Events: February 6th-10th

February 6th- Adam JK Event 

Sunset Park,
220 36th Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11232

(subway: D, N, & R, 36th St. Station)

Time: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm


1page.thumbnailJoin Adam JK, Brooklyn-based author, artist, and designer, for a signing and pop-up shop at WantedDesign’s location in Industry City. He’ll have toys and trinkets from his Gift Shop, as well as copies of his 1 Page at a Time diary/journal/calendar/creative companion/whatever-it-is to sign. Fudge artisans Izzy & Tallulah will be there as well with delicious samples. Copies of 1 Page at a Time will be available on-site.

February 9th- Kia Corthron + Robin D. G. Kelley 

Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room
 828 Broadway at 12th Street

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CastleCross_coverfront.thumbnailKia Corthron, American playwright, screenwriter, and activist celebrates the highly anticipated release of her first novel, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter. Her book sweeps American history from 1941 to the twenty-first century through the lives of four men–two white brothers from rural Alabama, and two black brothers from small-town Maryland.

Kia will be joined in conversation by Robin D.G. Kelley, one of the most distinguished experts on African American studies in the nation.

Buy a copy of The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter or a $15 gift card in order to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout.

February 10th- Richard Price in Conversation With James Hannaham 

Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm

Richard Price, author of seven novels including Lush Life and Clockers, is please to celebrate the paperback release of his most recent work The Whites with James Hannaham, author of the novel Delicious Foods.

9780312621308The Whites, Richard Price‘s most recent novel, has received widespread acclaim including being named a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2015, a NPR Best Book of the Year, and a New York Times Book Review Best Book of 2015. The book follows Billy Grave, a sergeant in Manhattan Night Watch, as he investigates a fatal slashing of a man in Penn Station. Piercing and eminently readable, The Whites is a book filled with kinetic energy. Richard Price is pleased to celebrate its paperback release with a conversation with James Hannaham, author of the novel God Says No.

Richard Price is the author of seven novels, including Clockers, Freedomland, and Samaritan. He won a 2007 Edgar Award for his writing on the HBO series The Wire.

James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods and God Says No. He holds an MFA from the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches creative writing at the Pratt Institute.

February 10th- Kevin Young presents Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 In conversation with Mary-Louise Parker

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street

BrooklynNY 11217

Time: 7:30 pm

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Greenlight is thrilled to welcome acclaimed poet Kevin Young back to Greenlight to present his new collection Blue Laws, a rich and lively gathering of highlights from the first twenty years of an extraordinary career, interspersed with “B sides” and “bonus tracks.” From his stunning lyric debut Most Way Home and the amazing “double album” life of Jean-Michel Basquiat, through his broken-hearted Jelly Roll and his recent forays into adult grief and the joys of birth in Dear Darkness and Book of Hours, this collection provides a grand tour of a poet whose personal poems and political poems are equally riveting.

Together with wonderful outtakes and previously unseen blues, the profoundly felt poems here of family, Southern food, and loss are of a piece with the depth of personal sensibility and humanity found in his Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels or bold sequences such as “The Ballad of Jim Crow” and a new “Homage to Phillis Wheatley.” Young talks about his poetic history with actor and writer Mary-Louise Parker (author of Dear Mr. You), an ardent fan of Young’s work.

Around Town: Jan. 28th – Feb. 2nd


January 28- Michael M. Thomas: Fixers


PowerHouse Arena
37 Main St. Brooklyn, NY 11201

Time: 7:00 pm

Like anyone with a soul, Michael M. Thomas left Wall Street to become a writer. Now, the bestselling author and frequent contributor to the New York Times and the New Yorker will release his tenth novel, Fixers. Set in 2007, Fixersfollows “cultural consultant” Chauncey Suydam on a mission to funnel millions of dollars to a presidential candidate promising hope and change in exchange for a couple Wall Street-friendly faces in the resultant administration. (Sound familiar?) But as Chauncey navigates Wall St. and Washington, he begins to question his morally dubious mission. The Chicago Sun-Times describes Thomas as “an expert at unveiling the private lives of the big-bucks boys” and advanced praise from James B. Stewart states that Fixers is “hugely entertaining.”

