Archive for the ‘Bookshops’ Category

The Guardian reports on positive signs for radical booksellers:

“Things are looking up for radical books … The problems of the past few years – shops closing, publishers folding – seem to be lifting.” So runs the opening of Making the Connections: Radical Books Today, published in 1988, at the height of Margaret Thatcher’s reign – but these rousing words of resistance could have been written today. For while the independent books sector in the UK has indeed been beset by bad news – independent bookshops closed at the rate of two a week in 2009, according to the Booksellers Association – the radical bookshops that have survived are witnessing a revival of interest, and are guardedly optimistic about their futures.

Those in search of inspiration might like to head to Housmans, which is currently stocking, among the top sellers of Slavoj Zizek and Naomi Klein, copies of Starting a Bookshop: A Handbook on Radical and Community Bookselling, for just £1. Among chapters on understanding the book trade and workers’ rights, there’s also a detailed guide to how to put up shelves. The next revolution might start down a side street where the rent is cheap, with a hammer, some nails and a radical vision of how to do things differently

Read the full article here.


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As part of the ICA‘s new plans in the wake of their much discussed difficulties, the ICA Bookshop has had a re-think of direction. Their recent sale cleared away a lot of old titles and they have now re-stocked on many theory titles, both old and new, (including many from Verso, of course!) with the aim to be one of the principal booksellers for philosophy, art theory and cultural theory in the south-east.

Do support them – as well as the ICA being a great venue for seeing many of our speakers (the event with the Otolith Group and Jacques Ranciere on Ranciere’s new book The Emancipated Spectator was superb, and an event last night with Iain Sinclair and Stewart Home on the Restless City – the title taken from our new book Restless Cities, featuring Iain Sinclair, Patrick Keiller and Geoff Dyer – was fascinating) – the bookshop has always been a key place to find the latest in cultural theory and continental philosophy.

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Only this weekend, on the 7th and 8th February

come to the Institute of Contemporary Art’s bookshop!

100s of books, exhibition catalogues, DVDs, VHS, T-shirts and CDs will be on sale only these days!

Take advantage of their huge discounts and support one of the world’s most innovative, leading-edge arts centres.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

This special event will be held from 12-6pm at ICA,Nash & Brandon Rooms, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH.

See here for more details.

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Chris Harman, author of the bestselling A People’s History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium, Philosophy pb DEMYhas a new book out with Bookmarks Zombie Capitalism: Global Crisis and the Relevance of Marx:

A powerful, comprehensive and accessible critique of capitalism from one of the world’s pre-eminent Marxist economists. This book needs to be read far and wide. It is a clear, incisive warning of the massive dangers posed by a ‘runaway system’ and the threat it poses for the future of humanity.
Graham Turner, author of Credit Crunch: Housing Bubbles, Globalisation and the Worldwide Economic Crisis

If you’re in London do check out Bookmarks for the largest and best collection of socialist and left wing literature. Support your radical bookshops!

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Verso 9781844673964 MeltdownEvery week the Independent asks their favourite independent book retailers to recommend 10 books. On Sunday 2 August the Newham Bookshop, London, E13 put Paul Mason’s ‘Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed’ at the top of their list, saying:

“Newsnight’s economics editor explains the financial crisis that brought the global economy to its knees. He records every twist of the drama in this very readable account that, ironically, keeps the tills ringing.”

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London indie near Peckham, Review, has a great selection of books (and seems to be a little Zizek mad!).

It’s also selling the latest issue of Mute, which includes an essay by Peter Linebaugh, author of The London Hanged, co-author of The Many-Headed Hydra and introducer of our new edition of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and Rights of Man. Peter reviews the recent British Library exhibition Taking Liberties and asks ‘if it’s possible to discuss liberty in the absence of equality.’

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