Around Town: Sept. 19th – Sept. 26th

I hope everyone’s semester is off to a great start! To make it even better, why not check out a few events around town this week.

John Freeman Presents Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation

When: September 19, 2017 @ 7:30pm

Where: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

John Freeman is an American writer, literary critic, former editor of the literary magazine Granta, and former president of the National Book Critic Circle. At this event, Freeman will be presenting Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, an anthology containing 36 author stories and experiences that investigate “the profound gap between the wealthiest and the poorest in this nation” (Greenlight). There will be “a reading and panel discussion with authors Kirstin Valdez Quade, Ru Freeman, Lawrence Joseph and Jess Rulifson, who contributed pieces to the anthology.”

For more information, click here.

 PLG Fiction Book Group

When: September 20, 2017 @ 7:30pm

Where: 632 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Greenlight general manager Alexis hosts a book club every month at their Prospect Lefferts Gardens store. The PLG Fiction Book Group “discusses paperback fiction, reading broadly in contemporary fiction with the occasional diversion into classics.” This month, they are reading Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, Carthage. This is “a mesmerizing novel that examines grief, faith, justice, and the atrocities of war through the story of a young girl’s disappearance in a small Adirondack town.” Not only will you get the chance to discuss the plot and themes of Carthage, you will also be able to connect with others who are interested in reading and discussing fiction.

For more information, click here.

An Evening with Europa Editions

When: September 21, 2017 @ 7:30pm

Where: 686 Fulton street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Europa Editions is a multi-award winning independent publisher of quality fiction. Its mission is “to bring fresh international voices to the American and British markets and to provide quality editions that have a distinct look and consistently high levels of editorial standards.” Greenlight will be hosting this event celebrating two of Europa Editions’ publications by authors Chantel Acevedo and Santiago Gamboa.

Chantel Acevedo is a “master storyteller” and will be presenting her newest novel, The Living Infinite, a historical book “based on the true story of the Spanish princess Eulalia, an outspoken firebrand at the Bourbon court during the troubled and decadent final years of her family’s reign.”

Santiago Gamboa is a Columbian writer and will be presenting his novel, Return to the Dark Valley, “a mesmerizing polyphonic novel that spans three continents and two centuries as it weaves a tale about dislocation, the violent urges that can bring about regeneration, and the impossibility of return.”

For more information, click here.

Black Book Expo

When: September 23, 2017 @ 10am to 6pm

Where: National Black Theater Inc, 2031 5th Avenue, (Between 126th Street and 125th Street), New York, NY 10035

Cost: $15

Black Expo America Inc. is a “tradeshow, expo planning, and marketing company that produces business expos and conferences in major cities such as New York, NY, Newark, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, etc.” Their mission is “to restore, revitalize and re-energize the African American, Caribbean and African community through the promotion of entrepreneurship coupled with personal growth and business development.”

The 1st Annual Black Book Expo is an event to celebrate and promote the diversity of the written and spoken word. This event will feature emerging authors, poetry performances, a children’s corner, panel discussions, and workshops.

For more information, click here.

Around Town: Sept. 12th – Sept. 19th


While we are busy with classes and work, especially since the fall semester just started, we could all use a break now and then to socialize and connect with other people in the field of publishing. So here are some noteworthy events going on around town this week:

Death Need Not Be Fatal: Book Talk

When: September 12, 2017 at 6:30pm

WhereGreen-Wood Cemetery Chapel, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Malachy McCourt is 85 years old and has led a full life, moving from Ireland to the United States and pursuing many different careers. In the past 60 years, he has found success as an actor, musician, writer, and politician. At this creative nonfiction reading and discussion, McCourt (who will be introduced by his co-author, Brian McDonald) will read from his newest memoir and talk about “how to live life to its fullest, how to grow old without acting old, and how to die without regret” (PW).

Feeling Jewish: Devorah Baum with Zadie Smith

When: September 12, 2017 at 7:00pm

WhereMcNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Devorah Baum is a lecturer at the University of Southampton, where she teaches English Literature and Critical Thinking. At this fiction and creative nonfiction reading and discussion, Devorah Baum explores Jews, both in history and modern day, and how they are perceived “by others and by themselves” (PW). She will do this by looking through the lens of “fiction, film, memoir, and psychoanalysis.”