January 28- Ramzi Fawaz: The New Mutants


Strand Book Store
828 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: $15

Some things will change you forever, like getting pummeled by cosmic energy, or the first time you recognize that you’re gay. Sure, you haven’t suddenly become an orange rock monster, but professor Ramzi Fawaz turns a queer eye on the cosmic-irradiated guys, suggesting that their sudden mutation represents a common feeling of otherness. Tonight, Fawaz discusses his book The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comicswith acclaimed comics creator Phil Jimenez, exploring the metaphors implicit in heroes like the Fantastic Four and the X-Men and what their stories might say to LGBT readers. True Believers, take note.

January 30- Christopher Soto: Sad Girl Poems 


117 Allen St.
New York, NY 10002

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cost: Free

Known for political surrealist poetry that focuses on domestic violence, queer youth homelessness, and mass incarceration, Christopher Soto (a/k/a Loma) will tonight celebrate the launch of a debut chapbook, Sad Girl Poems. But don’t let the phrase “political surrealist poetry” intimidate you — Loma, who received an MFA in poetry from NYU and will be honored with the “Barnes & Nobles Writer for Writers Award” later this year, writes in clear language, enjoyable for both poetry die-hards and poetry novices. So if lines like “My heart is a mudslide, it will suffocate you/[stuff your mouth with forestry]” and the prospect of hearing a queer, latinx punk poet and prison abolitionist isn’t enough to convince you to come, how’s this? Loma will read alongside New York State Poet Laureate Yusef Komunyakaa and 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize winner Nicole Sealey.

January 31- How I Published My Queer Book in Spite of an Indifferent World

117 Allen St.
New York, NY 10002

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join indie author Ocean Capewell as she reads from her self-publishe queer punkhouse novel, “The Most Beautiful Rot,” and shares her tips, tricks and mistakes from her self-publishing journey.

February 2nd- Queen of the Night: An Evening with Alexander CheeQueen of the Night

McNally Jackson
52 Prince St. 

New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm

Join Alexander Chee for an evening in honor of his much-anticipated new novel, THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, a dazzling and  immersive story of a Parisian opera star forced to retrace her past. Here at McNally Jackson, we’ll be celebrating in style with a reading, a discussion, and– a firebreather (yes, a firebreather).

“One doesn’t so much read Alexander Chee’s THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT as one is bewitched by it. Beneath its epic sweep, gorgeous language, and haunting details is the most elemental, and eternal, of narratives: that of the necessities and perils of self-reinvention, and the sorrow and giddiness of aspiring to a life of artistic transcendence.” –Hanya Yanagihara

Alexander Chee is the author of the novels EDINBRUGH and THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February of 2016. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR and Out, among others. He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak. He has taught writing at Wesleyan University, Amherst College, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Texas – Austin. He lives in New York City, where he curates the Dear Reader series at Ace Hotel New York.




Around Town: December 12-15

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December 14- Franklin Park Reading Series

Franklin Park Bar 
618 St. John’s Place
Brooklyn, NY  11238


Time: 8:00 pm

Cost: Free

A jewel of Crown Heights, the Franklin Park Reading Serieshas been providing the neighborhood with readings from a palette of distinctive writers on the second Monday of each month since 2009. The series has grown considerably — snagging the Voice‘s “Best Reading Series” award in 2013 — and has certified its reputation by offering a trustworthy lineup of both local and international authors, memoirists, and poets. This final edition of 2015 features six acclaimed authors, including Annie Liontas, Jamie Iredell, and a quartet of New Yorkers: Ryan Britt, Chinelo Okparanta, Niina Pollari, and Rachel Sherman. Britt published his first book, Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: And Other Geeky Truths, in November; in it, he approaches science fiction with a Chuck Klosterman–inspired lens and wonders, in the titular essay, why, in a galaxy full of wise Jedi, not one is seen schlepping a book. Pollari once composed nine curious poems regarding Lana Del Rey for the collection Kiss Me in the Boring Rain. The Franklin Park Reading Series justifies abandoning the apartment on a Monday night.

