Link of the Week: Subway Library

New York’s three major public library systems, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Transit Wireless joined forces to launch Subway Library, an online service that offers free eBook downloads to subway-goers.

The six-week promotion will offer free eBooks, eShorts and excerpts from full-length novels to transit riders by simply connecting to the TransitWireless WiFi at any MTA station. These short stories and excerpts are intended to be read during short half-hour to an hour daily commutes.

Along with this promotion, a Library Train—a subway car resembling the Rose Main Reading Room inside the 42nd Street branch of the NYPL—will alternate running along the 6th and 8th Avenue corridor lines of the E and F trains. Along with the newly designed subway car is a social media challenge where riders can share photos of themselves by Subway Library posters or in the Subway Library train to win one of six possible prizes, including three Amazon Kindle Voyages.

E-books and short stories offered come from the New York Public Library’s permanent collection. Subway Library is powered by SimplyE, the free library eReader app.

Quote“Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”

― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

Born Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto, Pablo Neruda became known as a poet at 10 years old. Neruda wrote in various styles including: surrealist poems, a prose autobiography, and passionate love poems like his 1924 collection, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair.

Neruda was regarded as “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language,” by Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez and “one of the 26 writers central to the Western tradition” in The Western Canon by Harold Bloom. Neruda received numerous accolades including the International Peace Prize, the Lenin Peace Prize, and the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Neruda was a close advisor to Chile’s socialist President Salvador Allende and in fact, Neruda was nominated as a candidate for the Chilean presidency in 1970, but ended up giving his support to Allende, who later won the election as the first democratically elected socialist head of state.  Allende then appointed Neruda as the Chilean ambassador to France from 1970–1972.

A bust of Neruda stands on the grounds of the Organization of American States building in Washington, D.C.

Bad Advice From Bad Women

Thursday, June 8 at 7 pm to 9 pm

Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center
172 Allen St
New York, NY 10002

Your favorite feminist bookstore hosts your favorite writing women for a night of dazzling wit and rudeness. Suzy Exposito, Clover Hope, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, Namara Smith, Brittany Spanos, and Darcie Wilder share their latest/oldest/best/funniest work while Charlotte Shane hosts.

Copies of TigerBee Press books and Darcie’s Literally Show Me A Healthy Person will be for sale, along with plenty other titles from past and future Bad Advice readers.

Admission is free and on a first come-first serve basis.

Jonathan Shaw & Joe Coleman

Thursday, June 8 at 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

Local legend Jonathan Shaw was the first tattoo artist to ever appear on The Late Show with David Letterman. Maybe you’ve seen his likeness depicted by Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Art Spiegelman on the cover of The New Yorker. Or you might know him as the tattooed thug playing opposite Clint Eastwood in the movie Tightrope. You may have seen the magazine Jonathan Shaw founded back in the 90s, International Tattoo Art. Or you could have read his novel, Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes, published by Johnny Depp’s HarperCollins imprint, or his recent visual exploration of tattoo art, Vintage Tattoo Flash.

Now Jonathan is back with a new book that mixes memoir, art, societal observations, and more. This is more than a simple history of an outlaw artist’s creative growth; this is a journey through the underbelly of modern culture, and exploration of the people, places, and events that have defined his life and molded him into who he is today.

Admission is $15. Feel free to purchase your ticket online.

Franklin Park Reading: LaValle, Reynolds, Fierro, Chaffee, Buntin

Monday, June 12 at 8 pm to 10 pm

Franklin Park Beer Garden
618 St. Johns Place
Brooklyn, NY 11211

We’re celebrating our new season with a Summer Blockbuster! Hear provocative new lit from stellar authors Victor LaValle (The Changeling, The Ballad of Black Tom), Jason Reynolds (Ghost, All American Boys), Julia Fierro (The Gypsy Moth Summer), Jessie Chaffee (Florence in Ecstasy), and Julie Buntin (Marlena), cool off with $5 drafts, and get a shot at our authors’ books in our free-to-enter raffle!

Admission is free.

Book Launch: Away with Words by Joe Berkowitz

Tuesday, Jun 13 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Powerhouse @ the Archway
28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street @ the Archway)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Join us for a night of storytelling, jokes, and pun games to celebrate the release of Away With Words! Featuring appearances by Dana Schwartz, Ariel Dumas, Jerzy Gwiazdowski, and the Champions of Punderdome!

Admission is free. RSVP is appreciated. RSVP by either filling out the “Bookings” form at the bottom of this page or sending the name of the event and number of attendees to this RSVP email.

Psychoanalyzing Seinfeld with Sherry Amatenstein and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Wednesday, June 14th at 7 pm

Book Culture
536 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025

Please join us for a special event with Sherry Amatenstein, author of How Does That Make You Feel?, and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, author of Seinfeldia. The two authors will be discussing their books, as well as analyzing the neuroses of Seinfeld characters!

Admission is free.

Link of the Week: Penguin Random House Acquires Apparel Company, Out of Print

Penguin Random House, according to a recent article by Publishers Weekly, has just acquired the company Out of Print, which creates and sells literature themed clothing, accessories, and home goods.

Out of Print was founded in 2010 by Todd Lawton and Jeffrey LeBlanc and “is dedicated to celebrating our favorite stories while promoting literacy in underserved communities.” The company’s mission includes helping to fund literacy programs through each person made from the company. “It also supports the authors, publishers and artists who made these iconic works an integral part

Todd Lawton and Jeffrey LeBlanc

of our lives.”

Penguin Random House intends to “greatly expand its author- and imprint-brand-based merchandising capabilities.” The publisher, through this acquisition, will intend on expanding its “expertise in product sourcing, creation, licensing [and] distribution.” Authors will also be able to capitalize on the success of the retail business by incorporating it into their promotional efforts, including social media, while also building their relationships with readers.

The company, as well as its co-founders, will continue to be based out of their New York headquarters. The pair will also serve as Managing Directors for Penguin Random House, reporting to Alison Rich, VP of Publishing Innovation Development.