Happy Reading: The Penguin Classics Pop-Up Shop at 133 Bethnal Green Rd

By on March 19, 2019

The Penguin Classics pop-up shop is coming to London from 25th-31st March 2019, open 10am-6pm each day.

Both a shop and a cultural space, the pop-up will celebrate that these are books to love, not just to study, and will bring together diverse voices to explore, discuss and challenge the literary canon.

Alongside a display of every single Penguin Classic (over 1,200 books) Happy Reading will be a hub for talks, walks, workshops and more.

The space will function as a shop and bookish hang-out where readers can browse titles, spend some time in one of the reading corners with a coffee from Climpson & Sons, and participate in creative workshops.

By night, events will take place, from live book clubs to a feminist panel hosted by Refinery29 UK.

Find out more about each event below.


Tuesday 26th

East End Literary Tour – With Henry Eliot, author of The Penguin Classics Book

From the première of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to Oliver Twist’s ill-fated expedition and the scene of a mysterious disappearance in 1969, we uncover the teeming literary heritage of this extraordinary district of London.

Wednesday 27th

Black Girls’ Book Club – Exploring Nella Larsen’s Passing

A discussion around Nella Larsen’s Passing, with Canapés and prosecco. This event is for women only.

Thursday 28th

The Original Feminists – Hosted by Penguin Live

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.

Friday 29th

What the F*** is Happiness Anyway? – Hosted by Refinery29

What does happiness look like in an age of personal and political uncertainty? A panel of big personalities, including Viv Groskop and Sophie Mackintosh, will focus on the comedy and tragedy of happiness, discussing the moments – and the books – that have fuelled their own personal relationships with “happy”

Saturday 30th

The Happy Reader Book Club – Exploring their Book of the Season: Frankenstein

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.

Sunday 31st

Mother’s Day Candle Workshop – Hosted by Literati & Light

Treat your mother to a craft workshop and create your own classics-inspired candle based on either Wuthering Heights or Pride and Prejudice.

Happy Reading: The Penguin Classics Pop-Up Shop at 133 Bethnal Green Rd starts on Monday 25th of March 2019.

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