Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

On May 31, 1953, twenty-year-old Sylvia Plath arrived in New York City for a one-monthstint at “the intellectual fashion magazine” Mademoiselle. Over the next 26 days, Sylvia Plath would go to Balanchine ballets, fashion shows, and games at Yankee Stadium. She typed rejection letters to writers from The New Yorker. She feasted on avocados and crab meat with the legendary BBD&O ad men–followed by a horrific bout of food poisoning… She hopped in cabs with trendy radio names, she flirted with famous playwrights. She shopped alone at Bloomingdales and she stalked Dylan Thomas. She danced at the West Side Tennis Club and fought off an aggressive diamond-wielding delegate from the United Nations. She brushed elbows with Jose Ferrer at the Barrymore Theater. She took hot baths, had her hair done, and discovered her signature drink (vodka, no ice.) She should have felt jaunty as a pillbox hat. She was supposed to be having the time of her life.  

These 26 days–later immortalized in her novel The Bell Jar— shaped the way Sylvia saw herself as a writer–and as a woman. All New York’s gory beauty would shoot through her, indelibly altering everything from her hair color to her taste in men, to her views on Russian literature.” (Via the Huffington Post)


How will you make your mark in New York? 

April 20, 2013

Contemporary Poets Re-image Shakespeare

At the New York Public Library (5th and 42nd Street) poets Heather Dubrow, Roger Sedarat, Tom Sleigh and more will be performing Shakespeare works from 1:15 to 3 pm. This free event will be entertaining for any Bard lover that appreciates modern retellings of their favorite works.

April 21, 2013

Brooklyn Zine Fest

Brooklyn Zine Fest is a convention of small indie magazine publishers. Artists and authors will be selling their self-published works for cheap! Brooklyn Brewery will also be at the event with a bar and snacks. At 7 pm there will be a performance and reading event put on by staffers.  The day starts at 11:00 and goes on until question mark. Check it out at Public Assembly, 70 N. 6th Street, Brooklyn.

April 22, 2013

Writing Workshop

At Bar 13 starting at 6 pm there is a free writing workshop! This is great for all of you writers out there- how to write to attract an audience. The event is hosted by Corrina Bain and Brendan Wolff. Bar 13 is located at 35 E. 13th Street.

April 24, 2013

Design and Style: Tattoo and Graffiti

Michael Kaves McLeer is a well-known tattooist and graffiti artist with a new book exploring the connections between the two art forms. Skin Graf: Masters of Graffiti Tattoo was just published by Prestel. He will be speaking about the book and his work at the New York Public Library April 24th, doors open at 5:30 pm on a first come first served basis. This free event is sure to inspire any of us with a taste for the underground.

April 26, 2013

Changing Styles in Children’s Book Illustration

This sounds fantastic! At the New York Public Library from 2:15 to 4:00 pm speakers will present notable editions of Alice in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Maurice Sendak books and discuss the artistic techniques, cultural signifiers, and psychological factors that go into children’s book illustration. This event is free!

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

April 6 & 7

MoCCa Arts Fest

Sponsored by the Society of Illustrators, the MoCCa Arts Fest is a convention of underground and indie comic artists and publishers. Our own Professor Levitz will be moderating a panel celebrating the role of counterculture comic artists in NYC (2:30 pm on Saturday.) Tickets are $12.00 for a single day if you purchase online before going. The event is held at the 69th Regiment Armory (68 Lexington Ave., Manhattan.) Many Pace faces will be in attendance! This two day event goes on all day.

April 8

Franklin Park Reading Series

Checkout Franklin Park Bar (618 St. John’s Place, Brooklyn) for a monthly reading series. Guest hosts rotate- you never know who you might find. This bar has a great outdoor seating area (complete with space heaters!) This event is free and starts at 8 pm.

April 9

Architectural Book Event: Lincoln Center

At the Schwarzman branch of the New York Public Library (Bryant Park, Manhattan) there is a free event (first come first served) centering around the redesign of Lincoln Center. In conjunction with the book Lincoln Center: Inside Out, partners Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro, and Barry Bergdoll (MoMa’s Chief Curator of architecture and design) will be talking about the transformation of the building. The event starts at 6 pm.

Stoops to Nuts: Storytellers

Thomas Pryor will host a night of storytelling at the Cornelia Street Café (29 Cornelia Street, Manhattan.) Featured presenters include Pauline Findlay, Dr. Kurt Gestmann, and Tim O’Mara. This event starts at 6 pm, and costs $8.00 (includes one drink.)

April 10

Coffin Factory Issue Launch Party

The Coffin Factory (a magazine for people who love books) will be holding a release party for their newest issue at the Housing Works Bookstore (126 Crosby St., Manhattan.) This event is free and begins at 7pm. Check out their magazine here.

