The London Library, the 175-year-old members' library in St James Square, London, is working with Bloomsbury's public events series The Bloomsbury Institute to co-curate a number of events, in a partnership both parties predict will continue for "years to come".
The events will "embrace the strengths of the Library's one-million-strong lending collection and the excellence of Bloomsbury's publishing".
The first event, featuring Diane Atkinson discussing her history Rise Up Women!, charting the fight for women's suffrage, will take place in the Library's Reading Room on 5th July. Events with Mohammed Hanif, discussing his novel Red Birds, and Agnes Poirier talking about Left Bank Art: Passion and the Rebirth of Paris, 1940-1950, will follow in October and November, also at the Library. All events will be open to London Library members and non-members alike.
Further events in 2019 will be held at the Bloomsbury office in Bedford Square.
London Library director Philip Marshall said: "The series of events we have co-curated promises to be thought-provoking and entertaining and we are excited to welcome new audiences into The London Library, a place of inspiration for so many. We look forward to continuing our collaborative work with the Bloomsbury Institute over the years to come." Bloomsbury chief executive Nigel Newton added: "I'm very pleased about this new partnership of the Bloomsbury Institute with the London Library. As a library where many Bloomsbury authors research and write their books, this collaboration is a good one. We look forward to staging author events together in the months and years to come."
Past members of the Library, founded by Thomas Carlyle, have included Charles Dickens, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf. Current members include Kazuo Ishiguro, Philippa Gregory, Simon Schama and Victoria Hislop.