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.

Admission is free. To reserve a seat click here.

Donald Judd Writings

donald juddThursday, November 17 at
7:00 pm

192 Books
New York, NY

The conversation will explore Donald Judd’s writing as a process and primary part of his daily life and artistic practice. Rainer Judd, Co-President of Judd Foundation and daughter of Donald Judd, in conversation with Ellie Meyer, Catalogue Raisonné Research Manager at Judd Foundation and former studio assistant to Judd. A reading of selections from Donald Judd Writings will initiate a discussion on the thematics visited by Judd throughout the text including environment, space, history, and time.

Admission is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

David Biello in conversation with Andy Revkin

David BielloFriday, November 18 at 7:00 pm

BookCourt
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY

With the historical perspective of The Song of the Dodo and the urgency of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”, a brilliant young environmental journalist argues that we must innovate and adapt to save planet Earth.

Civilization is in crisis, facing disasters of our own making on the only planet known to bear life in the vast void of the universe. We have become unwitting gardeners of the Earth, not in control, but setting the conditions under which all of life flourishes—or not. Truly, it’s survival of the innovators.

Human Nature chronicles a disparate band of unlikely heroes: an effervescent mad scientist who would fertilize the seas; a pigeon obsessive bent on bringing back the extinct; a low-level government functionary in China doing his best to clean up his city, and more. These scientists, billionaires, and ordinary people are all working toward saving the best home humanity is ever likely to have.

What is the threat? It is us. In a time when a species dies out every ten minutes, when summers are getting hotter, winters colder, and oceans higher, some people still deny mankind’s effect on the Earth. But all of our impacts on the planet have ushered in what qualifies as a new geologic epoch, thanks to global warming, mass extinction, and such technologies as nuclear weapons or plastics.Human Nature examines the world we have created and analyzes the glimmers of hope emerging from the efforts of incredible individuals seeking to change our future. Instead of a world without us, this history of the future shows how to become good gardeners, helping people thrive along with an abundance of plants, animals, all the exuberant profusion of life on Earth—a better world with us. The current era of humans need not be the end of the world—it’s just the end of the world as we know it.

Admission is free.

GIRL: My Childhood and the Second World War

girl_squareMonday, November 21 at 6:30 pm

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

Alona Frankel is a renowned Israeli picture book writer and illustrator, the author of many classic children’s books as well as recently published poetic memoirs for young adults.

This illustrated lecture features a discussion of Alona Frankel’s first book for adults, her memoir about a Polish Jewish girl’s survival hiding as a Gentile in Nazi-occupied Poland.

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

GUTS

guts_fall_2016Tuesday, November 22 at 7:30 pm

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
btwn Rivington and Delancy
New York, NY 10002

GUTS is a bare-bones reading series which encourages experimentation. Writers from a wide variety of styles and life phases are invited to read new work and discuss their practices in an intimate setting. Curated by Dia Felix.

In November, Guts features Filip Marinovich & Masha Tupitsyn.

Admission is free. Click here to reserve your spot.

 

“Is that Kafka? 99 Finds:” An Evening with Reiner Stach and Kurt Beals

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

Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a reading by Reiner Stach from his recent nonfiction book Is that Kafka? 99 Finds, followed by a conversation between the author and the acclaimed translator of the book, Kurt Beals.

In the course of compiling his highly acclaimed three-volume biography of Kafka, while foraying to libraries and archives from Prague to Israel, Reiner Stach made one astounding discovery after another: unexpected photographs, inconsistencies in handwritten texts, excerpts from letters, and testimonies from Kafka’s contemporaries that shed surprising light on his personality and his writing. Is that Kafka? presents the crystal granules of the real Kafka: he couldn’t lie, but he tried to cheat on his high-school exams; bitten by the fitness fad, he avidly followed the regime of a Danish exercise guru; he drew beautifully; he loved beer; he read biographies voraciously; he made the most beautiful presents, especially for children; odd things made him cry or made him furious; he adored slapstick. Every discovery by Stach turns on its head the stereotypical version of the tortured neurotic—and as each one chips away at the monolithic dark Kafka, the keynote, of all things, becomes laughter.

For Is that Kafka? Stach has assembled 99 of his most exciting discoveries, culling the choicest, most entertaining bits, and adding his knowledgeable commentaries. Illustrated with dozens of previously unknown images, this volume is a singular literary pleasure.

Admission is free.

Books & Booze with Diane McMartin and Book Riot Live

brl_bw_onfire-thumbnailFriday, November 11, at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Strand
828 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

Have you ever wondered what wine would pair perfectly with your favorite book? Diane McMartin can help with that. The Certified Sommelier and author of This Calls for a Drink! will be pairing wine with select other Book Riot Live speakers’ books and hosting a discussion and reading with them on Friday, November 11, 7 p.m. at the Strand’s Rare Book Room.

