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

 

Mark Drew: Something (Vanilla Ice Suge Knight) and Take Over (Jay Z Nas)

to Sunday 3 March
Good Grief, Charlie Brown!
Celebrating Snoopy and the Enduring Power of Peanuts

Embankment Galleries, South Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday & Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
Wednesday to Friday 11 am to 8 pm
£14/£11 concessions/under-12s free

This wide-ranging exhibition brings together Charles M. Schulz’s original Peanuts cartoons with work from a wide range of acclaimed contemporary artists and designers who have been inspired by his highly influential and much-loved creations.
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to Sunday 17 March
Cats on the Page
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Monday 9:30 am to 6 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am to 8 pm
Wednesday to Friday 9:30 am to 6 pm
Saturday 9:30 am to 5 pm
Sunday 11 am to 5 pm
Free admission

Through an array of poetry, artwork, fables and fairy tales from around the world, this exhibition explores the various literary guises that cats have appeared under throughout the centuries: from comical cats to master criminals, the lovable to the mysterious and magical.
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Sunday 13 January
T.S. Eliot Prize readings
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
7 pm
£12/15; limited concessions

Hear the shortlisted poets reading from their own work, on the eve of the award ceremony and the announcement of the winner. Hosted by Ian McMillan, the ten poets in contention are Ailbhe Darcy, Terrance Hayes, Zaffar Kunial, Nick Laird, Fiona Moore, Sean O’Brien, Phoebe Power, Richard Scott, Tracy K. Smith and Hannah Sullivan.
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Tuesday 15 to Monday 28 January
Andrew S. Curran: Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely
Join the author for an in-depth and entertaining glimpse into the life of one of the eighteenth-century’s major intellectual thinkers. At a moment when we are once again confronting the major questions of freedom, global responsibility and human authenticity in a fractious and technology-driven world, his book follows the passionate, stubborn, and heretical philosopher from the Newton-influenced, politically changing world of his birth, through his contradictory roles as aspiring priest, hopeless romantic, unapologetic adulterer, author and swindler.

Tuesday 15 January
The Member’s Room, New York Society Library, 53 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075
6:30 pm
$15
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Wednesday 23 January
Newsroom, 2nd Floor, Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street Princeton, New Jersey 08542
7 pm
Free
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Monday 28 January
2nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128
In conversation with Dr Gail Saltz as a part of the Psychobiography Series.
10 am
$29
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Monday 21 January to Monday 1 April
Irenosen Okojie’s Short Story Tool Box
Sunley Pavilion/White Room, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
7 to 9 pm fortnightly
£90; limited concessions

Discover your own approach to short-form fiction in this six-part course with the author of Butterfly Fish and Speak Gigantular. Sign up to explore your voice through practical exercises, interactive challenges and the study of fiction by the greatest short story writers. Open to all.
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Wednesday 23 January
John Lanchester: The Wall
St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SA
7 pm
£12

John Lanchester’s new novel is a Kafkaesque nightmare whose richly-imagined world is very different from our own and yet all too familiar; a dystopian vision of post-climate-change Britain on constant guard against invading Others. Reading and discussion with LRB editor Daniel Soar, in association with the London Review Bookshop.
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Monday 4 February
Leïla Slimani: Adèle
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
7:15 pm
£15 (£11.25 concessions)

The acclaimed author of Lullaby makes an exclusive UK appearance ahead of publication of her new novel. Written with fierce intelligence and arresting clarity, Adèle is an erotic thriller that unflinchingly explores addiction and sexuality in contemporary Paris.
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Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 February
Kristen Roupenian: You Know You Want This
An opportunity to hear from the author of the short story ‘Cat Person’, which went viral after it was published in The New Yorker in December 2017 shortly after the first #MeToo allegations came to light, as she launches her debut collection.

