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.

 

 

The Edge of Everything with author Jeff Giles

Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 pm

McNally Jackson
52 Prince St.,
New York, NY

In The Edge of Everything from Entertainment Weekly veteran Jeff Giles, it’s been a rough year for seventeen-year-old Zoe. She’s still reeling from her father’s shocking death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their home. Then on a terrifying, subzero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in the woods—only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

But X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for them both.

Gripping and full of heart, this epic start to a new series will draw you in and the tantalizing secrets revealed will keep you reading until the darkest hours of the night.

Admission is free.

Apollo Open House

Saturday, February 4 at 2 pm – 6 pm

253 W 125th St
New York, NY 10027

In celebration of Black History Month, the world famous Apollo Theater will host an afternoon of programming when the legendary theater opens its doors to give members of the Harlem community, New York City residents and visitors alike a unique glimpse into the Apollo’s rich history and current programs.

This year’s event is hosted by Billy Mitchell, whose memories and knowledge are so great that he’s known as “Mr. Apollo!”

Admission is free.

Jason Rekulak with Austin Grossman

Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30 pm

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

As Publisher of Quirk Books, Jason Rekulak was responsible for such hits as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. He brings the same creative genius to a novel explores what happens when a fourteen-year old boy pretends to seduce a girl as part of a complex plot with his friends to steal the May 1987 issue of Playboy from the local convenience store, only to discover she is his computer-loving soulmate—forcing him to choose between her and his friends. The Impossible Fortress is a tender exploration of young love, true friends, and the confusing realities of male adolescence—with a dash of old school computer programming. Local author (Soon I Will Be Invincible, You, Crooked) and video game designer Austin Grossman joins Rekulak for conversation, followed by a reception to celebrate the launch featuring a signature cocktail created for the book by The Way Station. Attendees are invited to dust off their best 80’s threads and come in costume for the chance to win prizes!

Admission is free.

Group Reading with Jason Diamond, Chloe Caldwell, Morgan Jerkins, Danielle Henderson and Kat Kinsman

Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 pm

Word Bookstore
126 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Join in for a celebration of new books and fantastic memoir/essay/literary nonfiction writers!

Jason Diamond is the sports editor at Rollingstone.com and founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn. His work has been published by The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Vulture, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Pitchfork, Esquire, Vice and many other outlets. He was born in Skokie, Illinois, but currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, his two cats and his dog named Max.

Chloe Caldwell is the author of the essay collection I’ll Tell You in Person (Coffee House/Emily Books, 2016), the novella, WOMEN (Short Flight/Long Drive, 2014) and the essay collection Legs Get Led Astray (Future Tense Books, 2012).  She teaches creative nonfiction writing in New York City and online, and resides in Hudson.

Morgan Jerkins is a contributing editor at Catapult and a Book of the Month judge. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vogue, The New York Times, The Atlantic, ELLE, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and BuzzFeed, among many others. She has contributed to Book Riot and Michigan Quarterly Review, and has been a Blog Editor for Side B Magazine. She is also an Assistant Agent at Fuse Literary. Her debut essay collection, This Will Be My Undoing, is forthcoming from Harper Perennial.

Danielle Henderson writes about film, television, and pop culture through the lens of race, gender, and class. She is a TV writer (HBO’s Divorce, Difficult People), freelance writer, and a former editor and staff writer for Rookie.  A book based on her popular website, Feminist Ryan Gosling, was released by Running Press in August 2012; you can still buy it, and you probably should. Her memoir, The Ugly Cry, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2018.

Kat Kinsman is the senior food and drinks editor at Time Inc.’s Extra Crispy, former editor at large and editor in chief of Tasting Table, founding editor of CNN’s Eatocracy and former editor and writer for CNN Living. She’s a frequent public speaker and on-air commentator on the topics of food, drinks and mental health, and started the website chefswithissues.com to provide resources for restaurant workers in crisis. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and various animals.

