Philosophy in the Library: How Women Changed the Course of Philosophy, 1300-1700

Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 pm

Dweck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Christia Mercer explores ideas drawn from medieval Europes most innovative women and shows how their views about self-knowledge, cognition, and truth laid the groundwork for early modern philosophy.

Admission is free. Get your tickets here.

Ron Amato: The Box

Monday, May 1 at 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

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

Ron Amato is a full time Associate Professor of Photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where he has been for the last 12 years, 6 of which as the Chairperson of the Photography Department. He has exhibited extensively in the US and internationally and has been published in a number of anthologies. Amato’s recent work centers around issues of aging in the gay community, diverse images of male beauty, idealized body manipulation, image and social media and embracing same sex attraction.

The Box signing event will consist of a conversation between Amato and the author of the book’s foreword, Hunter O’Hanian, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer at College Art Association (CAA) and the former Director of The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.

Admission is free. Feel free to RSVP on Facebook. if you would like to reserve a copy of The Box, find the link here.

Gender & Power in Russian Literature

Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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

It’s Russian Literature Week (RLW)! This event series will take place May 1-6 in literary venues across New York City and online at www.readrussia.org. RLW is a series of panels, screenings, and in-person conversations featuring some of Russia’s most acclaimed new authors, famed translators of Russian fiction, and several of the world’s leading Russian literature scholars and literary critics.

Admission is free.

National Poetry Month: Celebrating June Jordan

Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

The Center for Black Literature, in partnership with the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College and Brooklyn Public Library, will celebrate the life and works of June Jordan.

Poet, playwright, and essayist Jordan (1936–2002) was one of the most widely published and highly acclaimed African-American writers of her generation. During her career, she produced 27 volumes of poems, essays, libretti, and work for children, June Jordan was also known for her fierce commitment to human rights and progressive political agenda. Jordan engaged the fundamental struggles of her era: over civil rights, women’s rights, and sexual freedom. A prolific writer across genres, Jordan’s poetry is known for its immediacy and accessibility as well as its interest in identity and the representation of personal, lived experience—her poetry is often deeply autobiographical; Jordan’s work can also be overtly political and often displays a radical, globalized notion of solidarity amongst the world’s marginalized and oppressed. Her volumes include Some Changes (1971), Living Room (1985), and Kissing God Goodbye: Poems 1991-1997 (1997) Biography excerpted from Poetry Foundation.

Admission is free. Please be sure to RSVP.

TNR Editor Talks & Book Signing: Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop

Monday, April 24 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Join New Republic editor ERIC BATES and MICHAEL ERIC DYSON, author, Georgetown professor and New Republic contributing editor, in conversation about Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America—Dyson’s urgent, heartfelt, and eloquent new book on race relations in the United States. Read Dyson’s excerpt for the New Republic here: Tears We Cannot Stop.

Admission is free. $5 for a special subscription to The New Republic. Please be sure to RSVP.

Building a Mystery: Four Writers on Crafting Crime Fiction

Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

What does it take to plan a murder? Four crime fiction novelists talk about writing stories that kill. It’s Edgars (TM) Awards week in New York, which means the nation’s mystery writers have come to town to celebrate the genre. In this conversation, four crime novelists will discuss the dark alleys of writing and publishing, and what it really takes to live a life of crime. Featured writers include: Reed Farrel Coleman, Julia Dahl, Lori Rader-Day, and Alex Segura.

Admission is $15. Purchase your ticket online.

Passerbuys x Chandelier Creative Present: Paper vs. Pixels

Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Passerbuys Lounge at Canal Street Market
265 Canal Street
New York, NY 10013

In a climate where print sales are going down and our lives increasingly revolve around stories we read online, publishers are faced with the challenge of grabbing our attention and standing out amongst a constantly expanding landscape of new (and often free) media. As publications seek solutions to this problem from a design perspective, they weigh the options for how to best reach their target audience. Are apps the way forward? Do readers desire more visual content? How can we translate content intended for print into something optimized for consuming on mobile devices?