Tuesday 5 February
How To Fail With Elizabeth Day Podcast Live
Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT
7 to 8 pm
£8/£15 including a copy of the book
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Wednesday 6 February
How To Mess Up Relationships
Bristol Festival of Ideas at Waterstones Bristol Galleries, Bristol BS1 3XD
7 to 8 pm
£8/£6/£4.50
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Thursday 7 February
Guardian Live: Kristen Roupenian in conversation
The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
7 to 8:30 pm
£18
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Friday 8 February
Kristen Roupenian in conversation with Daisy Johnson
Blackwells Bookshop, 51 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BQ
7 to 8 pm
£5
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Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 February
Japan Now: Yu Miri Tokyo Ueno Station pre-publication tour
One of Japan’s most exciting contemporary writers, Yu Miri’s work fearlessly confronts taboos in Japanese society such as suicide and child neglect. In Tokyo Ueno Station, a homeless man looks back on his life, his migration to the big city and the state of the nation. Join Yu Miri and her translator Morgan Giles as they lift the lid on contemporary Tokyo through discussion of their work, and get hold of an early copy of the book (published 11 April).

Tuesday 19 February
Sheffield TBC
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Wednesday 20 February
Yu Miri in Bath
The Bookshop, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS
7:30 for 8 pm
£9.99 on the door/£6 Early Bird/£3 Scholar Early Bird including a copy of the book
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Thursday 21 February
An Evening with Yu Miri
Waterstones, 22 Sidney St, Cambridge CB2 3HG
£6/£4 Waterstones cardholder
£11 including a copy of the book
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Saturday 23 February
Japan Now at the British Library
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
11 am to 5:15 pm
£20
A day of readings and talks featuring Sayaka Murata (Convenience Store Woman), Yu Miri and Kyoko Nakajima (The Little House), along with their translators and contemporary Japanese artists.
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Monday 25 February
Marlon James: Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
7 pm
£15 to £25; limited concessions

The Man Booker-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings launches the first novel in his highly anticipated Dark Star trilogy. Drawn from vivid African history and mythology, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a saga of breathtaking adventure and powerful intrigue – a meditation on the nature of truth and power.
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Thursday 28 February
Max Porter: Lanny
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
7:30 pm
£15; limited concessions

The author gives a world-exclusive dramatic reading of his follow-up to Grief Is the Thing with Feathers. Lanny is a story about a family whose village is peopled by the living and the dead. It’s a story about a boy with a gift for friendship and the traces of enchantment he leaves in the closely woven lives around him.
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Friday 8 March
Women of the World festival: Angela Davis in conversation
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
7 pm
£18–£38; limited concessions

Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, legendary activist, writer and scholar Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasised the importance of building communities around economic, racial, and gender justice. Hear her in conversation with WOW founder Jude Kelly on International Women’s Day.
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Friday 8 to Sunday 17 March
Words by the Water
Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Various times daily
Events individually priced

Literary luminaries descend on Cumbria for the popular annual Festival of Words and Ideas. This year’s participants include Kamal Ahmed, Louis de Bernières, Chris Bonington, Melvyn Bragg, Sarah Churchwell, Horatio Clare, John Crace, Adam Hart Davis, John Lanchester, Prue Leith, Roger McGough, Kate Mosse, Anna Pasternak, Polly Toynbee, Lynne Truss, Salley Vickers and many others.
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Saturday 9 March
Women of the World festival: Margaret Busby: New Daughters of Africa
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
6 pm
£22; limited concessions

Twenty-five years ago, Margaret Busby’s anthology Daughters of Africa was published to international acclaim. New Daughters of Africa builds on this rich tradition for a new generation of women writers in the landscape of African women’s writing today; a glorious portrayal of the accomplishments of over 200 contributors across a wealth of genres.
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Women of the World
festival: Naomi Klein in conversation
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
7 pm
£18–£38; limited concessions

The renowned journalist, activist and author returns to the Southbank Centre to discuss the present political and media landscape with WOW founder Jude Kelly, in her first major speaking engagement since being appointed the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
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Tuesday 12 March
Angie Thomas: On the Come Up
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
7 pm
£15; limited concessions

The bestselling author of The Hate U Give presents her second novel, an homage to hip-hop and the power of storytelling. On the Come Up is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities faced by poor and working-class black families.
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Tuesday 19 March
Valeria Luiselli: Lost Children Archive
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
7:30 pm
£15; limited concessions

Lose yourself in a powerful new novel that lays bare the realities of migration, by the award-winning author of The Story of My Teeth. Lost Children Archive tells the story of a family in New York who pack their car and set out on a road trip. A mother, a father, a boy and a girl head southwest, to the regions of the US which used to be Mexico.
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