Book Groups

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due to the coronavirus situation, book clubs are NOT going ahead in the shop until further notice

feminist sci-fi book club and the fuse book club are meeting online – please email catherine[at]housmans.com for information on how to join.

follow our social media for shop updates or email shop@housmans.com – we will update this page when book clubs resume (you can still order books above)

Housmans Feminist Sci-Fi Book Club

Genderless societies, anarchist planets, polyamorous aliens, parthenogenesis, feminist militias, reproductive dystopias, cyborg families, and more at the new Housmans Feminist Sci-Fi Book Club! This meeting takes place on the first Thursday of every month, 7pm-9pm. All genders welcome.

The chosen titles are available from Housmans with a 20% discount if you mention the book club. Want to join? Email catherine at housmans.com for details.

Upcoming titles:

Thursday 6th August The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Thursday 3rd September  Ammonite by Nicola Griffith

Thursday 1st October This is how you lose the time war by Amal el-Mohtar


Housmans Queer Book Club

Housmans Queer Book Club  reads a wide range of LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction. We meet every 2nd Thursday of the month from 7-8:30pm. All genders are welcome, as are any snacks, drinks and book suggestions you can bring along too. You can find future book club titles in Housmans, a 20% discount can be applied to them if you mention the group.

Upcoming titles:

Thursday 13th August Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin

Thursday 10th September Fair Play by Tove Jansson

Thursday 8th October How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee


Self-care as an act of warfare: A Black women’s reading group

Black feminist writers offer a radical perspective on resistance, resilience and perseverance. Using their literary works, at each reading group, we will discuss and explore topics that reflect the Black female experience.

Held the 3rd Thursday of month. The group is free to attend but spaces are limited. Group members get a 20% discount if they choose to buy the upcoming book from the shop.

If you would like to come, you need to email to be added to the Facebook group: blackfeministreading@gmail.com

The event is open to all women (trans, intersex and cis) of Black African and Caribbean descent. Black non-binary, agender or gender variant people who feel they can contribute to and benefit from attending are welcome.

“Often we give lip service to the idea of mutual support and connection between Black women because we have not yet crossed the barriers to these possibilities, nor fully explored the angers and fears that keep us from realising the power of a real Black sisterhood.” – Audre Lorde, Your Silence Will Not Protect You.

The March reading is Killing The Black Body by Dorothy Roberts
The April reading is The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me by Keah Brown


The Fuse Book Club

The original Housmans monthly book club, Fuse meets on the second Thursday of the month, starting at 7pm in the shop.

This is a friendly, relaxed group, and all book-lovers are welcome. The group reads a lot of non-fiction titles, and some fiction, too. Members are always welcome to suggest the next title, and there’s no obligation to come along every month if you don’t fancy it.

Fuse members get a 20% discount if you choose to buy the upcoming book from the shop.

If you would like to join the reading group, you are welcome to just show up on the evening, but to be added to the mailing list and kept up to date with details of forthcoming meetings, email catherine[at]housmans.com.

2020 upcoming titles under discussion are:

Thursday 13th August Girl, Woman, Other  by Bernardine Evaristo

Thursday 10th September Trans Like Me  by CN Lester