Around Town: July 13th-19th




event-sackettJuly 13th – Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop

163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 

Time: 7:00pm

Editors from NYC publishing houses talk about what really goes into the complex process of creating a book.

Brenda Copeland, Executive Editor, St. Martin’s Press
An Executive Editor at St. Martin’s Press, Copeland has worked since 2010. Brenda publishes a vibrant mix of fiction and non-fiction, from the commercial to the literary, and looks for strong stories told with a strong voice.  Current authors include Matthew Dicks, author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Ann Leary, author of The Good House, and Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Glass Wives. Over the course of her career Brenda has published such bestselling authors as Dean Koontz, Claire Cooke, Cecily Von Ziegesar, Melissa de la Cruz, as well as Gotham and Deepak Chopra. Brenda teaches book editing at New York University and has a weakness for cheese.

Emily Graff is an editor at Simon & Schuster. She previously worked as an editorial assistant at The Penguin Press. Recent and forthcoming titles include Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes by Dominique AnselThe Sweetheart by Angelina Mirabella, and Tales from the Back Row by Amy Odell. She is acquiring books across genres, including literary and upmarket commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, food, and memoir. She graduated with honors from Harvard College.

Anya Lichtenstein came to St. Martin’s Press as an editorial intern. After a second summer at Macmillan working at Picador, she made her way back to SMP, initially as a publicist. She’s back to editorial these days, and is the U.S. editor of bestselling Israeli author Yochi Brandes. Anya is acquiring in all sorts of categories, from accessible literary fiction and upmarket and commercial women’s fiction to narrative nonfiction with a quirky, feminist, or Jewish voice and pop-science that fixates on a singular topic.

Maya Ziv knew she wanted to work in publishing from the day her aunt, an editor at Scribner at the time, took her to “Take Your Daughter to Work Day.” A Manhattan native, Maya began her career as an intern at Brandt & Hochman. After a year and a half on the agent side at Brandt & Hochman, she moved over into editorial at HarperCollins. An editor now, she has been with the company for more than six years.


July 14th – Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman “: Scout Reads Scout

h_badhammary_bw92nd Street Y 
1395 Lexington Ave.

Time: 7:30pm

Celebrate the launch of Harper Lee’s newly discovered novel Go Set a Watchman!

Mary Badham, who played Scout in the classic film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, will read from both of Harper Lee’s books.

Written in the 1950s, the manuscript of Go Set a Watchman was long assumed to be lost. Its recent discovery has made headlines around the world. Featuring a grown-up Scout and exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbirdadjust to the turbulent events transforming mid-’50s America, Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic.

This event is $24. Click here for ticket information. 


July 14th – July 19th: 17th Annual Harlem Book Fair

bce9ed_f2800ab8ad8f4832b4b4b0ba02f52dda.jpg_srz_p_978_143_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzSchomburg Center For Research In Black Culture
515 Lenox Avenue @ West 135th Street
Harlem, New York

Attended by over 30,000 readers and viewed by millions on C-span, the Harlem Book Fair stands as the nation’s flagship African American public literary event. 2015 will mark our 17th year and the launch of a brand new look with brand new partners.

On Friday, July 17th, the QBR Wheatley Awards will be held at the Miller Theatre, and on Saturday, the actual book fair will be on West 135th street from Lenox Ave to Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Click here and here to see a  list of events, including author readings, panels, and more.



Also, if you’re interested in attending either poetry or fiction/nonfiction readings, click here for a list of some that are happening around the city!

Around Town: July 6th- 12th



Tuesday, July 7th – Caitlin Moran & Judith Regan

Caitlin-Moran-liveThe Strand Bookstore, 3rd floor
828 Broadway at 12th Street

Time: 7-8pm

Caitlin Moran has been rightly called “the UK’s answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and Lena Dunham all rolled into one” by Marie Claire and among other praise, her novel How to Build a Girl has been called “thrillingly rude” and “laugh-out-loud-funny.” She’ll be in conversation with editor, producer, and TV/radio host Judith Regan.

Come to our Rare Book Room to celebrate the book’s much anticipated paperback release of and meet the literary powerhouse for yourself!

Buy a copy of How to Build a Girl or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event.



July 8th – #AntiSocial: The Dark Side of Social Media

Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street
(between Ave A & Ave B)
New York,  NY 10009

Time: 8-10pm

Are you fed up with Facebook? Do you avoid reading the comments of articles or certain tweets because they are hateful? Are you concerned about your privacy online?

There’s a sense that social media in recent years has become increasingly toxic. With the amount of public shaming, bullying, sexism and negativity online, social media these days feels less about connection and more about division. For many people, the costs of social networking are starting to feel greater than the benefits.

In its newest show, #AntiSocial: The Dark Side of Social Media, Poetic People Power addresses this timely issue to explore how social media is affecting our behavior, relationships, and society. For 13 consecutive years, Poetic People Power has creatively explored social and political topics, offering insight and solutions to issues that affect our everyday lives. This year’s poets include Bogar Alonso, Tara Bracco, Karla Jackson-Brewer, Angela Kariotis, Shetal Shah, Natalia Vargas-Caba, and Jonathan Walton.

