Housmans Books Newsletter July 2019

26 June 2019 — Housmans Books

NEWS /ACTIONS
1.  Black Feminist Week – 12th July to 19th July
2. Housmans has a new website!

INSTORE EVENTS
3. ‘Waiting for the Revolution: The British Far Left from 1956’ with Evan Smith, Matthew Worley and John Kelly
4. Autonomy Now Presents: ‘Emma Goldman and Intersectionality’ with Donnacha DeLong
5. ‘Facing the Apocalypse – Arguments for Ecosocialism’. Book launch with the author Alan Thornett
6. Robert Lundquist: After Mozart (Heroin On 5th Street)
7. Book launch of ‘Xystus’ My Life Story: A Child Of The Windrush Generation’ with Anne M Jones
8. ‘Activism, Subversion and Writing Outsiders’ with Niven Govinden, Wayne Holloway and Juliet Jacques
9. Black Feminist Week: In conversation with Stella Dadzie
10. Black Feminist Week: What is Black Feminism in Britain?
11. ‘Reading and Rebellion: An Anthology of Radical Writing for Children 1900-1960’ with Kimberley Reynolds, Jane Rosen, and Michael Rosen
12. Who Was Radclyffe Hall?
13. ‘Marx at the Arcade: Consoles, Controllers, and Class Struggle’ with Jamie Woodcock

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

1.  Black Feminist Week at Housmans – 12th July to 19th July

Join us for a week-long event (re)focusing on Black feminism in the UK. Activists, organisers, communities and allies will come together to highlight and celebrate Black feminist literature, thought, knowledge and history and to (re)imagine a Black British feminist future.
– 20% off Black feminist books (see in-store for details)
– 12th July: in conversation with Stella Dadzie, 7pm til 9pm
– 16th July: what is Black feminism in Britain? 7pm til 9pm – a panel discussion with Jade Bentil, Emma Dabiri, Chloe Filani and Aviah Sarah Day
More details on those event in the events section below.

Tickets – £4 + bf (or £6 + bf if both events are purchased together). Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Imkaan a UK-based Black feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls. Any Black woman or Black queer person who is unable to pay for a ticket, can email cristina(at)housmans(.)com to be put on the guest list**.
**NB: you can only be put on the guest list for one event. Spaces are limited.

Tickets here>> https://housmans.com/events/
Please bring your pre-loved Black feminist books to donate to the Black Feminist Bookshop. Books to donate: Black feminist books (and books written by Black women in general), feminist books by women of colour and books by QTIPOC (queer, trans and intersex people of colour). Books written for children and young people of colour of all genders.

2. Housmans has a new website!

Very happy to say we’ve built ourselves a new website! Hopefully it will be a lot easier to navigate and read, especially on a mobile phone. Please let us know if you encounter any problems. It’s still a work in progress, but most things are now up there and working.

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.

3. ‘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

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.
More info here

4. Autonomy Now Presents: ‘Emma Goldman and Intersectionality’ with Donnacha DeLong
Thursday 27th June, 7pm –Free entry

This Thursday June 27th is Emma Goldman’s 150th birthday! So on Thursday we will be celebrating her formidable life and legacy in Housmans Bookshop. Free. No booking required. Donnacha DeLong will be speaking about Emma Goldman and intersectionality.
More info here

5. ‘Facing the Apocalypse – Arguments for Ecosocialism’. Book launch with the author Alan Thornett
Wednesday July 3rd, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events

Alan Thornett presents his ecosocialist argument for responding to the climate crisis: he argues for a transitional approach – which separates him both from both those that think capitalism will find a solution and those who think revolutionary propaganda is enough – and makes the case that the situation requires the broadest possible movement.
More info here

6. Robert Lundquist: After Mozart (Heroin On 5th Street)
Friday July 5th, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events

Launch of Robert Lundquist’s After Mozart (Heroin On 5th Street) – a collection comprising of five decades of work, previously only available in magazine archives, anthologies, and out-of-print chapbooks. A lost genius, come and see Lundquist give a very rare London performance.
More info here

