HOUSMANS BOOKS NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2019

28 August 2019 — Housmans

NEWS
1. Global Climate Strike, September 20-27 / 20% off all environmental books
2. ArchWay With Words Book Festival 2019 // Sat 14th – 21st September

INSTORE EVENTS
3. ‘The Twittering Machine’ with Richard Seymour
4. ‘Prison: a Survival Guide’, with Carl Cattermole and Erika Flowers
5. ‘Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century’ with Kehinde Andrews
6. ‘Fully Automated Luxury Communism: A Manifesto’ with Aaron Bastani

7.  ‘This Land is Ours: The Fight for Land Justice’ with speakers from the Anarchist Communist Group
8. ‘Queer Heroes’ – Exhibition & Book Launch
9. ‘Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined’ with JJ Bola

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS
10. The Fuse Book Club – forthcoming titles
11. Housmans Feminist Sci-fi Book Club
12. Housmans Queer Book Club
13. Self-Care as an Act of Warfare: A Black Women’s Reading Group

14. London Pacifism and Nonviolence Discussion Group
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NEWS  
1. Global Climate Strike, September 20-27 / 20% off all environmental books
UnknownHousmans will be closed from 2.30pm-6.30pm on Friday 20th September so as to join the Global Climate Strike. In the UK there will be a week of actions taking place, with a large demonstration taking place in London on the 20th, led by the school strikers. During this week will be offering a 20% discount on all our environmental titles. 

“School strikers are calling on everyone: young people, parents, workers, and all concerned citizens to join massive climate strikes and a week of actions starting on September 20. People all over the world will use their power to stop “business as usual” in the face of the climate emergency. We will join young people in the streets to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and emergency action to avoid climate breakdown.” https://globalclimatestrike.net
https://www.campaigncc.org/climate_strike_20_september

2. ArchWay With Words Book Festival 2019 // Sat 14th – 21st September

Now in its 7th year, this excellent community-centered, week-long literary festival returns to Archway. There’s a great line-up of events covering comedy, fiction, technology, biology, philosophy, poetry, cinema, memoir, history and politics. Full details on all the events can be found here: http://www.archwaywithwords.com 

As a special collaboration between AWWW and Housmans we can offer a special event pass – the pass costs £3 and once purchased allows you entry to all events throughout the week for just £3 per event, payable on the door – whereas regular ticket prices are between £5-£10.

To purchase the pass please follow the link below. Once the purchase has been made you will be given the option to download the pass as a PDF. Please do so!
All important link: https://housmans.com/2019/08/28/archway-with-words-book-festival-2019-sat-14th-21st-september-housmans-special-offer/ 

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. ‘The Twittering Machine’ with Richard Seymour
Wednesday September 4th, 7pm- tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events
TwitteringIn surrealist artist Paul Klee’s The Twittering Machine, the bird-song of a diabolical machine acts as bait to lure humankind into a pit of damnation. Leading political writer and broadcaster Richard Seymour argues that this is a chilling metaphor for our relationship with social media. Through journalism, psychoanalytic reflection and insights from users, developers, security experts and others, Seymour probes the human side of the machine, asking what we’re getting out of it, and what we’re getting into.
More info & tickets: https://housmans.com/event/the-twittering-machine-with-richard-seymour/ 

4. ‘Prison: a Survival Guide’, with Carl Cattermole and Erika Flowers
Wednesday September 11th, 7pm- tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events

Carl presents his essential guide to life in UK prisons – now fully updated and featuring contributions from female and LGBTQI prisoners, as well as from family on the outside. Carle will be joined by Erika Flowers who will share her experience of Holloway women’s prison.
More info & tickets: https://housmans.com/event/prison-a-survival-guide-with-carl-cattermole-and-erika-flowers/ 