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December 15- The Rumpus & Electric Literature Present It’s Too Cold For This: A Reading 

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

Time: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm


Celebrate literary community during winter’s darkest days: join The Rumpus and Electric Literature for a warm night of literary merriment and readings from Melissa Febos, Alexandra Kleeman, Alex Mar, Lincoln Michel, and Angel Nafis.

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December 12- December Picture Book Bonanza

Books of Wonder 
18 W 18th St,
New York, NY 10011 

Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm


A picture perfect afternoon of fun, awaits the whole family at the December Picture Book Bonanza. Don’t miss these colorful new storybooks and the chance to hear all about them right from their talented creators. Join us as we welcome:

ELISE PRIMAVERA for Auntie Claus – Deluxe edition
ROSEMARY WELLS for Use Your Words, Sophie
DAVID ERCOLINI for The Night Before Christmas
URI SHULEVITZ for Troto and the Trucks

Around Town: Dec. 4th-8th

December 4th- PowerHouse Books Launch: TF at 1: Ten Years of Quartersnacks

Powerhouse arena event The Powerhouse Arena 
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Time: 7:00 pm

This collection celebrates the decade anniversary of Quartersnacks, an online epicenter for the skate culture of downtown New York with images from the site, exclusive interviews, and more. 

About Quartersnacks: Quartersnacks was founded in 2005 by a generation of New York skaters who grew up with the internet–sharing spots on message boards, and meeting people online to go skate with in other parts of the city. Since then, it has become the anti-authoritarian authority on East Coast skating. In 2014 Nike SB released a limited Quartersnacks edition dunk. In fall 2015 Quartersnacks will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary.

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December 7th- Grace Coddington

Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book RoomGRACE
828 Broadway at 12th Street

Time: 7:30PM – 9:00PM

This compilation showcases some of the most memorable photographs published in Vogue from 1972 to 2002. It features the work of Grace Coddington, creative director of Vogue and one of the leading forces in fashion today. First published in 2002, Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue has long been out of print and is highly sought-after in the rare books market.

Note: Grace will sign copies of Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at VogueNo memorabilia will be signed. Pictures are permitted.

Purchase a copy of Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue to attend the event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

December 8th- John Ashbery 

Pioneer Works 
159 Pioneer St.
New York, NY  11231

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: Free


The poet John Ashbery (Some TreesThe Tennis Court OathSelf-Portrait in a Convex Mirror) has a reputation for producing difficult, inscrutable work, which has no doubt kept a considerable number of curious readers from diving into his collections over the course of his seven-decade career. But a closer look at Ashbery’s personality reveals a modest temperament that doesn’t square with his supposed air of intimidation: A recent interview with the New York Times, on the occasion of the 2015 publication of his latest collection, Breezeway, reveals that he owns Julia Child cookbooks; and a thorough discussion in the Winter 1983 issue of the Paris Review presents Ashbery in a coy, self-deprecating light, as in such sentiments as, “I am often asked why I write, and I don’t know really — I just want to.” In that same conversation, Ashbery cites past experiences in which initially hesitant readers have become attached to his poems after hearing them read aloud. For those who might land in that ballpark, this Ashbery tribute offers a can’t-beat proposition: Ben Lerner, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Mónica de la Torre, and John Yau will accompany Ashbery and read an inspired selection of his past work.

December 8th- Real Characters

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm

REAL CHARACTERS is a storytelling and reading series that combines some of New York’s best storytellers, humor writers, stand-ups, memoirists, and character performers. Hosted and curated by Andy Ross, with performances from:

Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight, author of You Blew It)
Daniel Nester (author of Shader and How to Be Inappropriate)
Natasha Rothwell (The Nightly Show, Saturday Night Live)
Hallie Cantor (The New Yorker, Inside Amy Schumer)


Around Town: November 13th-17th


November 13- Pushcart Prize: 40th Anniversary

Village Community School
272 W. 10th St. (between Greenwich St. & Washington St.) screen_shot_2015-11-10_at_11.31.56_am
New York, NY  10014