7. Book launch of ‘Xystus’ My Life Story: A Child Of The Windrush Generation’ with Anne M Jones
Tuesday July 9th, 7pm –Free entry

What happened to the children of the Windrush men and women who came here in the fifties, the children who were left behind in the Caribbean then joined their parents later, as teenagers? This small book gives the first-hand account of one of these children – Xystus Sestus Marcell – in his own words, who came to East London from St Lucia in 1972.
More info here

8. ‘Activism, Subversion and Writing Outsiders’ with Niven Govinden, Wayne Holloway and Juliet Jacques
Wednesday July 10th, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events

Influx Press present Niven Govinden, Wayne Holloway and Juliet Jacques for an evening celebrating literature that celebrates political activism, subversion and marginalised communities.
More info here

9. Black Feminist Week: In conversation with Stella Dadzie
Friday July 12th, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events

Join us for the launch of Black Feminist Week and an intimate conversation with Stella Dadzie. We will begin with talking about OWAAD (Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent) and the creation of Black feminist/ radical/ womxn/ womanist/ lesbian centred spaces in the 70s and 80s – why did they exist? What were they like? How did they run? What was their impact and why did they eventually disappear?
More info here

10. Black Feminist Week: What is Black Feminism in Britain?
Tuesday July 16th, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events

Join us for a panel discussion with three contemporary Black British feminists to answer the question, “What is Black feminism in Britain?”Chair Jade Bentil, and panellists Aviah Sarah Day, Emma Dabiri and Chloe Filani, will discuss activism, literature and being a Black feminist in Britain today. In (re)focusing the conversation on to the UK, we can (re)start to mobilise towards a Black British feminist future.
More info here

11. ‘Reading and Rebellion: An Anthology of Radical Writing for Children 1900-1960′ with Kimberley Reynolds, Jane Rosen, and Michael Rosen
Wednesday July 1st, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events

Presentation of a new anthology of radical writings for children from the first half of the twentieth century. In the years 1900 to 1960, large sections of the British population embraced a spectrum of left-wing positions with a view to maintaining peace and creating a more just, less class-riven, more planned, and more enjoyable society for all.
More info here

12. Who Was Radclyffe Hall?
Monday July 22nd, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events

To celebrate Pride month, Housmans and Lon-art.org are pleased to present a very special event on LGBTQ+ icon and author Radclyffe Hall. Hall expert Jana Funke will discuss Hall’s life and place in LGBTQ+ history, focusing initially on Hall’s visionary LGBTQ novel The Well of Loneliness and its reception both at the time of publication (e.g. the censorship trial and obscenity charges) and its legacies throughout the 20th and 21st century.
More info here

13. ‘Marx at the Arcade: Consoles, Controllers, and Class Struggle’ with Jamie Woodcock
Wednesday July 31st, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events

‘Marx at the Arcade’ is a groundbreaking study of not only the politics and history of videogames, but also of their production: of the terrible working conditions that force horrendous hours during the “crunch”, the intensified exploitation made possible by the supposed glamour of many people’s “dream job”, the atomisation and deskilling of the workforce in the search for greater profit. And, crucially, of the growing efforts of workers across the globe in the industry to organise collectively to demand change.
More info here

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS

14. 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 July Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement by Charlotte Cooper
Thursday 8th August Perfidious Albion by Sam Byers
Thursday 12th September Natives by Akala

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: https://housmans.com/book-groups/

15. 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 July Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
Thursday 1st August Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
Thursday 5th September The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

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.

16. 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 11th July Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
Thursday 8th August The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Thursday 12th September Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrew Lawlor

17. 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
* the reading group is on a summer break in July and August and will return on Thursday 19th September*

18. 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.

At the July meeting (on Tuesday 9 July), we’ll be looking at PACIFISM AND DECISION-MAKING. And in August, we’ll be having a summer break.

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

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