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 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 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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Friday 28 April to Monday 1 May
elif_shafakWriters of the World Unite! A Festival of Literature and Social Change
Waterstones, 203–206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD
Various times daily
Free or individually priced

Four days of discussion and debate, readings and workshops about Russian revolutionary poetry, identity politics in the age of globalisation, how Caribbean literature makes its own rules, the radical potential of graphic novels plus renowned writers and activists on the books that changed how they look at the world. It all kicks off with The International #RivetingReads Salon hosted by Rosie Goldsmith featuring readings from ten top writers including Elif Shafak (left), Diego Marani, Rory Maclean and Boris Akunin: Friday 28 April, 6:30 pm, £6.50.
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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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Thursday 11 to Tuesday 16 May
Beyond_Words_festivalBeyond Words French Literature Festival
Institut Français, Cromwell Place, London SW7 2JR
Various times daily
Events individually priced

A six-day programme packed with French-language writers translated into English, English writers who have a special love affair with France, film screenings and more. Featured authors include Edouard Louis, David Bellos, Michael Rosen, Hisham Matar, Emmanuelle Pagano, Lydie Salvayre, Delphine de Vigan, Laurent Binet and readings from the work of Man Booker International shortlistees Alain Mabanckou and Mathias Enard. More info


Friday 19 to Sunday 28 May
Bath_Festival_montageThe Bath Festival
Various times and venues
Events individually priced

A new 10-day multi-arts festival with music and literature at its heart, featuring Salman Rushdie, Colm Tóibín, Victoria Hislop, Madeleine Thien, Dominic Dromgoole, Ali Smith, Elif Shafak, Petina Gappah, Henny Beaumont, Sarah Moss, Sarah Perry and Gwendoline Riley, Ann Patchett, Elena Lappin, Chibundu Onuzo, Tim Winton and Philip Hensher, Sophie Hannah, Margaret Drabble and Fay Weldon, Kate Hamer, Claire Fuller and Michael Hughes, John Simpson, Mary Berry, Georgie Fame, Madeleine Peyroux, New York a cappella band Naturally 7, and a special celebration of Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan.
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Monday 22 May
Nicholas_HytnerNicholas Hytner: Balancing Acts
Lyttleton Theatre, National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX
6 pm
£5/£4 concessions

Hytner reveals the inside story of his 12 years at the helm of the National: a story about actors, writers and directors; about directing new plays like The History Boys and One Man, Two Guvnors; films like The Madness of King George; about probing Shakespeare from every angle and reinventing the classics; and coming up time and again against the challenge of reconciling art and commerce.
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Thursday 25 May
Things_We_Lost Fever_DreamPEN Atlas presents: an evening with Samanta Schweblin and Mariana Enriquez
Waterstones, 11 Islington Green, London N1 2XH
6:30 pm
£5/£3 concessions

A chance to hear from two of the finest authors working in the Spanish language today, showcasing Samanta Schweblin’s haunting novel Fever Dream, shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize, and fellow Argentine Mariana Enriquez’ wildly imaginative story collection Things We Lost in the Fire. In association with Oneworld and Granta.
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Thursday 25 May to Sunday 4 June
Hay Festival 2017
Hay-on-Wye, Wales – various times and venues daily
Events individually priced

Politics, celebrity and literature collide with an all-star line-up including Bernie Sanders, former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, ex-Mexico president Felipe Calderón, Graham Norton, Charlotte Rampling, Eddie Izzard (left), Paul Beatty, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Safran Foer, Colm Toíbín, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ian Rankin, Paula Hawkins, David Mitchell, Helen Fielding and Jeanette Winterson.
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Friday 9 June
Tracy_ChevalierShakespeare Retold with Tracy Chevalier
Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX
6:30 pm
£5/£4 concessions

The author of Girl with the Pearl Earring discusses New Boy, her new novel in the Hogarth Shakespeare series. A reworking of Othello, it transplants the story to a 1970s Washington playground, where a young black boy arrives at an all-white school and finds himself at the centre of a vicious plot of jealousy, betrayal and revenge.
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