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: $10

In the mid-Seventies, while battling alcoholism and working as a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Raymond Carver wrote a story called “So Much Water So Close to Home.” Carver wasn’t much satisfied with it, but when Bill Henderson — on the hunt for small-press writing for his first Pushcart Prize anthology — wrote to Spectrum, the university’s student newspaper, asking for potential submissions, a young editor named Marc Louria nominated Carver’s story. The rest is history: The story served as source material for two acclaimed movies — the first very high-profile (Robert Altman’s 1993 Short Cuts), the second more obscure (Ray Lawrence’s 2006 Jindabyne) — and Carver went on to become an icon of the short-story form before his death at the age of fifty. Such success stories are commonplace across the improbable history of Henderson’s Pushcart Prize, which this year celebrates its fortieth anniversary of championing noncommercial publishing. Zadie Smith, Colum McCann, and several other figures of literary renown will read tonight to pay tribute to the Pushcart project.

November 14- Matt Zoller Seitz: Mad Men Carousel 

163 Court St. 
Brooklyn, NY 11201event_seitz

Time: 4:00 pm

Cost: Free

There was a time when rock criticism and even film criticism were written off as inferior responses to inferior mediums. Without this context, Matt Zoller Seitz‘s forthcoming Mad Men Carousel, an ambitious episode-by-episode guide to all seven seasons, might well be dismissed as one really excessive fanboy ramble. But it’s so much more, because — thanks in part to the game-changing show — TV is so much more. Mad Men‘s 92 episodes are ripe for dissection, and of all the critic literati (criterati?), MZS is up to the task. His essayistic Vulture recaps, which more often than not would delve into some brilliant next-level analysis, are collected here for the first time. Seitz’s attention to the show’s complexities will enthrall longtime viewers wanting to relive the magic, and background on its many historical references to events, locations, and consumer products further helps to put the series in perspective. Catch him as he reads, signs, and answers all your Draper-related questions this afternoon. 

November 17- Author Event: Dan Howell, Phil Lester

Union Square Barnes & Noble
33 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003

Time: 5:00 pm

Extremely limited amount of wristbands will be distributed starting at 9:00AM with proof of purchase from this BN location or Photo op with professional photographer during signing.

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November 17- McNally Jackson LIVE with Ari Berman, Jelani Cobb, David Shields, Philip Lopate, Leonard Gardner, and Gary Giddins

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every week we’ll gather together a handful of the finest minds in literature, criticism, journalism, music, theater, film, sports, television, art, and beyond for a series of short talks. A poet and a novelist discussing X; a string quartet performing Y; someone unexpected doing some unexpected thing.

– The Nation‘s Ari Berman and The New Yorker‘s Jelani Cobb on the modern struggle for voting rights

– David Shields and Philip Lopate on Shields’ WAR IS BEAUTIFUL

– The NYRB Classics present Leonard Gardner on FAT CITY and boxing, with Gary Giddins

– Ben Ratliff on Japanese jazz-pop-folk-singer Maki Asakawa

Do you want to see this live in your living room? Check out our livestream!

Free shipping on event books purchased during the live stream.

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November 18- Book Launch: Here & There by Joshua V. Scher with Dana Kaye 

The Powerhouse Arena [Dumbo]
37 Main Street Brooklyn, NY 11201unnamed-52

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Cost: Free

About Here & There:

It was supposed to be a simple proof of concept. The physics were sound. Over one hundred teleportation experiments had already been successfully performed . . .

Debate rages over whether the Reidier Test’s disastrous outcome resulted from human error, government conspiracy, or sabotage. No one had actual knowledge of the truth. But hidden from the public eye, there exists a government report commissioned from criminal psychologist Dr. Hilary Kahn, chronicling the events that took place.

Dr. Kahn disappeared without a trace.

Now her son Danny has unearthed and
revealed the report, fueling controversy
over the details of Reidier’s quest to reforge the fabric of reality and hold his family together. Exposed with little chance of finding his mother, Danny goes underground to investigate. But nothing can prepare him for what he discovers.

In this thrilling saga, a paradigm-shattering feat may alter humanity’s future as quantum entanglement and teleportation collide.

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