HOUSMANS BOOKS NEWSLETTER JUNE 2016

25 May 2016 — Housmans

NEWS

1. Saturdays In The Vaults 
2. Infinite Jest Reading Group
3. The Public Reading Rooms Project

IN-STORE EVENTS
4. SATURDAYS IN THE VAULTS – ‘Breathe:  Stories from Cuba’ with Leila Segal
5. ‘That Precious Strand of Jewishness that Challenges Authority’ with Leon Rosselson
6. SATURDAYS IN THE VAULTS: Ciaran Walsh reading ‘Red Dagger’
7. ‘Refugees on Lesbos: one volunteer’s story’ with Bev Jackson
8. ‘Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics’ with Richard Seymour
9. LEFT BOOK CLUB PRESENTS: ‘Cut Out: Living without Welfare’ and ‘Island Story’ with Jeremy Seabrook and J.D. Taylor
     10. SATURDAYS IN THE VAULTS: ‘Looking for Trouble’ by Roque Dalton, and presented by John Green and Michal Boncza

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS

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

1. Saturdays In The Vaults 
Kicking off this Saturday we have the first in an irregular series of events taking place on Saturday afternoons at 4pm downstairs in our newly renovated Vaults. These events will include a range of politically interesting poetry and fiction readings, and maybe the odd art event too. All Saturdays In The Vaults events will be free entry.

2. Infinite Jest Reading Group
Starting Thursday 30th June 2016, Housmans is hosting a reading group for the David Foster Wallace cult novel, Infinite Jest. Each month we read a section of the novel and meet up to discuss it, and we’ll keep going until we’re finished!

Anyone is welcome, whether they’ve read the book before or are tackling it for the first time. All that’s required is that you try and keep up with the reading (including the endnotes..!). You are welcome to join (or leave!) the group at any time.

If you are interested you’ll find lots more details here: http://housmans.com/jest.php

3. The Public Reading Rooms Project
Some of you may remember that at one time there was a plan to open something to be known as The Public Reading Rooms in the Housmans basement. This never really took off but The Public Reading Rooms is now launching as a website site, alongside  a number of real-world projects.

 The project’s remit will range from exhibitions, to new writing, to film and making available archival material. They are looking for people to work with them as part of a creative collective dedicated to providing something new and fun on the left. Interested? then please contact Robin at info@prruk.org

IN-STORE EVENTS

4. SATURDAYS IN THE VAULTS – ‘Breathe:  Stories from Cuba’ with Leila Segal

Saturday 28th May, 4pm – Free Entry – only accessible by staircase
Leila Segal presents her short story collection ‘Breathe’, a beautifully observed collection of short stories which take the reader beyond the artificial glamour of guidebook Cuba to paint a real and uncompromising portrait of modern-day Cuba.
click here for more info

5. ‘That Precious Strand of Jewishness that Challenges Authority’ with Leon Rosselson
Wednesday 1st June, 7pm
Singer-songwriter and children’s author Leon Rosselson will read from his pamphlet ‘That Precious Strand of Jewishness that Challenges Authority’ questioning what it means to be Jewish, perform songs, and also reflect on the recent rows over perceived anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.
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6. SATURDAYS IN THE VAULTS: Ciaran Walsh reading ‘Red Dagger’
Saturday 4th June, 4pm – Free Entry – only accessible by staircase
Housmans are proud to welcome storyteller and radical historian Ciaran Walsh who will be performing Heathcote Williams’s poem ‘The Red Dagger’ which tells the story of the City of London’s symbolic coat of arms, an image of the blood red soaked dagger that killed Wat Tyler. The piece is a blistering attack on the establishment, with utmost relevance to the continued scandals going on today in the City of London.
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7. ‘Refugees on Lesbos: one volunteer’s story’ with Bev Jackson
Wednesday 15th June, 7pm
Bev Jackson discusses her experience volunteering for Starfish, a group helping refugees arriving from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos.
click here for more info

8. ‘Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics’ with Richard Seymour 
Saturday 18th June, 6.30pm
Writer and broadcaster Richard Seymour discusses the political and social circumstances that colluded to make way for Corbyn’s rise within Labour and British politics.
click here for more info

9. LEFT BOOK CLUB PRESENTS: ‘Cut Out: Living without Welfare’ and ‘Island Story’ with Jeremy Seabrook and J.D. Taylor
Wednesday 22nd June, 7pm
Authors Jeremy Seabrook and J.D. Taylor discuss their new books which both similarly, through a series of interviews of everyday people, examine life, politics and the impact of austerity in modern Britain.
click here for more info

10. SATURDAYS IN THE VAULTS: ‘Looking for Trouble’ by Roque Dalton, and presented by John Green and Michal Boncza
Saturday 25th June, 4pm – Free Entry – only accessible by staircase
Smokestack Books present at Housmans Looking for Trouble, the first British edition of poetry by Latin America’s much loved poet and revolutionary fighter, Roque Dalton.
click here for more info

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS READING

11. 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 9th June
A Book For Her by Bridget Christie
A memoir about comedy and feminism from acclaimed British stand-up Bridget Christie.

Thursday 14th July
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
A novel from South Korean author Han Kang, recently shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.

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

12. 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.

At the next meeting on 14 June we will consider PACIFISM AND THE EUROPEAN UNION.

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

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