RSVP is encouraged but not required.  Seats and standing room are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Mid-Sentence: Writers in Conversation with Kris D’Agostino and Stefan Merrill Block

Friday, January 27, 6 pm

Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10016

Kris D’Agostino, author of The Antiques (Scribner, 2017), discusses his new novel with writer Stefan Merrill Block.

Mid-Sentence features writers in conversation on the state of literature today.

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

Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell

Tuesday, January 31 at 6:30 pm

Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10016

This illustrated lecture explains how dogs perceive the world through their most spectacular organ—the nose—and how we humans can put our under-used sense of smell to work in surprising ways.

With Alexandra Horowitz, author of the bestselling “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know” and “On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation.”

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

Brooklyn Book Launch: The Futures by Anna Pitoniak

Wednesday Feb 01 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

POWERHOUSE 
28 Adams St.
Brooklyn , NY 11201

In this dazzling debut novel about love and betrayal, a young couple moves to New York City in search of success–only to learn that the lives they dream of may come with dangerous strings attached.

Admission is free. RSVP appreciated: RSVP@powerHouseArena.com

 

Art After Trump

Art after TrumpThursday, December 15 at 6:00 pm

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

Art After Trump: A Response and a Gathering is a marathon-style (no introductions, no hosts) reading hosted by and featuring artists and arts administrators. The results of the 2016 election were a shocking education for many on the realities of our fellow citizens. We asked our 150 performers: as an artist, how are you reacting to this uncertain future? What do you want to say or do? Each performer was invited to prepare a 2-minute performance of any form and any content.

Admission is free. Please RSVP on Facebook.

A Celebration of Shirley Jackson

shirley_jackson_portraitMonday, December 19 at 8 pm

92nd St. Y
Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
Buttenwieser Hall

New York, NY

An evening of readings to celebrate the centennial of Shirley Jackson upon the publication of Ruth Franklin’s new biography, A Rather Haunted Life, and The Lottery: A Graphic Adaptation by Jackson’s grandson Miles Hyman.
“Her stories are among the most terrifying ever written,” wrote Donna Tartt.
Featuring authors such as Ruth Franklin, Miles Hyman, Laura Miller, and Joyce Carol Oates.
Admission is $22.
Celebrate the Holidays with Stéphane Audeguy

audeguy_stephane_author-750x345Wednesday, December 21 at 7:00pm

Albertine
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075

Event is in French. Come celebrate the holidays with French novelist Stéphane Audeguy, 2016 laureate of the Wepler Prize with Histoire du lion personne (Seuil).

Stéphane Audeguy  is an award-winning French novelist and essayist. He studied literature at the University of Paris, where he also taught. He served as an assistant professor at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville between 1986 and 1987. He returned to France and now lives in Paris where he is co-heading the mythical French literary review La Nouvelle Revue Française.

He is the author of La Théorie des nuages (Gallimard/The Theory of Clouds, FSG), Fils Unique (Gallimard), Nous autres (Gallimard), Roma@ (Gallimard), In Memoriam (Gallimard), Les Monstres, (Gallimard).

Admission is free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.

Searching for John Hughes: Jason Diamond & Dana Schwartz

diamond_sliderbFriday, December 9 at 7:00 pm

McNally Jackson
52 Prince St.,
New York, NY

Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know about Life I Learned from Watching 80s Movies, is the first book by Jason Diamond, the founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, whose writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Paris Review, Pitchfork, Vice, Bookforum, McSweeney’s, and many other publications. Searching for John Hughes is Diamond’s hilarious and poignant memoir of how a Jewish kid from a broken home in a Chicago suburb—sometimes homeless, always restless—found comfort and connection in the likewise broken lives in the suburban Chicago of John Hughes’ oeuvre. “With geniality, humor and charm, Diamond explores the ways in which cinematic fantasy can influence, overshadow, and help us to escape reality. This book is for anyone playing out an eternal adolescence,” says Melissa Broder. He will be joined by Dana Schwartz, an Arts & Entertainment writer at The Observer.

Admission is free.