The NewsGuild of New York’s September Media Mixer

When: September 13, 2017 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Killarney Rose (upstairs), 127 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10005

The NewsGuild of New York is a union of news professionals in the media business. Their mission “is to raise the standards of journalism and ethics in the industry” (nyguild). Every month, The NewsGuild of New York hosts a mixer, allowing journalists and editors from all over the city to meet, eat, and drink together. Come to the mixer and network with professionals from tons of media outlets, including: The New York Times, Reuters, The Guardian, AP, Wall Street Journal, and more.

Red Hen Press at Poets House

When: September 15, 2017 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

WherePoets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282

Cost: $5 for Members, $7 for Students, $10 for General

Red Hen Press is a non-profit publisher based in Los Angles, California. They are “committed to publishing works of literary excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in our local schools” (redhen). For Summer 2017, they have been hosting events around New York City. At this reading, authors Elise Paschen (a Red Hen poet), Edward Hirsch, and Ellen Rachlin will be reading poems from their collections.

Six Words Fresh Off The Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America

When: September 18, 2017 at 7:30pm

WhereGreenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Six Words Fresh Off The Boat is an anthology created by Larry Smith, an author and editor. He is also a publisher of Smith Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to telling stories in all forms. At this reading, Smith will host and contributors will read their experiences of immigration. This will be an event “celebrating the new book including video, readings and backstories by contributors, and a Six-Word Slam for audience participation” (PW). Afterwards, there will be a wine reception.

 

Donald Judd Writings

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7:00 pm

192 Books
New York, NY

The conversation will explore Donald Judd’s writing as a process and primary part of his daily life and artistic practice. Rainer Judd, Co-President of Judd Foundation and daughter of Donald Judd, in conversation with Ellie Meyer, Catalogue Raisonné Research Manager at Judd Foundation and former studio assistant to Judd. A reading of selections from Donald Judd Writings will initiate a discussion on the thematics visited by Judd throughout the text including environment, space, history, and time.

Admission is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

David Biello in conversation with Andy Revkin

David BielloFriday, November 18 at 7:00 pm

BookCourt
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY

With the historical perspective of The Song of the Dodo and the urgency of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”, a brilliant young environmental journalist argues that we must innovate and adapt to save planet Earth.

Civilization is in crisis, facing disasters of our own making on the only planet known to bear life in the vast void of the universe. We have become unwitting gardeners of the Earth, not in control, but setting the conditions under which all of life flourishes—or not. Truly, it’s survival of the innovators.

Human Nature chronicles a disparate band of unlikely heroes: an effervescent mad scientist who would fertilize the seas; a pigeon obsessive bent on bringing back the extinct; a low-level government functionary in China doing his best to clean up his city, and more. These scientists, billionaires, and ordinary people are all working toward saving the best home humanity is ever likely to have.

What is the threat? It is us. In a time when a species dies out every ten minutes, when summers are getting hotter, winters colder, and oceans higher, some people still deny mankind’s effect on the Earth. But all of our impacts on the planet have ushered in what qualifies as a new geologic epoch, thanks to global warming, mass extinction, and such technologies as nuclear weapons or plastics.Human Nature examines the world we have created and analyzes the glimmers of hope emerging from the efforts of incredible individuals seeking to change our future. Instead of a world without us, this history of the future shows how to become good gardeners, helping people thrive along with an abundance of plants, animals, all the exuberant profusion of life on Earth—a better world with us. The current era of humans need not be the end of the world—it’s just the end of the world as we know it.

Admission is free.

GIRL: My Childhood and the Second World War

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Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10016

Alona Frankel is a renowned Israeli picture book writer and illustrator, the author of many classic children’s books as well as recently published poetic memoirs for young adults.

This illustrated lecture features a discussion of Alona Frankel’s first book for adults, her memoir about a Polish Jewish girl’s survival hiding as a Gentile in Nazi-occupied Poland.

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

GUTS

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Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
btwn Rivington and Delancy
New York, NY 10002

GUTS is a bare-bones reading series which encourages experimentation. Writers from a wide variety of styles and life phases are invited to read new work and discuss their practices in an intimate setting. Curated by Dia Felix.

In November, Guts features Filip Marinovich & Masha Tupitsyn.

Admission is free. Click here to reserve your spot.

 

Upcoming Event: 30th Annual New York Book Show!

