Housmans Books Newsletter February 2017

31 January 2017 — Housmans

NEWS
1. Supporting Haven Distribution’s Books to Prisoners work

IN-STORE EVENTS

2. ‘Training for Exploitation’, book launch with the Precarious Workers Brigade
3.‘A People’s History of the Russian Revolution’ with Neil Faulkner
4. Locomotrix presents SEESAW with Serena Braida, Livia Franchini, Gloria Sanders, and Vera Chok
5. Capitalism’s Next Crisis? Michael Roberts on ‘Trumponomics’
6. ‘1956: John Saville, E.P. Thompson and The Reasoner’ with Paul Flewers
READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS

7. Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles
8. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group
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NEWS
1. Supporting Haven Distribution’s Books to Prisoners work
In recognition of 20 years of the Haven Distribution project, Housmans will be having a long-term fundraising campaign to help support their ongoing work, so as to get more books into prisoners’ hands. This will take the form of an annual appeal, which we’re kicking off now! We’ll be making our own financial donation and would encourage you to do the same by clicking here: http://www.havendistribution.org.uk/donating.  There will also be a collection box at the till throughout the year.

If you can afford to, please do support this important cause. You can read more about Haven’s crucial work on our blog here: http://www.housmans.com/blog/

IN-STORE EVENTS

2. ‘Training for Exploitation’, book launch with the Precarious Workers Brigade
Wednesday 1st February, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
Precarious Workers Brigade (PWB) is a UK-based group of precarious workers in culture & education. We call out in solidarity with all those struggling to make a living in this climate of instability and enforced austerity. If putting an end to precarity is the social justice we seek, our political project involves developing tactics, strategies, formats, practices, dispositions, knowledges and tools for making this happen.
click here for more info

3.‘A People’s History of the Russian Revolution’ with Neil Faulkner
Wednesday 8th February, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
In the centenary year of the Russian Revolution, Left Book Club launches ‘A People’s History of the Russian Revolution’, which argues the revolution was an explosion of democracy and creativity—and that it was crushed by bloody counter-revolution and replaced with a form of bureaucratic state-capitalism.
click here for more info

4. Locomotrix presents SEESAW with Serena Braida, Livia Franchini, Gloria Sanders, and Vera Chok
Friday 17th February, 7pm
For the second Locomotrix event of 2017, we’re proud to host SEESAW, a night of poetry on collaboration/community, solitude, identity and arts politics. Join four exciting writers sharing new solo and collaborative work!
click here for more info

5. Capitalism’s Next Crisis? Michael Roberts on ‘Trumponomics’
Wednesday 22nd February, 7pm
Donald Trump’s first days in office have seen the birth of what might yet become a mass opposition movement. Yet some continue to see his ostensible rejection of the neoliberal consensus of recent decades as offering a way forward for workers in the United States. Acclaimed Marxist economist Michael Roberts explains the reality of ‘Trumponomics’, its likely effect upon a global capitalist economy still reeling from the 2008 crash, and its inadequacies as a response to the challenges of globalisation and inequality.
click here for more info

6. ‘1956:John Saville, E.P. Thompson and The Reasoner’ with Paul Flewers
Wednesday 1st March, 7pm
Paul Flewers revisits 1956 and the work of the likes of Thompson and Saville who edited The Reasoner journal, which played a crucial role in organising opposition to Stalinism within the Communist Party of Great Britain.
click here for more info

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS

7. 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 February 
Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit 
Traces a history of activism and social change over the past five decades, and makes an affirmative case for hope in troubled times.

Thursday 9th March 
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Part memoir, part investigative report, the novelist Jonathan Safran Foer explores the history, politics and ethics of meat-eating. 

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

8. 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.

In FEBRUARY (on Tuesday 14 February), we’ll look at the idea of NONVIOLENT RELATIONSHIPS.

And at our MARCH meeting (on Tuesday 14 March), the topic will be NONVIOLENCE AND SURVEILLANCE.

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

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