Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

August 5, 2013
Paranoia @ the Apple Store

At the Soho Apple Store (103 Prince Street, Manhattan) director Robert Luketic and actor Liam Hemsworth will be promoting their new film Paranoia, a high-stakes tech thriller. This free event starts at 6:00 pm.

August 6, 2013
Jeff Guinn on the Life of Charles Manson

The Strand (828 Broadway, Manhattan) will be hosting bestselling author Jeff Guinn as he talks about his latest book Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson. One must purchase the book or a $15.00 gift card to the Strand in order to attend. This event starts at 7:00 pm.

August 8, 2013
Soothing the Psyche When the Shrinks Are Away

Writing Professor Susan Shapiro will be hosting the 8th annual reading of her students’ work at McNally Jackson Booksellers (25 Prince Street, Manhattan) beginning at 7:00pm. The theme of the event is psychological health, and how to deal with life when your shrink is on vacation.

Keep this Bag Away from Children

Housing Works Café (126 Crosby Street) is hosting a release party for the literary magazine Keep this Bag Away from Children, featuring readings and conversation from some of New York’s budding writers. This event starts at 7:00 and is free.

August 9, 2013
James Franco and Frank Bidart

Actor James Franco’s latest book A California Childhood plays with the concept of memoir and expression. Poet Frank Bidart will join him in conversation at the Strand from 7:00-8:00 pm as they discuss memoir and poetry. In order to attend you must buy California Childhood or a $25 gift card to the Strand (828 Broadway, Manhattan).

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

July 29, 2013

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

At the Soho Apple Store (103  Prince Street, Manhattan) the director of the new Percy Jackson film, Thor Freudenthal, will be joined by actors Logan Lerman and Alexandra Daddario as they talk about the new movie. This free event starts at 6:00 pm.

Instructions for a Heatwave

Author Maggie O’Farrell will be promoting her new book Instructions for a Heatwave at Mcnally Jackson (52 Prince Street, Manhattan.) This family drama set in 1976 tells the story of a disappearing father and the fallout during a hot summer. This free event starts at 7:00 pm.

July 31, 2013

Harper’s Magazine: Sleeping

Harper’s Magazine will be hosting a panel at McNally Jackson bookstore (52 Prince Street, Manhattan) on the issues of sleep and dreams. Senior editor Christopher Cox will host this free event. This panel starts at 7:00pm.

Theology and Literature

Pastor of HOPE Church NYC Drew Hyun will be discussing David J. Wolpe’s book Why Faith Matters along with a conversation on theology and literature at the New York Public Library from 6:15-7:30 pm (5th Ave and 42nd Street.) This free event is one of a series on the nature of the religion and books.

The Greatest 3-Minute Internet Stories

At the Hosing Works Café (126 Crosby Street, Manhattan) a group of readers will present short stories on their funniest experiences on the internet. This free event starts at 7:00 pm.

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

Celebrate Maurice Sendak

“Children are tough, though we tend to think of them as fragile,” Maurice Sendak once said. “They have to be tough. Childhood is not easy.”  – Maurice Sendak. The Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd Street, Manhattan) has an exhibit honoring famed children’s author Maurice Sendak. Admission is $15.00. For more information, follow the link for this ongoing exhibition.

July 21, 2013

Bohemians and Beats of Greenwich Village Literary Tour

Learn about the greatest New York authors on this 2-hour walking tour of Greenwich Village. Put on by the Strand Bookstore, this historical tour will teach you everything you want to know about Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Bob Dylan. This tour is $25.00, and meets at Washington Square Park, Manhattan. It begins at 2:00 pm. Follow the link for more information.

July 23, 2013


New book Disunion will be a force in the historical non-fiction world. Comprised of 112 essays, it looks at the lies our textbooks told us about the Civil War. Jamie Malanowski, editor at Time, Esquire, and Playboy will be present at this event promotion the book, published by the New York Times. This free event at McNally Jackson Bookstore (52 Prince Street, Manhattan) begins at 7:00 pm.

July 24, 2013

Allison Lynn

Author Allison Lynn has just released her second novel, The Exiles. At 7:00 pm, Powerhouse Arena (37 Main Street, Brooklyn) will be holding its launch party. Admission is free!