Book industry guild of new yorkbigny book show posterThe Book Industry Guild of New York’s 30th Annual New York Book Show will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Battery Gardens.

1 Battery Place, Battery Park,
New York, NY, 10004
6:00 pm–9:00 pm

The Book Industry Guild of New York (BIGNY) event encourages, recognizes, and celebrates excellence in print and electronic book production and design. The 30th Annual Book Show awards include the following categories:

  • Books
  • Book Series
  • Covers
  • Covers/Self-Published Books
  • Cover Series
  • Magazines and Journals

As part of an ongoing commitment to enhance literacy, BIGNY will donate all books in the book show to organizations dedicated to promoting literacy.

Ticket prices are $100. Ticket prices include event admission, a buffet dinner and open bar. The event space will feature a display of the show’s award winners.

BIGNY President Jody Saunders Ray
BIGNY President Jody Saunders Ray

BIGNY is a New York-based organization that serves the publishing industry and community. Since its inception in 1926, the Guild has provided professional development opportunities by hosting social and educational events, seminars, industry trips, and more. The Guild produces the annual New York Book Show, which celebrates outstanding achievements in book design and manufacturing. BIGNY also proudly organizes charitable events to promote literacy in the New York City metropolitan area

 

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To purchase tickets, visit newyorkbookshow.com

For additional information, please contact Tim Hoey:
publicrelations@bigny.org, timhoey95@gmail.com
Phone: 973.714.0707

Thursday, September 29th at 7:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street

JoyceJoyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. Her books include the national bestsellers “We Were the Mulvaneys” and “Blonde” (a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize), and the New York Times bestsellers “The Falls” (winner of the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger) and “The Gravedigger’s Daughter.” Her essay collection “Soul at the White Heat” is new from Ecco Press this fall.

 

Admission is free.

Cave Canem Presents: New Works

Friday, September 30th at 5:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street

Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos) Book Launch

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Saturday, September 17, 4:30 pm

535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York City

A conversation with the artists, Molly Nesbit and Yasmil Raymond will occur at 4:30 pm. Signed books will be available for purchase.

Admission is free. Reservations encouraged.

Pat Cummings: The Art of the Book: Creating Children’s Books

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Saturday, September 17 at 1 pm-3 pm

Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
New York, NY

Coretta Scott King Award winning book illustrator and Katowitz-Radin Artist-in-Residence, Pat Cummings, details the creative process and craft behind picture books, with distinguished panelists Rudy Gutierrez, Evan Turk, and Rachel Vail. Each speaker will exhibit slides of their work; audience questions will follow.

Admission is free. RSVP Here

When Strangers Meet

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Monday, September 19 at 12:00 pm

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave

Join author Kio Stark as she explores the rich meanings and the transformative possibility of talking to people you don’t know — and how these beautiful interruptions in daily life can change you and the world we share.

Admission is $25

Poetry Reading with Tim Tomlinson and Barry Wallenstein

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Wednesday September 21 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

NYU Bookstore
726 Broadway

Tim Tomlinson has lived and published work all over the world, including his recent poetry collection Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire (Winter Goose Publishing, 2016). He currently teaches in New York University’s Global Liberal Studies program.

Barry Wallenstein is an emeritus professor of literature and creative writing at City College (CUNY), an editor at American Book Review, and the author of nine books of poetry. His poetry has been recorded with jazz accompaniment: At the Surprise Hotel and Other Poems (Ridgeway Press, 2016) is his most recent poetry collection.

Admission is free

An Evening with FREEMAN’s

FreemansThursday, September 8 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Come for a night in celebration of Freeman’s new issue, centered around the theme of “Family,” from the former editor of Granta and lecturer at the School of Writing, John Freeman. Featuring readings, conversations and performances by Valeria Luiselli, Sharon Olds, Tracy K. Smith, Garnette Cadogan, Ruddy Roye, Alexander Chee, and Aminatta Forna, presenting stories about family life, by turns amusing, heartbreaking, and probing. This second issue of FREEMAN’S: Family circles the globe and collects the most amusing, heartbreaking, and probing stories about family life emerging today. Co-sponsored by The New School Creative Writing MFA Program and McNally Jackson Booksellers.

Admission with a $16 (+tax) purchase of the book.

