EVENTS at the shop:

11 March 2019 18:00 – 20:00 GMT: A Public Space Books + The Second Shelf Celebrate Bette Howland

15 March 2019 18:30 – 20:30 GMT: The Second Shelf x Ache - An Evening of Readings An evening of readings by women about illness, health, bodies, and pain.Featured writers include Kirstie Miller, Sharlene Teo, Olivia Sudjic, and Thea Hawlin. Drinks and conversation included <3 Doors at 6! Note: This event is sold out.

22 March 2019 18:00 – 20:00 GMT: Book Launch: What Not, by Rose Macaulay Handheld Press joins The Second Shelf to launch their reissue of Rose Macauley’s lost classic What Not. Introduction by Sarah Lonsdale. Rose MacCauley's What Not is a lost classic of women's science fiction raging against eugenics and extremist ideologies in a new age of media manipulation. Published in 1918, What Not was hastily withdrawn due to a number of potentially libellous pages, and was reissued in 1919, but never regained its momentum although it notably preceded Aldous Huxley's Brave New World by 14 years. It is now republished for the first time with the suppressed pages reinstated. Sarah Lonsdale, senior lecturer in journalism at City University London, will join us to introduce the work.

Handheld Press has been nominated for the Bookseller's Small Press of the Year award, for the south-west of England. What Not is £12.99 and will be available to purchase at the event or may be purchased with ticket for a discount. Drinks and conversation included in the ticket price! Doors at 6pm for a 6:30pm start.

Fairs, FESTIVALS, & Conferences:

March 27-30, 2019 AWP 2019, Portland, Oregon


Sept 7-9, 2018: Cardiff Book Festival

Sept 8-9, 2018: Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair

Sept 14 & 15, 2018: York National Premium Fair

Sept 18 & 19, 2018: INK London

May 25 & 26, 2018: London Antiquarian Book Fair

May 15, 2018: Rare Book London: The Book Collector Presents Modern First Editions

Bristol Women’s Literature Festival