Encouraging debate vs promoting hate speech : Cancelling Gilad Atzmon

As some of you will be aware, the bookshop was recently asked to be a venue for Gilad Atzmon.

Naively I agreed, not knowing much about him and not having much time to decide. Then I cancelled. Then I backtracked and reinstated the event, but I have decided, finally, to formally cancel this event. This decision was surprisingly hard to make, and I would like to explain how we came to it, and why it was important to do so.

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(re)Launch Party : Tuesday 9th May

The official opening of the Lighthouse Radical Bookshop kicks off at 7.30pm on Tuesday the 9th of May, 2017 – We’ve celebrated the end of an era, now it is time to ring in a new age!

Join us to toast new beginnings, have a nosey, ask questions and hear all about plans for the years ahead.  There will be wine, merriment and readings from bookshop favourites – ALL ARE WELCOME.

Our launch night readers are Kirsty Logan, Regi Claire and Daniel Gray, here’s a little more about them.

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Our History: Word Power Books

Word Power Books is steeped in history – a bookshop, publisher, and online store, as well as the host of innumerable events, not least the annual august Book Fringe and the autumn’s Radical Book Fair. Launched in 1994 as a little shop in Edinburgh’s southside by Elaine Henry, the last 23 years have earned Word Power a reputation as a stalwart of the left, staunchly, unapologetically political and socially engaged – a place of hope and engagement.

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Building a Bookshop

It is inevitable that if you’ve been open as long as we have, and all you really want to do is talk about books, some TLC and paint can become a little overdue. So the last few weeks have been spent painting and flooring, drilling, sawing and shelving! On April 24th we re-opened a refreshed version of our old self, a bookshop that is bright and airy, with comfy chairs for browsing stacks of books and a boiler always on the go for the next cuppa.

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