We Played With Fire Book Launch with Catherine Barter and Fen Coles
Thursday 4th February 2021, 7pm-8pm
Join us for the launch of We Played With Fireby Housmans co-manager Catherine Barter. Catherine will be in conversation with Fen Coles, co-director of radical children’s bookseller Letterbox Library. The event will take place over Zoom.
We Played With Fire (Andersen Press) is a YA novel inspired by the true story of the Fox sisters, who rattled the bones of nineteenth century America and kick-started the Spiritualist movement with their apparent ability to communicate with the dead. Fen and Catherine will be discussing the radical history of Spiritualism and the rise of political fiction for young adults.
Catherine Barter grew up in Warwickshire, and then lived in Norwich for ten years. After gaining a PhD in American literature, she ditched academia for the lucrative world of independent bookselling. She now lives in London and is one of the co-managers at Housmans Bookshop. With Letterbox Library, she also helps to co-ordinate the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction. We Played With Fire is her second novel.
Fen Coles is co-director of Letterbox Library, a 32-year-old children’s booksellers and workers’ cooperative, specialising in inclusive children’s books. Fen has worked at Letterbox Library since 2005. Prior to this she worked in the LGBT and women’s charitable sector, and taught Lesbian Cultural Studies to adult returners (while completing her PhD in lesbian horror films.) Fen is also co-founder and coordinator of the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award.