A selection of bookshop readings, performances, literary lunches, salons, festivals and other book-themed 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 Sunday 19 February
Imagine_Childrens_FestivalImagine Children’s Festival
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 6XX
Various times and venues daily
Events individually priced or free

Immerse yourself in your favourite children’s classics, from the magic of storytelling in pictures with Chris Riddell and Friends, the popular rhyming stories of Julia Donaldson, to special film screenings and the new immersive tour Adventures of Moominland.
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to Wednesday 1 March
beck_tube_map_600Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line
British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
Daily (times vary)
£12/members and under-18s FREE/concessions

How 100 years of mapping technology – from the original sketch of today’s London Underground map through two world wars, the moon landing and satellite imagery – has monitored and shaped the society we live in.
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Monday 20 February
michael_longleyThe W.G. Sebald Lecture: Michael Longley
Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London N1 2DB
7 pm
£12/£10/£8 concessions

Michael Longley has received many awards for his sophisticated, but deceptively simple poetic studies of love, death, memory, history and nature, published over more than fifty years. He delivers Releasing the Lyric: Translating Latin and Greek. More info

 

Thursday 2 March
Ruth_RosenBright Star: Keats’ Love Letters and Poems
Cottesloe Room, National Theatre, London SE1 9PX
6:30 pm
£5

Leading prose and poetry performer Ruth Rosen reads from John Keats’ great poems, love letters to Fanny Brawne and letters to family and friends. Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the publication his first poetry collection, Poems 1817.
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Sunday 5 March
OscarLast Words: Great Writers at the End
Weston Roof Pavilion, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 6XX
3 pm
Sunday or weekend passes from £7.50 (concessions)

William Blake sat up in bed and saw angels, Emily Dickinson came inside to shelter from the rising fog, and Oscar Wilde told the yellowing wallpaper of his Paris apartment: “One of us must go.” A discussion of famous authors and their final moments, part of the Belief and Beyond Belief festival.
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Thursday 2 March
Thomas_Morris_cropThe Art of the Short Story
Faber & Faber, Bloomsbury House, 74–77 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DA
7 pm
£10/£8 Faber Members

An evening of readings and discussion as three masters of the short story examine the form from both a writer’s and a reader’s perspective. Panellists Tessa Hadley, Peter Hobbs and Thomas Morris (left) offer insights into the genre as they put the form under the microscope. Chaired by Faber’s Publisher Mitzi Angel.
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Tuesday 7 March
Frédéric Beigbeder: Manhattan’s Babe
Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
7 pm
Free

The writer and critic discusses latest novel Manhattan’s Babe, a nostalgic and bittersweet love story that gives a fictionalised account of the true-life love story of up-and-coming writer J.D. Salinger and Oona O’Neill.
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Tuesday 7 to Sunday 12 March
WOW_logoWOW – Women of the World Festival 2017
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 6XX
Various times and venues daily
Events individually priced or free

Hear influential and challenging speakers, take part in mentoring sessions and workshops, and see some of the best female comedians, musicians, performers and writers celebrating the achievements of women and girls everywhere. Featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gillian Anderson, Jo Brand, Angela Davis, Lauren Laverne, Elif Shafak, Sandi Toksvig and many more. More info

 

Thursday 9 March

National Theatre Live: Hedda Gabler
Cinemas nationwide
7 pm
See local listings for pricing

Watch a live performance from the Lyttleton Theatre of Patrick Marber and Ivo van Hove’s spellbinding production of the Ibsen classic, starring Ruth Wilson.
“One of the performances and productions of the year.” Daily Telegraph
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Greg_ProopsGreg Proops: The Smartest Man in The World… Live!
Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
7 pm
Free

The comic and one-man encyclopedia celebrates the paperback release of The Smartest Book in the World with a live recording of his hit podcast from inside the bookshop.
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Monday 20 March
George_SaundersGeorge Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo
Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
7 pm
Free

The bestselling, Folio Prize-winning, National Book Award-shortlisted story writer discusses his extraordinary first novel bout Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son Willie at the dawn of the Civil War.
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Tuesday 28 March
Knausgaard_cropKarl Ove Knausgaard
Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
7 pm
Free

An evening with one of the most celebrated and controversial writers at work today, author of the epoch-defining My Struggle and the newly published Home and Away: Writing the Beautiful Game.
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Sunday 30 April
AuschwitzPrimo Levi: If This is a Man full reading
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 6XX
3:15 to 10 pm (two intervals)
£15/£25/50% concessions

To mark the 70th anniversary of its publication, A.L. Kennedy and Philippe Sands lead a live reading of Primo Levi’s powerful account of survival at Auschwitz. Directed by Nina Brazier with music by Tomo Keller, readers include Robert Peston, Alan Rusbridger, Tom Stoppard and Samuel West.
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