July 25, 2013

Islam in Western Museums

Writer Melissa Forstrom will be discussing the role museums have in depicting Middle Eastern culture, and how those depictions shape viewers’ conceptions of Islamic identities. This free talk will be held at the New York Public Library (5th and 42nd Street, Manhattan) and begins at 1:15 pm.


Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

Jul 16, 2013

Jack O’Brien and Ethan Hawke

“A Tony Award-winning theater director meets your ’90s crush. Jack O’Brien’s new memoir, Jack Be Nimble: The Accidental Education of an Unintentional Director, has been praised as “the best theatrical memoir since Moss Hart’s Act One” (Nathan Lane), and “pretty much delectable” (Playbill). Join O’Brien as he discusses his book and early career with actor Ethan Hawke, who O’Brien will direct in Lincoln Center Theater’s Macbeth this fall.” This free event starts at 7:00 pm at McNally Jackson (52 Prince Street, Manhattan)

Daniel Silva

Daniel Silva will be promoting his new book English Girl: A Novel at the Union Square Barnes and Noble (33 East 17th Street, Manhattan) at 7 pm.  This novel is about an affair a young girl has with the Prime Minister, and sounds scandalous and entertaining. This is a free event.

July 17, 2013

Brand Builders

At the Apple Store in Soho (103 Prince Street, Manhattan) branding experts Carly Heitlinger, Holly Linch and Katie White (former Cosmo editor!!) will be giving a talk on generating influence and driving opportunities. The panel will talk about strategies and tactics for the social business world. This free event begins at 6:00 pm. Pre-register online.

July 18, 2013

The Virgins of Islamic Paradise: A Global History

Professor Nerina Rustomiji will be giving a talk on the meaning of the virgin in Islamic literature and culture at the New York Public Library (42nd and 5th Avenue, Manhattan) Thursday July 18th at 1:15 pm. This talk is free on a first come, first served basis. The talk will be focused on American perceptions of Islamic culture, and discuss how stereotypes and assumptions became the norm for western understandings of Eastern culture.

July 19, 2013

Ian Rusten

At BookCourt (163 Court Street, Brooklyn) author Ian Rusten will be promoting his book The Beach Boys in Concert, an extensively researched and personal look at one of America’s favorite bands, the Beach Boys. This book signing is free and starts at 7:00 pm.


Around Town: Books and Magazine Events in NYC


A Tribute to Russell Hoban

“NYRB Classics and McNally Jackson Books are joining forces on a new reading series, where well-known authors, editors, and translators of today will come together on a regular basis to shed light on their favorite nyrb-published writers. They will be kicking off the series with a celebration of the recent publication of Turtle Diary at a tribute event for author Russell Hoban, who died in December 2011. Ed Park, author of Personal Days and the introducer to Turtle Diary, Michael Miller, senior editor at Bookforum, John Wray, author of Lowboy, Damion Searls, writer and a translator of many classic twentieth-century authors, and others, will be discussing Hoban’s work and legacy.” This event starts at 7:00 pm at McNally Jackson (52 Prince Street, Manhattan)


Aisha Tyler at the Tribeca B&N

Aisha Tyler will be promoting her new book Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation at the Tribeca Barnes and Noble (97 Warren Street, Manhattan). She is the host of The Talk and has been involved in many series and movies. This event begins at 6:00 pm and requires a wristband, and their website asks that you call the store for details.


Michael Cera @ Apple

Come to the Apple Store in Soho (103 Prince Street, Manhattan) to see Michael Cera promote his new movie Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus. This event starts at 6:00 pm and is free, register online.

Marcel Proust

Poets House (10 River Terrace, Manhattan) will be hosting an event for Marcel Proust in honor of a new translation of his famed French poetry.  Contributors will read from the new book and join in a Q & A section. This event is free and begins at 7:00 pm.


Stay, Illusion!

“In Stay, Illusion!, professor Simon Critchley and his wife, pychoanalyst, Jamieson Wiebster submit Hamlet to a prismatic set of readings, studying the play alongside other writers, philosophers, and psychoanalysts, from Benjamin, Lacan, Nietzsche, and Freud, to Melville and Joyce. Their witty exploration succeeds in showing us that–like an insistent ghost–Hamlet only has more to tell us with each passing era. Critchley and Wiebster will read from and discuss the book with Hari Kunzru, author, most recently, of Gods Without Men.” This free event starts at 7:00 pm at Mcnally Jackson (52 Prince Street, Manhattan)