HOUSMANS NEWSLETTER JUNE 2019

June 2019 — Housmans Books

NEWS /ACTIONS
1. Anarchist Festival 2019
2. Antiuniversity Now 2019
3. Rent Strike Weekender
4. Pluto Press 50th Anniversary

INSTORE EVENTS
5. ‘Cooperation Jackson: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi’ with Kali Akuno
6. ‘The War on Drugs and the Global Colour Line’ with Kojo Koram and Ash Sarkar
7. ‘To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe’ with Akwugo Emejulu and Francesca Sobande
8. ‘Safe as houses: Private greed, political negligence and housing policy after Grenfell’ with Stuart Hodkinson
9. ‘Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London’s Radical History’ with David Rosenberg
10. ‘Waiting for the Revolution: The British Far Left from 1956’ with Evan Smith, Matthew Worley and John Kelly 
11. ‘Journey through Utopia: A Critical Examination of Imagined Worlds in Western Literature’ with Rhiannon Firth

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

1. Anarchist Festival 2019 – Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June

The decentralised, multi-venue Anarchist Festival is back for 2019 and will run from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June. There are events taking place across the country, but particularly in London.
Check the link for full programme:
https://anarchistfestival.wordpress.com/events-programme-2019/

2. Antiuniversity Now 2019

Antiuniversity Now is a collaborative experiment to re-imagine the 1968 antiuniversity of London in an ongoing programme of free and inclusive self-organised radical learning and mutual education events. Antiuniversity Now challenges academic and class hierarchy through an open invitation to teach and learn any subject, in any form, anywhere.
Great programme – check it out here: http://programme.antiuniversity.org

3. Rent Strike Weekender – 13th+14th July

SAVE THE DATE // FREE ACCOMMODATION AND SUBSIDISED TRAVEL AVAILABLE // REGISTER FOR FREE
Two days of housing and direct action workshops on July 13th-14th!
This weekender is for any student activist / housing activist interested in learning about & sharing things around cut the rent and anti-gentrification campaigns. People from all around the country will be gathering, and we’ll be discussing strategies, sharing our tips and experiences with each other, and putting on some training workshops! It’s a great opportunity to meet comrades who are fighting the same fight, get a morale boost and some pro tips! We’ll also be putting on a // s t r i k e n i t e // social in the evening!
*** Register for free here ***
https://tinyurl.com/rentstrikesmu

4. Pluto Press 50th Anniversary

Pluto Press celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a series of reissues, events and ‘takeovers’ of like-minded bookshops (including Housmans – see events below). Founded in 1969, Pluto are one of Britain’s oldest radical publishers, with a focus in making timely interventions in contemporary struggles. Anti-capitalist, internationalist, and politically independent, Pluto publishes across the spectrum of left traditions in a non-sectarian manner. From all of us here at Housmans we send everyone involved, both now and in the past, our heartfelt congratulations on all the years of hard and fruitful work!

IN-STORE EVENTS

As many of our events are oversubscribed we are increasingly asking for tickets to be purchased in advance. Tickets can also be bought at Housmans and there may be some spaces available on the night, but strictly on a first-come first-served basis.

5. Anarchist Festival event:
‘Cooperation Jackson: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi’ with Kali Akuno
Friday 31st May, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php

On a rare visit to London from Mississippi, we are delighted to welcome a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson, Kali Akuno, to discuss the inspiring work they have been undertaking to create sustainable community development, economic democracy, and community ownership, within the confines of a historically structurally racist state.

6. Pluto Press 50th Anniversary event
Kojo Koram and Ash Sarkar – The War on Drugs and the Global Colour Line
Wednesday 5th June, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php

The War on Drugs has led to millions of people dead, displaced and incarcerated. Disproportionately enforced on oppressed races, international drug prohibition has reinforced the colour line across the globe. Our guests call for radical changes in drug policy legislation and prison reform, both nationally and internationally.

7. Pluto Press 50th Anniversary event
‘To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe’ with Akwugo Emejulu and Francesca Sobande
Wednesday 12th June, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php

Our guests discuss how Black feminism and Afrofeminism are being practiced in Europe today, exploring their differing social positions in various countries, and exploring the ways in which they organize and mobilize to imagine a Black feminist Europe.

8. ‘Safe as houses: Private greed, political negligence and housing policy after Grenfell’ with Stuart Hodkinson
Friday 14th June – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php

The Grenfell tower fire has revealed a shadowy background of outsourcing, private finance initiatives and a council turning a blind eye to health and safety concerns.  Stuart Hodkinson has worked for the last decade with residents groups in council regeneration projects across London investigating the issues.

9. Pluto Press 50th Anniversary event
‘Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London’s Radical History’ with David Rosenberg
Monday 24th June, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php

David Rosenberg brings to life the history of social movements in the capital, telling the story of protest and struggle in London from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. From the suffragettes to the socialists, from the Chartists to the trade unionists, Rosenberg invites us to step into the footprints of a diverse cast of dedicated fighters for social justice.

10. ‘Waiting for the Revolution: The British Far Left from 1956’ with Evan Smith, Matthew Worley and John Kelly
Wednesday 26th  June, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php

Our guests consider the traditions, realignments,  fissures and issues that have preoccupied British leftist groups, since the birth of the New Left to the present day.

11. Autonomy Now Presents:
‘Journey Through Utopia: A Critical Examination of Imagined Worlds in Western Literature’ with Rhiannon Firth
Thursday 27th June, 7pm – Free entry

Rhiannon Firth introduces Marie Louise Berneri’s ‘Journey Through Utopia’ (PM Press), a richly detailed and critically compelling examination of utopian literature, which exposes the dark shadow that lingers above most utopian works by emphasising the intolerant and authoritarian nature of these visions. Berneri warns of the doom that awaits those foolish enough to put their trust in an ordered and regimented world.
https://autonomynow.noblogs.org

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 13th June The Secret Barrister: Stories of the law and how it’s broken
Thursday 11th July Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement by Charlotte Cooper
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 6th June Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Thursday 4th July Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
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. 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 13th June Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
Thursday 11th July Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

15. 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

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 11 June the topic will be PACIFISM AND INTERNATIONALISM.

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

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