Assembly: Natasha Brown in Conversation with Sara Collins

Virtual Event Virtual Event

13 July 2021 @ 7:30 pm 8:30 pm BST


Join us when we welcome Natasha Brown to discuss her incredible debut novel, ASSEMBLY, with Sara Collins. The event will be streaming via Instagram Live.

Come of age in the credit crunch. Be civil in a hostile environment. Step out into a world of Go Home vans. Go to Oxbridge, get an education, start a career. Do all the right things. Buy a flat. Buy art. Buy a sort of happiness. But above all, keep your head down. Keep quiet. And keep going.

The narrator of Assembly is a Black British woman. She is preparing to attend a lavish garden party at her boyfriend’s family estate, set deep in the English countryside. At the same time, she is considering the carefully assembled pieces of herself. As the minutes tick down and the future beckons, she can’t escape the question: is it time to take it all apart?

Assembly is a story about the stories we live within – those of race and class, safety and freedom, winners and losers. And it is about one woman daring to take control of her own story, even at the cost of her life.

Natasha Brown has worked in the financial services for the last ten years and studied Maths at Cambridge University. She developed ASSEMBLY after receiving a 2019 London Writers Award in the literary fiction category and lives in London.

Sara Collins is of Jamaican descent and grew up in Grand Cayman. She studied law at the London School of Economics and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years, before admitting that what she really wanted to do was write novels. She obtained a Master’s degree in Creative Writing with distinction from Cambridge University, where she was the 2015 recipient of the Michael Holroyd Prize. In 2016, she was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish prize for The Confessions of Frannie Langton, her first novel, a gothic romance about the twisted love affair between a Jamaican maid and her French mistress in 19th century London.

Dead Souls: Sam Riviere in Conversation with Lucy Mercer

Virtual Event Virtual Event

7 June 2021 @ 7:30 pm 8:30 pm BST


Join us when we welcome Sam Riviere to read from and discuss his acclaimed debut novel, DEAD SOULS, with Lucy Mercer. The event will be streaming via Instagram Live.

‘I first heard about Solomon Wiese on a bright, blustery day on the South Bank…’

Later that evening, at the bar of the Travelodge near Waterloo Bridge, our unnamed narrator will encounter that very same Solomon Wiese.

In a conversation that lasts until morning, he will hear Solomon Wiese’s story of his spectacular fall from grace.

A story about a scandal that has shaken the literary world and an accusation of serial plagiarism.

A story about childhood encounters with nothingness and a friend’s descent into psychosis; about conspiracies and poetry cults; about a love affair with a woman carrying a signpost and the death of an old poet.

A story about a retreat to the East Anglian countryside and plans for a triumphant return to the capital, through the theft of poems, illegal war profits and faked social media accounts – plans in which our unnamed narrator discovers he is obscurely implicated…

A story that will take the entire night – and the remainder of the novel – to tell.

Sam Riviere is the author of the poetry books 81 Austerities (2012), Kim Kardashian’s Marriage (2015), and After Fame (2020), all published by Faber & Faber, as well as numerous limited-edition titles. Born in Norwich, he currently lives in Edinburgh, where he runs the micropublisher If a Leaf Falls Press. DEAD SOULS is his first novel, and is published by W&N in the U.K. and Catapult in the U.S.A.

Lucy Mercer‘s debut poetry collection, EMBLEM, is forthcoming from Prototype in 2022. She lives in London.

100 Boyfriends: Brontez Purnell in Conversation with Huw Lemmey

Virtual Event Virtual Event

2 June 2021 @ 7:30 pm 8:30 pm BST


We’re truly delighted to be welcoming Brontez Purnell for the UK launch of his new book, 100 BOYFRIENDS. Brontez will be joined in conversation by Huw Lemmey, and the event will be streaming via Instagram Live.

Transgressive, foulmouthed, and wildly funny, 100 BOYFRIENDS is a filthy, unforgettable, and brutally profound ode to messy queer love. From one-night stands to recurring lovers, Brontez Purnell’s characters expose themselves to racist neighbours, date Satanists, and drink their way out of trouble, all the while fighting – and often losing – the urge to self-sabotage.

Brontez Purnell is a writer, musician, dancer, filmmaker, and performance artist. He is the author of a graphic novel, a novella, a children’s book, and the novel Since I Laid My Burden Down. The recipient of a 2018 Whiting Writers’ Award for Fiction, he was named one of the 32 Black Male Writers of Our Time by The New York Times Magazine. Purnell is also the frontman for the band the Younger Lovers, a co-founder of the experimental dance group the Brontez Purnell Dance Company, the creator of the renowned cult zine Fag School, and the director of several short films, music videos, and the documentary Unstoppable Feat: The Dances of Ed Mock. He lives in Oakland, California.

Huw Lemmey is a novelist and essayist based in Barcelona. He is the author of three novels: Unknown Language (2020), Red Tory (2019) and Chubz (2014), and co-host of the podcast Bad Gays.

The Other Black Girl: Zakiya Dalila Harris in Conversation with Black Girls Book Club

25 May 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm BST


We’re delighted to be partnering with Black Girls Book Club as the bookseller for their event with Zakiya Dalila Harris!

All pre-ordered copies of THE OTHER BLACK GIRL will automatically include a ticket for the virtual event on 25 May. If you’d like to attend, just head to our webshop and pre-order a copy, and look out for event access information by email on the afternoon of the event.

Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and the micro-aggressions, she’s thrilled when Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events cause Nella to become Public Enemy Number One and Hazel, the Office Darling.

Then the notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk: LEAVE WAGNER. NOW.

It’s hard to believe Hazel is behind these hostile messages. But as Nella starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play, she soon realises that there is a lot more at stake than her career.