The panel discussion will explore consumer reading habits and publishing’s use of technology and design in the Internet era with speakers Renda Morton, Executive Director of Product Design at The New York Times, Omar Sosa, Founder & Art Director of Apartamento Magazine, Thessaly La Force, Editor-in-Chief at Garage Magazine and will be moderated by Jorge Balarezo. “Paper vs. Pixels” is part of Truth-tellers & Troublemakers’ salon in collaboration with Passerbuys.

Admission is free. Please be sure to RSVP.

Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street
between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10003

Maureen McLane is the author of four books of poetry, most recently “Mz N: the serial: a poem-in-episodes,” as well as “This Blue”  and “My Poets,” a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography. Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.

Admission is free.

Friday, April 14th at 5:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street
between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10003

Clayton Eshleman is the author of numerous books of poetry, including “Reciprocal Distillations,” “Archaic Design,” and “An Alchemist with One Eye on Fire.” His translations of César Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Aimé Césaire, Antonin Artaud, Michel Deguy, Bernard Bador, and Arthur Rimbaud have earned him numerous awards, including the National Book Award for his translation, with José Rubia Barcia, of César Vallejo’s “The Complete Posthumous Poetry” (1979). Christian Campbell is a poet, essayist and cultural critic and the author of Running the Dusk.

Admission is free.

An Evening with Omnidawn Publishing

Monday, April 17 at 7:30 pm

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY

Founded in 2001 out of the belief that lively, culturally pertinent, and emotionally and intellectually engaging literature can be of great value, Omidawn Publishing has gone on to publish critically acclaimed and award-winning titles. Greenlight hosts an evening with the authors of Omnidawn, followed by a wine reception. Daniel Poppick is the winner of the 2012 BOMB Biennial Poetry Prize, and his work has been praised as capturing “a consciousness hived by the augmented realities of contemporary life,” (Cathy Park Hong); he reads from his newly published debut poetry collection The Police. Margaret Ross reads from her poetry collection A Timeshare, which was selected as one of Lit Hub’s 30 Must-Read Poetry Debuts from 2015. Wine reception to follow.

Admission is free. Feel free to purchase a copy of The Police, A Timeshare, and The Orchard Green and Every Color for $17.95 each.

You Are a Bad Ass At Making Money

Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of You Are a Badass, join Strand for the launch of this life-changing guide to making the kind of money you’ve only ever dreamed of.

Drawing on her own transformation—over just a few years—from a woman with tumbleweeds blowing through her bank account, subsisting solely on Taco Bell, to one who travels the world and stays in five-star luxury hotels, Jen Sincero channels the inimitable sass and practicality that made You Are a Badass an indomitable bestseller. She combines hilarious personal essays with bite-size aha concepts to unlock earning potential and get real results.

After the conversation, Jen will take questions from the audience and sign books. She will also sign You Are a Bad Ass (either purchased from Strand at the event or brought from home).

Admission is $15. Admission plus a signed copy is $25. Pay for admission here.

The Writer’s Wallet

Wednesday April 19 at 7:00 pm

The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th St
New York, NY 10017

Last but by no means least in the Emerging Writers series is a subject of vital importance—managing finances. Offering crucial advice will be Jennifer Baker (Minorities in Publishing, We Need Diverse Books,) financial therapist Amanda Clayman (Financial Wellness Program,) and 2015 5 Under 35 honoree Tracy O’Neill (The Hopeful). Moderated by the National Book Foundation’s Benjamin Samuel.

This event is presented in partnership with The Authors Guild and Electric Literature.

Admission is free. Please RSVP directly from the event site.

David Lehman on “Poems in the Manner of”

Thursday, April 6th at 7:00 pm

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

Enjoy a reading and discussion of Poems in the Manner Of…, the new book from David Lehman. He will be joined in discussion by author Alan Ziegler.