What the Dickens? Seventh Annual ‘A Christmas Carol’ Marathon, sponsored by Penguin Classics

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-12-19-20-pmSaturday, December 10,  from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street New York, NY

Join dozens of terrific writers and performers for a reading of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” sponsored by Penguin Classics.

Drop in early and often to catch a few surprise performers or linger through the afternoon for the whole, spirited tale. All books and 15107461_10155411155134386_6144932288096472674_nmerchandise are 10% off, and the cafe will be stocked with seasonal specials. Finish your Christmas shopping with unique literary finds, have some festive treats from our cafe with a hot cocoa or a glass of wine and enjoy!

Festivities will kick off at noon with Christmas caroling from members of the New York City Master Chorale. The reading of “A Christmas Carol” will begin at 1 PM inside the bookstore and end approximately 4:30PM. Note: Special holiday hours for Saturday, December 10: 10AM – 6PM.

Admission is free. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP on Facebook.

The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods

gefilte-3d2Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30 pm

Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY

This illustrated lecture explores the authors’ mission to revitalize Ashkenazi cuisine with recipes that draw inspiration from Jewish bakeries, neighborhood delis, old-fashioned pickle shops, and their own childhood kitchens.

With Jeffrey Yoskowitz and Liz Alpern, cofounders of The Gefilteria.

Admission is free and on a first come, first served basis.

Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka

konundrumFriday, December 2 at 6:30 pm

Deutsches Haus at NYU
42 Washington Mews
New York, NY 10003

Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a reading by award-winning translator, writer, and editor Peter Wortsman of Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka. He will be joined by Tess Lewis to discuss the release of his new translation of Kafka’s short prose.

In this new selection and translation, Peter Wortsman mines Franz Kafka’s entire opus of short prose – including works published in the author’s brief lifetime, stories published posthumously, journals, and letters – for narratives that sound the imaginative depths of the great German-Jewish scribe from Prague. It is the first volume in English to consider his deeply strange, resonantly humane letters and journal entries alongside his classic short fiction and lyrical vignettes. Transformed is a vivid retranslation of one of Kafka’s signature stories, Die Verwandlung, commonly rendered in English as The Metamorphosis. Composed of short, black-comic parables, fables, fairy tales, reflections, as well as classic stories like In the Penal Colony, Kafka’s uncanny foreshadowing of the Twentieth Century’s nightmare, Konundrum refreshes the writer’s mythic storytelling powers for a new generation of readers.

Copies of Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka will be sold by Archipelago Books at the event.

Events at Deutsches Haus are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. As space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event to ensure you get a good seat.

7th Annual Dumbo Family Holiday Party

holidaySunday, December 4, at
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

POWERHOUSE [Brooklyn/DUMBO]
28 Adams St.
Brooklyn , NY 11201

Join in on the holiday festivities with some holiday and winter-themed book readings! You’ll also have the chance to meet some of POWERHOUSE’s favorite kids books illustrators as they battle each other in a fun, good-natured drawing competition based on holiday-inspired suggestions from kids in the audience!

Participating authors and illustrators include: 

Thyra Heder is the author of Fraidyzoo and The Bear Report, an ALA-ALSC Notable Book hailed by Kirkus as “riotous buffoonery” in a starred review. She is also an illustrator and storyboard artist for film and advertising. She lives in Brooklyn.

Stephanie Graegin has illustrated many popular books for children, including Peace Is an Offering and her brand-new picture book How to Build a Snow Bear. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Caroline Nastro was born and raised in New York City, where she currently lives. She is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and theater director. The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep is her first picture book.

Brett Helquist is the illustrator of the best-selling A Series of Unfortunate Events books, as well as many other popular titles among them the new picture book The Doll People’s Christmas. He worked as a graphic designer before becoming a full-time illustrator. Brett lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Ann M. Martin is the author of many books for young readers, including Rain Reign, Belle Teal, A Dog’s Life, and A Corner of the Universe, a 2003 Newbery Honor Book. She is also the author of the Baby-sitters Club series and the Family Tree series. Ms. Martin makes her home in upstate New York.