A whip-smart and dynamic thriller and sly social commentary, The Other Black Girl will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last twist.

Posted on

Rivers Solomon in Conversation with Ama Josephine Budge

This evening we welcomed Rivers Solomon to read from and discuss faer extraordinary new novel SORROWLAND, with Ama Josephine Budge. Watch the event back below if you missed it, and head to our webshop to nab a signed copy of the book.

Huge, huge thanks to Rivers and Ama for a warm and generous discussion, and thank you also to everyone who joined us live!

Sorrowland: Rivers Solomon in Conversation with Ama Josephine Budge

Virtual Event Virtual Event

7 May 2021 @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm BST


We are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming Rivers Solomon for a virtual event to celebrate the arrival of faer hugely anticipated third novel, SORROWLAND. Rivers will be joined in conversation by writer and artist Ama Josephine Budge.

Vern, a Black woman with albinism, is hunted after escaping a religious compound, then she discovers that her body is changing and that she is developing extra-sensory powers.

Alone in the woods, she gives birth to twins and raises them away from the influence of the outside world. But something is wrong – not with them, but with her own body. It’s itching, it’s stronger, it’s… not normal.

To understand her body’s metamorphosis, Vern must investigate not just the secluded religious compound she fled but the violent history of dehumanisation, medical experimentation, and genocide that produced it. In the course of reclaiming her own darkness, Vern learns that monsters aren’t just individuals, but entire histories, systems, and nations.

Rivers Solomon is an anarchist, a dyke, a she-beast, an exile, a shiv, a wreck, and a refugee of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Fae write about life in the margins, where they are much at home.

In addition to appearing on the Stonewall Honor List and winning a Firecracker Award, Solomon’s debut novel AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS was a finalist for a Lambda, a Hurston/Wright, a Tiptree, and a Locus Award, among others. Solomon’s second book, THE DEEP, based on the Hugo-nominated song of the same name by experimental hip-hop group clipping, was the winner of the 2020 Lambda Award and is on the shortlist for a Nebula, Locus, and Hugo award.

Solomon’s short work appears in or is forthcoming from Black Warrior Review, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Guernica, Best American Short Stories and elsewhere. Fae live in the UK.

Ama Josephine Budge is a Speculative Writer, Artist, Curator and Pleasure Activist whose praxis navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism. Ama’s speculative fiction and essays have been commissioned and published internationally, including by Anathema Spec from the Margins, the Architectural Review, the Feminist Review, Aperture, Whitechapel Gallery and more. Ama was nominated for the 2021 Arts Foundation Environmental Writing Award, and is working on her first novella a speculative meditation on trees, queer erotics and isolation.
Ama is the recipient of the 2020 Local, International and Planetary Fictions Fellowship with Curatorial Frame (Helsinki) and EVA International (Limerick), and will be researching the topic Pleasurable Ecologies – Formations of Care: Curation as Future-building. Ama is also a member of Queer Ecologies, initiator of the Apocalypse Reading Room project and a recipient of 2020 Bernie Grant Micro commission funding.

Posted on

Chris Power & Lauren Oyler in Conversation

Yesterday we welcomed Hackney’s Chris Power and New York’s Lauren Oyler to discuss their respective debut novels, A LONELY MAN, and FAKE ACCOUNTS, and it was an absolute delight! Huge thanks to Chris and Lauren for their insights into autofiction, ghost-writing, and Berlin, as well as everyone who joined us live and offered such thoughtful questions and responses. Catch up below if you missed it!

Chris Power & Lauren Oyler in Conversation

Virtual Event Virtual Event

28 April 2021 @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm BST


Join us as we welcome two authors whose respective debut novels have been met with universal acclaim: Chris Power, author of A LONELY MAN, and Lauren Oyler, author of FAKE ACCOUNTS. The event will be streaming via Instagram Live.

Robert is a struggling writer living in Berlin with his wife and two young daughters. One night he meets Patrick, an enigmatic stranger with a sensational story to tell: a ghostwriter for a Russian oligarch – recently found hanged – who is now being followed. But is he really in danger? Patrick’s life strikes Robert as a fabrication, but one that comes to obsess him. He decides to use the other man, and his story.

An elegant and atmospheric twist on the cat-and-mouse narrative, A Lonely Man is a novel of shadows, of the search for identity and the elastic nature of truth. As his association with Patrick hurtles towards tragedy, Robert must decide: are actual events the only things that give a story life, and are some stories too dangerous to tell?

Chris Power is the author of Mothers, which was longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize and shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. He lives in London. His debut novel, A LONELY MAN, was published by Faber & Faber in April 2021.

On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, a young woman snoops through her boyfriend’s phone and makes a startling discovery: he’s an anonymous Internet conspiracy theorist, and a popular one at that. Already fluent in Internet fakery, irony, and outrage, she’s not exactly shocked by the revelation. But this is only the first in a series of bizarre twists that expose a world whose truths are shaped by online lies.

Suddenly left with no reason to stay in New York – or be anywhere in particular – she flees to Berlin, and embarks on her own cycles of manipulation in the deceptive spaces of her daily life, from dating apps to expat social events, open-plan offices to bureaucratic waiting rooms.

Narrated in a voice as seductive as it is subtly subversive, Fake Accounts is a wry, provocative and very funny debut novel about identity and authenticity in the age of the internet.

Lauren Oyler is a New York-based writer who was born and raised in West Virginia, and spends a lot of time in Berlin. Her essays on books and culture have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of BooksHarper’s, the GuardianNew York Magazine’s The Cut, Bookforum, the Baffler, the New Republic, and elsewhere. Her first novel, FAKE ACCOUNTS, was published by 4th Estate in February 2021.