Poems in the Manner Of is an illuminating journey through centuries of writers who continue to influence new work today, including that of respected poet and series editor of The Best American Poetry David Lehman. Intelligent and sparkling, this is a great gift for poetry fans and a useful resource for creative writers. These are poems of wit and humor but also deep emotion and clear intelligence, informed by Lehman’s genuine and knowledgeable love of poetry and literature.

Reserve a copy of Poems in the Manner Of,” here for $18.

Gaspar Orozco & Mark Weiss

Thursday April 6 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop
141 Front Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

An Autocinema reading with Gaspar Orozco & Mark Weiss.

Gaspar Orozco was born in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1971. He was a member of the punk rock band Revolución X in the 1990s and codirector of the 2011 documentary film Subterraneans: Mexican Norteña Music in New York. His work is featured in several poetry anthologies and has been published in literary publications in Mexico, the United States and the United Kingdom. He has translated poetry from English, French and classical Chinese into Spanish.

Mark Weiss has published nine books of poetry, most recently As Luck Would Have It and Dark Season. His bilingual anthology The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry was published in 2009 by the University of California Press.

Grace Paley: A Celebration

Thursday April 6 at 7:00 pm

The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th St.
New York, NY 10017

To coincide with the release of A Grace Paley Reader: Stories, Essays, and Poetry (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), The Center for Fiction will be celebrating Paley’s life with just a small selection of her friends and former students. Hilma Wolitzer, Joan Silber, Victoria Redel and A. M. Homes will remember Paley’s life and work, and her influence on their own writing.

Admission is free. If you are interested in attending, please be sure to RSVP.

Poetry in Motion featuring The Poet is In

Friday, Apr 7 at 11:00 am

Vanderbilt Hall
Grand Central Station
89 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017

In celebration of National Poetry Month, MTA Arts & Design and the Poetry Society of America present Poetry in Motion featuring The Poet Is In. The program is inspired by Marie Howe, New York State Poet 2012-2015, Arts & Design’s de facto Poet in Residence, who is dedicated to bringing poetry to everyone in the State of New York. The Poet is In will feature an array of award-winning poets who will sit in a booth and write poems for those who request one.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Temptress Presents: Saltwater & Lime, Poetry Book Release and Spoken Word Event

Saturday April 8 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 E. 3rd Street
New York, NY, 10009

Who is Temptress Ecanus? She is the feminine alter ego behind Gender Fluid, Spoken Word Artist; Jossie Ortiz, a Bronx poet that speaks up on LGBTQ rights, Mental Illness, Social Alternative Facts & Raw Topics on Sexuality; Love & Heartache.

Admission is $10. Purchase your ticket here.

Women Writing About Mothers and Daughters

Friday, March 31 at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 W 10th St
New York, NY 10003

Co-sponsored with the Women’s National Book Association Moderated by WNBA board member Harriet Shenkman.

Panelists Include:

• Gayle Forman, am award-winning journalist and author whose many bestselling young adult novels include the New York Times bestsellers I was Here, Just One Day, and If I Stay, which was turned into a major motion picture. Most recently she has written her first adult novel, Leave Me.

• Molly Jong-Fast, the author of three book, the most recent of which is The Social Climber’s Handbook and has contributed to the New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and many other newspapers and magazines.

• Betsy Lerner, an agent with Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency, and the author of The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice for Writers, Food and Loathing, and The Bridge Ladies.

• Nadja Spiegelman, the author of I’m Supposed to Protect you from All This, and co-editor of Resist!, a tabloid newspaper of political comics and graphics by mostly female artists.

If you would like to attend this event, please complete registration.

MoCCA Arts Festival

Saturday,April 1 – Sunday, April 2 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Metropolitan West
639 W 46th St between 11th and 12th Avenues
New York, NY 10036

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

Admission is $5 per day. Tickets are sold at the door. Children under 10 are free.

