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


to Tuesday 26 June
Yrsa_Daley-Ward_300Yrsa Daley-Ward: The Terrible book tour
Various times and prices

Join the explosive literary talent on the last date of the US tour to launch her searing, moving memoir of family, adolescence and sexuality. Told with raw intensity, shocking honesty and the poetry of the darkest of fairy tales, The Terrible is a story of going under, losing yourself, and finding your voice.

Tuesday 26 June
Lou & Grey, New York
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to Monday 20 August
Tishani Doshi UK and Ireland tour
Tishani Doshi is touring the UK and Ireland with readings and dance/spoken word performances of her stunning new collection Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

Read our interview with Tishani

Tuesday 26 June: Friends House, London
Poems of the Decade: Tishani Doshi, Daljit Nagra, Ian Duhig, Leontia Flynn, Sarah Crown, Sinéad Morrissey, Katy Lewis (Edexcel) and Harry Baker.
Saturday 30 June: Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy, Northern Ireland
Reading, performance and conversation with Gail McConnell
Wednesday 4 July: Ledbury Poetry Festival
Tishani Doshi and Pascale Petit
Thursday 5 July: Keats House, London
Tishani Doshi will be reading with Amy Key and Abigail Parry
Friday 6 July: Clyne Farm Centre, Swansea
Tishani Doshi and Steve Balsamo present a special evening of poetry, music and dance
Friday 27 July: Port Eliot Festival, St Germans, Cornwall
Details to follow
Monday 20 August: Garden Theatre, Edinburgh International Book Festival
John Burnside & Tishani Doshi: Profound, Essential Poetry
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to Sunday 16 September
The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 6pm (8pm Thursdays)
Sunday 11 am to 6 pm

Smile_Stealers_290From vampires and tooth fairies to barber-surgeons and professional dentists, Wellcome Collection’s summer exhibition traces the evolution of our relationship with our teeth and what they say about us. Featuring over 150 objects, including cartoons and caricatures, protective amulets, toothpaste advertisements and a range of chairs, drills and training tools. Inspired by The Smile Stealers by Richard Barnett, published by Wellcome Collection and Thames & Hudson.
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to Sunday 30 September
AsterixAsterix in Britain: Life and Work of René Goscinny
The Jewish Museum London, Raymond Burton House, 129–131 Albert St, London NW1 7NB
Daily 10 am to 5 pm (Fridays 2 pm)
£8.50/£6.50 concessions/£4 5–16s

A major retrospective exhibition on the life and work of René Goscinny (1926-1977), the ingenious writer of beloved comics such as Asterix and Lucky Luke, an artist who revolutionised the genre and dissolved the divide between learned and popular culture. Over 100 items gathered from around the world will be displayed for the first time together in the UK, including original artworks, scripts and storyboards as well as Goscinny’s own tools, sketchbooks and family photographs.
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Thursday 21 June
Ali_Smith_Writers_CentreA midsummer evening with Ali Smith
Blackfriars’ Hall, St Andrew’s Plain, Norwich, NR3 1AU
7:30 pm
£8/£6 concessions

The Man Booker-shortlisted author of the bestselling Autumn, Winter and How to be Both returns to the UNESCO City of Literature for a special event to mark the opening of the National Writing Centre. Expect a timely conversation about the post-truth era, history, memory, art and love.
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Thursday 28 June
Behold, America
: The State of the Nation with Sarah Churchwell
Waterstones, 82 Gower St, London WC1E 6EQ
6:30 to 8:30 pm
£8/£6 students

What does America stand for in the twenty-first century? Behold, America confronts this urgent question by looking at the story behind two of the most contentious phrases in the American political playbook: the ‘American Dream’ and ‘America First’. What happens when these values collide? And how can America put itself back together again after Trump?
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Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July
Zadie_Southbank_2017Queen’s Park Book Festival
Queen’s Park, Kilburn, London NW6 6SG
11 am to 7 pm daily
Events individually priced or free

With over 90 authors across 32 events on three main stages throughout the weekend, the 2018 programme covers fiction, current affairs, politics, stage and screen, sport, music, cookery, poetry, children’s events and exhibitions. Participants include local legends Zadie Smith and Nick Laird in discussion with John Mullan, Susie Boyt, Tessa Hadley, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Philip Hensher, Joe Dunthorne, Eleanor Catton, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Francesca Segal and Irenosen Okojie.
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Friday 6 to Monday 16 July
WaysWithWords2018Ways With Words
Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL
Various times daily
Events individually priced; Day tickets £12 to £48

A vibrant 10-day festival of words and ideas at the Great Hall, Barn, Dukes Room and grounds of the most picturesque setting on the literary circuit. This year’s participating authors include Tariq Ali, Natalie Bennett, Sarah Churchwell, Alys Fowler, Bryony Gordon, Luke Harding, Adam Hart-Davis, Simon Heffer, Penelope Lively, Robert McCrum, Rosie Millard, Blake Morrison, Ben Okri, Alice Roberts, Roy Strong, Lynne Truss and Salley Vickers.
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Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 July
Port_Eliot_2017Port Eliot Festival
Port Eliot Estate, St Germans, Cornwall
Various times daily
Day and weekend tickets from £62.50 adult/£42.50 young person/£32.50 child

The beautiful woodland, park, historic House and the oldest church in Cornwall play host to books, music, food, fashion, comedy, art, wellbeing, wildlife and much more. Our pick of this year’s line-up includes Decca Aitkenhead, Viv Albertine, Billy Bragg, Tishani Doshi, Joe Dunthorne, Baxter Dury, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Salena Godden, Xiaolu Guo, Afua Hirsch, Shappi Khorsandi, Blake Morrison, Graham Rawle, Iain Sinclair and Nina Stibbe.
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Thursday 12 July
Men_We_ReapedBitch Lit Book Club: Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
Waterstones, 82 Gower St, London WC1E 6EQ
6:30 pm
£8/£6 students

The monthly book club devoted to new feminist writing and cult classics by women, with discussion led by literary critic and Bookanista contributing editor Lucy Scholes and Gower Street’s Elizabeth Morris. Here they discuss Jesmyn Ward’s staggering memoir of the loss of five young men close to her, including her beloved brother, to accidents, murder and suicide in the space of four years.
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The Riff Raff July Writers’ Meet-Up
Effra Social, 89 Effra Road, London SW2 1DF
7 pm

Tips, advice and readings from breakthrough authors Rachel Heng (Suicide Club), Claire Askew (All The Hidden Truths), Amy Lilwall (The Biggerers), Emily Thomas (Mud), Amy Heydenrych (Shame on You) and Holly Ringland (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart).
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