International Women’s Day takes place on Tuesday, March 8 and over at independent bookstore Phlox Books, the day will mark a month-long celebration of women authors at a Connaught Village pop-up.
The entire month of March will be used to showcase women’s books and authors with a focus on women, offering insight into “the female experience through literary form.”
On International Women’s Day, Connaught Village will host the first of these pop-up events with authors Abi Daré and Mona Arshi discussing their debut novels, over an evening of wine from Connaught Cellars, as well as an open discussion.
Abi Daré published the The girl with the loud voice in 2020. It was shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize and tells the story of a Nigerian teenager growing up in Lagos who struggles to pay for education and experiences poverty. He was named as a New York Times Bestseller.
Mona Arshi will talk about her debut someone loves you (2021), which tells the story of a young girl who gives up speaking as she grows up in the world and struggles with her family.
Throughout March, the events will be hosted by Phlox Books founder Aimée Madill, and each will follow the structure of an open discussion between authors exploring themes of the female experience. Aimée founded the independent bookstore Leyton in 2017, and it operates under the mantra of “Books. Biberonner. Café”. The pop-ups at 12 Connaught Street will also function as a bookstore, as well as a platform for female authors during March events.
Phlox Books’ first pop-up event is on International Women’s Day (March 8). Admission is free, but you will need to register here. You’ll find each popup at 12 Connaught Village (events will appear on the Connaught Village site).
You can also find Phlox Books at their usual location, which is 159 Francis Rd, London E10 6NT (nearest station is Leytonstone High Street).