HOUSMANS NEWSLETTER MAY 2018

25 April 2018 — Housmans

NEWS

1. Housmans Writer in Residence 2018: Eleanor Penny
2. Marx’s 200th Birthday: conference / shop event / 2nd hand books / tote bag give away
3. Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing Shortlist 2018 + London Radical Bookfair 2018
4. Bank Holiday Closures

INSTORE EVENTS

5. ‘Alt-Right: From 4chan to the White House’ with Mike Wendling
6. “There was just this enormous sense of solidarity”: London and the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike with Terry Conway, Hilary Wainwright, Diarmaid Kelliher, Gary Cox and Terry Harrison
7. ‘Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet’ with Anitra Nelson
8. ‘A World to Win: The Life and Works of Karl Marx’ with Sven-Eric Liedman
9. Stewart Home & Poetry for the Poorly Educated 
10. ‘May Made Me: An Oral History of the 1968 Uprising in France’ with Mitch Abidor
11. Gary Younge on Martin Luther King Jr

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. Housmans Writer in Residence 2018: Eleanor Penny

For the second year running Housmans has a writer in residence. Eleanor Penny is a poet, writer and journalist, formerly of the Barbican Young Poets programme, currently running the poetry podcast Bedtime Stories for the End of the World and also the online editor at Red Pepper magazine, and a senior editor at Novara Media. Eleanor has lots of plans for her residency: poetry workshops, fortnightly writing on site, and also an experimental writing group. Follow her on Twitter @eleanorkpenny or check the link for all the details and on how to get involved: http://www.housmans.com/blog/?p=2847 

2. Marx’s 200th Birthday: conference / shop event / 2nd hand books / tote bag give away 

Saturday May 5th marks the 200th birthday of Karl Marx. Housmans will be marking the date in a variety of ways:

*On Saturday 5th May we will be with a book stall at the Marx 200 conference at SOAS. Join us! Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/marx-200-tickets-41952397751 

*On Wednesday  9th May we welcome Sven-Eric Liedman to Housmans to talk about his major new biography of Marx, published by Verso, ‘A World to Win: The Life and Works of Karl Marx’. Details of that are in the events programme below.

*Also from Wednesday 9th May we will be putting out a large selection of classic Marxist books in our second-hand section. As ever all titles will be priced as cheaply as possible, most likely between £1 and £3. Expect lots of hard-to-find titles in amongst those – we’ve had some big donations recently and have held these titles back especially for this.

*And finally, also from Wednesday 9th, courtesy of Yale University Press we’ll be giving away some Marx-related tote bags (I’m sure he’d have loved that!) – to get one just buy a new book with either “Marx” in the title or as author. While stocks last.

3. Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing Shortlist 2018 + London Radical Bookfair 2018

The Alliance of Radical Booksellers have announce the shortlist for the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2018. Details on the list can be found here: http://www.bread-and-roses.co.uk. Naturally, all shortlisted titles are available at Housmans.

As ever, many of the shortlisted authors will be speaking at the London Radical Bookfair, details of which are still being finalised. However get the date in your diary now! 

If you can help distribute flyers or posters for the bookfair in any way please contact nik@housmans.com. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Bookfair website: https://londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com or follow the bookfair on Twitter for the latest updates @ARBRadBookfair  

4. Bank Holiday Closures

Housmans will be closed on both Bank Holiday Mondays in May – May 7th and May 28th .

IN-STORE EVENTS

5. ‘Alt-Right: From 4chan to the White House’ with Mike Wendling

Thursday 26th April, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against purchase

A vital guide to understanding the Alt-Right – the white nationalist, misogynist, far-right movement that rose to prominence during Donald Trump’s successful election campaign in the United States. Mike Wendling looks at the support for this reactionary network, arguing that while Trump is in office and the far-right grows across Europe, we need to gain a deeper understanding of the movement’s philosophy, history and role in politics today.

6. “There was just this enormous sense of solidarity”: London and the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike with Terry Conway, Hilary Wainwright, Diarmaid Kelliher, Gary Cox and Terry Harrison

Wednesday 2nd May, 7pm

Free Entry 

Launch of booklet of testimonies about the solidarities forged during the strike and their contemporary political relevance,  based on a series of workshops and interviews, organised in collaboration with the TUC Library Collections

click here for more info

7. ‘Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet’ with Anitra Nelson

Friday 4th May, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against purchase

Anitra Nelson, on a rare visit from Australia, advocates for shared living – from joint households to land-sharing, cohousing and ecovillages – in an era of housing crises, environmental unsustainability and social fragmentation.

8. ‘A World to Win: The Life and Works of Karl Marx’ with Sven-Eric Liedman

Wednesday 9th May, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against purchase

Sven-Eric Liedman introduces his epic new biography of Karl Marx, Verso’s lead title for the 200th anniversary of his birth.

click here for more info

9. Stewart Home & Poetry for the Poorly Educated 

Friday 11th May, 7pm – Tickets in advance essential from http://www.housmans.com/events.php 

Joint poetry book launch from Morbid Books of the collected poetry of avant-garde pioneer Stewart Home, entitled SEND CA$H and also POETRY FOR THE POORLY EDUCATED, a collection of poetry written for members of the public by L. “Tumbleweed” Parker from 2014-2018. Includes work from streets, festivals and corporate parties in London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Hull, Hay-on-Wye, Ledbury & on the internet. 

10. ‘May Made Me: An Oral History of the 1968 Uprising in France’ with Mitch Abidor

Tuesday 15th May, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against purchase

May 1968: students demonstrated, workers went on general strike, and institutions were occupied, leading French political leaders to fear civil war or revolution. Mitch Abidor presents eye-opening oral testimonies of the students and workers who took part and reflects on the legacy of the uprising.

11. Gary Younge on Martin Luther King Jr

Thursday 17th May, 7pm – Tickets in advance essential from http://www.housmans.com/events.php 

Marking the passing of fifty year since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, Gary Younge reflects on King’s life and legacy.

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 10th May Your Life in My Hands: a Junior Doctor’s Story by Rachel Clarke

Thursday 14th June The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin

Thursday 12th July Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine

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 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 3rd May: He, She and It by Marge Piercy

Thursday 7th June: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Thursday 5th July: The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter

Book Club books available at 20% discount from Housmans. Any questions please email Hannah on scifi@housmans.com  or check the book club page here.

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 our MAY meeting (on Tuesday 8 MAY) will ask WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT A PACIFIST’S CONSCIENCE?

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

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