Housmans Books Newsletter February 2020

26 January 2020 — Housmans Books

HOUSMANS NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 2020

NEWS 
1. Our Power Is Real – Saturday 28th March
2. London Bookshop Crawl 2020

INSTORE EVENTS
3. ‘Journey Through Utopia’ with Matthew S. Adams, Rhiannon Firth, and Tim Waterman
4. Poetry Against Homelessness
5. ‘The Clamour of Nationalism: Race and the Nation in Twenty-First Century Britain’
6. Radixal Love Zine V Day Takeover
7. ‘In and Against the State: Lessons from our recent past’ with Rosemary Grennan and Seth Wheeler
8.’So We Live: The Novels of Alexander Baron’ with Susie Thomas, Nadia Valman, and Ken Worpole
9. Autonomy Now presents: ‘Occult Features of Anarchism’ with Erica Lagalisse and Carl Levy
10. ‘Feminism for the 99%’ with Sara Farris and Susan Pashkoff

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

1. Our Power Is Real – Saturday 28th March
Our Power Is Real is a one day event bringing together a wide range of community and grassroots campaign groups to celebrate 60 years of Peace House (the building Housmans Bookshop is in).

We want to create spaces where we can come together to celebrate the achievements of the past and collectively imagine ways forward and in an open and welcoming manner that strengthens our collective movements and connects our struggles.

On the day there will be discussions, practical workshops, stalls, books, zines, film screenings, kids activities, and info on a wide range of campaigns and social movements. Topics will include anti-war movements, climate justice, workplace organising, resisting the far right, popular education, community based support, resisting migration raid and strategic direct action. Over 50 different campaign groups, grassroots movements, and community organisations will be there on the day. This is a wonderful chance for anyone with an interest in social change to come along and find out what is happening and how to get involved.

More info will be available very soon, but for now get the date in your diary!

2. London Bookshop Crawl 2020
Housmans will be participating in the 5th annual London Bookshop Crawl, which will be held over three days: on Friday 21st of February until Sunday 23rd. Celebrate the 5th birthday of the London Bookshop Crawl with a weekend exploring the bookshops of London. Join one of their guided groups and make new book loving friends or explore the city on your own using their free resources – the London Bookshop Crawl brings book lovers together to support bookshops and explore the city.

As part of the crawl, Housmans will be offering bookshop crawlers a tote bag with free goodies, including the Housmans Peace Diary 2020, and 20% discount off their purchases.
More info here: https://housmans.com/2020/01/21/london-bookshop-crawl-2020/ 


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. Autonomy Now presents: 
‘Journey Through Utopia’ with Matthew S. Adams, Rhiannon Firth, and Tim Waterman
Thursday 30th January, 7pm – Free Entry
January’s Autonomy Now event considers utopian thought in dystopian times.
Join Matthew S. Adams, Rhiannon Firth, and Tim Waterman for a lively discussion about historical and contemporary visions of utopia, framed with reference to the life and writings of Marie Louise Berneri, author of Journey through Utopia.
click here for more info

4. Poetry Against Homelessness
Wednesday February 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

We’re very happy to welcome back New River Press for an evening of wild and inspiring poetry and music performances by people who have experienced homelessness and the poets who have tutored them.

for more info and tickets click here

5. ‘The Clamour of Nationalism: Race and the Nation in Twenty-First Century Britain’
***SOLD OUT***

6. Radixal Love Zine V Day Takeover
Friday February 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and join us in a celebration of platonic love and poetry on Valentine’s Day with the launch of Radixal Love zine. Entrance to the event is £5 on the door and entitles you to a free copy of Radixal Love, the third in a series of poetry collections curated by Ari Haque.
click here for more info

7. ‘In and Against the State: Lessons from our recent past’ with Rosemary Grennan and Seth Wheeler
Wednesday February 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Published in 1979 ‘In and Against the State,’ addresses how revolutionary socialists were able to square the apparent contradiction of remaining revolutionary while working within the constraints of the state’s  ‘disciplinary architectures’, a conversation that is having renewed resonance in light of the political experiences of many activists who currently compose the ecology of Corbynism.
for more info and tickets click here

8.’So We Live: The Novels of Alexander Baron’ with Susie Thomas, Nadia Valman, and Ken Worpole
Wednesday February 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The novelist Alexander Baron (1917-1999) was born into a working class Jewish home in Hackney, joined the Communist Party as a young man, saw the thick of battle in Sicily and Normandy, and became one of the most admired writers of post-war Britain. Our guests will each take a distinctive approach to the work of Baron and consider why his reputation and his work are currently enjoying such a serious revival.
for more info and tickets click here

9. Autonomy Now presents: ‘Occult Features of Anarchism’ with Erica Lagalisse and Carl Levy
Thursday February 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Free entry

Lagalisse works to show the historical relationship between revolutionism, pantheistic occult philosophy, and the clandestine fraternity,  exploring hidden correspondences between anarchism, Renaissance magic, and New Age movement
click here for more info

10. ‘Feminism for the 99%’ with Sara Farris and Susan Pashkoff
Wednesday March 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 Feminism shouldn’t start—or stop—with the drive to have women represented at the top of their professions. It must focus on those at the bottom, and fight for the world they deserve. And that means targeting capitalism. Feminism must be anticapitalist, eco-socialist and antiracist.
Free entry but register by clicking here

READING AND DISCUSSION GROUPS 


11. 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 February Against Memoir by Michelle Tea
Thursday 12th March It’s Not About the Burqa edited by Mariam Khan

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/ 

12. 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 February
 The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin
Thursday 5th March Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Thursday 2nd April Dreams Before the Start of Time by Anne Charnock

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.

13. 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 February Maurice by E.M. Forster
Thursday 12th March Jughead vol. 2  by Chip Zdarsky, Derek Charm and Ryan North
Thursday 9th April Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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

14. 
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 February reading is Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

15. 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 Februarywe’ll be discussing NONVIOLENCE AND SANCTIONS.
And on 
Tuesday 10 March our topic is CAN A PACIFIST EVER BE A NATIONALIST?

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

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