Tickets to this event are $40, include admission, refreshments, and a $15 Strand Gift Card.

After the Election, Now What: America’s Future and Lessons of Leadership, Bob Woodward in Conversation with Bernie Swain

Woodward (Left) and Swain (right)
Woodward (Left) and Swain (right)

Sunday, November 13, at 8:00 pm

 

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.

From Presidents to American and world leaders to the personal lessons learned along the way.

Investigative journalist Bob Woodward and founder of the Washington Speakers Bureau Bernie Swain share the leadership lessons learned and observed over the years. Using his vast background, Woodward explores the successes and failures of Presidents from Nixon to Obama. Presenting case studies in presidential leadership and decision-making, he helps the audience understand where administrations have gone right and wrong in dealing with domestic and international issues and offers his expert analysis, only days after this year’s historic presidential election, of what has just transpired and what he sees for America’s future. Swain, representing the greatest collection of American and world leaders since America’s first agency represented such notables as Mark Twain, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass after the Civil War, explores the turning points in the life of Bob Woodward and some of the 34 leaders of his new book What Made Me Who I Am. What were their most powerful influences? Defining moments? Decisions that contributed the most to their character and accomplishments?

Admission is $38. Purchase Tickets here.

Drunk TED Talks: All Happy Families

23-atlgTuesday, November 15 at 8:00 pm

Littlefield
622 Degraw St.

Welcome to Drunk TED Talks, the world’s premiere source of highly intelligent people talking about weird stuff they care deeply about while extremely drunk (with PowerPoints).

Admission is $5. Event is 21 and over. Purchase tickets here.

Iggy Pop and Jeff Gold: Conversation and Book Launch

totalchaos_iggyappearance_eviteFriday, November 4, at 6:00 pm

Rizzoli Bookstore
31 W. 57th St.
New York, NY

To celebrate the publication of one of the most anticipated books of the year, TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges / As Told by Iggy Pop, Third Man Books is beyond excited to present legendary and legend-making musician Iggy Pop in conversation with author Jeff Gold. This event will be open to the public with admittance first come, first serve.

TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges / As Told by Iggy Pop is the first time the story of this seminal band has been told entirely in Pop’s own words and features a cache of never before seen images. Pop’s candid, bare-all account is the incredible tragic and triumphant story of a group who rose from youth, fell prey to drugs, alcohol, and music business realities, collapsed and nearly 30 years later reformed, recording and touring to great acclaim. In 2010 The Stooges—credited with having invented punk rock—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their continuing influence can be felt today in the shape and sound of rock-n-roll music.

Admission is free.

Conversations & Readings: 21st Century Latin American Women Writers

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Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave
New York, NY

The PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages at the Graduate Center, CUNY, presents two events this fall that recognize the growing number of publications by Latin American women writers. The program will host readings and conversations with writers whose work in Spanish and English challenges critical and literary assumptions. The events will be held in an informal, bilingual format, and will be free and open to the public.

Admission is free.

Europe and America in the Black Literary Imagination

photograph_by_ted_thaithe_life_picture_collectiongettyvillage-1200Saturday, November 5, at 5:00 pm

Albertine
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075

This panel will look at how black authors on both sides of the ocean have engaged the country and culture on the other side. Is France an escape for black authors? Is America the land of individual expression and opportunity? After the Second World War, prominent African-American authors such as Richard Wright, James Baldwin and Chester Himes made Paris their home. French authors have themselves long been fascinated by the United States, and New York in particular. This common interest has fed many authors’ writing, both thematically and stylistically. The essayists and novelist Laurent Dubois, Maboula Soumahoro, Darryl Pinckney and Scholastique Mukasonga will reflect on this mutual fascination and ponder how it has impacted their own work and influenced literature more broadly. But how substantive is this connection—is it myth or reality?

Admission is free.

Norman Finkelstein on “The Ratio of Reason to Magic”

9781939929457Monday, November 7 at 7pm

536 W 112th St
New York, NY

Drawn from nine earlier volumes—nearly forty years of poetry—The Ratio of Reason to Magic provides a rich selection of the work of Norman Finkelstein, whom Lawrence Joseph has called “a master poet writing out and out of our collective poesis.” It also includes the opening movement of Finkelstein’s new serial poem, From the Files of the Immanent Foundation. Equally attuned to the Objectivist tradition and the latter-day romanticism of the New American poetry, steeped in Kabbalah and Gnosticism, Finkelstein’s utopian vision may be seen here to its fullest extent.

Admission is free.