Housmans Books Newsletter October 2018

29 September 2018 — Housmans Books

NEWS /ACTIONS
1. Housmans Peace Diary 2019
2. #nottheanarchistbookfair

INSTORE EVENTS
3. ‘Kettling the Unions?’ with Alan Tuckman
4. David Rovics and Jack Harris Unplugged at Housmans
5. ‘Fault Lines’ poetry with Laura Taylor and Janine Booth

6. ‘Singing for Our Lives: Stories from the Street Choirs’ with the Campaign Choirs Writing Collective
7. The Colour of Madness Book Launch: exploring BAME mental health in the UK
8. Peace News present: ‘Nonviolent Anarchism/Nonviolent Revolution’ with Milan Rai and Emily Johns
9. London Anarchist Federation present: ‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Anarchism…’
10. ‘The Leaderless Revolution’ with Carne Ross in discussion with Wail Qasim
11. ‘David Bowie, Pop Music and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded’ with Jason Heller
12. Witchy Night 2018

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

1. Housmans Peace Diary 2019

Every year we publish the world-renowned Housmans Peace Diary – this is the 66th edition. It includes a World Peace Directory listing almost 1500 national and international peace, environmental and human rights organisations from around the world. This year’s special feature celebrates 60 years of the Housmans & Peace News building in London, and the wide range of fellow dissidents who’ve found a welcome here. It looks at the role of the building’s denizens – and the building itself – in many areas of society and in various significant political events. This year’s cover designer is Phil Wrigglesworth.

Available to buy in-store and online here: http://www.housmans.com/diary.php 

2.  #nottheanarchistbookfair

The London Anarchist Bookfair has been a crucial fixture in the anarchist calendar since 1983. This year the bookfair is on what we hope is a very brief hiatus. We feel it is vital the tradition remains and the work of spreading anarchist ideas continues. To go some small way to filling the gap, the organisers of the London Radical Bookfair have proposed having a decentralised festival of anarchist ideas and action, involving as many of London’s anarchist leaning bookshops, social centres and campaign groups as are willing to take part. The programme for it is growing by the day, including three events at Housmans (listed below). For all the info please visit: https://anarchistfestival.wordpress.com  

IN-STORE EVENTS

3. ‘Kettling the Unions?’ with Alan Tuckman
Wednesday 3rd October, 7pm
Entry £3 redeemable against purchase 

Trade Union Act was a transparent attempt to contain and constrain trade unions. It has introduced draconian restrictions on the right to strike and new restrictions covering balloting and picketing. Alan Tuckman discusses the act and considers how it can be repealed.
click here for more info

4. David Rovics and Jack Harris Unplugged at Housmans
Friday 5th October, 7pm – £8/£6/£10 advance tickets essential! From www.housmans.com/events.php 
David Rovics is coming back to England. Do not miss this uniquely intimate unplugged show with one of the finest radical songwriters around. Supporting him will be the fantastically talented, award-winning folk guitarist and songwriter Jack Harris.
click here for more info

5. ‘Fault Lines’ poetry with Laura Taylor and Janine Booth
Saturday 6th October, 7pm – entry by donation
An evening of powerhouse, passionate, angry and hopeful class-struggle poetry. Laura Taylor reads from her second collection ‘Fault Lines’. She is joined by Janine Booth, reading from her collections ‘Mostly Hating Tories’ and ‘The 3 Rs: Ranting, Rhyming, Revolting’.
click here for more info

6. ‘Singing for Our Lives: Stories from the Street Choirs’ with the Campaign Choirs Writing Collective
Wednesday 10th October, 7pm
Entry £3 redeemable against purchase

The discussion will reflect on street choirs’ origins in and connections with other social movements, notably Greenham Common, the Miners’ Strike, anti-apartheid and Palestinian struggles and will explore how making music can contribute to non-violent and just social transitions. There will also be opportunities for singing, facilitated by members of London-based choirs Raised Voices and Strawberry Thieves.
click here for more info

7. The Colour of Madness Book Launch: exploring BAME mental health in the UK
Friday 12th October, 7pm
Tickets here: https://billetto.co.uk/en/e/the-colour-of-madness-tickets-308647

Launch of a powerful anthology from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) voices who have had experiences with mental health issues. Our speakers explore what unique issues BAME people with mental health issues face in the UK, and what responses are required. 
click here for more info

8. Peace News present: ‘Nonviolent Anarchism/Nonviolent Revolution’ with Milan Rai and Emily Johns
Friday 19th October, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php    
Nonviolent action and nonviolent strategies have been central to many revolutionary movements. This talk traces some of the connections between anarchism and the peace movement, including the way that anarchist ways of doing things have become part of the common values of many grassroots movements. #nottheanarchistbookfair
click here for more info

9. London Anarchist Federation present: ‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Anarchism…’
Saturday 20th October, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php    
Members of the London Anarchist Federation will discuss anarchism as a political philosophy, its history, key thinkers and modern currents as well as an anarchist FAQ. This talk is aimed at those interested in learning more about anarchism and will also include an overview of the many anarchist groups you can get involved with. The talk will be followed by a Q&A in case we miss anything in the FAQ and then a social in a nearby pub. #nottheanarchistbookfair
click here for more info

10. ‘The Leaderless Revolution’ with Carne Ross in discussion with Wail Qasim
Sunday 21st October, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php    
Carne Ross is best known for once working as a British diplomat before leaving the civil service in disgust over the Iraq war, and testifying against the government at the Butler Review. He has gone on to become an advocate for anarchist organising. Carne will discuss his personal insights of the British state and ideas of what role anarchism can play in reshaping society.  #nottheanarchistbookfair
click here for more info

11. ‘David Bowie, Pop Music and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded’ with Jason Heller
Wednesday 24th October, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php 
Jason Heller discusses his book ‘Strange Stars’, which tells the story of how incredibly well read artists – David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and many more – brought Sci Fi’s cosmic flare to their lyrics, sounds, and styles, and changed pop music forever.
click here for more info

12. Witchy Night 2018
Wednesday, 31 October, from 18:30-20:30
After the success of last year’s inaugural Housmans Feminist Witchy Night, we’re doing it again this year! Expect drinks, feminist tunes, witchy ephemera and very affordable tarot readings. 20% discount if you tell us a Hallowe’en joke.
https://www.facebook.com/38591817284/events/ 

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS 

13. 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 11th October
 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Thursday 8th November Just Kids by Patti Smith
If you would like to find out more about the reading group, please email catherine@housmans.comThe Fuse has its own web page with more info here: http://www.housmans.com/fuse.php

14. 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 4th October:
 Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Thursday 1st November: The Female Man by Joanna Russ
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.

15. Housmans Queer Book Club
Housmans Queer Book Club is a new group that reads a wide range of LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction. We meet every 2nd Thursday of the month from 7-8:30pm. All genders are welcome, as are any snacks, drinks and book suggestions you can bring along too. You can find future book club titles in Housmans, a 20% discount can be applied to them if you mention the group.

Upcoming titles: 
Thursday 11th October The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez
Thursday 8th November The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

16. 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. 

On Tuesday 9 October,  we’ll be revisiting the subject of NONVIOLENCE AND TAKING SIDES.
For more information please visit: http://londonpacifismnonviolence.wordpress.com/  

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