ThinkOlio Presents: Free as Gods: Picasso, Calder and Artists at Home in the Theater

Friday, July 7 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

More than just stars on the art scene, Picasso and Calder took center stage in the world of theater. In 1917 Picasso fell in love with a ballerina in the Ballets Russes while creating scenery and costumes for his collaboration with Satie on the pathbreaking dance work, Parade. His stage designs changed the course of his painting. Alexander Calder, who has a major show at the Whitney this summer, created his famous Circus as well as the set for Satie’s opera Socrate and many other theater works.

Cultural historian Charles A. Riley II, author of Free as Gods, will share the backstage secrets of Picasso, Calder, Leger, Chagall, Hockney, Kentridge, and many other contemporary artists who have found a home in the theater.

Admission is $20. Reserve your seat online.

Columbus: Koi A Modern Folktale

Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 pm

Book Culture
450 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024

Harper’s Magazine present  Koi: A Modern Folktale by Margery Gray Harnick, Matt Harnick, and Sheldon Harnick.

Koi are unusually beautiful creatures. Perhaps because of their unusual beauty, koi have inspired a variety of legends. The recurrent theme in these legends is that koi, because of their endurance and perseverance, have become symbolic of overcoming adversity and fulfilling one’s destiny. In one of the more celebrated versions of this legend, koi are rewarded for their endurance and perseverance by being transformed into dragon fish.

In their book Koi, Margery and Sheldon Harnick have created their own version of this legend in photographs and verses. In their version, koi are rewarded for a reason other than endurance and perseverance. Though the years, the gods have noted how much pleasure men and women have derived simply from observing the prismatic beauty of the koi. For this gift to mankind, the gods decided to transform the most beautiful koi into majestic and powerful dragons.

Admission is free. A copy of Koi: A Modern Folktale is $24.95.

Brian Platzer & Jodi Kantor: Bed-Stuy is Burning

Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

With “the mordant wit of Franzen, the dazzling smarts of Roth, and the compassion of Tolstoy” (Rafael Yglesias, author of A Happy Marriage), and which Alice McDermott called a millennial Bonfire of the Vanities, author Brian Platzer has penned an intimately relatable tale about a changing neighborhood and its residents.

His book follows Aaron, a rabbi turned banker, his journalist girlfriend, and their newborn live in the diverse and turbulent Bedford-Stuyvesant as it undergoes the process of gentrification. As more members of the upper-class move into the area the tension rises until a cop shoots a boy. Then the riots begin and Aaron is stuck in the middle.

Bed-Stuy Is Burning offers a look into a collection of complex lives and examines the most pressing issues of our time.

Admission is $15. Admission plus a signed copy of Bed-Stuy Is Burning is $26.

Book Launch: Reckless Years: A Diary of Love and Madness by Heather Chaplin

Wednesday Jul 12 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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

Trapped in a dissatisfying marriage for nearly a decade, New York journalist Heather Chaplin finally summons the courage to leave. On her own, she finds herself intoxicatingly free, pursuing adventure, and juggling romance on two continents in multiple cities. She contemplates the meaning of life; she falls for a handsome Irishman.

But as the adventures progress, Chaplin’s own reckless choices send her spiraling downward—and toward a reckoning she’s avoided all her life. Pulled from Chaplin’s own diaries, Reckless Years is a raw, propulsive debut: unfailingly profound and impossible to put down.

In this page-turning memoir, a woman tries to reinvent her life after divorce and discovers that sometimes finding yourself is not all it’s cracked up to be. About the Book: Trapped in a dissatisfying marriage for nearly a decade, New York journalist Heather Chaplin finally summons the courage to leave. On her own, she finds herself intoxicatingly free, pursuing adventure, and juggling romance on two continents in multiple cities. She contemplates the meaning of life; she falls for a handsome Irishman. But as the adventures progress, Chaplin’s own reckless choices send her spiraling downward—and toward a reckoning she’s avoided all her life. Pulled from Chaplin’s own diaries, Reckless Years is a raw, propulsive debut: unfailingly profound and impossible to put down.

