Housmans Books Newsletter November 2017

31 October 2017 — Housmans Books

NEWS
1. Four special late night openings with 20% discount
2. White Poppies + Housmans Peace Diary
3. Spycops Plaques Project

INSTORE EVENTS
4. Peace education poetry event with the poet Anthony Owen
5. Live theatrical performance: ‘Tinned Goods’ with Fiona Whitelaw 
6. Left Book Club Present: ‘Student Revolt:  Voices of the Austerity Generation’ with Matt Myers 
7. ‘Pages of Protest: Can Books Influence Politics?’ with Sam Berkson, SJ Bradley, Abondance Matanda and Holly Pester
8. ‘Building Better Societies: Promoting social justice in a world falling apart’ with Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie and Simon Winlow
9. ‘The History Thieves: Secrets, Lies and the Shaping of a Modern Nation’ with Ian Cobain in conversation with Wail Qasim 
10. ‘How the Establishment Lost Control’ with Chris Nineham
11. ‘You Should Come with Me Now: Stories of Ghosts’ M. John Harrison in conversation with Lara Pawson

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS
12. Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles
13. Feminist Sci-fi Book Club at Housmans
14. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group
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NEWS

1. Four special late night openings with 20% discount
We’re pleased to announce that in the run up to Christmas, we’ll have four special late night openings:

  • Tuesday 31 October, 6.30 to 8.30pm: Witchy Night with 20% discount on all purchases between 6.30 and 8.30pm. You can find more information here.

-Thursday 23 November, 6.30 to 8.30pm: Special Student Evening with 20% discount, a beer and a tote bag for all students.
-Thursday 14 December, 6.30 to 8.30pm: late night Xmas opening (no discount).
-Thursday 21 December, 6.30 to 8.30pm: late night Xmas opening (no discount).

2. White Poppies + Housmans Peace Diary
Remembrance Day has come around again, and as ever you can get white poppies at Housmans. White poppies signify a remembrance of all victims of war, a challenge to militarism, anda commitment to build a wider culture of peace.  Also, another reminder about the Housmans Peace Diary, available to buy instore or from the website. This year’s special feature in the diary relates to the centenary of the end of the First World War: it looks at anti-militarist approaches to the end of a war, at new movements and alternative symbols which that period gave rise to, and to a century of building reconciliation and resistance to militarism.

3. Spycops Plaques Project
Thanks to everyone who came down for the unveiling of the inaugural Spycops Plaque, now in situ above Housmans front door. The project is about marking some of the places where #spycops operated in the past, with a specially designed plaque being installed at locations across London. Keep an eye on the #theyspiedhere hashtag for more updates as the plaques go up over town.
Please support the wider campaign! It’s crucial to keep this on the agenda. 
http://campaignopposingpolicesurveillance.com
https://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk
#theyspiedhere

IN-STORE EVENTS

4. Peace education poetry event with the poet Anthony Owen
Thursday 2nd November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
A participatory evening of poetry with Anthony Owen, inspired by his experiences of growing up during the Cold War, and travelling to Hiroshima in 2015 to hear testimonies of atomic-bomb survivors.
click here for more info

5. Live theatrical performance: ‘Tinned Goods’ by Fiona Whitelaw 
Monday 6th November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
A one-off performance of Fiona Whitelaw’s ‘Tinned Goods’, a new play set during the miners’ strike.  Sue and Rachel have not spoken since the miners walked out three months earlier. Can political principle ever be worth more than a lifelong friendship?
click here for more info

6. Left Book Club Present: ‘Student Revolt:  Voices of the Austerity Generation’ with Matt Myers 
Wednesday 8th November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
Left Book Club launch their most recent title Student Revolt: Voices of the Austerity Generation which focuses on the 2010 student protests. Author Matt Myers will be discussing his experience as a participant and reflecting on the lessons that can be learned from the movement.
click here for more info

7. ‘Pages of Protest: Can Books Influence Politics?’
with Sam Berkson, SJ Bradley, Abondance Matanda and Holly Pester
Wednesday 16th November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
Authors from recent publications by Comma Press, Dead Ink Books and Influx Press join us to read from their work and to discuss the influence of books on politics.    
click here for more info

8.  ‘Building Better Societies: Promoting social justice in a world falling apart’
with Rowland Atkinson, Lisa Mckenzie and Simon Winlow
Wednesday 22nd November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
What would it take to make society better? For the majority, conditions are getting worse and this will continue unless strong action is taken. This book offers a wide range of expert contributors outlining what might help to make better societies and which mechanisms, interventions and evidence are needed when we think about a better society.
click here for more info

9. ‘The History Thieves: Secrets, Lies and the Shaping of a Modern Nation’
with Ian Cobain in conversation with Wail Qasim 
Wednesday 15th November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
From the birth of the first Official Secrets Act in 1889 to present times, investigative journalist Ian Cobain takes a look at the history of the British Government’s clandestine bureaucracy and its political impact on the nation.
click here for more info

10. ‘How the Establishment Lost Control’ with Chris Nineham
Wednesday 29th November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
The post-war consensus is breaking up. The general election result, the 2014 Scottish referendum and the Brexit vote all testify to an insurgent mood amongst swathes of the population. This book attempts to explain these dramatic developments and to show how they question received notions about politics, history and how change happens.
click here for more info

11. ‘You Should Come with Me Now: Stories of Ghosts’ M. John Harrison in conversation with Lara Pawson
Thursday 30th November, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
The Locomotrix is excited to present New Wave pioneer M. John Harrison in conversation with author and journalist Lara Pawson on the publication of his first collection of short fiction in over 15 years, You Should Come with Me Now: Stories of Ghosts. Acclaimed by writers such as Neil Gaiman, Angela Carter, Clive Barker, William Gibson and Iain Banks (who called him ‘a Zen master of prose’), M. John Harrison is the winner of numerous awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K Dick, and James Tiptree Junior Awards, as well as the Boardman Tasker Prize and Tahtivaeltara Award. 
click here for more info

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS

12. 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 November 
‘Four Futures: Life After Capitalism’ by Peter Frase
Frase imagines how a post-capitalist world might look, deploying the tools of both social science and speculative fiction to explore what communism, rentism, socialism and exterminism might actually entail.

Thursday 14th December No book – Christmas social!

Thursday 11th January The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit 
A collection of essays on feminism

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

13. Housmans Feminist Sci-fi Book Club
Genderless societies, anarchist planets, polyamorous aliens, parthenogenesis, feminist militias, reproductive dystopias, cyborg families, and more at the new Housmans Feminist Sci-Fi Book Club! Join us at the bookshop on the first Thursday of every month, 7pm-9pm. All genders welcome. Please bring drinks or snacks to share.
 
Thursday 2nd November: The Bees by Laline Paull
Thursday 7th December: Bitch Planet Volume 1
Thursday 4th January: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
 
Book Club books available at 20% discount from Housmans. Any questions please email Hannah on scifi@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.

In NOVEMBER (on Tuesday 14 November) we’ll revisit NONVIOLENT ACTIVISM – CONSCIENCE, CONVENIENCE AND COMPROMISE. And in DECEMBER (on Tuesday 12 December) we’ll have a seasonally festive topic to discuss – watch this space.

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