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Unless stated otherwise, all events occur in
Desperate Literature, Calle Campomanes 13, Madrid,
and are not ticketed!

26th April | 20h
reading ‘Minor Detail’


New date forthcoming

with Vesna Maric & Ramzi Nasir 

Join us for an evening of readings and discussion of Adania Shibli’s Minor Detail, ‘A haunting meditation on war, violence and memory, [that] cuts to the heart of the Palestinian experience of dispossession, life under occupation, and the persistent difficulty of piecing together a narrative in the face of ongoing erasure and disempowerment.’ (Fitzcarraldo)

We will read from the book and look at its symbolism, and discuss Shibli’s trajectory as an author whose writing is as political as it is poignant.

Ramzi Nasir is a Palestinian economist and entrepreneur. He was born and raised in Canada and studied in the UK and France before settling in Madrid 15 years ago. He is owner of Plántate Café in Lavapies, host of the Humanities Matter podcast by Brill, and Director of One Democratic State in Palestine – a network of Europe-based advocates for a single secular democratic state in Palestine/Israel. He is working on a book on Edward Said.

Vesna Maric was born in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1976. she left Bosnia-Herzegovina at sixteen as part of a convoy of refugees. She went on to work for the BBC World Service and now writes Lonely Planet travel guides, translates literary fiction and non-fiction from Croatian into English, and writes a variety of journalism for publications including the Guardian. Vesna has collaborated with various artists, including Jane and Louise Wilson, and art projects at the Tate Modern and the London Southbank. Her memoir, Bluebird, was published by Granta in 2009, and was longlisted for The Orwell Prize. Bluebird has been translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Marathi and Croatian. Her novel, The President Shop, was published by Sandorf Passage, US, in 2022, and will be published in French in 2024.

3rd May | 20h
This is Vegan Propaganda

with ‘Earthling Ed’ Winters

Join us for a discussion of Earthling Ed’s first book, This is Vegan Propoganda. Ed will read from his book before opening up for a Q&A.

About This is Vegan Propoganda:
Our choices can help alleviate the most pressing issues we face today: the climate crisis, infectious and chronic diseases, human exploitation and, of course, non-human exploitation. Undeniably, these issues can be uncomfortable to learn about but the benefits of doing so cannot be overstated. It is quite literally a matter of life and death.

Through exploring the major ways that our current system of animal farming affects the world around us, as well as the cultural and psychological factors that drive our behaviours, This Is Vegan Propaganda answers the pressing question, is there a better way?

Whether you are a vegan already or curious to learn more, this book will show you the other side of the story that has been hidden for far too long. Based on years of research and conversations with slaughterhouse workers and farmers, to animal rights philosophers, environmentalists and everyday consumers, vegan educator and public speaker Ed Winters will give you the knowledge to understand the true scale and enormity of the issues at stake.

“Everything you wanted to know about veganism but were afraid to ask. Ed offers a clear insight into the ethical debate around veganism for vegans and non-vegans alike. He explores why the word ‘vegan’ inspires strong emotions and challenges all of us, whatever our dietary choices, to be aware of the decisions we are making. Ed’s approach is to bring logic, philosophy and understanding to a debate that too often descends into chaos. Essential reading.”

― Matt Haig, best-selling author of The Midnight Library

Publically Ed Winters is also known a Earthling Ed. He is an educator, filmmaker, author, public speaker, and entrepreneur based in London whose work focuses on the environmental impacts and ethical implications of our diets.

Ed has spoken at various companies like Google and Facebook, universities like Harvard, Yale, and Cambridge, and co-working spaces like WeWork and Makers of Barcelona.  He has also given two TEDx Talks and been featured by news outlets like the BBC, The Times, EuroNews, and The Guardian