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


Saturday 1 April
English_PEN_Modern_LitEnglish PEN Modern Literature Festival 2017
Rich Mix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
2pm, 4 pm & 7:30 pm

Thirty UK-based writers, poets, novelists, playwrights and artists will join English PEN and SJ Fowler‘s Enemies Project for the second English PEN Modern Literature Festival. Each writer will perform new works created in solidarity with individuals supported through the PEN Writers at Risk Programme. More info


Thursday 6 April
Happy_Ending_290Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed launch
The Old Church, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 9ES
7 to 9 pm

Liam Hogan and Arachne Press invite you to the launch of this collection of eerie, unsettling and darkly funny stories. With drinks, cake, and readings by Liam and Carrie Cohen.
More info and RSVP




Thursday 20 April
War_and_PeaceReading the Russians: War and Peace
London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL
7 pm

To mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution the bookshop has teamed up with Vintage Classics to inaugurate a book club devoted to reading the great masterpieces of Russian literature, six of which they’ve just reissued in handsome new editions.
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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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