Housmans Books May Newsletter

27 April 2015 — Housmans

HOUSMANS NEWSLETTER MAY 2015

NEWS

1. London Radical Bookfair 2015: The Tanner St Takeover, Saturday 9th May
2. Little Rebels Shortlist 2015
3. May Day/forthcoming shop closures

IN-STORE EVENTS

4. The Tolerance Trap – How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality?’ with Suzanna Danuta Walters
5. ‘Why We Deserve Better Politics’ with Zoe Williams
6. 
Journal of Aesthetics & Protest issue launch: ‘Tectonic Disobedience’
7. ‘UJAMAA – the hidden story of Tanzania’s socialist villages’ with Selma James
8. ‘Liberty’s Fire – bringing history alive for the next generation’ with Catherine Johnson and Lydia Syson
9. ‘In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre’ with Lara Pawson, John Game, Joana Ramiro, and Gika Tetembwa 
10. ‘The Racket:  A rogue reporter vs the masters of the universe’ with Matt Kennard
11. ‘Here We Stand : Women Changing the World’ with Helena Earnshaw, Angharad Penrhyn Jones and Helen Steel
12. ‘Getting By: Estates, class and culture in austerity Britain’ with Lisa Mckenzie

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS

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

1. London Radical Bookfair 2015: The Tanner St Takeover, Saturday 9th May 12-7pm
TakeoverDo please make it along to the London Radical Bookfair & Alternative Press Fair 2015. So many great things going on, too many to mention here – for full details please check the website: https://londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com.

2. Little Rebels Shortlist 2015
Speaking at the Takeover will be shortlisted authors from the ARB’s book prizes, the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing and theLittle Rebels Children’s Book Award. The Little Rebels shortlist has just recently been announced – naturally, all books are available at Housmans:

 

 

 

Little rebels‘Girl With a White Dog’ by Anne Booth (Catnip Books)

‘Grandma’ by Jessica Shepherd (Child’s Play)

‘Made by Raffi’ by Craig Pomranz, ill. by Margaret Chamberlain (Janetta Otter-Barry Books/Frances Lincoln)

‘Nadine Dreams of Home’ by Bernard Ashley (Barrington Stoke)

‘Pearl Power’ by Mel Elliott (I Love Mel)

‘Scarlet Ibis’ by Gill Lewis (Oxford University Press)

‘Shh! We Have a Plan’ by Chris Haughton (Walker Books)

‘Trouble on Cable Street’ by Joan Lingard (Catnip Books)

For a full description of the titles please visit: http://www.housmans.com/blog/?p=2492 

3. May Day/forthcoming shop closures

Please note Housmans will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 4th May and also on Bank Holiday Monday 25th May. 

In London, May Day is being observed in the traditional way with an assembly at  Clerkenwell Green at 12.00, marching to Trafalgar Square where there will be a rally from 14.20 – for more info visit http://www.londonmayday.org. Class War will also be throwing a street party from 6pm at 1 Commercial Street – info: http://325.nostate.net/?p=15635 

IN-STORE EVENTS

4. ‘The Tolerance Trap – How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality?’ with Suzanna Danuta Walters
Thursday 30thApril, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
Tolerance trapIs marriage really the summit of aspiration for the ‘gay nation’? Angry radicalism should not have turned into a whisper of gratitude, argues this call to arms from Suzanna Danuta Walters.

5. ‘Why We Deserve Better Politics’ with Zoe Williams
Tuesday 5th May, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
GetittogetherAhead of the general election the Guardian’s Zoe Williams discusses the failure of modern British politics and what it would take to move the broken system forward.

6. Journal of Aesthetics & Protest issue launch: ‘Tectonic Disobedience’
Wednesday 6th May, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

TectonicHousmans welcomes guests from the US-based journal to launch their latest issue, which considers the intersections of art and radical politics. 

7. ‘UJAMAA – the hidden story of Tanzania’s socialist villages’ with Selma James
Wednesday 13th May, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

UjamaaSelma James draws contemporary lessons from Tanzania’s self-governing villages created in the 1960s, where men, women and children collectively worked the land, organised production, distribution, housing, education, childcare, healthcare, determined to overcome poverty and women’s subordination.

 

8. ‘Liberty’s Fire – bringing history alive for the next generation’ with Catherine Johnson and Lydia Syson
Wednesday 20th May, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
LibertyHousmans welcomes authors Catherine Johnson and Lydia Syson to discuss the challenges and importance of writing progressive historical fiction for young adults.
 

9. ‘In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre’ 
with Lara Pawson, John Game, Joana Ramiro, and 
Gika Tetembwa 
Wednesday 27th May, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
AngolaOur panel discuss Angola’s intra-left massacre of 27 May 1977, and its continuing political repercussions, a subject explored expertly in Pawson’s highly celebrated recent book.

 

 

10. ‘The Racket:  A rogue reporter vs the masters of the universe’
with Matt Kennard
Wednesday 3rd June, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
RacketMatt Kennard gives a no holds barred political tour through the power elites’ secret corruption, tyranny, destitution, robbery, mass murder and censorship.

 

 

11. ‘Here We Stand : Women Changing the World’
with Helena Earnshaw, Angharad Penrhyn Jones and Helen Steel
Wednesday 10th June, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
Here we standOur guests present this unique anthology about contemporary women campaigners and how they were changed by the process of changing the world.

 

 

12. ‘Getting By: Estates, class and culture in austerity Britain’
with Lisa Mckenzie
Wednesday 17th June, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Getting byFresh from her standing as candidate for Class War in the general election, Lisa Mckenzie joins us to discuss her book ‘Getting By’ (Policy Press, 2015), which looks at the positive aspects of estate life, despite the many hardships.

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS READING 

13.  The Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles

 

Thefuse

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 14th May
 
Austerity: The Demolition of the Welfare State and the Rise of the Zombie Economy by Kerry-Anne Mendoza
A scathing critique of austerity policies, exposing their devastating impact on society and the economy in the UK.

Thursday 11th June 
What the F**k is Normal? by Francesca Martinez
Funny, moving and thoughtful exploration of what it means to be normal in today’s society, by comedian Francesca Martinez.

Thursday 9th July 
Open Veins of Latin America
 by Eduardo Galeano
First published in 1971, Galeano’s classic text chronicles five centuries of ‘the pillage of a continent’.

If you would like to find out more about the reading group, please email catherine@housmans.comThe Fuse has its own web page here:http://www.housmans.com/fuse.php

14. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group

PacifismHousmans 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 12 May,  we’re looking at PACIFISM, ALLIANCES AND COMPROMISES, and on 14 July, NONVIOLENCE AND CINEMA .

For more information please visit: http://londonpacifismnonviolence.wordpress.com/ 
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