A selection of bookshop readings, performances, literary lunches, salons, festivals and other writerly goings-on are listed here and regularly updated. Please send details of any forthcoming events you’d like us to feature to events @ bookanista . com

 

to Tuesday 29 August
BL_Red_ArmyRussian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths
The British Library, 96 Euston Rod, London NW1 2DB
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30 am to 6 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am to 8 pm; Saturday 9:30 am to 5 pm; Sunday 11 am to 5 pm
£13.50/concessions £4 to £11/Free to BL Members and Friends

From the fall of Russia’s last tsar to the rise of the first communist state, this definitive exhibition takes a fresh look at the Russian Revolution 100 years on. Featured artefacts include a first edition of The Communist Manifesto, anti-Bolshevik propaganda, Red Army recruitment posters and a letter from Vladimir Lenin requesting use of the Reading Room. The exhibition is accompanied by a  season of events exploring the impact on Russian literature, architecture, music and artistic expression, as well as the life and times of key figures such as Lenin and the Romanovs.
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to Saturday 23 September
JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National TheatreJane Eyre UK tour
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Following a critically acclaimed season at the National Theatre, Sally Cookson’s bold new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, starring Nadia Clifford and Tim Delap,  has  begun a tour of the UK, ahead of a return to the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre from 26 September to 21 October. See it in Salford, Sheffield, Aylesbury, Plymouth, Southampton, Edinburgh, York, Woking, Glasgow, Richmond, Canterbury, Cardiff, Newcastle, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Brighton, Leeds, Belfast, Aberdeen, Birmingham and Hull.
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from Sunday 23 July
Johannesburg_290Fiona Melrose: Johannesburg
BBC Radio 4: Open Book
4 pm

Longlisted for the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction with her debut novel Midwinter, our South Africa-based contributing editor flies back in to London for a chat with Mariella Frostrup ahead of the launch of her new novel: a hymn to an extraordinary city and its people, an ambitious homage to Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, and a devastating personal and political manifesto on love.
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Thursday 27 July
The_Favourite_290Excavating Family Secrets with Elly Griffiths and S.V. Berlin
Waterstones, 203–206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD
7 to 8:30 pm
£5/£3 Waterstones Cardholders

Elly Griffiths, bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries and the Stephens & Mephisto novels, introduces the author of The Favourite in a special preview event a week before its launch. Readings and discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signings.
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Thursday 3 August
Alisa_GanievaRiveting Reads: Russian Literature Today
The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
7 to 8:30 pm
£15/£12 & £10 concessions

Discover contemporary literature from crime to science fiction, from all parts of the Russian-speaking world. Authors Alisa Ganieva (left), Boris Akunin, Andrei Kurkov and Zinovy Zinik discuss and read from their work, introduced by Rosie Goldsmith.
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Saturday 12 to Monday 28 August
EBF_2017_croppedVarious times and venues
Events individually priced or free

A thousand authors descend on the Scottish capital for over 800 talks, readings, workshops and other events over 17 days. Our picks include Paul Auster, Richard Ford in conversation with Kirsty Wark, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with Nicola Sturgeon, Zadie Smith, Elif Shafak, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Colson Whitehead, Colm Tóibín, Val McDermid, Ali Smith, Sally Rooney, Sara Pascoe, Olivia Sudjic, David Grossman, Dorthe Nors and Samanta Schweblin.
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Thursday 17 August
Teju_Cole_300Teju Cole: Blind Spot
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
7:30 pm
£15/50% limited concessions

The award-winning American-Nigerian author of Every Day Is for the Thief, Open City and Known and Strange Things and internationally exhibited photographer presents his innovative new work Blind Spot, which brings together his two great passions – words and photography.
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Saturday 2 to Monday 4 September
David_Sedaris_300An evening with David Sedaris
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
7:30 pm Saturday & Monday; 7 pm Sunday
£37.50 to £45/50% limited concessions

America’s best-selling comedic author, the presenter of the popular BBC Radio 4 series Meet David Sedaris, returns to London for the release of his latest book Theft by Finding, Volume One: David Sedaris Diaries 1977–2003.
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Thursday 7 September
John_Le_Carre_300John Le Carré: An evening with George Smiley
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
7:45 pm
£25 to £100/50% limited concessions

