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Festival America Launches in London

Dulwich Books will host an event with Jonathan Ames (25 September) as part of Festival America, the much-lauded French festival which makes its debut in London this year (24-27th September) in venues around Traflagar Square and in Dulwich. Founded in Paris in 2002,  Festival America celebrates the finest contemporary writing from the Americas. In its inaugural year, the focus country is Canada and the festival will welcome some of the country’s most celebrated writers and debut novelists to London including Patrick DeWitt, Andrée Michaud, Heather O’Neill, Michael Redhill and Guy Vanderhaeghe. They will speak alongside writers from North America including Nathan Hill, Sarah Churchwell, Jonathan Ames and Ivy Pochoda. Jonathan Ames is the creator of TV series including Blunt Talk and Bored to Death; he is also the author of the novel You Were Never Really Here, made into a movie starring Joaquin Phoenix. His 1998 novel the Extra Man riffs on New York high society and is a tale of friendship and frustration, cocktails and cross-dressing. Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott’s novel portrays Truman Capote and his betrayal of the women he appeared to need and adore – his Swans, inhabitants of the upper East Side who gave him an entrée and …

Dads Don’t Babysit

James Millar is a political journalist and author living in East Dulwich with his partner and two primary school-aged children. His latest book, Dads Don’t Babysit, published on September 14, looks at why men don’t take on more of the childcare in most families despite saying that they want to and what can be done to change that. East Dulwich appears a bastion of parental progressiveness. Go to any of the many rhyme time or little swimmers or baby gym sessions and there’ll be a dad there with his little one. But only one dad. Or at best a handful, compared to many more mums or even grannies looking to entertain their offspring. That’s because women are better suited to childcare. Or just like doing it more than men. Right? Cobblers. Men want to spend more time with their families and the weight of evidence shows that they are just as capable of parenting as their female partners. But there’s a ‘paternity gap’ – a difference between what men say they want and what actually …

Autumn events at Village Books

Village Books has a busy programme of events this autumn. Here are a few of the highlights… Susan Calman Thursday 6th September 19.30 Susan’s enthusiasm at being on Strictly Come Dancing was an inspiration to all of us. Cheer Up Love, Susan’s first book, had a clear aim: to help people understand depression. Sunny Side Up has a similarly clear path: to persuade people to be kinder to each other and spread more joy. Let Susan bring some fun and laughter into your evening on Thursday 6th September. JAGS Community Hall. Book tickets here   Paris Through the Eyes of Sebastian Faulks 12th September 19.30 Sebastian Faulks is a giant of our contemporary literary world. Since his 1993 novel Birdsong captured the imagination of readers across the country. Join us on 12th September for an evening with Sebastian as he chats about his writing, his loves and how Paris Echo came about. MCT at Alleyns School. Book tickets here Sir Chris Hoy Monday 17th September 19.00 Sir Chris Hoy MBE, one of Great Britain’s most successful Olympic …

Damian Le Bas at Dulwich Books

Damian Le Bas grew up surrounded by Gypsy history. His great-grandmother would tell him stories of her childhood in the ancient Romani language – the places her family stopped and worked, the ways they lived, the superstitions and lores of their people. But his own experience of life on the road was limited to Ford Transit journeys from West Sussex to Hampshire to sell flowers. In a bid to better understand his Gypsy heritage, the history of the Britain’s Romanies and the rhythms of their life today, Damian set out on a journey to discover the atchin tans, or stopping places – the old encampment sites known only to Travellers. Through winter frosts and summer dawns, from horse fairs to Gypsy churches, neon-lit lay-bys to fern-covered banks, Damian lived on the road, somewhere between the romanticised Gypsies of old, and their much-maligned descendants of today. In his powerful and soulful debut The Stopping Places, a Radio 4 Book of the Week, Damian le Bas tells the story of his journey, and what we can all …

Fits and Starts – A memoir of living with Epilepsy

‘Fits and Starts – A memoir of living with Epilepsy’ by Franziska Thomas I am writing this because I can, because time really does heal all and because I need to start being honest. I have epilepsy. I was diagnosed with tonic clonic seizures aged 15. I’m never going to get better, but I will get worse and then improve. There will be moments of suffocation, recovery, elation, frustration followed by a return to half- normality before the process starts all over again. I will be high, and I will be low, but whoever I am, wherever I go, my life will be measured from the floor up. The title of my book ‘Fits and Starts’ is if nothing else recognition of what it’s like living with epilepsy and two small children. Nothing runs according to plan, most of what I do is at best chaotic and at worst chaos. Everything I do is on fast forward. I talk quickly. I move quickly. I eat quickly. I exist quickly. I am a devoted follower of the …