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 fuse or scifi[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 Hannah on scifi[at]housmans.com.

Upcoming titles:

Thursday 7th May The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

Tuesday 2nd June Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Thursday 2nd July The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

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


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 9th April Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Thursday 14th May In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

Thursday 11th June Tales of the City vol. 1 by Armistead Maupin


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 14th May Milkman  by Anna Burns

Thursday 11th June Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism  by Yanis Varoufakis

Thursday 9th July A Mouth Full of Blood  by Toni Morrison