How To Write A Memoir Without Ruining Your Life
Meredith Maran

Monday, April 3 at 7 pm

Book Culture
450 Columbus Ave
Benilde Little

New York, NY 10024

A discussion with Meredith Maran, author of The New Old Me: My Late-Life Reinvention, and Benilde Littleauthor of Welcome to My Breakdown.

Admission is free. Click here to reserve a copy of Maran’s or Little’s books.

Jack’s Wife Freda Cafe Takeover

Saturday, March 25 at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

McNally Jackson Bookstore
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

Stop by the McNally Jackson café on Saturday morning for a treat from SoHo favorite Jack’s Wife Freda. Co-owners Maya and Dean Jankelowitz and chef Julia Jaksic will be signing copies of their cookbook, Jack’s Wife Freda: Cooking from New York’s West Village. Pick up a copy of the book and brunch to-go.

A copy of of the book is $30.

Panel Discussion: Fiction in Foreign Cultures

Monday, March 27 at 7:30 pm

Greenlight Bookstore
Fort Greene Store
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Panelists Include: Deborah Clearman, Ben Dolnick, Lauren Sanders, and Iromie Weeramantry. Moderted by: Aaron Zimmerman

When writers take themselves or their characters to other countries, especially those not their own, is it cultural appropriation or expanding the reader’s world? How do you get under the skin of another culture without sounding like a tour guide, a do-gooder, or an elitist? These are some of the questions Aaron Zimmerman, founder and director of NY Writers Coalition, will ask of four fiction writers at tonight’s panel. Deborah Clearman is launching Concepción and the Baby Brokers and Other Stories Out of Guatemala. Ben Dolnick’s 2013 novel At the Bottom of Everything is set partly in India. Lauren Sanders’ forthcoming novel The Book of Love and Hate is an intrigue that spans the globe from NYC to Israel. Iromie Weeramantry’s short stories take place largely in her home country, Sri Lanka.  A book signing and wine reception follows the discussion.

Admission is free.

Book Launch and Talk: Alex Daly’s “The Crowdsourceress”

Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Kickstarter
58 Kent Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

After helping generate millions of dollars in funding for Kickstarter campaigns like Neil Young’s Pono Music Player, Griffin Dunne’s Joan Didion documentary, and TLC’s final album, Kickstarter expert Alex Daly has teamed up with PublicAffairs to release The Crowdsourceress: Get Smart, Get Funded, and Kickstart Your Next Big Idea.

Join her for a reading from her new book and a discussion of her experiences — and the secrets to her creative Kickstarter success. Stick around after the reading to purchase your copy of the book and get it signed.

Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Red Hen Press Reading: Dan Vera, Ruth Irupé Sanabria, and Francisco Aragón

Thursday, March 9 at 6 pm

Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St
New York, NY 10014

Come join Red Hen Press at Cornelia Street Café and meet three  extraordinary authors: Dan Vera, Ruth Irupé Sanabria, and Francisco Aragón. Get a better understanding of how they connect and diverge personal experience within a wider cultural and historical conversation through their latest poetry collections.

Admission is free. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Classics Book Group Reads Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Saturday, March 11 at 12:00 pm

Word Bookstore
126 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

This delirious 1925 Jazz Age classic introduced readers to Lorelei Lee, the small-town girl from Little Rock, who has become one of the most timeless characters in American fiction. Outrageous and charming, this not-so-dumb blonde has been portrayed on stage and screen by Carol Channing and Marilyn Monroe and has become the archetype of the footloose, good-hearted gold digger (not that she sees herself that way). Masquerading as her diaries, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes follows Lorelei as she entertains suitors across Europe before returning home to marry a millionaire. In this delightfully droll and witty book, Lorelei’s glamorous pragmatism shines, as does Anita Loos’s mastery of irony and dialect. A craze in its day and with ageless appeal, this new Liveright edition puts Lorelei back where she belongs: front and center.

Admission is free. A copy of the book costs $13.95.

