Housmans Books Newsletter July 2014

24 June 2014 — Housmans Books

NEWS

1. Second-Hand Book Basement – new stock and Tumblr page
2. Peace News 2014 Summer Camp
3.  First World War Catalogue
4. Laurence Housman Anniversary Walk

IN-STORE EVENTS

5. STIR SUMMER ISSUE LAUNCH
‘Anarchists in the Boardroom’ with Liam Barrington-Bush
6. ‘Call for a Scottish Constitution’ with Angus Reid Mary Davis
7. ‘The Price of Experience: Writings on Living with Cancer’ with Mike Marqusee

8. ‘Straight Expectations: What Does It Mean To Be Gay Today?’ with Julie Bindel

LONDON’S BURNING SEASON: 23rd July – 20th August
9. The Three Imposters present: ‘Machen’s London Adventure’ with Robert Kingham
10. ‘London Irish Fictions’ with John Healy and Tony Murray
11. Peace Pledge Union present: ‘Resisting the First World War in Camden and Islington’ with Ben Copsey
12. ‘Spark in the Dark’ with John Constable

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS
13.  Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles
14. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group

NEWS 

1. Second-Hand Book Basement -new stock and Tumblr page

If you haven’t been down to our £1 second-hand basement recently, do come and have a look, as there’s lots of high quality new stock, and all books are now displayed by subject area. We currently have a particularly good selection of British and European social history. 

We have also begun a Tumblr gallery, which will be picking out some of the more eye-catching titles among the thousands of books which pass through the basement every month. Have a look at what we’ve spotted so far (and follow us if you’re tumblr savvy): http://housmans.tumblr.com/

2. Peace News 2014 Summer Camp

Join Peter Tatchell, Paul Rogers, Aneaka Kellay, and activists from across Europe to mark the centenary of the First World War – and to declare peace on the 100th anniversary of the day that Britain declared war on Germany.

Sessions include: Eyewitness Afghanistan / The Arms Trade and the First World War / Life After Capitalism / Chomsky’s Politics / Make Cake, Not War / Why we don’t need Sizewell / Making Nonviolent Revolution / Policing the Police / Mobilising to stop NATO! / Peace Studies at 40 / Women Resisting WW1 / Nonviolent Direct Action / Celebrating Elinor Ostrom

Book your tickets today: http://tinyurl.com/pnsc2014bookings
Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/PNSCFB2014Suffolk. To find out more and to book your place, visit www.peacenewscamp.info

3. First World War Catalogue

With the centenary of the beginning of the First World War approaching, we have put together a list of recommended books on the subject – all available in-store or by mail order. Please follow the link to view it: http://www.housmans.com/blog/?p=2208 

4. Laurence Housman Anniversary Walk

Jill Liddington recently spoke at Housmans on the topic of suffragette history, and in that talk made great mention of Housmans Bookshop’s name-sake and co-founder, Laurence Housman: an “artist and writer who dedicated his considerable talents to the Votes for Women cause”. Jill is undertaking a sponsored walk in his name, from Bromsgrove in the Midlands to London, with all proceeds going to Book Aid. Please read more about it on the blog: http://www.housmans.com/blog/?p=2226 

IN-STORE EVENTS

5. STIR SPRING ISSUE LAUNCH
‘Anarchists in the Boardroom’ with Liam Barrington-Bush
Wednesday 25th June, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

To celebrate their latest issue, STIR invite contributor Liam Barrington-Bush to discuss how organisations are horizontalising their practices, open-sourcing their operations, and inviting the public to participate in previously hierarchical decision making processes. 
click here for more information

6. ‘Call for a Scottish Constitution’ with Angus Reid and Mary Davis
Thursday 26th June, 7pm
Free Entry

As the Scottish Independence Referendum approaches, co-authors of ‘A Modest Proposal’ make a passionate plea for the people of Scotland and the UK to take power into their own hands by creating a peoples’ constitution.
click here for more information

7. ‘The Price of Experience: Writings on Living with Cancer’ with Mike Marqusee
Wednesday 2nd July, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Writer and activist Mike Marqusee discusses his personal experience of cancer, as well as the social attitudes and political struggles that surround the illness.
click here for more information

8. ‘Straight Expectations: What Does It Mean To Be Gay Today?’ with Julie Bindel
Saturday 5th July, 6.30pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Julie Bindel tracks the changes in the gay community over the last forty years, and asks whether fighting for the right to marry has achieved genuine progress, or whether the new legal rights have neutered a once-radical social movement.
click here for more information

9. The Three Imposters present: ‘Machen’s London Adventure’ with Robert Kingham 
Wednesday 23rd July, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Launch event for new edition of Arthur Machen’s long out-of-print ‘The London Adventure’, a classic of psychogeographical writing.
click here for more information

Last summer The Three Impostors invited Iain Sinclair to Housmans to give a talk on Arthur Machen, and the talk has since been transcribed in a limited edition booklet entitled ‘Our Unknown Everywhere: Arthur Machen as Presence’, available in-store. You can read a short extract from it, with Iain eulogising Housmans and King’s Cross, here:http://www.housmans.com/blog/?p=2232 

10. ‘London Irish Fictions’ with John Healy and Tony Murray
Wednesday 30th July, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Our guests discuss the Irish migrant experience of the capital as conveyed in literature, with Healey discussing his celebrated autobiography ‘The Grass Arena’.
click here for more information

11. Peace Pledge Union present: ‘Resisting the First World War in Camden and Islington’ with Ben Copsey
Wednesday 13th August, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Ben Copsey explores the variety of war resistance activity that took place in Camden and Islington in response to the First World War.
click here for more information

12. ‘Spark in the Dark’ with John Constable
Wednesday 20th August, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

John Constable reads from his hallucinatory, Blakesque poetry collection, which draws much inspiration from London settings.
click here for more information

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS READING 

13. 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 July
‘Bound for Glory’ by Woody Guthrie

Thursday 14th August
‘Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain’ by Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin

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

14. 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 July 2014, we will be discussing PACIFISM AND THE CELEBRATION OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR. For more information please visit:http://londonpacifismnonviolence.wordpress.com/ 

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