Around Town: July 13th-19th

 

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event-sackettJuly 13th – Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop

BookCourt
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

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1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5500

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

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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

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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 TheWildProject.com, $20 at the door, and $10 for students with valid ID

 

July 12th – Odes to the Stones

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KGB Bar
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 15-21

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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 BN.com 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.

 

Around Town: June 8th – 14th

 

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June 8-14th

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Be sure to check out the Poets & Writers event calendar for listings of fiction and nonfiction readings in the city!

Click here for the calendar. 

 

June 8 – Franklin Park Reading Series: Summer kickoff

franklin-park-reading-series-coverFRANKLIN PARK BAR AND BEER GARDEN
618 St. Johns Place (between Franklin and Classon Avenues)
Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Time: 8pm-10pm

We’re kicking off our summer season with a blockbuster reading featuring novelists Marlon James (A Brief History of Seven Killings), Shya Scanlon (The Guild of Saint Cooper), and Mary-Beth Hughes (The Loved Ones), short fiction writer Jai Chakrabarti (Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Coffin Factory), and poets Adam Fitzgerald (The Late Parade) and Angel Nafis (BlackGirl Mansion).

The event features three contributors from the acclaimed Brooklyn-based magazine A Public Space — Mary-Beth Hughes, Adam Fitzgerald, and Jai Chakrabarti. Visit apublicspace.org for outstanding fiction, poetry, essays, and art.

Admission is FREE, beers $4, and we’ll have an awesome raffle for our authors’ books and A Public Space subscriptions and magazines.

Click here for Facebook Event Page and more information on the hosted authors. 

 

 

June 10th – Women of Letters

WomenOfLetters_LOGO2Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater
425 Lafayette St 
New York, NY 10003

Time: 7pm

Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire bring their bestselling Australian literary salon, Women of Letters to New York as a monthly event and celebration of a diverse range of strong female talent.  New York’s best and brightest writers, entertainers and artists perform a reading of a letter they’ve written to the theme of the evening. Past guests included: MOLLY RINGWALD, EDIE FALCO, MARTHA WAINWRIGHT, JD SAMPSON, KRISTIN HERSH, SARA BENINCASA and MORE.

Event tickets are $20. Click here for event site.

 

June 11 – Women of Color Writers’ Reading at Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble
267 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Time: 6:30pm

Please join us for a special event from from the members of the Women of Color Writers’ Workshop.

This event is free. 

Around Town: May 11-20

 

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May 11-15 – #TwitterFiction Festival LIVE 2015

twitter_fiction_festival_profile45 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

Time: Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm

#TwitterFiction Festival is about embracing, exploring, and developing the art of storytelling on Twitter.

From May 11-15, the Association of American Publishers and Penguin Random House will team up again to present the third industry-wide #TwitterFiction Festival.

  • We will invite authors from across the industry to create original fiction, using the Twitter platform.
  • Writers everywhere can also submit their own ideas once again for the chance to be featured in the author showcase.
  • As in previous years, anyone at anytime can jump in and join the fun by telling stories on Twitter using the #TwitterFiction hashtag.
  • Follow @TwFictionFest for updates on this year’s festival!

This year, watch authors Gayle Forman (@gayleforman), Daniel José Older (@djolder), Anna North (@annanorthtweets), Myke Cole (@MykeCole) and Lyndsay Faye (@LyndsayFaye) create #TwitterFiction stories LIVE on stage! Hosted by comedian Nick Turner (@NicksTurners).

Click here for tickets and more details. 

 

 

May 20 – Jean-Christophe Menu: Independent Publishing as Art

Albertine
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075, USA

Time: 7:00pm

For more than twenty years, Jean-Christophe Menu has been a vital force in French comics publishing, both as an author of autobiographical comics and as a publisher. In 1990 he co-founded the seminal independent publishing house L’Association, which has published important, internationally-recognized work by artists including Marjane Satrapi, David B., and many more. In 2011 he founded a new independent publishing house, L’Apocalypse, dedicated to tracing the relationships between comics and other art forms. Throughout, he has militantly defended the integrity of independent publishing.

In this special discussion with Best American Comics series editor Bill Kartalopoulos, Menu will discuss his own work as an artist and a publisher, the legacy of publishing that has inspired him, and the ethics of independent production.

For more information about Jean Christophe Menu click here. 