I’m Drawn This Way: Cartoonists on Cartooning

Monday, March 13 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

Join the conversation about how these diverse cartoonists draw their lives and those of other women, taking risks in their art and storytelling to challenge mainstream representation of bodies, with wit, horror, and much more! We’re holding this panel for the launch of California Dreamin‘ by Pénélope Bagieu (a nonfiction graphic biography of Mama Cass) and featuring the following amazing panelists: Natalie Andrewson (Adventure Time, The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper), Katie Skelly (Operation Margarine), Julia Gfrörer (Laid Waste), and Whit Taylor (Ghosts). The panel discussion will be moderated by Meg Lemke of the Brooklyn Book Festival, PEN America, and MUTHA Magazine.

Admission is $15.00.

JP Sears & Lodro Rinzler

Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

Satirist JP Sears and meditation teacher Lodro Rinzler are millennials who have been entertaining and enlightening people of all ages for years. On his wildly popular YouTube channel, Sears’s “How to Be Ultra Spiritual” videos have accumulated more than 28 million views, using humor to expose the shadow side of modern spirituality. The author of six books, Lodro Rinzler offers a contemporary take on timeless wisdom, writing with warmth, insight, and humor on subjects from finding meaning in an age of dead-end jobs and digital friendships to navigating heartache and other painful emotions, whether due to love lost, illness, death, or disillusionment with the state of the world.

This event has three ticket options:

• Buy a copy of Lodro Rinzler’s book Love Hurts for $11.66
Buy a copy of JP Sears’ book How To Be Ultra Spiritual: 12 1/2 Steps to Spiritual Superiority for $16.95
Or buy a $10 gift card

 

New Frontiers in Publishing

Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 –  8:00 pm

NYU Steinhardt, Media, Culture and Communication
239 Greene Street, 8th Floor (between West 4th Street and Washington Place)
New York, NY

Publishers are using new technologies and platforms to create, promote, and distribute dynamic content. Hear from the pros at Twitter and Google on how storytelling is changing in the modern world.

Admission is free. RSVP here.

William Daniels: There I Go Again

Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 pm – 8:30pm

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

Emmy Award-winner William Daniels’ long career in film and TV has been studded with roles that have touched millions, even though they might not know his name. George Feeny, KITT in Knight Rider, Dr. Mark Craig in St. Elsewhere, John Adams in 1776–his many roles on the screen as well as the stage have made him countless fans across several generations. With There I Go Again, Daniels guides readers through some of Hollywood’s most cherished productions, offering recollections of entertainment legends including Lauren Bacall, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Mike Nichols, Jason Robards, Barbra Streisand, and many more. He’ll be at the Strand to sign his delightful memoir of a life well lived, and to meet his many fans!

Admission is $26.95 which includes a signed copy of the book.

Media Literacy: Be Your Own Critic

Monday, March 6 at 6:30 – 8:00 pm

NYU Steinhardt, Media, Culture and Communication
239 Greene Street, 8th Floor (between West 4th Street and Washington Place)
New York, NY

Media thought-leaders and front-line journalists examine lessons learned from the 2016 White House run, the prominence of fake news, the status of investigative reporting, and how to know what to believe.

Admission is free for students. $10 admission for non-students. RSVP here.

International Literature Book Club

Monday, March 6, at 7:00pm

McNally Jackson Bookstore
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

On Monday, March 6th, at 7 p.m., join the International Literature Book Group, led by Sarah McNally. We will discuss Sudden Death by Alvaro Enrigue, translated by Natasha Wimmer.

Admission is free.

 

Activists of the Past: What Have We Learned?

Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 pm

The Graduate Center Public Programs (CUNY)
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

What can today’s activists learn from the successes and failures of their precursors? First in this series, we welcome Larry Kramer, an award-winning playwright (The Normal Heart) and author, and a celebrated public health and gay rights advocate. As a pioneering AIDS activist, he co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in 1982 and founded ACT UP in 1987. He speaks with Charles Blow, New York Times Op-Ed columnist and author of Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

Part of the series “The First 100 Days.” Presented with the CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies, the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), and the Ph.D. Program in History.