In an exclusive one-off event, the internationally bestselling writer of espionage fiction makes a rare public appearance to introduce his new novel, A Legacy of Spies. From his extraordinary Cold War novels – such as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – to his powerful descriptions of the War on Terror in A Most Wanted Man, and A Delicate Truth, le Carré discusses the full breadth of a career spanning five decades, and reflects on the continuing story of his most famous creation.
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Friday 15 September
Orhan_Pamuk_300Orhan Pamuk in conversation
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
7:30 pm
£15 to £20/50% limited concessions

The Nobel Prize-winning author reads from and discusses his latest novel The Red-Haired Woman, which interweaves an investigation into a murder thirty years ago in Istanbul and a fictional inquiry into the fundamental myths of the West and the East. In this immersive event combining imagery and extracts from his books, Pamuk reflects on reading and seeing, the tension between state and individual freedom, and chronicling the life of Istanbul – a city in which civilisations continue to collide, that has had such an influence on his writing.
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Wednesday 20 September
Poetry_Tour_300South Bank Poetry Tour with Chris McCabe
National Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
6 to 8 pm
£8.50

Seek out centuries of poetic activity on the South Bank, with National Poetry Librarian McCabe, author of Real South Bank. The tour begins and ends at the National Poetry Library with an overview of the collections and a chance to see some of its rare gems. In between, discover the hidden poems written into the pavements in front of the Royal Festival Hall, learn about Arthur Rimbaud and William Blake’s connections to the area, and visit Jubilee Gardens where the Rain of Poems took place in 2012.
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Thursday 21 September
Andrew_Marr_300Forward Prizes for Poetry
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
7 pm
£15/50% limited concessions

Now in their 26th year, the Forward Prizes remain dedicated to heralding fresh new voices as well as commemorating famous names from the world of poetry. Between the prize-givings, hear readings from the 15 longlisted collections chosen by the Forward judges from the full range of poetry published in the UK and Ireland over the past 12 months. Journalist and broadcaster Andrew Marr chairs the jury alongside Mona Arshi, Ian Duhig, Sandeep Parmar and Chris Riddell.
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Sunday 24 September
Vivienne_Westwood_300Vivienne Westwood: Get a Life
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
7 pm
£15 to £35/50% limited concessions

Drawing on her own diaries, which began as online posts in 2010 and then grew into her new book Get a Life, this event explores Westwood’s life in culture and her involvement with arts, politics and the environment. In this keynote talk on why reading matters, she shines a light on the novels and literature which have had the greatest influence on her work and life. More info

 

Monday 2 October
Margaret_Atwood_300Margaret Atwood
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
7:30 pm
£20 to £45/50% limited concessions

Known for novels such as Cat’s Eye, Alias Grace, the MaddAddam trilogy and the Booker Prize-winning The Blind Assassin, in this one-time London appearance, Margaret Atwood reads from her work; then, in conversation with Gaby Wood, journalist and Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, she discusses her career, and the past, present and future of her best-known novel The Handmaid’s Tale and the real world it reflects.
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Friday 13 October to Wednesday 1 November
London_Literature_FestivalLondon Literature Festival 2017
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
Various times daily
Events individually priced

Twenty days of live readings, performance, talks, debates, visual displays, workshops and music across Southbank Centre’s site. Featuring Anne Carson, Tracy Chevalier, Juno Dawson, Goldie, Karl Ove Knausgård, Yang Lian, Annie Leibovitz, Kim Leine, David Mitchell, Dorthe Nors, Philip Pullman, Claudia Rankine, Meg Rosoff, Kamila Shamsie, Nikesh Shukla, Sjón, Jon Snow, Rebecca Solnit and more.
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Monday 16 October
Man_Booker_panel2017 Man Booker Prize readings
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
7:30 pm
£15 to £35/50% limited concessions

The Man Booker Prize is a byword for the finest literary fiction, with its canon containing some of the greatest writers since the first award in 1969. On the eve of the 2017 prize announcement, join this year’s shortlisted authors for an evening of readings and conversation to find out more about their novels.
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