Admission is free. RSVP is appreciated. RSVP here.

Poetry reading with Susan Lewis and Sharon Mesmer

Thursday, June 29 at 5:30 pm

Muhlenberg Library
209 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

Susan Lewis and Sharon Mesmer will present their poetry at the Muhlenberg Library.

Susan Lewis is the publisher and editor of Posit. Her most recent book, Heisenberg’s Salon, was just published by BlazeVOX Books. She is the author of eight other books and chapbooks, including This Visit, How to be Another, and State of the Union. Her poetry has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes and appeared in a great number of anthologies and journals, including The AwlBerkeley Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Cimarron, The Journal, The New Orleans Review, Prelude, Raritan, Seneca Review, Verse, Verse Daily, and VOLT.

Sharon Mesmer is a multi-genre writer  poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and reviews  and professor of creative writing (poetry and fiction) in the undergraduate and MFA programs of New York University and the New School. Her 2015 poetry collection, Greetings From My Girlie Leisure Place from Bloof Books, was one of Entropy’s Best Poetry Collections of 2015. Her two fiction collections — The Empty Quarter and In Ordinary Time, both from Hanging Loose Press — were published in French translation by Hachette in 2005 as Ma Vie à Yonago. She was a member of the flarf collective and a Nuyorican slam semi-finalist. Her awards include a Fulbright Specialist grant, two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, a Jerome Foundation mentoring award, and a MacArthur Scholarship, given through the Brooklyn College MFA program through nomination by Allen Ginsberg.

Admission is free.

Book Talk: The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring a City Back

Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 pm

Brooklyn Historical Society
Great Hall
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

For decades Brooklyn was synonymous with grit and struggle, yet today the borough is a hub of hipsters, booming startups, and massive new developments across many neighborhoods. Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor of City Journal, Kay Hymowitz, examines this seeming Renaissance of Brooklyn’s ever-changing landscape through seven neighborhoods: Park Slope, Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brownsville, Sunset Park, and Canarsie. In this exploration, Hymowitz looks at the successes of black and white middle classes, local policies, and small businesses, while assessing the challenges left for recent immigrants and other diverse communities trying to thrive.

Admission is $5. Reserve your tickets online.

ThinkOlio Presents: The Woman Question

Friday, June 30 at 7:00 pm

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

From the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, scholars, doctors, religious leaders, and politicians were vexed by the “The Woman Question.” Inspired by the democratic revolutions of the late eighteenth century, fueled by market capitalism, and later fostered by the reform efforts of the Victorian bourgeoisie, the woman question actually posed the inquiry: What are women good for?

Please join us for a much needed discussion on the history of women’s suffrage in America. Let’s look squarely at the achievements of the past generations without shying away from the explicit racism and classism imbedded within the movement. Let’s learn from their successes and their failures, too. And, finally, let’s gather together and consider the psychic and social ramifications of being a question.

Nina Simone covers by South African jazz vocalist, Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe and the exquisite jazz pianist Fima Chupakhin to follow this Olio!

Jamie Warren has a Ph.D. in American History from Indiana University, and she is an Assistant Professor at BMCC-CUNY where she teaches American history, the history of women and gender, and women’s studies. Her research focuses on slavery in antebellum South with a particular focus on death, the body, and the philosophy of history.

Admission is $20. Reserve your tickets online.

In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs

Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 pm

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs presents essays from a chorus of twenty-nine luminaries singing the praises of their favorite Beatles songs. Arranged chronologically by the date of the song’s release, and including a note from Paul McCartney, these essays highlight both the Beatles’ evolution as well as the span of generations their music affected. From Beatlemaniacs who grew up listening to the iconic albums on vinyl to new fans who download the songs on iTunes, each contributor explores a poignant intersection between Beatles history and personal history. Editor Andrew Blauner hosts readings by distinguished authors who have contributed to the anthology, including Touré (I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon), Elissa Schappell (Blueprints for Building Better Girls), and Rebecca Mead (My Life in Middlemarch) read from their essays, and discuss the Beatles’ legacy and impact, culturally, historically, and individually.

