Happy Reading: The Penguin Classics Pop-Up Shop, 25 – 31 March 2019

Happy Reading: The Penguin Classics Pop-Up
Happy Reading The Penguin Classics Pop-Up Shop

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The Penguin Classics pop-up shop is coming to Shoreditch, London from 25th - 31st March 2019.

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 and participate in creative workshops.
By night, events will take place, from live book clubs to a feminist panel hosted by Refinery29. Find out more about each event below.

March 26th
East End Literary Tour
With Henry Eliot, author of The Penguin Classics Book
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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.

March 27th
Beyond the Literary Canon: from Nella Larsen to Audre Lorde
Hosted by Black Girls' Book Club
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Black Girls' Book Club will be hosting a discussion around Nella Larsen's Passing, with canapes and prosecco. This event is for women only.

March 28th
The Original Feminists
Hosted by Penguin Live
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Hannah Dawson, Sara Collins and Sharlene Teo 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. 

March 29th
What the F*** is Happiness Anyway?
Hosted by Refinery29
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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”.

March 30th
The Happy Reader Book Club
Exploring their Book of the Season: Frankenstein
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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.

March 31st
Mother’s Day Candle Workshop
Hosted by Literati & Light
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Treat your mother to a craft workshop and create your own classics-inspired candle based on either Wuthering Heights or Pride and Prejudice.

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