HOUSMANS NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2019

26 September 2019 — Housmans Books

NEWS 
1. Undercover Policing & Trade Unions Conference, London
2.  Stop Nato – December 2019

INSTORE EVENTS
3. ‘Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown And Social Collapse’ 
4. ‘Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined’ with JJ Bola
5. ‘Queer Intentions: A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ + Culture’ with Amelia Abraham
6. ‘Building a New Catalonia: Self-determination and Emancipation’ with Ignasi Bernat, Liz Castro, Robert Knox and David Whyte
7. ‘Here to Stay, Here to Fight – A Race Today Anthology’
8. ‘Why I am a Pacifist’ with Tim Gee 

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

1. Undercover Policing & Trade Unions Conference, London
November 16 @ 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
“The one-day event will increase understanding of the impact of political policing on trade unions and movements for social change since 1968. Over three thousand workers were blacklisted, over one thousand organisations were spied on by undercover police, and tens of thousands of citizens have files held on them by Special Branch. Bringing together trade unionists, activists and other campaigners, this conference will strengthen our campaign to ensure the forthcoming public inquiry is not a cover-up but exposes the truth of Britain’s political secret police. It will strengthen our struggle for justice and the protection of human rights.”
Lots more info here: http://campaignopposingpolicesurveillance.com/event/undercover-policing-trade-unions-conference-london/

2.  Stop Nato – December 2019
“NATO have announced plans for their next summit in London, December 2019. Many people have already begun to oppose the summit. We plan to use a diversity of tactics against it.

NATO has often used the term ‘humanitarian interventions’ top disguise the fact that it actually fights for the strategic, economic and political belief of the elite class within NATO member countries. Militarism and capitalism are part of the same global power structure. A critique and confrontation of capitalism is therefore an inseparable aspect of our anti-militarist stance.”

Much is being planned between now and December. stopnato@protonmail.com //  https://www.facebook.com/stopnatolondon – Twitter coming soon!

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. ‘Only Nonviolent Rebellion Can Now Stop Climate Breakdown And Social Collapse’ 
Tuesday 1st October, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events
Co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, Roger Hallam,  has written a booklet which outlines how the climate movements around the world need to come together in order to avert extinction of all life. It goes into detail on using nonviolent civil disobedience as well as other strategies and tactics to make real change happen. This event will launch the print copy of the booklet, which is also available to download for free from Roger’s website. Please note: As Roger is currently under arrest, XR’s Andrew Medhurst will be speaking and taking questions.

4. ‘Mask Off: Masculinity Redefined’ with JJ Bola
Wednesday October 2nd, 7pm- tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events
What 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/

5. ‘Queer Intentions: A (Personal) Journey Through LGBTQ + Culture’ with Amelia Abraham
Wednesday October 16th, 7pm- tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events
Combining intrepid journalism with her own personal experience, Amelia Abraham searches for answers to questions such as  is same-sex marriage, improved media visibility and corporate endorsement all it’s cracked up to be? At what cost does this acceptance come? And who is getting left behind, particularly in parts of the world where LGBTQ+ rights aren’t so advanced?, as well as the broader question of what it means to be queer in 2019.

6. ‘Building a New Catalonia: Self-determination and Emancipation’ with Ignasi Bernat, Liz Castro, Robert Knox and David Whyte
Friday October 25th, 7pm- tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events
Guest contributors from the essay collection ‘Building A New Catalonia’ discuss  the political strategies and aspirations of the anti-capitalist, feminist and socialist movement for self-determination in Catalonia.

7. ‘Here to Stay, Here to Fight – A Race Today Anthology’
Wednesday October 30th, 7pm- tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events
Editors of the book will be at Housmans to exploring the legacy of Race Today,  the journal of the revolutionary Race Today Collective, in contemporary social movements and debates around race, gender and class, and to answer your questions.

8. ‘Why I am a Pacifist’ with Tim Gee
Wednesday November 6th, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events
Tim Gee tells the story of why he became a pacifist and what it means to him. Gee reflects on the lives of peacemakers past and present to provide responses to questions like “Don’t we have to hit back if we’re hurt?”, “Don’t we need war to respond to evil?” and “Doesn’t religion justify wars?”. This is a critique of war, but more than that, it stakes a claim for pacifism’s feminist and anti-racist qualities. This is a call for a more nonviolent world.

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS 

9. 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 10th October Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucie McKnight Hardy
Thursday 14th November Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey

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/

10. 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 3rd October How Long ’til Black Future Month? by NK Jemisin
Thursday 7th November Tentacle by Rita Indiana
Thursday 5th December The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin

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.

11. 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 10th October The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Thursday 14th November Black Iris by Elliot Wake

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

12. 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
Next meeting: Thursday 17th October, discussing ‘Women, Race and Class’ by Angela Davis.
Please note a new edition of this text will be published on 3rd October 2019 and will be available to buy from Housmans from that date.

13. 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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