HOUSMANS NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2019

4 January 2019 — Housmans Books

NEWS /ACTIONS
1. A series of new year book sales at Housmans, first one starts Thursday 10th January
2. Self-care as an Act of Warfare: A Black Women’s Reading Group – new monthly group

INSTORE EVENTS
3. ‘Sex Drive’ with Stephanie Theobald – CANCELLED
4. ‘The Happiness Fantasy’ with Carl Cederström
5. ‘Rethinking Racial Capitalism’ with Gargi Bhattacharyya
6. AUTONOMY NOW present: ‘Anarchism, Syndicalism and the Amsterdam Congress of 1907’ with Anthony Zurbrugg

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS
7. Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles
8. Feminist Sci-fi Book Club at Housmans
9. Housmans Queer Book Club
10. Self-care as an Act of Warfare: A Black Women’s Reading Group
11. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group
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NEWS /ACTIONS

1. A series of new year book sales at Housmans, first one starts Thursday 10th January

Housmans will be kicking off the new year with a series of book sales. The first will be made of primarily feminist and literary titles, and will begin on Thursday 10th January. Later sales will include a collection of Marxism & History and also a dedicated Peace Movement book sale – more information on those in due course. Books will be mainly priced £1-£3-£5.

2. Self-care as an Act of Warfare: A Black Women’s Reading Group – new monthly group

“Black feminist writers offer a radical perspective on resistance, resilience and perseverance. Using their literary works, at each reading group, we will discuss and explore topics that reflect the Black female experience. Held the 3rd Thursday of month. The group is free to attend but spaces are limited. Group members get a 20% discount if they choose to buy the upcoming book from the shop.
Space is limited so if you would like to come please email: blackfeministreading@gmail.com

The event is open to all women (trans, intersex and cis) of Black African and Caribbean descent. Black non-binary, agender or gender variant people who feel they can contribute to and benefit from attending are welcome.”

“Often we give lip service to the idea of mutual support and connection between Black women because we have not yet crossed the barriers to these possibilities, nor fully explored the angers and fears that keep us from realising the power of a real Black sisterhood.” – Audre Lorde, Your Silence Will Not Protect You.For info on upcoming texts under discussion please go to the listing below (#10).

IN-STORE EVENTS

3. ‘Sex Drive’ with Stephanie Theobald – CANCELLED
Event cancelled due to unforeseen changes in the authors calendar. Apologies for any inconvenience.

4. ‘The Happiness Fantasy’ with Carl Cederström
Wednesday 23rd January, 7pm

In an age of increasing austerity and social division, Cederström argues that a radical new dream of happiness is gathering pace. There is a vision of the good life which promotes deeper engagement with the world and our place within it, over the individualism and hedonism of previous generations. Guided by this more egalitarian worldview, we can reinvent ourselves and our societies.
click here for more info

5. ‘Rethinking Racial Capitalism’ with Gargi Bhattacharyya
Wednesday 30th January, 7pm

How has capitalism created or enhanced racism? In what ways do the violent histories of slavery and empire continue to influence the allocation of global resources? Rethinking Racial Capitalism: Questions of Reproduction and Survival proposes a return to analyses of racial capitalism – the capitalism that is inextricably linked with histories of racist expropriation – and argues that it is only by tracking the interconnections between changing modes of capitalism and racism that we can hope to address the most urgent challenges of social injustice.
click here for more info

6. AUTONOMY NOW present:
‘Anarchism, Syndicalism and the Amsterdam Congress of 1907’ with Anthony Zurbrugg
Thursday 31st January, 7pm – Free entry

The Amsterdam Anarchist Congress of 1907 was a unique occasion for libertarians to meet and discuss. In France several libertarians were leading the French Labour Confederation the CGT: did they offer a new and better strategy? What opposition were they facing? Did libertarians offer an alternative to Social-Democracy and the growing threat of war?
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:

January: no book club – winter social. email catherine[at]housmans.com for details.
Thursday 14th February: Tell Me How it Ends by Valeria Luiselli
Thursday 14th March: Revolting Prostitutes by Juno Mac and Molly Smith
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. 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 7th February: The Swan Book by Alexis Wright

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.

9. 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 second 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.

Tuesday 8th January (note date change): The Merry Spinster by Daniel Mallory Ortberg
Thursday 14th February: The Bone People by Keri Hulme

10. Self-care as an Act of Warfare: A Black Women’s Reading Group

Held the third Thursday of month. The group is free to attend. Group members get a 20% discount if they choose to buy the upcoming book from the shop. The event is open to all women (trans, intersex and cis) of Black African and Caribbean descent. Black non-binary, agender or gender variant people who feel they can contribute to and benefit from attending are welcome.
Space is limited so if you would like to come please email: blackfeministreading[at]gmail.com
Thursday 17th January – Anger in Isolation: A Black Feminist’s Search for Sisterhood by Michelle Wallace (this is a short piece and can be read online here https://lithub.com/a-black-feminists-search-for-sisterhood/)
Also appears in the book ‘But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies’.

Thursday 21st February – This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa

11. 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.

The topic for the JANUARY 2019 meeting (on Tuesday 8 January) is PACIFISM AND POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT.
And in FEBRUARY (on Tuesday 12 February), we plan to discuss NONVIOLENCE AND TOLERANCE.
For more information please visit: http://londonpacifismnonviolence.wordpress.com/

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