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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

While the Covid pandemic has decimated traditional book tours and public events, a wide range of bookshops, cultural organisations and publishers have stepped up to the plate with a series of virtual panels and discussions. For your literary and wider cultural fix, check out the blogs, videos and podcasts on offer from the British Library, the London Review Bookshop, Waterstones, English PEN, the Southbank Centre, publisher and author websites and social media streams, as well as those of your local organisations and venues.

Here are a few standout dates for your diary:

Rough Trade Books and Forum Books have teamed up with AtHomeWith4Indies to celebrate International Women’s Day with an outstanding online event combining poetry from Martha Sprackland and Briony Bax, prose from Jen Calleja, Ren Aldridge, Charlotte Newman and Sheena Patel, and Wendy Erskine and Salena Godden in conversation.
Monday 8 March
7 to 8 pm
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to Saturday 24 April
Véronique Tadjo In the Company of Men virtual tour

Drawing on real accounts of the Ebola outbreak that devastated West Africa, this poignant, timely fable reflects on both the strength and the fragility of life and humanity’s place in the world. A doctor tirelessly treats patients day after day in a sweltering tent, protected from the virus only by a plastic suit; a student volunteers to work as a gravedigger while universities are closed, helping the teams overwhelmed by the sheer number of bodies; a grandmother takes in an orphaned boy cast out of his village for fear of infection. Watching over them all is the ancient and wise Baobab tree, mourning the dire state of the earth yet providing a sense of hope for the future.

Acutely relevant to our times, In The Company of Men explores critical questions about how we cope with a global crisis and how we can combat fear and prejudice.

Published by Other Press (USA) and Small Axes (UK), translated by the author and John Cullen.

From February to April, Véronique will be talking from London to audiences from The Center for Fiction, Brooklyn; Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MA; the Museum of the African Diaspora with Mechanics’ Institute, San Francisco; Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA; Left Bank Books, St Louis;Toronto Public Library (English-language and French-language events); Elliott Bay Book Company with Alliance Française of Seattle; Third Place Books, Seattle; Solid State Books, Washington, DC; Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington, DC; Café Culture, Newcastle upon Tyne; and Rutgers University, New Bruswick.
More info and book

Arvon Courses and Retreats
Arvon’s Winter Season sees the return of Arvon mainstays as well as brand new voices across the Arvon at Home programme. New tutors include Will Harris, Nadine Aisha Jassat and Jessica J. Lee, along with returning writers Raymond AntrobusKirsty Logan and Clare Shaw, while Cathy Rentzenbrink hosts the Craft of Writing series, in discussion with Kit De WaalJulia Samuel and Francesca Main.
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Saturday 13 March 2021
Online Writers’ Day
The ever-popular TLC Writers’ Day returns with a morning-to-evening digital programme of workshops and creative sessions.

In case you missed…

On 23 February, Bloodaxe Books celebrated the launch by Fleur Adcock, Tiffany Atkinson, Aoife Lyall and Susan Wicks of their new poetry collections The Mermaid’s Purse, Lumen, Mother, Nature and Dear Crane. Hosted by editor Neil Astley, this event was streamed live through the Bloodaxe Books YouTube channel.