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Born in the GDR: Living in the Shadow of the Wall
Wednesday 22 Feb 18.30
With Hester Vaizey
Born in the GDR: Living in the Shadow of the Wall, 6.30pm, £2 Join Hester Vaizey to discuss her new book at Bookmarks. Twenty Five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and just as another wall threatens to appear across the US, this is the story of eight citizens of the former German Democratic Republic, and how dramatic changes affected them. All of the people in the book were born in East Germany after the Berlin Wall was put up in August 1961, so they knew nothing other than living in the German Democratic Republic until the GDR itself fell apart. Their stories provide a fascinating insight not only into everyday life in East Germany, but about how this now-vanished state is remembered today, a quarter of a century after the fall of the Wall. Hester Vaizey is a University Lecturer in Modern German History and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge.

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Bookmarks Bookshop
1 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QE
1917: Russia's Red Year
Thursday 23 Feb 18.30
With Tim Sanders
1917: Russia's Red Year Book Launch with John Newsinger & Tim Sanders, 6.30pm, £2 To celebrate the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Bookmarks Publications has produced this beautifully illustrated graphic novel by historian John Newsinger and artist Tim Sanders. It tells the story of those momentous months in 1917 through the eyes of two young workers in Petrograd. When women workers poured out of their factories on International Women's Day, they sparked a revolution. Taking to the streets and calling on others to join them, they launched the historic events that have inspired millions since. Heart-warming and beautifully painted. Gritty, informative and so very relevant to today. Pat Mills creator of 2000AD and Charley's War

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Bookmarks Bookshop
1 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QE
Michael Rosen on The Disappearance of Emile Zola
Wednesday 22 Mar 18.30
With Michael Rosen

When you think of Émile Zola, author of the famous open letter, J'Accuse, Norwood in South London is perhaps not the first place that comes to mind. But it was here that Zola found himself in exile from 1898 to 1899 after fleeing Paris for supporting Alfred Dreyfus.

Dreyfus was convicted of treason for passing military secrets to the German embassy, a conviction that was later overturned, but Zola was one of many outraged at the verdict. He hoped to bring attention to the case by being sued for libel, but he was rather too successful and had to flee when he himself became a target of the government.

Zola is well known as the author of the classic Germinal. He was one of a generation of novelists who used fiction to explore the strange new world of 19th century capitalism. Michael Rosen has written a book that explores the little-known story of Zola’s time in exile.

He traces Zola's footsteps from the Gare du Nord to London, examining the significance of this year and offers an intriguing insight into the mind, the loves, the politics and the work of the great writer. Along the way he makes the case that Zola's stand on anti-semitism helped cause a significant change in attitudes amongst socialists.

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Bookmarks Bookshop
1 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QE
Sound System: The Political Power of Music with Dave Randall
Friday 24 Mar 18.30
With Dave Randall
Musicians have often wanted to change the world. From underground grime artists to pop icons, many have believed in the political power of music. Rulers recognise it too. Music has been used to unsettle the most fundamental political and social conventions and to prop up the status-quo. Sound System is the story of one musician s journey to discover what makes music so powerful. Years of touring, playing and protesting have given Dave Randall a unique insider s view of the music industry, enabling him to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture. He finds remarkable examples of music as a force for social change as well as something that has been used to keep people in their place throughout history. This is a book of raves, riots and revolution. From the Glastonbury Festival to the Arab Spring, Pop Idol to Trinidadian Carnival, Randall finds political inspiration across the musical spectrum and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interests of the many, rather than the few?

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