HOUSMANS NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2019

31 January 2019 — Housmans Books

NEWS /ACTIONS
1. Bernard Franks Memorial Book Sale
2. No Pasaran –  A European Conference Against the Rise of the Far-Right

INSTORE EVENTS
3. AUTONOMY NOW present: ‘Anarchism, Syndicalism and the Amsterdam Congress of 1907’ with Anthony Zurbrugg and Carl Levy
4. Red Utopias with Marylise Vigneau
5. FAUTLINE: Poetry, Lisa Fannen
6. Authentocracy: Joe Kennedy & Juliet Jacques in conversation
7. Rock Against Racism and the Anti-Nazi League with David Renton and Ruth Gregory

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

1. Bernard Franks Memorial Book Sale

Currently out for sale in our basement is the library of Bernard Franks, very kindly donated to Housmans by his estate. The collection is primarily made up of Marxist and, often rare, historical tomes. Bernard was self-educated and wrote on many subjects, including a lengthy work on the French Revolution (there are many books on the Revolution in his collection).  His comrade Phil Edwards has written more about his life on our blog: http://www.housmans.com/blog/
As ever we endeavour to keep the prices of such books as cheap as possible – the vast majority are on sale at £1, while a few are at £3 and £5.

2. No Pasaran – A European Conference bringing together activists from across Europe and beyond to discuss and organise against the rise of the far-right
Saturday 2nd March – Central London

The far-right is on the offensive: the biggest upsurge since the 1930s. They are increasingly internationalised, well-funded and well-organised. Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil extends this wave into Latin America. These developments must be countered by rapid and effective mobilisation. This conference will bring together left and progressive forces from across Europe and beyond: to work together, to promote viable political alternatives and coordinate an effective response.
For further information and registration visit www.prruk.org

IN-STORE EVENTS

3. AUTONOMY NOW present:
‘Anarchism, Syndicalism and the Amsterdam Congress of 1907’ with Anthony Zurbrugg and Carl Levy
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

4. Red Utopias with Marylise Vigneau
Saturday 9th February, 7pm
Free entry

Red Utopias is a collection of three books that bring together the photographs and texts of 10 European authors and photographers. These books aim to allude to the portrayal of the political utopia by those directly affected by Communism after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union. This is being achieved by exploring 3 main topics: the collective memory, the spaces and the People.
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5. FAUTLINE: Poetry, Lisa Fannen
Sunday 10th February, 6-7pm
Free entry

Lisa Fannen has been writing, and sharing words both solo and in collaboration with musicians. She launched a debut poetry collection, Faultline in November 2018 published by Active Distribution/Sto Citas. She’ll be reading poems and sharing related stories from Faultline (which includes snapshots, lyrics, journal notes and meditations spanning the last ten years) and will welcome any conversation that emerges.
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6. Authentocracy: Joe Kennedy & Juliet Jacques in conversation
Wednesday 13th February, 7pm
Entry £3 redeemable against any purchase

Join Joe Kennedy and Juliet Jacques to discuss our obsession with authenticity, and the ways it has been instrumentalised politically.  We are entering, we are told, a post-liberal age. Authoritarian populism is in the ascendant, and permissiveness, multiculturalism and “identity politics” have allegedly failed us, meaning that we must now fall back on some idea of tradition. However, it’s not only the usual, conservative suspects who are making this argument, but centrist politicians who. “Authentocracy” is the populism of the centre, with a spurious concern for “real people” that’s part of a broader turn within British culture. In their declaration that the Left can only save itself by becoming less liberal, our guests charges liberals themselves with fuelling the post-liberal turn, and asks where the space might be found for an alternative.
click here for more info

7. Rock Against Racism and the Anti-Nazi League with David Renton and Ruth Gregory
Wednesday 27th February, 7pm
Entry £3 redeemable against any purchase

Our guests discuss David’s new book ‘Never Again’ which tells the story of the fascist National Front who were rampaging in the late 70s, and the campaigns which played such a key part in counteracting them.
click here for more info

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS

8. 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 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

9. 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
Thursday 7th March: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

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.

10. 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.

Thursday 14th February: The Bone People by Keri Hulme
Thursday 14th March: Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima

11. 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 21st February – This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa

12. 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 12 February), we plan to discuss NONVIOLENCE AND TOLERANCE.
For more information please visit: http://londonpacifismnonviolence.wordpress.com/

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