Admission is free. A copy of the book is $23.

LGBTQ Pride Month: A Conversation with Broadway Artists-Activists

Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 pm

The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Frenchie Davis, Nathan Lee Graham, and Wilson Cruz —three artists and advocates of LGBTQ communities, who have shared stories of LGBTQ people of color through their art—engage in a special Pride Month conversation. Cruz is best known as Angel in Rent on Broadway, Rickie Vasquez on My So-Called Life, and Junito on Noah’s Arc (the first network TV show revolving around queer men of color). Davis is a singer who has appeared on American Idol and The Voice and in Rent on Broadway. Graham played Todd in the Zoolander movies, and his theater credits include Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and Hit the Wall. Davis and Graham recently appeared in The View Upstairs, a musical about a 1973 fire in a gay bar in New Orleans that killed 32—the deadliest massacre of LGBTQ people in American history until the Pulse attack of a year ago. They speak with Kevin Nadal, executive director of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies.

Admission is free. Reservations are required. Reserve your seat here.

Gotham Rising: New York in the age of Art Deco

Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers
939 Lexington Avenue (between 68th and 69th Streets)
New York, NY 10065

Discover New York in the jazz age with Jules Stewart, journalist, historian and author of Gotham Rising: New York in the 1930’s and Anthony Robbins, a twenty-year veteran of the New York City Landmarks Commission and author of New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture.

Gotham Rising describes the city’s architectural, economic, social and cultural renaissance after the Wall Street Crash. New York Art Deco surveys Art Deco sites in all five boroughs.

Admission is free.

Bad Advice From Bad Women

Thursday, June 8 at 7 pm to 9 pm

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

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

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

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

Jonathan Shaw & Joe Coleman

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 12 at 8 pm to 10 pm

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

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

Admission is free.

Book Launch: Away with Words by Joe Berkowitz

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

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

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

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

Psychoanalyzing Seinfeld with Sherry Amatenstein and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Wednesday, June 14th at 7 pm

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

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

Admission is free.

BookCon 2017

Saturday, June 3 – Sunday, June 4 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (5:00 pm on Sunday)

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001

BookCon is the event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Experience the origin of the story in all its forms by interacting with the authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see. BookCon is an immersive experience that features interactive, forward thinking content including Q&As with the hottest talent, autographing sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and so much more. BookCon is the ultimate celebration of books, where your favorite stories come to life.

Admission is $45 for a Saturday pass and $40 for a Sunday pass. Tickets are still available online.

Drunk Education presents: Roasts of Literary Men

Monday, June 5 at 7:00 pm

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

Drunk Ed. returns to Housing Works for another evening of mocking literary men. Roasts:

• Candace Bryan on Twain
• Kay Gabriel on Eugenides
• Erik Hinton on Zizek
• Paula Mejia on Thompson

Drunk Education is the world’s premiere source of drunk knowledge since 2013.

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

Brooklyn Independents Poetry Series: Ugly Duckling Presse

Monday, Jun 5 2017 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Central Library, Brooklyn Collection
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Readings from Constance DeJong, Mónica de la Torre & Karen Emmerich (translator of Eleni Vakalo).

Ugly Duckling Presse is a nonprofit publisher for poetry, translation, experimental nonfiction, performance texts, and books by artists. UDP was transformed from a 1990s zine into a Brooklyn-based small press by a volunteer editorial collective that has published more than 200 titles to date.

Admission is free.

Steve Schapiro presents The Fire Next Time

Monday, May 15 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

Join Steve Schapiro, Quincy Troupe and Steven W. Thrasher as they discuss James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, now available in a special illustrated edition from TASCHEN featuring photographs by Steve Schapiro.

First published in 1963, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time stabbed at the heart of America’s so-called “Negro problem.” As remarkable for its masterful prose as it is for its frank and personal account of the black experience in the United States, it is considered one of the most passionate and influential explorations of 1960s race relations, weaving thematic threads of love, faith, and family into a candid assault on the hypocrisy of the “land of the free.”