Miriam Horn & Ian Frazier: Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

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Friday, September 9 at 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Strand Book Store
828 Broadway and 12th Street, 3rd floor, Rare Book Room.                                     Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Environmental Defense Fund veteran Miriam Horn challenges pervasive and powerful myths about American and environmental values. Join Miriam in the Rare Book Room as she paints a powerful picture of the hidden stewards of America’s natural legacy.

Joining Miriam in conversation is Ian Frazier, author of Hogs Wild and Great Plains.

Admission with a $15 purchase of the book that comes with a $15 gift card at Strand Books.

Against Everything with Mark Greif and Wesley Morris

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Monday, September 12 at 7:00PM

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 

n+1 founding editor Mark Greif launches his newest book of cultural criticism and argument, Against Everything.

Mark Greif received a BA summa cum laude from Harvard in history and literature; an M.Phil. from Oxford in English as a British Marshall Scholar; and a Ph.D. in American studies from Yale. In 2004, he co-founded n+1, and has been a principal at the magazine since. In 2005 and 2007 his essays were chosen for The Best American Essays. His scholarly book, The Age of the Crisis of Man, was published in 2015 by Princeton University Press. In 2013–2014, he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, in its School of Social Science. In 2015, he was awarded the Charles Ryskamp Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

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Julissa Arce: My (Underground) American Dream
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Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Strand Book Store
828 Broadway and 12th Street, 3rd floor, Rare Book Room.                                     Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Thousands of people work on Wall Street, coming from various backgrounds and parts of the country, but Julissa Arce is the only one who can say that during her time as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs she was an undocumented immigrant.

Now that she’s left Wall Street, Julissa has become an advocate for rights for undocumented immigrants. She will be joined by award-winning writer and filmmaker Alberto Ferreras, who most recently directed HBO Latino’s Habla y Vota, in the Rare Book Room as she discusses and signs her memoir, My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive.

Admission with a $15 purchase of the book that comes with a $15 gift card at Strand Books.

 

 

 

Around Town: August 3rd-9th

 

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c4ecaabc1c2106409288585dec1abbc2.thumbnailAugust 5th- The Secrets of Book Publishing with Sue Shapiro

The Strand
828 Broadway at 12th Street

Time: 7:30-8:30pm

Author Sue Shapiro hosts an illuminating panel called “The Secrets of Book Publishing” in honor of her new novel, What’s Never Said. Join a panel of top editors, agents, and authors as they talk about the publishing industry:

  • Former New York Times editor Frank Flaherty, author of The Elements of Story
  • Viking/Penguin editor Beena Kamlani
  • Janklow & Nesbit literary agent Kirby Kim
  • Literary agent Renée Zuckerbrot
  • Wendy Sherman Associates literary editor Kimberly Perel, author of Wedding Cake for Breakfast
  • Danielle Perez, Executive Editor at Berkley/Penguin
  • Naomi Rosenblatt, editor and publisher of Heliotrope Books
  • Kenan Trebincevic, author of The Bosnia List

Buy a copy of What’s Never Said or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout.

The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice, and Liberty City by Luther Campbell

powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Time: 7-9pm

At a time when our communities are under attack from police brutality, abysmal public education, and poverty, Luther’s amazing life story The Book of Luke shows how one person can change a community and a country.

About The Book of Luke:

You may think rapper Luther Campbell (formerly of 2 Live Crew) is the kind of guy you would find in a dance club or on a crazy reality show. But the truth is that these days, he is likely to be found coaching football to inner-city kids, or at a city council meeting, fighting to get more funding for education, housing, or youth programs.

It may be surprising to some, but Luther has been fighting for justice for himself and others his entire life.  Born in Miami’s notorious Liberty City neighborhood, Luther saw poverty, despair, and crime firsthand. His Uncle Ricky didn’t want him to get trapped by the “invisible chains” of systemic racism, and schooled him on the necessity of a man “owning his own ass”—controlling his own livelihood and owning property (land and/or home).

Twenty years later, this one time King of Dirty Rap is better known as “Coach” to Miami high school students, and leads his players to state and national championships on the gridiron. He is a columnist for the Miami New Times, where he holds politicians accountable for their silence on important issues. He has even run for mayor of Miami on those same issues. Luther Campbell has taken his fame and fortune and returned to the streets of Liberty City, where he works tirelessly every day to save young men from the street corners. And The Book of Luke is a passionate call to action for us all to embrace community and never give up the fight for justice. I hope you’ll strongly consider introducing this book to your audience.

