Book Launch: The Happy Hypocrite – Tolstoyevsky

30 May 2018

Wednesday 30 May, 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Join us for the Book Works launch of The Happy Hypocrite – Tolstoyevsky, issue 10 (2018) with an evening of readings and discussion from Tolstoyevsky guest editor Virginija Januškevičiūtė, flow editor Elena Narbutaitė, contributor Isabel Waidner, and Happy Hypocrite issue 11 guest editor Erica Scourti.

‘Tolstoyevsky is not a Russian writer; it is a monster of sorts – a chimera, a composite of two and true to neither one nor a sum. It can make jokes (and threats) fly so fast they skip the funny parts. Here it lends its name to an issue that is about how humour is often not humour, or about how it sometimes doesn’t work, and how half our lives are filled with things that don’t work. Which probably means they work, right?’
– Virginija Januškevičiūtė, from the Outro

With contributions and new work by ateate, David Bernstein, Monika Kalinauskaitė, Zoe Kingsley, Erika Lastovskyte, Michael Lawton, Candice Lin, Elena Narbutaitė, Nick Norton, Kim Schoen, Isabel Waidner, and Jonas Žakaitis. Complemented by old work (images, illustrations) from Pierre Bonnard, Giovanni di Paolo, Félix Vallotton and Édouard Vuillard.

Design: A Practice for Everyday Life

Please note that the talk is free but as places are limited, please arrive early to avoid disappointment.


Virginija Januškevičiūtė is a contemporary art curator, writer and producer based in Vilnius who engages in a wide range of solo and group exhibitions, artwork commissions, publications and events. She works at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius (www.cac.lt) and is founding co-editor of The Baltic Notebooks of Anthony Blunt (www.blunt.cc). She curated the XII Baltic Triennial in 2015.

Elena Narbutaitė, ‘we should call her’.

Erica Scourti was born in Athens, Greece and is now based in London and Athens. Her work draws on personal experience to explore life, labour, gender and love in an algorithmic age and has been shown internationally at spaces such as the Wellcome Collection and Kunsthalle Wien.

Isabel Waidner is a writer and cultural theorist. She is the author of three books of innovative fiction, most recently Gaudy Bauble (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2017). Her articles and short fictions have appeared in journals including 3:AM, Berfrois, Configurations, and Minor Literature[s]. A founding member of the indie band Klang, Waidner released records on UK labels Rough Trade (2003) and Blast First (2004). She is a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Roehampton University and the organiser of an event series on queer writing at the Centre for Feminist Research at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Established in 2008, The Happy Hypocrite is a biannual journal led by artists’ writings. Informed by a lineage of modern experimental and avant-garde magazines, such as: Bananas, Documents, The Fox, Merlin and Tracks, this journal aspires to unpack the methodology of such key journals, whilst providing a brand-new approach to art writing.

Book Works is funded by Arts Council England

Event partner: Lithuanian Culture Institute