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Ollie on Rough Trade Book Club with Olivia Sudjic

Ollie was a guest on the first Rough Trade Book Club show of 2022 on Soho Radio this week. Listen below to hear him chatting with Olivia Sudjic (author of ASYLUM ROAD), Nina & Will of Rough Trade Books, and host Mathew Clayton about the books he’s been enjoying, what he’s looking forward to reading this year, as well as a few songs selected especially for the occasion.

Big thanks to Rough Trade Books!

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One more quick festive update

From this evening we’ll be staying open a bit longer on most days between now and the 24th, giving you a little extra time to collect those orders.

Thu 16: 10:30 – 8:00
Fri 17: 10:30 – 8:00
Sat 18: 10:00 – 6:00
Sun 19: 10:00 – 6:00

Mon 20: 10:30 – 8:00
Tue 21: 10:30 – 8:00
Wed 22 : 10:30 – 8:00
Thu 23: 10:30 – 8:00
Fri 24: 10.30 – 4:00

The shop is frequently very busy, so browsing online in advance and ordering for collection is absolutely the best approach to ensure that we can keep things moving as quickly and efficiently as possible.

When visiting, please remember that we’ll ask you to wear a mask as well as allowing each other as much space as possible whilst moving around the shop.

Book availability remains pretty good overall, however we are beginning to see some delays with books going to reprint, so our advice is still to order as soon as you can rather than risking leaving it too late. 

If you’re ordering for delivery, please make sure we receive your order by the weekend as the final day for posting in stock items will be Monday 20th.

Okay that’s the update folks! If you’re stuck for gift inspo, take a look at our Gift Guide or drop us a line and we’ll be very happy to help.

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Extended Opening Hours in December

We’ll be open for longer hours than usual throughout much of December, and we wanted to give you plenty of notice to help plan those order collections 📚

Thu 16: 10:30 – 20:00
Fri 17: 10:30 – 20:00
Sun 19: 10:00 – 18:00
Mon 20 : 10:30 – 20:00
Tue 21: 10:30 – 20:00
Wed 22 : 10:30 – 20:00
Thu 23: 10:30 – 20:00
Fri 24: 10.30 – 16:00

Please see our regular hours for all others days, and note that we will be closed on 25, 26, and 27 December 🎄🎁🧑‍🎄

We’re loving working through your big order lists folks, keep ‘em coming!

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Musa Okwonga and Tayo Popoola in Conversation

“Sometimes you forget you are in this migrant body, then the news reminds you.”

Musa Okwonga reads from IN THE END, IT WAS ALL ABOUT LOVE earlier this month at the shop. If you weren’t one of the lucky few that managed to score a ticket for Musa’s event with Tayo Popoola, we’ve just shared a recording of their incredible discussion to YouTube.

Watch below relive a very special conversation exploring radical vulnerability, love, race, loneliness, and family that we felt enormously fortunate to host.

Enormous thanks once again to Musa, Tayo, Rough Trade Books, and everyone that joined us on the night!

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Tice Cin in Conversation with Lola Olufemi

Sad because you missed out on tickets for the launch of Tice Cin’s KEEPING THE HOUSE with Lola Olufemi a couple of weeks ago? Well, you can turn that frown around, because the whole event is now available to watch online

Tice and Lola’s discussion of the book’s unique exploration of the Turkish Cypriot underworld of North London received one of the most rapturous rounds of applause we can remember in some time!

Huge thanks to Tice and Lola, Nicky at And Other Stories, Father William Taylor at St. Thomas’ Church, Martine Sobey at Clapton Commons, and Lou Palmer for recording and production.

Keep an eye out for more of this kind of thing in the coming weeks and months, and in the meantime make sure you grab KEEPING THE HOUSE, which is in stock and available to order for collection or nationwide delivery.

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Ideas for a New Art World: Zarina Muhammad of the white pube with Michael Lacey

We hosted a really excellent conversation last night between Zarina Muhammad of the white pube and artist Michael Lacey (with the white pube’s Gabrielle de la Puente joining via the chat). Watch back below for super insightful chats about the start of art criticism, plus some deep reality TV discourse.

Huge thanks to Zarina, Gab, Michael, Rough Trade Books, as well as everyone who joined us live (shout out interntional crowd!)

the white pube’s new Rough Trade Books pamphlet, IDEAS FOR A NEW ART WORLD, is in stock and available to order for collection or nationwide delivery.

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Nina Mingya Powles in Conversation with Pema Monaghan

We had the good fortunate to host a wonderful and far-ranging discussion yesterday evening between Nina Mingya Powles and Pema Monaghan to celebrate Nina’s incredible new book, SMALL BODIES OF WATER.

Thank you so much to Nina and Pema, as well as all of you that joined us live. Catch up below if you missed it!

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Patrice Lawrence in Conversation with Fen Coles

Yesterday evening we welcomed Patrice Lawrence to discuss her fourth book for teenagers, SPLINTERS OF SUNSHINE, with Fen Coles of Letterbox Library!

Thank you so much to Patrice for offering such generous insights into the book, to Fen for being such a great discussant, and to everyone that joined us live!