5. ‘Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century’ with Kehinde Andrews
Wednesday September 18th, 7pm- tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events
BacktoblackBack to Black traces the long and eminent history of Black radical politics. At its core it argues that racism is inexorably embedded in the fabric of society, and that it can never be overcome unless by enacting change outside of this suffocating system. Kehinde Andrews explores the true roots of this tradition and connects the dots to today’s struggles by showing what a renewed politics of Black radicalism might look like in the 21st century.
More info & tickets: https://housmans.com/event/back-to-black-retelling-black-radicalism-for-the-21st-century-with-kehinde-andrews/ 

6. ‘Fully Automated Luxury Communism: A Manifesto’ with Aaron Bastani
Wednesday September 25th, 7pm- tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events
FullyautomatedAaron Bastani discuss his much talked-about book, which looks at the possibility of harnessing technological advances to moving beyond work, scarcity and capitalism.
More info & tickets: https://housmans.com/event/fully-automated-luxury-communism-a-manifesto-by-aaron-bastani/

7. AUTONOMY NOW presents:
‘This Land is Ours: The Fight for Land Justice’ with speakers from the Anarchist Communist Group

Thursday September 26, 7pm-  free entry, RSVP in advance from www.housmans.com/events

There is a long tradition of fighting for the land in Britain, most recently in the Scottish movement for land reform. People are beginning to question the idea of private property and moving to more radical ideas such as the land being a Commons – owned and controlled by us all. This talk will first look at the question of who owns and controls the land in Britain, consider what is being done in Scotland and elsewhere, and then open the discussion on what changes we would like to see.
More info & tickets: https://housmans.com/event/free-event-autonomy-now-this-land-is-ours-the-fight-for-land-justice-speakers-from-the-anarchist-communist-group/

8. ‘Queer Heroes’ – Exhibition & Book Launch
Friday 27th September, 7pm- free entry

QueerheroesJoin us for an evening of art, books and drinks to celebrate the release of Arabelle Sicardi and Sarah Tanat-Jones’ new book Queer Heroes, a beautifully illustrated collection featuring 52 LGBTQ+ artists, writers, innovators, athletes and activists who have changed the world from ancient times to present day. Sarah will be joining us to paint a brand new mural on one of the shop windows and will have prints for sale. Come along for a chat, a signed copy of the book and a celebration of queer history in all its wonderfully varied forms.
Please note: this event will not have a formal talk element.
More info & tickets: https://housmans.com/event/free-event-friday-27th-september-exhibition-book-launch-queer-heroes/ 

9. ‘Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined’ with JJ Bola
Wednesday October 2nd, 7pm- tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events
MaskoffWhat is masculinity? Dominating the world around us, from Trump’s twitter outbursts to deadly gun violence, from male suicide rates to incels on Reddit and 4chan, masculinity is perceived to be ‘toxic’, ‘fragile’ and ‘in crisis’. In Mask Off, JJ Bola exposes masculinity as a performance that men are socially conditioned into. Using examples of non-Western cultural traditions, music and sport, he shines light on historical narratives around manhood, debunking popular myths along the way. At the heart of love and sex, the political stage, competitive sports, gang culture, and mental health issues, lies masculinity: Mask Off is an urgent call to unravel masculinity and redefine it.
More info & tickets: https://housmans.com/event/mask-off-masculinity-redefined-with-jj-bola/ 

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS 


10. The Fuse Bo
Thefuseok 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 12th September Natives by Akala
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: https://housmans.com/book-groups/ 

11. 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. 

FemscifiMonday 2nd September The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal **note date change**
Thursday 3rd October How Long ’til Black Future Month? by NK Jemisin

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.

12. Housmans Queer Book Club

QueerbookcHousmans 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 12th September Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrew Lawlor

More info here: https://housmans.com/book-groups/

13. 
Self-Care as an Act of Warfare: A Black Women’s Reading Group
SelfcareHeld 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
Next meeting: Thursday 19th September, 
discussing A Mouth Full of Blood by Toni Morrison.

14. 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. 

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

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