Now, James Baldwin’s rich, raw, and ever relevant prose is reprinted in a letterpress edition with more than 100 photographs from Steve Schapiro, who traveled the American South with Baldwin for Life magazine. The encounter thrust Schapiro into the thick of the movement, allowing for vital, often iconic, images both of civil rights leaders—including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Fred Shuttlesworth, and Jerome Smith—and such landmark events as the March on Washington and the Selma March.

Admission is $20. Purchase your ticket online.

Brooklyn Independents Poetry Series: Hanging Loose Press

Monday, May 15 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Central Library, Brooklyn Collection
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY11238

Readings from Justin Jamail, Thomas Devaney & Jiwon Choi

The first issue of Hanging Loose magazine was published in 1966. The name was inspired by the format — mimeographed loose pages in a cover envelope — and that, in turn, was inspired by a very low budget. But the format was also meant to get across a point of view: that poetry is for now, not for the Ages. Hanging loose has published some 220 books and 107 issues — well over 10,000 pages of poetry, prose, and art — of Hanging Loose magazine.

Admission is free.

Claire Dederer & Ada Calhoun

Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

What happens when a happily married mother of two suddenly finds herself totally despondent and, simultaneously, suffering through an erotic reawakening? Claire Dederer’s Love and Trouble: A Midlife Recokning finds her in just this predicament. Tracking between her present as a middle-aged mom in the grip of a unfamiliar hunger and her past as a teenager beset by hypersensitivity and longing, Dederer exposes herself and her life, capturing something universal about what is like to be a woman, a daughter, and a wife.

Claire will be joined in conversation by Ada Calhoun, bestselling author of St. Mark’s is Dead, whose brand-new essay collection delves into the contradictions of marriage and its attendant joys, defeats, and complications. Finding yourself bored with your partner, beset by desire for people you didn’t marry, and fed up with your spouse’s mistakes–it’s the stuff that doesn’t make it into many cliches about marriage. In Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, based on one of the most-shared stories from the New York Times‘ Modern Love series, Calhoun turns over the stones that these cliches are built out of and examines what’s underneath.

Admission is $15. Purchase your ticket online.

PLG Fiction Book Group

Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30 pm

Greenlight Bookstore
632 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Led by Greenlight general manager Alexis, the fiction book group in Prospect Lefferts Gardens discusses paperback fiction, reading broadly in contemporary fiction with the occasional diversion into classics. For May, the group discusses Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men. As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together, they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart.

Admission is free. Purchase the book online for $14.45. Current book group picks are always 15% off at Greenlight, in the store or online.

Press Fest!

Friday, May 5 at 4 – 8 pm

NYU’s King Juan Carlos of Spain Center
53 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012

Buy books. Party with publishers. Celebrate independent and international literature. Join CLMP and over 55 small publishers for a big small press block party during the PEN World Voices Festival. Publishers, editors and writers will converge on the Washington Square Mews to celebrate independent and international literature. Books and literary magazines will be on sale; participants can also enjoy author signings, live performances, opportunities to write, and literary readings. Lit Crawl NYC kicks off in and around the Washington Square Mews starting at 6PM. 

Admission is free and open to the public.

Special Exhibition Opening with Howl Magazine

Friday, May 5 at 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Wix Lounge
235 W 23rd St, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10011

Join the Wix Lounge for our newest exhibition co curated with Howl Magazine PLUS a special Blank Label Records music showcase. This mixed media group show showcases the inspiration and life force behind the art making process of some of today’s top artists.

Admission is free. RSVP here.

Spring into Stories: Children’s Author and Illustrator Festival

Saturday, May 6th at 1:00 pm

Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Meet an all-star line-up of local children’s book authors and illustrators! Enjoy hands-on art, lively presentations, and a book sale and signing. Get a free Children’s Book Week Poster, while supplies last! Spring Into Stories is presented in celebration of Children’s Book Week, sponsored by Every Child a Reader and the Children’s Book Council.

Admission is free.

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.