April 20th-Selected Shorts: Kelly Link and Helen Oyeyemi

Symphony Space, in the Peter Jay Sharp Theaterauthor photos
2537 Broadway at 95th Street,
New York, NY

 7:30 pm

Cost: $30; Member $27;
30 and Under (with I.D.) $15

One of Granta‘s Best Young British Novelists, Helen Oyeyemi (What is Not Yours is Not Yours), and Hugo Award-winning author Kelly Link (Get In Trouble) come together for a night of readings from their work by actors including Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds). Both known for their innovative, playful, and ambitious storytelling, Oyeyemi and Link push and redefine the boundaries of reality.  Isaac Fitzgerald (BuzzFeed Books) will lead a short conversation with the authors.

There will be a book signing after the show.

A limited number of premium seats are available, with a $50 tax-deductible contribution per ticket to Symphony Space.

Reserve your ticket here.

April 19th-Diana Abu-Jaber presents Life Without a Recipe: A Memoir of Food and Family

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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street
BrooklynNY 11217  

Time: 7:30 pm

The new memoir by prize-winning author Diana Abu-Jaber (Birds of Paradise, Crescent) describes a childhood caught between two powerful figures: her tough, independent sugar-fiend of a German grandmother, and her flamboyant, spice-obsessed Arab father, each with decided opinions on how a girl should live. Lavished with contradictory “advice” from both sides of her family, Diana spent years learning how to ignore others’ well-intentioned prescriptions. Highly praised by fellow authors including Kate Christensen, Heidi Durrow and Ruth Reichl, Life Without a Recipe is Diana’s hilarious and poignant celebration of escaping family and mking family on one’s own terms. Tonight at Greenlight, she talks about food, family and writing with Monique Truong, author of the novels The Book of Salt and Bitter in the Mouth.

April 19th-The Bridge Series: Contracts

The Center for Fiction  

17 E. 47th St

Time: 7:00 pm

Copyright, royalties, fees, recognition, editorial control: Are literary translators getting better contracts than they used to? What are the “best practices”? What influence do authors’ agents have on translators’ contracts? How can translators get help negotiating a contract? Translator Shelley Frisch, publisher Juliet Grames (Soho Press), and agent Jacqueline Ko (The Wylie Agency) join translator Alex Zucker for a discussion of literary translation contracts.

Shelley Frisch’s translations from the German include biographies of Nietzsche, Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Kafka, for which she was awarded a Modern Language Association Translation Prize and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize. Her latest, a dual biography of Marlene Dietrich and Leni Riefenstahl, was named a finalist for the NBCC Awards.

Juliet Grames is Associate Publisher at Soho Press, where she also acquires and edits literary fiction and the Soho Crime international crime fiction imprint.

Jacqueline Ko is an agent at the Wylie Agency, representing literary fiction and nonfiction, including work in translation. The Wylie Agency has offices in New York and London, and represents more than 900 clients internationally.

Alex Zucker, cochair of the PEN America Translation Committee, has three translations of Czech authors out in 2016: Tomáš Zmeškal’s Love Letter in Cuneiform (Margellos World Republic of Letters), Josef Jedlička’s Midway Upon the Journey of Our Life (Karolinum Press), and Magdaléna Platzová’s The Attempt (Bellevue Literary Press).

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April 19th- Ed2010 NYC Happy Hour with Delish Editors

Latitude, 2nd floor billiards room
783 8th Avenue between 47th & 48th

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

April showers bring…happy hours! Meet the awesome editors of Delish at our next happy hour and chat about the virtues of Ina Garten’s roast chicken vs. Chrissy Teigen’s and how to make stellar mimosa sangria. Plus, extended drink specials and some non-awkward networking—it exists, we promise.

No RSVP required.

April 6th-LAUNCH PARTY for When We Collided by EMERY LORD


Books of Wonder is thrilled to present EMERY LORD, in conversation with fellow YA author ADAM SILVERA, for the NYC launch of her third contemporary novel for teens, When We Collided!