Tickets are $15 online at, $20 at the door, and $10 for students with valid ID


July 12th – Odes to the Stones


85 E. 4th St. 
New York,  NY 10003

Time: 7-9pm

On Sunday, July 12, 2015, poets Hilary Sideris and Rick Mullin celebrate the Rolling Stones with a reading of selected poems from their Stones-inspired books from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at KGB Bar on 85 East 4th Street in New York City.

Two poets, one from New York, Hilary Sideris, and another from New Jersey, Rick Mullin, met on the New York City poetry circuit and discovered that they had both published poetry collections inspired by lives of the Rolling Stones. It seemed inevitable that they would read together, and they have decided to do just that to celebrate the 53rd anniversary of the legendary band’s debut performance. On July 12, 1962, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones  with Ian Stewart and Dick Taylor played their first gig billed as “The Rollin’ Stones” at the Marquee Club, 165 Oxford Street, London. Their material included the Chicago blues as well as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley songs. Their material will be selected poems from their Stones-inspired poetry books.

Since opening in 1993, the KGB Bar has become something of a New York literary institution, where popular authors come to read pro bono. This speakeasy-style dive bar has been named best literary venue in New York City by “New York” magazine, “The Village Voice,” and others.

The reading is free and open to the public. While there is no cover, KGB encourages guests to patronize the bar by buying drinks. Copies of Sideris’s and Mullin’s books will be available for sale and signing at the event.



Around Town: June 29th – July 5th





June 30th – Uptown Showdown

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025

Time: 8pm

You never know what to expect at this bi-monthly, wacky debate series that brings together two teams of comedians, writers and performers to face-off on a chosen topic, such as which pet is superior cats or dogs and is it better to be comfortable or fashionable?

Debaters will argue these lingering questions, drawing from historical fact and personal opinion in equal measure, and with plenty of silliness and audience participation. Forget about school reform and health care, these issues, heatedly argued by some of the funniest, smartest, intensely wacky creative thinkers around, are the topics that keep us awake at night….in a good way. Winner decided by the audience.

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Past Performers include Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Tom Cavanagh, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Maria Bamford, Janeane Garofalo, Jackie Hoffman, David Wain, Sasheer Zamata, Brooks Wheelan, Jon Glaser, Ilana Glazer, Dave Hill, Julie Klausner, A.D. Miles, Christian Finnegan, Elna Baker, Kevin Townley, Tom Shillue and more.


July 1st – Word for Word: Mary Pilon’s The Monopolists

Bryant Park Reading Room

Time: 12:30-1:45pm

Pass Go on your way to Free Parking with a look inside the bestselling book that chronicles the secret 80-year history of the famous board game.

“Word for Word Author” is an outdoor reading series that features bestselling authors, celebrity writers, and expert-panelists sharing anecdotes, answering questions from the audience, and signing copies of their latest books.

The Bryant Park Reading Room located on the 42nd Street side of the park—under the trees—between the back of the NYPL on Fifth and Sixth Aves. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.

This event is free


July 3rd – I Say Vote Yes: An Afternoon with William Daniels & 1776

Fraunces Tavern Museum 
54 Pearl St.

Meet actor William Daniels, who played John Adams in 1776, and learn what it was like to portray one of the Founding Fathers in this iconic musical film released in 1972. Daniels will be signing copies of his memoir, Still at Play: My 75 Years in Show Business and Roles America Embraced.

Signing at 1pm; screening begins at 2pm. Reservations not required.

This event is free with museum admission ($1 on open house weekends)



Around Town: June 22 – 28th




June 22 – The Other Stories

85 East 4th St
New York,  NY 10003

Time: 7-9pm

Join the following authors for a fiction/nonfiction reading

Kashana Cauley is a native Wisconsinite who lives in New York City. The Atlantic, Esquire, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and Tin House have published her essays and fiction. She won the 2012 Esquire/Aspen Writers’ Foundation Short Short Fiction Contest.

Kit Haggard was born and raised in southern California, but currently lives in New York. Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Four Chambers Press, and the Mays Anthology, among other places. She is the recipient of the Rex Warner Prize and the Nancy Lynn Schwartz Prize for Fiction.

Martin Cahill lives in New York, just outside that massive city everyone’s always talking about. Publicist by day and writer by night, every so often he remembers that sleep is important. He is a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop of 2014, and has had stories published in Nightmare Magazine and Fireside Fiction. He also freelances for Strange Horizons,, and Book Riot. He can be found online at and on Twitter at @Mcflycahill90. Talk to him about craft beer, books of any kind, or how good Daredevil was and you’ll most likely become fast friends.


June 23 – Scott Sherman’s “Patience and Fortitude”

Book Culture
450 Columbus Ave.
New York, NY 10024

Time: 7pm

Join us on Tuesday, June 23rd, at 7pm for the launch of Scott Sherman’s book, Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate, and the Fight to Save a Public Library. Caleb Crain will join as a conversant.

In a series of cover stories for The Nation magazine, journalist Scott Sherman uncovered the ways in which Wall Street logic almost took down one of New York City’s most beloved and iconic institutions: the New York Public Library.

