and identity + more tbc.
click here for more information

10. ‘Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War to End Apartheid’ with Alan Wieder
Wednesday 30th April, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Distinguished academic Alan Wieder explores the complexities and contradictions of this extraordinary couple who fought tirelessly against apartheid as part of the militant group Umkhonto we Sizwe.
click here for more information

11. ‘Eco-Anarchism in the 1970s: London’s Street Farm collective’ with Stephen E. Hunt
Wednesday 14th May, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Stephen E. Hunt discusses the innovative ecological work of Street Farm, a collective of anarchist architects who brought urban farming to 1970s London.
click here for more information

12. ‘Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made’ with Richard Seymour
Wednesday 21st May, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Richard Seymour examines who really benefits from the policy of austerity and what the alternatives might be.
click here for more information

13. Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom present: ‘Settling Scores: The Media, the Police & the Miners’ Strike’
Wednesday 28th May, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

In the year of the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike, contributors from Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom’s new book consider how recently released material has shed new light on the policing and media coverage of the events of 1984.
click here for more information

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS READING 

14. 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 10th April
‘Estates: An Intimate History’ by Lynsey Hanley

Thursday 8th May
‘Why Internet Porn Matters’ by Margret Grebowicz

If you would like to find out more about the reading group, please email nik@housmans.com 

15. 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 8 April 2014, we will be discussing PERSONAL MOTIVATIONS FOR PACIFISM. For more information please visit:http://londonpacifismnonviolence.wordpress.com/ 

HOUSMANS RECOMMENDS:
Shortlisted books for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2014


Shortlisted books for the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2014, available in-store and online. Authors from the shortlist will be speaking at the London Radical Bookfair (see above), at which the winner will be announced. Visit the Housmans blog for our thoughts on the books: http://www.housmans.com/blog/?p=2141 

‘Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police’ by Rob Evans and Paul Lewis 
(Faber and Faber, 2013) £8.99

‘Soldier Box: Why I Won’t Return to the War on Terror’ by Joe Glenton (Verso, 2013) £12.99

‘Story of a Death Foretold: The Coup against Salvador Allende, 11 September 1973’ by Oscar Guardiola-

Rivera (Bloomsbury, 2013) £20

‘Who Needs the Cuts? : Myths of the Economic Crisis’ by Barry Kushner and Saville Kushner (Hesperus Press, 2013) £7.99

‘No Place to Call Home: Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies and Travellers’ by Katharine Quarmby (Oneworld, 2013) £12.99

‘Cancel the Apocalypse: The New Path to Prosperity’ by Andrew Simms (Little, Brown, 2013) £10.99

‘Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain’ by Imogen Tyler (Zed Books, 2013) RRP: £16.99, Housmans price: £12.99 (in-store only)

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