 Visit this page to book your spot at this event!

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Poets & Writers compiles a great list of local readings… be sure to click through and check out those available this week!

Around Town: July 27th- Aug 2nd

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July 27 – Book(less) Dystopias and Linguistic Armageddons

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 10.48.51 AMGreenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Time: 7:30pm

As writers create stories of other worlds – future, fantastical, or alternate – many engage with the question of story itself. How might our relationship to language, words, and books themselves be different in a different context, and what might that tell us about our own world? Tonight at Greenlight, a panel of writers discusses the place of language and literature in their fictional universes. In Alena Graedon’s The Word Exchange, the creators of the last print dictionary in an entirely digital age find themselves running afoul of the powers that be. Jonah Kruvant’s The Last Book Ever Written tells the story of a future officer of the law who goes undercover with an illegal community of writers, and finds that the faux-manuscript he has created takes on more significance than he intended. The Only Words That Are Worth RememberingJeffrey Rotter’s novel of a near-future America, is narrated in the mutated English of a post-literate age. The discussion is moderated by Justin Alvarez, former digital editor of the Paris Review and media editor of Guernica, now a publisher at Lucky Peach.

 

July 28th – Women’s/Trans Poetry Jam & Open Mic

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street
New York, NY

Time: 7:00pm

In Amy Barone’s new poetry chapbook, Kamikaze Dance, she write about nature, music, and the essence of place, including her Pennsylvania hometown, Rio, the Greek Island of Zante and Italy. And she also touches on family conflict and relations  In Carol Rosenfeld’s novel The One That Got Away a barely-out-of-the-closet bridal consultant confronts love, lust, dyke drama and not having a date for New Year’s Eve.

This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side Open mike ( for women & trans only) – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit. Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

This event costs $5

 

 

July 30th – Writing War

Brooklyn Historical Society 
128 Pierrepont St.

Time: 6:30pm

After more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, an impressive cadre of writers has emerged from the ranks of America’s military to put stories of war and homecoming on paper. BHS welcomes National Book Award winner Philip Klay (Redeployment), former U.S. Army Captain Matt Gallagher (Kaboom), author Sara Novic and poet and playwright Maurice Decaul for a discussion moderated by Brandon Willitts, Executive Director of Words After War.

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August 1 – Brooklyn Small Press Flea

bpl_logo10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY

Time: 10am-4pm

This pop-up book fair features Brooklyn’s finest indie presses, including A Public SpaceArchipelago BooksBELLADONNA*Electric LiteratureFuturepoemGuillotineMelville HouseOne StoryUgly Duckling Presse, and many more.

Co-presented with BOMB magazine.

 

 

Around Town: July 20th-27th

 

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websiteBooks Beneath the Bridge: Jami Attenberg and Kate Bolick

Brooklyn Bridge 
334 Furman St. 
Brooklyn, NEW YORK 11201

Time: 7-8pm

Join us for the annual Books Beneath the Bridge reading series, as Jami Attenberg and Kate Bolick read from their latest books against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline as part of this Borough-wide literary festival.  This evening will feature a reading, followed by Q&A and book signing. Lead support for Books Beneath the Bridge is provided by AT&T, and is in partnership with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservatory.  Click here for more information.

Click here for more information on the authors and their books.  

 

 

Romance Authors: Word for Word at Bryant Park, hosted by Joyce Lamb

Bryan Park Reading Room

Time: 12:30-1:45pm

Robyn Carr, Four Friends, Never Too Late
Kristan Higgins, The Best ManIn Your Dreams
Elizabeth Hoyt, Dearest Rogue
Beverly Jenkins, For Your Love, Destiny’s Captive
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Heroes Are My Weakness
Meredith Wild, Hardwired

Gotta love it! HarlequinAvon, and Forever authors dish on their best-selling romance novels.

 

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 10.48.51 AMMid-Summer Sidewalk Sale

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Time: 10am-5pm
It’s time for our second Sidewalk Sale of the year! Stroll over to Greenlight any time this Saturday to peruse our outdoor tables and carts, where you’ll find a wealth of slightly shelf-worn books at deep discounts. Discover treasures just right for summer reading or stocking your library. Enjoy the warm weather with some great book deals!