“Seventeen year-old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he is not. With a mother lost in a deep bout of depression, Jonah and his five siblings struggle to keep up their home and the restaurant their dad left behind. But at the start of summer, a second change rolls in: Vivi Alexander, the new girl in town.

Vivi is in love with life. Charming and unfiltered, she refuses to be held down by the medicine she’s told should make her feel better. After meeting Jonah, she slides into the Daniels’ household seamlessly, winning over each sibling with her imagination and gameness. But it’s not long before Vivi’s zest for life begins to falter. Soon her adventurousness becomes all-out danger-seeking.

Through each high and low, Vivi and Jonah’s love is put to the test . . . but what happens when love simply isn’t enough?”

April 7th-Lucy Foley at Club Monaco

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Strand’s Shop at Club Monaco
160 Fifth Avenue at 21st StreetTime: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pmLucy Foley comes to Strand’s Club Monaco shop to sign The Book of Lost and Found, a captivating tale of lost love redeemed. Kate Darling’s enigmatic mother–a once-famous ballerina–has passed away, leaving Kate bereft. When her grandmother falls ill and bequeaths to Kate a small portrait of a woman who bears a striking resemblance to Kate’s mother, Kate uncovers a mystery that may upend everything she thought she knew.Kate’s journey to find the true identity of the woman in the portrait takes her to some of the world’s most iconic and indulgent locales, revealing a love story that began in the wild 1920s and was disrupted by war and could now spark new love for Kate. Alternating between Kate’s present-day hunt and voices from the past, The Book of Lost and Found casts light on family secrets and love–both lost and found.This event will be held at Strand’s shop at Club Monaco’s flagship store, 160 Fifth Avenue at 21st Street. Purchase a copy of The Book of Lost and Found at Strand to have it signed.

Please RSVP to RSVP@clubmonaco.com so they know you’re coming.

April 8th- Larry Kramer in Conversation with Bill Goldstein

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

Time: 7:00 pm

Join Housing Works, Picador, and WORD Bookstore in celebrating the paperback launch of The American People: Volume 1. Legendary playwright, activist, and author Larry Kramer will be in conversation with Bill Goldstein, book critic for NBC’s “Weekend Today in New York.”
Forty years in the making, The American People sets forth Larry Kramer’s vision of his homeland. As the founder of ACT UP and the author of Faggots and The Normal Heart, Kramer has decisively affected American lives and letters. Here he reimagines our history. This is the story of one nation under a plague, contaminated by greed, hate, and disease and host to transcendent acts of courage and kindness. With books for sale courtesy of our friends at WORD Bookstore.

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April 12th-Author & Publisher: Domnica Radulescu and Deb Futter


The Center for Fiction  

17 E. 47th St

Time: 7:00 pm

Domnica Radulescu, author of the popular Train to Trieste, joins us to celebrate her new book Country of Red Azaleas, about the bond between two women that crosses war, cultural conflict and two continents. Radulescu will be joined in conversation by Deb Futter, publisher of the groundbreaking imprint Twelve and Vice President, Editor-in-Chief of Grand Central Publishing.
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April 12th-Bernstein Award Finalist Series: Dale Russakoff

Wachenheim Trustees Room
5th Avenue at 42nd Street

New York, NY 10018

Time: 6:00 pm

dale russakoffIn celebration of the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, The New York Public Library invites finalist Dale Russakoff for a conversation with Jessica Strand. Dale Russakoffis nominated for her book The Prize: Who’s In Charge of America’s Schools. 

In The Prize: Who’s In Charge of America’s Schools, reporter Dale Russakoff uses her extensive access to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, then Newark Mayor Cory Booker, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to tell the definitive story of Zuckerberg’s $100 million quest to transform and greatly improve the debilitated Newark, NJ public schools. Evaluating the specific situation provides a compelling and honest examination of the school reform movement in the United States.