Laura Godwin, also known as Nola Buck, is the author of many popular picture books for children, including Oh, Cats!; One Moon, Two Cats; This Is the Firefighter; and Christmas in the Manger. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, she now lives in New York City.

Admission is free. Please reserve a spot here.

PowerHouse Books Launch: Lo-Life: An American Classic by George “Rack-Lo” Billips and Jackson Blount in conversation with Sadat X

1470331112Monday December 5 at
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

POWERHOUSE [Brooklyn/DUMBO]
28 Adams St.
Brooklyn , NY 11201

Jackson Blount will be here to talk about the extraordinary story behind the infamous Lo-Life crew! Members of the original Lo-Life crew will join the conversation. Sadat X will moderate the event.

Lo-Life: An American Classic takes the reader on a trip to New York City in the early 80s—a time when crime and violence ran the streets. The infamous Lo-Life gang emerged from this tumultuous time. Formed by crews of teenagers from the Brownsville and Crown Heights neighborhoods of Brooklyn, they made a name for themselves by dressing head-to-toe in expensive Ralph Lauren clothing, or “Lo.” Polo apparel—and other preppy 80s fashion labels like Guess, Nautica, and Benetton, among others—represented an aspirational lifestyle for these kids from rough neighborhoods just struggling to get by. Fighting for style and survival, the Lo-Lifes targeted these brands, and would acquire them by any means necessary, including stick-ups, shoplifting, and hustling. A reign of terror ensued, when your new winter coat could make you the target for a robbery—or worse.

What started as an informal gang uniform organized around clean designs and bright colors, became a devotion to a lifestyle brand, and eventually created an association between the streets and luxury that would fundamentally change the fashion industry. Lo-Life: An American Classic documents the personal collections of exclusive archival vintage photographs amassed by the crew and interviews with original members, presenting the first comprehensive oral history of this notorious New York collective.

Lo-Life is the remarkable story of a small group of teenagers fighting to make a name for themselves who eventually made themselves seen, heard, and emulated globally.

Admission is free RSVP appreciated: RSVP@powerHouseArena.com or please fill out the “Bookings” form at the bottom of this page.

Experiments & Disorders

2016-12-06-experiments-disorders-combo-image-640x360Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 pm

161A Chrystie St.
New York, NY 10002

Fiction, nonfiction, poetry & performance texts by the most adventurous, cross-genre established & emerging writers.  Curated by Tom Cole & Christen Clifford.

Featuring:

Celeste Finn has studied acting at the British American Drama Academy and Bennington College, Landscape Architecture at the Graduate School of Design and Human Migration, with David Carrasco, at the Harvard Divinity School. She is especially interested in Visual Information, particularly documents narrating spacial timelines and patterns made over landscapes that are relative to environmental migrants, refugees, nomads and missionaries, and finds the term “eco-artist” distressing. She will be reading from Personal Proximity, which stems from a sketch developed for the group show Snuffload at the Oni Gallery in Boston around 2004.

Buzz Slutzky is an artist, writer, and curator whose practice incorporates drawing, sculpture, performance and video. Their work builds upon trans, queer, and feminist traditions with an often humorous and frankly sexual voice. Their writing has included poetry, screenwriting, creative nonfiction, and art criticism.  From 2010-2012, Slutzky was a Curator of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and has continued to organize art exhibitions relating to queerness, humor, politics, and history. Slutzky has exhibited, performed, and screened at at Los Ojos, Cooper Union, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Boston Center for the Arts, La Mama, MIX, Frameline, Columbia College Chicago, Mindscape Universe (Berlin), among others. Mentions of Slutzky’s work have appeared in Artforum, Vice, Art F City, ArtNews, Observer, Hyperallergic, and The New York Times. Slutzky earned their BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2010, and their MFA from Parsons the New School for Design in 2015, after which, they were a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. They currently teach a course in video post-production at the College of Staten Island.

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