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

March 19,2013

Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis, an Oprah’s Book Club Author, will be promoting her new book The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, at McNally Jackson Books (52 Prince Street, Manhattan.) This event is free and open to the public, starting at 7:00 pm.

Richard Hell

Rock and roll legend Richard Hell (from the band Television) has recently penned a memoir about his life in the Punk scene in late 70’s New York City. He will be at Bookmarc (400 Bleeker St., Manhattan) promoting his new book at 6 pm. This event is free.

March 20, 2013

Jonathan Lethem and Jessica Hagedorn

New York authors Jonathan Lethem and Jessica Hagedorn will talk about their new works at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University (1 University Plaza at Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn.) This event begins at 7:30 and is free to the public.

March 21, 2013

Conversation Among Critics- Ralph Waldo Emerson

At 1:15 at the New York Public Library (5th Ave. and 42nd St, Manhattan,) author of the book Estimating Emerson, David LaRocca, will be speaking about his life’s study of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The talk will focus on how critics have perceived Emerson over time. This event is free & open to the public on a first come first serve basis.

March 22, 2013

He Said, She Said

At the New York Public Library (5th Ave. and 42nd St, Manhattan,) the 2013 NYC Teen Author Festival is kicking off with an event featuring four female and four male authors: Ted Goeglein, Gordon Korman, Lucas Klauss, Michael Northrop, Susane Colasanti, E. Lockhart, Carolyn Mackler, and Sarah Mlynowski. The panel will be moderated by David Levithan, is free and open to the public, and begins at 2pm. Following this, there is another free panel on YA characters dealing with poor choices.

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC


As students in New York City we have access to hundreds of great events every day. It is at these events that we can network, learn more about our favorite topics, and gain exposure to a wider industry. These readings, lectures, and parties will enrich our education beyond what we learn in class. If you have any recommendations for event listings, please send them to us at the office. If you attend any of these events, we’d love to have you blog about it here! Send us an email and let us know!



A.S. Byatt, Tracy Smith, and Leonard Lopate

At Powerhouse Books (37 Main Street, Brooklyn) novelist Byatt and poet Smith read from their work and then talk with Lopate about the craft of writing. This event is free and begins at 6pm.



Karen Russell: Vampires in the Lemon Grove

At the Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton Street, BrooklynSwamplandia! Author launces her new collection of short-stories: Vampires in the Lemon Grove. This event starts at 7:30 and is free.


Vera Wang

Designer, entrepreneur, and it-woman Vera Wang will be speaking at the 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Ave, Manhattan.) Her talk will focus on her career, and the change from designer bridal wear to a less formal ready-to-wear line. Tickets are $29.00, and the event begins at 8 pm.



Michael Clinton

At the Rizzoli Bookstore (31 W 57th Street, Manhattan) author and publishing veteran of the Hearst company, Michael Clinton, will be reading from his new travel memoir, The Globetrotter Diaries. This event is free and starts at 5:30


Selected Shorts: Lorrie Moore & Sherman Alexie

This live radio program features actors interpreting stories. This week Cynthia Nixon, Amber Tamblyn, and Jill Eikenberry will be performing works by Lorrie Moore and Sherman Alexie. Tickets start at $15.00, and the event begins at 7:30. The event is held at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, Manhattan.)

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

February 10, 2013

KGB Bar Fiction Reading Series

This event has lured famous writers Rick Moody, Jonathan Lethem, and Mary Gaitskill to read. This event is free and reoccurs every Sunday at 7 pm. The KBG Bar is at 85 East 4th St, in Manhattan.

February 11, 2013

The Half King Reading Series

Every Monday at 7pm at the Half King (505 W. 23rd St., Manhattan) readers gather to enjoy poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Such literary heroes as Bret Easton Ellis, and Sebastian Junger are known to frequent these events. Best part- No cover charge!

Jesse Eisenberg

Star of movies The Social Network and Adventureland, actor Jesse Eisenberg is stepping out of the spotlight and writing. His latest play The Revisionist is getting attention from critics. This event features a dialogue between Eisenberg and novelist Thane Rosenbaum. Check it out at the 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Ave, Manhattan) at 8:15.

February 12, 2013

Strange Bedfellows

BookForum at the New Museum of Contemporary Art (235 Bowery St., Manhattan) is hosting a reading with George Saunders, Chris Hayes, Rachel Kushner, and other authors. This event begins at 7 pm and costs $14.00.

February 13, 2013

Intercultural Poetry: Love

Love is in the air this week as couples everywhere take the time to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Honor the holiday at the Cornelia Street Café (29 Cornelia St., Manhattan.) A night of love poetry, hosted by journalist and poet Carmen Firan, is a great way to get in the mood. Tickets are at the door for $7.00, the event begins at 6 pm.