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

 

Friday 29 March
From Adrian Mole to A Wimpy Kid: A Celebration of Diary Stories
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
7 to 8:30 pm
£15/£12/£10 concessions

Some of the most popular books for children and young people have used the diary format to tell their stories. Writer, journalist and broadcaster Lucy Mangan hosts a tribute to some of the best.
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Monday 1 April
Kathleen Walker-Meikle: Cats in Medieval Manuscripts
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
7:15 to 8:30 pm
£12/£10/£8 concessions

The author draws on the Library’s rich medieval collection to give fascinating anecdotes about cats – both real and imaginary – and provide a picture of the life of the cat and its relationship with humans in the medieval world.
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Thursday 4 April
Translated Fiction Showcase
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
7 to 8:30 pm
£12/£10/£8 concessions

Award-winning writer, editor and translator Daniel Hahn chairs an evening with some of Europe’s freshest literary talents: Alessandro D’Avenia (Italy), Olga Grjasnowa (Azerbaijan/Germany), Selja Ahava (Finland), Jacek Dehnel and Piotr Tarczynski (both Poland) and Jasmin B. Frelih (Slovenia).
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Monday 15 April
Ian McEwan: Machines Like Me
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
7:30 pm
£30/£20/£10

The multi-award-winning author of Atonement and Enduring Love presents his new novel, which explores the advent of artificial intelligence in an alternative 1980s London. In this pre-publication London exclusive event in collaboration with Vintage Live, McEwan will also reflect on his life and a writing career that spans four decades.
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Tuesday 16 April
Hisham Matar in Conversation
7:15 pm
£12.50
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author reflects on the abiding themes of his writing – from memory and family to war and repair. Renowned for his distinctive and evocative writing, Matar’s work bears witness to both the trauma of loss and exile, and the consolations of love, art and collective humanity. Matar discusses his work in relation to acclaimed artist, Kader Attia, whose first major UK solo exhibition The Museum of Emotion runs at Hayward Gallery from 13 February to 6 May.
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Wednesday 17 April
Candice Carty-Williams: Queenie
7:45 pm
£12
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

The exclusive London launch event with the highly-anticipated debut novelist. Carty-Williams will reflect on life, love, race and family as she discusses Queenie, which follows the life of 25-year-old Jamaican-British Londoner Queenie Jenkins, in conversation with TV broadcaster June Sarpong.
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Wednesday 1 May
Kit de Waal presents Common People
7:30 pm
£7
Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

On International Workers’ Day, the writer and editor of new anthology Common People eads a discussion with contributors Louise Doughty and Katy Massey on what it means to be working class in Britain today. It is estimated that almost half of all authors, writers and translators in the UK come from professional, middle-class backgrounds, compared with just ten per cent of those with parents in routine or manual labour, and the average income for an author in 2017 was £10,500. The anthology brings together 33 writers presenting their experiences of growing up working class.
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Tuesday 7 May
Robert Macfarlane: Underland
7:15 pm
£15
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

The great landscape writer discusses his new work Underland in a London-exclusive event. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland’s glaciers to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, Underland explores the world beneath our feet.
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Monday 20 May
Man Booker International Prize Readings 2019
7:45pm
£12
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Alongside the annual Man Booker Prize shortlist evening, Southbank Centre is proud to host its international counterpart for the first time. The Man Booker International Prize readings will take place the night before the 2019 prize winner is revealed, and will feature the shortlisted authors and translators reading from their books and talking about their work. The 2019 Man Booker International Prize is chaired by Bettany Hughes and the judges are Maureen Freely, Professor Angie Hobbs, Elnathan John and Pankaj Mishra. The shortlist will be announced on 9 April.
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Monday 27 May
James Ellroy in conversation
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
7:30 pm
£25/£15

The American crime writer, acclaimed for his ‘LA Quartet’ novels – The Black DahliaThe Big NowhereLA Confidential and White Jazz – makes his first London appearance in five years to present his latest novel This Storm in a pre-publication London-exclusive event in collaboration with Penguin Live. The second novel in Ellroy’s second LA Quartet, following Perfidia (2014), This Storm is a historical crime novel set in a Los Angeles and Mexico gripped by war fever and racial hatred in the wake of Pearl Harbour.
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Thursday 30 May
Jeanette Winterson: Frankissstein
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
7:15 pm
£15

Set across three centuries and multiple narratives, Frankissstein is an audacious exploration of identity, technology and sexuality which considers what will happen when homo sapiens are no longer the smartest beings on the planet and suggests we are much closer to that future than we realise.
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Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June
Zee Jaipur Literature Festival at the British Library
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
10:30 to 6:30
Day pass £25/£22/£14 concessions
Weekend pass £35/£32/£25 concessions

Two days of talks, ideas and music, as a taster of the world’s largest literary event which takes place in the Indian city of Jaipur each January. Speakers include Carlo Pizzati, Deepa Agarwal, Jeffrey Archer, Manisha Koirala, Marina Warner, Pico Iyer, Ruth Padel, Tristram Hunt, William Dalrymple and Yasmin Khan.
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Wednesday 19 June
Dalloway Day
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
A celebration of one of the 20th century’s most important novels, seeking to make Virginia Woolf and Mrs Dalloway to London what James Joyce and Ulysses are to Dublin with the annual Bloomsday. In partnership with the Royal Society for Literature.

For There She Was: Love and Presence in Mrs Dalloway
4 to 5 pm
£10/£7 concessions

Renowned scholar Professor Dame Gillian Beer in discussion with fellow Woolf biographer Alexandra Harris.
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After Woolf with Monica Ali, Olivia Laing and Elif Shafak
7 to 8:30 pm
£15/£12/£10 concessions

Three writers explore why Mrs Dalloway remains a touchstone for authors today, and investigate what Woolf’s words still do to provoke, challenge and interrogate attitudes to class, mental health and race.
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Thursday 17 June
Literature Matters: Breaking Ground with Val McDermid and Jeanette Winterson
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
7 to 8:30 pm
£15/£12/£10 concessions

Two bestselling authors reflect on the ways in which crime fiction has developed over the last half century, how what we read shapes the people we are, and whether we should all be listening more closely to writers.
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Sunday 30 June
Shabbak Literature Festival
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
10:30 am to 6:30 pm
Day pass £18/£14 concessions

A day of conversation and readings with writers from across the Arab world and diaspora. Leïla Slimani, Inaam Kachachi and many others explore contemporary Arab feminism, the rise of queer memoir and creative writing, Kurdish literature in English translation, the contemporary historical novel and more. Supported by the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
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Saturday 6 July
New Daughters of Africa
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
7 to 8:30 pm
£15/£10 concessions

25 years after Margaret Busby’s Daughters of Africa anthology, a new companion volume brings together the work of over 200 writers from across the globe to showcase the remarkable range of creativity from the African diaspora. The editor is joined by Ayòbámi Adébáyò, Nadifa Mohamed, Namwali Serpell and Bernardine Evaristo to celebrate the global sweep, diversity and extraordinary literary achievements of Black women writers.
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