In the years preceding the 2008 financial crisis, the library’s leaders forged an audacious plan to sell off multiple branch libraries, mutilate a historic building, and send millions of books to a storage facility in New Jersey. Scholars, researchers, and readers would be out of luck, but real estate developers and New York’s Mayor Bloomberg would get what they wanted. But when the story broke, the people fought back, as famous writers, professors, and citizens groups came together to defend a national treasure. Rich with revealing interviews with key figures, Patience and Fortitude is at once a hugely readable history of the library’s secret plans, and a stirring account of a rare triumph against the forces of money and power.

Scott Sherman is a contributing writer for The Nation. His work has appeared in Lingua FrancaVanity Fair, the London Review of Books, the Washington Post, theLos Angeles TimesNewsdayDissent, and other publications.

Caleb Crain is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker,the New York Review of Books,the Nation, the New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Booksn+1, the Paris Review Daily, and the New York Times Book Review. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia, he is the author of the critical work American Sympathy and a work of fiction entitled Necessary Errors. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


June 24th – Thought Catalog: Books presents Author’s Night

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

Time: 7:00pm

Thought Catalog Books presents: Authors Night, featuring five Thought Catalog authors who will read from their various published works ranging from literary fiction to memoir to stand-up comedy, with Robert Yune, Mike Heppner, Lance Pauker, Melanie Berliet, and Shanon Cook, hosted by Ryan O’Connell.

Mélanie Berliet writes regularly about sex, love, relationships and anything else that tickles her for Thought Catalog. Her work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, and many other publications. She likes knee high tube socks more than a thumb-sucking 30-something probably should.

Lance Pauker writes articles on the internet, and performs standup comedy all over New York City and the greater northeast.

Robert Yune was born in Seoul, South Korea. As a Navy brat, he traveled around the world, moving 11 times by the time he turned 18. Yune has published fiction in The Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Avery, among others. In 2008, he received a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2012, he was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award in Short Fiction and was one of five finalists for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, selected by Sherman Alexie and Colin Channer. From 2010-2013, Yune served as fiction editor of The Fourth River. He has worked as a behavioral health researcher, a census enumerator, and a stand-in for George Takei. He currently lives and teaches in Pittsburgh.

Mike Heppner is the author of the novels The Egg Code, Pike’s Folly, and, mostly recently, We Came All This Way. He’s also the author of two collections of short fiction, The Man Talking Project and This Can Be Easy or Hard, and a novella, Nada. His work has been published in Poets & Writers, Nerve, Esquire, The New Guard, and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in the Boston area.

Shanon Cook is the Spotify trends expert for TV, radio and online and is a music journalist who has interviewed many of the world’s top performers, includingSting, Annie Lennox, Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, R.E.M., Britney Spears, and more. Australian by birth and accent (sort of), Shanon earned her Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Ryan O’Connell is a writer and professional feeler of emotions living in Los Angeles. He wrote a book called I’m Special that’s now being developed into a TV show. He likes The Olsen Twins.

This event is free to attend; click here to RSVP. 




Marcus Garvey Park
18 Mount Morris Park W
New York,  NY 10035

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Scott Raven Tarazevits and Megan DiBello will be performing on the second stage at the Harlem Arts Festival. The performance will be 30 minutes of original work that touches on a Harlem resident/local NYC artist, and a nationally touring poet.

This event is FREE and open to the public!


June 28th- Ghostbird Press Book Launch Party

Fatty’s Cafe
45-17 28th Ave.
Astoria,  NY 11103

Time: 5-7pm

Join us at Fatty’s Cafe in Astoria, NY as we celebrate the launch of three new chapbooks from Ghostbird Press:  OTHERS by John Reid Currie, Acoustic Trauma by Rajiv Mohabir and Three Sailors and a Hermit by Peter and Paul Vanderberg.  Authors will read from their works and books will be available for purchase and signing.  Come out and experience what this new chapbook press has to offer at one of the best local restaurant-bars in Queens.

Click here for the Ghostbird Press website. 

Around Town: June 15-21



Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 11.32.00 AMJune 15 – TheSALON & Akashic Books presents: Reverse Gentrification of the Literary World

Book Court
163 Court Street
Brooklyn,  NY 11201

Time: 7:00-8:30pm

New York City launch event for The Anger Meridian and Little Beasts! Part of The Salon reading series. Moderated by series cohost Martin Rowe. With Kaylie Jone and Matthew McGevna.


June 16 – Aziz Ansari with Modern Romance

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

Time: 12:00pm

Modern Romance combines Aziz Ansari’s irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us a tour of our new romantic world. An exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices.

Books must be purchased at this Barnes & Noble location or for attendance and priority seating.


June 16 – Katherine Taylor with Malcolm Gladwell

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

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Join us for the launch of Katherine Taylor’s new novel Valley Fever. Long awaited since her acclaimed debut, Rules for Saying Goodbye came out eight years ago, Valley Fever is a lush novel about inheritance, family, and betrayal set in California’s wine soaked, sunbaked Central Valley. Katherine will be in conversation with Malcolm Gladwell. With books for sale from our friends at WORD.