EVENTS at the shop:

22 August, 2019: The Second Shelf Salon: Sarah Henstra

Join us in welcoming Sarah Henstra, author of The Red Word, to The Second Shelf. Sarah will perform a reading from her book before joining The Second Shelf's Managing Editor Lucy Scholes in a discussion about the novel. This will be followed by a short audience Q&A. Drawing on Greek mythology to comment on contemporary rape culture, The Red Word is a gripping story of frat parties and radical feminism on an unnamed Ivy League American university campus in the 1990s.

Sarah Henstra is Associate Professor of English Literature at Ryerson University. She is the author of Mad Miss Mimic, a historical tale for young adults, and We Contain Multitudes. The Red Word is her first work of adult fiction and won the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award. Sarah lives in Toronto, Canada. Tickets here.

29 August, 2019: Women In Translation By English Pen / Tilted Axis Press + Khairani Barokka

August is Women in Translation Month, a time to ask whose voices are – and aren't – heard in literature.

Women and nonbinary people are translated less than male writers, and Western writers are translated more than non-Western writers. So who gets translated and who gets to translate? How are linguistic and literary decolonisation linked? And how do these questions manifest for women and non-binary writers and translators?

Writer-activist Khairani Barokka and others will be exploring some of these questions in a special event organised with English PEN and Tilted Axis Press.

Khairani Barokka (b. 1985) is a writer, poet, and interdisciplinary artist. She has also been a highly prolific practitioner of think/do advocacy in the arts, particularly on the ways in which innovation in storytelling can increase inclusion and access for and by disability cultures and feminisms (both of which she is happy to be a part of). Born in Jakarta, Okka works, teaches, and is published internationally. Her first book as sole author, a poetry-art production entitled Indigenous Species, was published in December 2016 by Tilted Axis Press. Her first full-length poetry collection, Rope, was published by Nine Arches Press (UK) in 2017. Okka is currently poet-in-residence at Modern Poetry in Translation.

Hannah Trevarthen is the Interim Director of English PEN. She joined English PEN in January 2015. Previously, she worked for four years as Assistant Programmer at Edinburgh International Book Festival. She manages PEN’s year round programme of high-profile events. Hannah has an MA in Cultural Policy and Management from Sheffield Hallam University. Tickets here.

Fairs, FESTIVALS, & Conferences:

5 Sept 2019: Beyond Brontë: The Essential Act of Collecting Books by Women, AN Devers at The Smithsonian Libraries

Sept 7-8 2019: Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair

Sept 14 & 15, 2019: York National Book Fair


24 July, 2019: The Second Shelf X Ache18 July, 2019: Iris Murdoch Centenary Readings and Panel Discussion at The Second Shelf

16 July, 2019: GRITS, by Lili Hamlyn at The Second Shelf

28 June, 2019: Book Launch: Sofia Coppola: The Politics of Visual Pleasure, by Anna Backman Rogers

11 July, 2019: Ariana Reines X The Second Shelf

4 July, 2019: A Celebration of Elizabeth Hardwick at The Second Shelf

26 June, 2019: Esmé Weijun Wang at The Second Shelf

20 June, 2019: The Second Shelf Salon: Sara Collins

19 June, 2019: Book Launch: Rules for Visiting, by Jessica Francis Kane

13 June, 2019: Book Launch: insect & lilac, by Amy Key and Rebecca Perry

7 June, 2019: Books and Books by Women with A N Devers, at Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair

June 6-7, 2019 London Antiquarian Book Fair

6 June, 2019: Book Launch: The Ungrateful Refugee, by Dina Nayeri

31 May, 2019: Book Launch, Blitz Writing, by Inez Holden

23 May, 2019: The Second Shelf Salon: Wayétu Moore

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

22 March, 2019: Book Launch: What Not, by Rose Macaulay

15 March, 2019: The Second Shelf x Ache - An Evening of Readings

11 March, 2019: A Public Space + The Second Shelf Celebrate Bette Howland


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