Cityread London comes to Camden libraries

Our libraries are hosting free events in April as part of Cityread, London’s biggest annual book club.

This year’s book is Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London, a sizzling mixture of magic, police procedures and murder, which features key scenes set in Camden.

Cityread London is an annual festival of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the city’s inhabitants, workers and visitors. Why not pick up a copy of Rivers of London and join in the month-long programme?

Our libraries will be celebrating Cityread with a range of events and activities.

Ben Aaronovitch, who lives in Camden, will visit Swiss Cottage Library to talk about Rivers of London and his writing career on Saturday 25 April at 4pm. Booking is essential for this free event.

Author Stephen Myers will deliver a free, drop in talk about Camden’s lost and hidden rivers, including the Fleet, Tyburn and Westbourne, at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre on Tuesday 21 April at 7.15pm.

An exhibition, Magical London, reflecting on the themes of Rivers of London and featuring artworks from the Camden art collection, opens at Swiss Cottage Gallery on Wednesday 15 April and runs until Sunday 24 May.

Throughout April, our libraries will have copies of Rivers of London for loan and quizzes available to test your knowledge of the book and Camden. Each library will also display Ben Aaronovitch’s other novels and a special selection of books that echo the themes of this year’s Cityread book: London, secret history, magic, dystopia, crime, fantasy and mayhem. At Swiss Cottage Library, there will be a limited number of free copies of Rivers of London to give away from Wednesday 15 April to Friday 24 April from 1 to 2pm.

Find out more

  • Visit Love Camden to find out more about Cityread in Camden and other events in our libraries throughout the year, and follow Camden Libraries on Twitter.
  • Find out more about Rivers of London and events throughout the city at Cityread London.