Penguin pop-up celebrates Michelle Obama

News - Bookselling Tuesday, 06 November 2018

Bury Place shop open for a week in association with gal-dem

Penguin in partnership with online magazine gal-dem is to open a pop-up bookshop in Bury Place, London for a week from 23 November. The news follows the publisher's announcement of a Royal Festival hall event with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Michelle Obama, who will be the subject of a photographic exhibition at the shop. All the books at the shop will be written by women and non-binary people of colour.

When the shop closes, Penguin will donate the exhibition prints to the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton.

Gal-dem will organise a series of events during the week. So far confirmed are a book club event with Dialogue Books' Sharmaine Lovegrove, a storytelling event with Jinan Younis of gal-dem, and schools workshops on mental health and confidence hosted by Rianna Walcott, editor of The Colour of Madness.

Liv Little, editor-in-chief of gal-dem, said: "We're thrilled to be working with Penguin for the launch of Michelle Obama's book. She's an icon and an inspiration for so many young people and we're honoured to have the opportunity to celebrate her life and legacy."

Viking publishes Michelle Obama's Becoming on 13 November.

Michelle Obama at the RFH

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