Join us on Wednesday 16th November for the seventh iteration of Books Showoff – our chaotic open mic night for literary lovers in the basement of the flashy Waterstones on Tottenham Court Road. They do GREAT cocktails. Drink some, and hear from:
Rachel Wheeley – Rachel’s kids have just declared themselves Christian but she can’t discuss faith with them without coming clean about Santa. Preparing herself for future debate, Rachel dived into Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion and emerged a spherical ball of furious rage. She’ll be telling us all about it, espresso martini in hand.
Cerys Bradley – Cerys is a mathematician and feminist (shall we say STEMinist?) and will be talking about Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, a book which straddles the intersection between topology and the treatment of women in the Victorian era.
Stephen Thomas – Stephen will be delving into a rich and vivid historical biography of the pineapple, and in doing so will provide everyone with a wide selection of exciting pineapple facts to take home and share with friends and family this Christmas.
Caspar Addyman – Caspar is a developmental psychologist at Goldsmiths. He’s writing a book called The Laughing Baby about the science of what makes babies happy and why. That’s not particularly funny so instead he’ll tell you a Dickensian tale of orphaned baby rats.
Hannah Cameron – Being a Beast is not only Hannah Cameron’s favourite past time; it also happens to be a brilliant (and bizarrely poetic) book about eating worms. Discover how fun being beastly can be as she talks about the collision of human and animal worlds.
Louise Sands – Louise is a PhD student studying Science Communication, and a self-confessed bookaholic. She will be explaining more about her affliction and rambling about authors who have a tendency to lose the plot.
Patrick Spicer – Patrick is a stand-up comedian. At Books Showoff he’ll be thoughtfully charting the rise and fall of the book, amongst the best received collaboration of inks and papers, with a maximum-information presentation sectioned into 3 or 11 acts.
Rosie Clarke – Rosie will be enthusing about the way Ben Aaronovitch fuses contemporary policing in multicultural London with urban fantasy where magic is real and Mother and Father Thames, and all their tributaries, have decided opinions about the use and misuse of power.
Plus more from your host Steve Cross.