Admission is free, reservations are required. To make a reservation, click here.

Tim O’Leary: Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face

Monday, February 27 at 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

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

Unexpected, humorous, sometimes dark, and surprisingly heartfelt, here are tales that explore the secret life of men as they pass into adulthood, middle age, and old age confronting lust, pain, guilt, bewilderment, and mortality. O’Leary has won numerous literary awards for his stories and his title story was a finalist for the Mark Twain Award for Humor Writing. The collection fearlessly distills for the reader tinctures of joy, pain, madness, heartbreak, greed, and other components of the human capacity for good and evil, for beauty and ugliness. O’Leary showcases humanity in a fluent, fun read, which will let you peek into the most intimate and the well familiar entrails of existence. Few books around these days possess the capability to bring both a tear to your eye and smile to your lips, within the span of a few chapters, such as this work does.

Tim will be joined in conversation by Stuart Elliott, former advertising/media reporter turned freelance writer at Media Village.

Prior to the talk guitarist Christopher White will perform his song “Dick Cheney Shot Me In The Face.”

Admission is $15. Please click here to purchase admission.

What Editors Want: Writing for the Web

Tuesday February 28 at 7:00 pm

The Center for Fiction 
17 E. 47th St
New York, NY 10017

A must for emerging writers: we’ve partnered with Electric Literature and The Authors Guild to present a series of events aimed at giving you the essentials when it comes to your career. In this first of the series, our panelists Yuka Igarashi (Soft Skull Press, Catapult,) Michelle Legro (formerly of New Republic,) and James Yeh (VICE) will discuss how to pitch for online, and the ways in which writing for the web differs to print. Moderated by Dwyer Murphy of Electric Literature.

Admission is free. Feel free to RSVP for this event.

The Rhythmic Art of Thread

Currently showing now – Friday, February 24 at 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Arsenal Gallery
64th Street and 5th Avenue
3rd Floor

The Rhythmic Art of Thread showcases works in fiber that explore diverse themes of culture, spirituality, historical events, and icons. Contemporary artists merge techniques of quilting, applique, mixed media, screening, fabric collage, and fiber fusion to tell stories and present abstract imagery in textile art. The exhibition features the works of Michael A. Cummings, Shimoda Emanuel, Ife Felix, Laura R. Gadson, Jacqueline Johnson, Jackquelynn Jones, Dindga McCannon, Lisa Shepard Stewart, and 2016 Teen Curators of The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Admission is free.

Color of Comics Exhibition

Thursday, February 16 – February 25, 9:00 am–5:00 pm

Poe Park Visitor Center in Poe Park 
2640 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY
The Color of Comics exhibition, curated by Ray Felix, showcases the private art collections from artist, Ray Felix, and writer, Alex Simmons, along with several talented African-American artists in the comic book industry. Artists include: Paris Cullins, Jerry Craft, Christopher Duckett, Trevor Vonnie Eden, Corey Fields, N.Steven Harris, Jamal Ingle, Carl Kent, Alitha E. Martinez, Khary Randolph, Sha-Nee Williams, and many more.
Admission is free.
Fiction by Black Writers: Who Are the Readers?

Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 pm

Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Does black literature really lack marketability? Author Elizabeth Nunez sits down with Essence book editor Patrik Henry Bass, Random House publisher Chris Jackson, president of the Authors’ Guild Roxana Robinson and editorial director at Akashic Books Ibrahim Ahmad to dissect this assumption.

Admission is $10. If you would like to reserve your ticket, click here.

Art Inspired By…An African Artist

Wednesday, February 22 at 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center 
232 W. 60th St.
New York, NY
Create your own masterpiece inspired by work from famous artists and various art techniques. The Art Inspired By series will include an overview of the artist or technique, followed by a hands-on workshop. This workshop will celebrate Black History Month with inspirational art techniques inspired by an African artist.
Admission is free. RSVP is required. If you would like to RSVP, please call (212) 397-3159.