Saturday 16 March 2019

Penguin Classics' Happy Reading Pop-up Book Shop in Shoreditch

Penguin Classics is opening a pop-up shop & event space called Happy Reading at 133 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, from Monday 25th - Sunday 31st March 2019.   It will sell and display all 1,237 books in the Penguin Classics range, and also host lots of events in the store, including a book club, and a candle-making workshop for Mother's Day on Sunday 31st.

"On 25 March 2019, Penguin Classics is launching Happy Reading, its first ever pop-up bookshop in Shoreditch to celebrate reading for pleasure and the special books that impact our lives.
Showcasing the range and diversity of world literature, the space will display a single copy of each of the 1,257 books in the world-renowned Penguin Classics list. Happy Reading is both a shop and a cultural space for readers to explore, discuss and challenge the literary canon.
During the evenings, the space will host a range of events and workshops. Confirmed events include a Mother’s Day candle making workshop with Literati & Light, a panel discussion on happiness in partnership with Refinery29 and an event focussing on women in the canon with Penguin Live.
Tickets can be bought from the Penguin Live website.
Events schedule:
Black Girl's Book Club - March 27
Black Girl's Book Club will be hosting a discussion around Nella Larsen's Passing, with canapes and prosecco. This event is for women only.
The Original Feminists - Hosted by Penguin Live - March 28
A look at the ways in which classics have influenced modern feminist thinking and how themes that were written about through the centuries are still relevant today. A panel discussion with special guests, Hannah Dawson, Sara Collins and Sharlene Teo.
What the F*** is Happiness Anyway? - Hosted by Refinery29 - March 29
What does happiness look like in an age of personal and political uncertainty? Featuring a panel of big personalities focusing on the comedy and tragedy of happiness, discussing the moments - and the books - that have fuelled their own personal relationships with “happy”.
The Happy Reader Book Club - Exploring their Book of the Season: Frankenstein - March 30
A magazine from Penguin Classics and the publishers of Fantastic Man and The Gentlewoman, The Happy Reader is a biannual exploration of a single Classic through art, fashion, music and more. Join us for conversation around Mary Shelly’s gothic novel.
Mother’s Day Candle Workshop - Hosted by Literati & Light - March 31
Treat your mother to a craft workshop and create your own classics-inspired candle based on either Wuthering Heights or Pride and Prejudice."

When - Monday 25th March - Sunday 31st March 2019

Where - Where - 133 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG


Get directions with Citymapper

Link - Booking page for events

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