Dale Russakoff spent twenty-eight years as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering politics, education, social policy, and other topics. The Prize, serialized in The New Yorker, is her first book. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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Center For Fiction Event: Ann Packer & Elizabeth Strout

In Conversation: Ann Packer & Elizabeth Strout

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17 E 47th St,
New York, NY 1001

Tuesday April 5, 2016
07:00 pm

New York Times bestselling authors Ann Packer and Elizabeth Strout will discuss their new novels that center around the powerful influence of families on our lives. The Children’s Crusade  (Packer is the compassionate and nuanced story of the Blairs and their home in the yet-to-be-discovered Silicon Valley, and how family can be both a comfort and a destructive force. Strout’s My Name is Lucy Barton  tells the story of a reunion between a mother and daughter that uncovers long-buried tensions.

Ann Packer is the acclaimed author of two collections of short fiction, Swim Back to Me and Mendocino and Other Stories, and two bestselling novels, Songs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, which received the Kate Chopin Literary Award, among many other prizes and honors. She lives in San Carlos, CA.

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge, as well as The Burgess Boys, a New York Times bestseller; Abide with Me, a national bestseller; and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine. Elizabeth Strout lives in New York City. Her latest book is My Name is Lucy Barton.

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New York Public Library: Printmakers Exhibition

Printing Women: Three Centuries of Female Printmakers, 1570–1900

nyplPhysically demanding and technically challenging, printmaking has often been considered man’s labor. As the Library’s unusual collection by forward-thinking Henrietta Louisa Koenen (1830-1881) demonstrates, engravings, etchings, woodcuts and lithographs executed by female printmakers have been around almost as long as artists started creating prints in the late fifteenth century. From 1848 until 1861, she collected an astonishing array of sheets by women artists from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. Executed by experts and amateurs alike, these women pursued their craft as part of larger family workshops, as a means of self-realization and for the thrill of making and sharing pictures created in multiples.

Exhibited for the first time since 1901, the works from Henrietta Louisa Koenen’s collection include not only well-known artists like Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807) and Maria Cosway (1760-1838), but also rare and unusual prints by the Marquise de Pompadour (1721-1764), Charlotte Napoleon (1802-1839), and Queen Victoria (1819-1901).

Open now. Ends May 27th, 2016. Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

For the exhibition page click here.

NYPL: Books at Noon is Back!

New York Public Library: Books at Noon 

Books at Noon Spring 2016 AMake the most of your lunch hour and come to The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Wednesdays for Books at Noon, a series of free midday conversations hosted by Jessica Strand and featuring acclaimed authors. Books at Noon events take place under the center arch in historic Astor Hall, right upon entrance at 5th Ave. An audience Q&A and book-signing will follow each half-hour program. This is a standing room series with a very limited number of seats available for patrons who require seating.

Buy a copy of the featured book at the Library’s Shop right after the event, and get it signed! No registration needed. Look through the list of authors and see if you spot any of your favorites!

Dr. Louis Sullivan_CREDIT_Horace Henry_180Dr. Louis Sullivan

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016, 12 – 1 P.M.
Discussing his latest work, Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine. READ MORE › 

Padma Lakshmi_CREDIT_Inez & Vinoodh_180Padma Lakshmi

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2016, 12 – 1 P.M.
Discussing her latest work, Love, Loss, and What We Ate. READ MORE › 

Sarah Ruhl_CREDIT_John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation_180Sarah Ruhl

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016, 12 – 1 P.M.
Discussing her latest work, The Oldest Boy: A Play in Three Ceremonies. READ MORE › 

Edmund White_CREDIT_Kathryn Hamilton_180Edmund White

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016, 12 – 1 P.M.
Discussing his latest work, Our Young Man.

Tracy K Smith_CREDIT_Rachel Eliza Griffiths_180Tracy K. Smith

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016, 12 – 1 P.M.
Discussing her latest work, Ordinary Light.

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