This event is free and open to the public, no RSVP necessary. 

 

Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 1.32.19 PMBook Forum – Readings

Bookforum.com is an excellent resource when it comes to finding readings around the city. Be sure to check out this page for the list of authors who are doing signings and readings across the city.

Around Town: May 4-10

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PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature

This week, PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature will be hosting many, many events from the 4-10. Take a look here to see which events are happening when, and be sure to follow PEN on Twitter or Facebook for updates!

 

booksMay 7 – The Magical Art of Translation: From Haruki Murakami to Japan’s Latest Storytellers

333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017

Time: 6:30pm

Since 1989, Jay Rubin has translated many of Haruki Murakami’s most successful and prize-winning novels, including The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood and 1Q84. In this program, he is joined by Ted Goossen, translator of Murakami’s most recent U.S. publications, The Strange Library (Knopf, December 2014) and Wind/Pinball: Two Early Novels (Knopf, August 2015), and co-editor of Monkey Business literary magazine, which showcases the best of contemporary Japanese literature for an international audience. They will discuss the unique challenges of translating modern Japanese literary works into American English, and vice versa. Rubin will also talk about his transition from translator to novelist vis-à-vis his debut novel The Sun Gods.

Joining the discussion from Tokyo will be authors Aoko Matsuda and Satoshi Kitamura, and Motoyuki Shibata, friend and translating partner of Murakami, former University of Tokyo professor, and the Japanese translator of such American literary luminaries as Paul Auster and Thomas Pynchon. Author Roland Kelts, co-editor of Monkey Business, moderates the discussion. Followed by a reception.

Tickets: $12/$8 Japan Society members, students & seniors. Click Here to purchase tickets.

 

mutu-1024x595-750x345May 7 – Writing Gender: Chantel Acevedo, Adéwálé Àjàdí, Ananda Devi, Lola Shoneyin, Véronique Tadjo

Albertine
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075, USA

Time: 7:00pm

A panel of venerated authors and editors goes beyond the clichés to address the role of gender in the creation of art. Does gender influence perspective or topic choices? How might this influence be combined with other factors, like culture and geography?

With Chantel Acevedo, Adéwálé Àjàdí, Ananda Devi, Lola Shoneyin, and Véronique Tadjo. Moderated by Malaika Adero.

Co-presented with Pen World Voices Festival.

This event is free, but requires seat reservation. Click here to reserve seats.

 

May 8 – Free Mast Brothers Chocolate Tasting @ The Strand

828 Broadway at 12th Street

Time: 3-6 pm

There’s nothing quite like a Mast Brothers chocolate bar—filled with nuances like a trace of vanilla and smoke or a citrusy sweetness, their bars are a far departure from the chocolate of your childhood. When we went to a tasting at their factory in Williamsburg, we were floored. We loved the experience so much that we wanted it for our customers.

Join Strand and Mast Brothers for a FREE tasting! Experts from our friends at Mast Brothers will be on our store’s main floor to pass out samples, talk about their different varieties, and answer any questions you may have about the chocolate.

This event is free. 

 

 

Around Town: April 27- May 3

 

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This week is a particularly special week! May 2nd is both free comic book day and the first national Independent Bookstore Day! Check the end of this post to find out more about events affiliated with these days.

 

April 29th – Dystopian Fiction Panel

52 Prince Street
(between Lafayette & Mulberry)
New York City, NY 10012

Time: 7:00pm

If your taste in books favors ravaged landscapes, troubling futures, and oft-unsettling social commentary, it’s a good time to be a reader. As dystopian fiction goes through more and more permutations, we wanted to get some of our favorite writers together to discuss it. This panel will explore the current wave of dystopian fiction, how it mixes with other genres, where it’s going, and what it says about literature and society in general. Our panel will consist of:

Porochista Khakpour
Emily St. John Mandel
Lincoln Michel
Shya Scanlon

Moderated by Jason Diamond and Rahawa Haile

This event is free! 

 

logoMay 1st – Publishing Design Books in the Age of the Internet

41 Cooper Square (entrance on 7th St at 3rd Ave)
New York, New York  10003

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

A talk by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy on the special challenges of researching, writing, designing and publishing books on graphic design. The co-founders of Unit Editions discuss how they’ve thrived in an era when when it is possible to see nearly everything ever published online, and when bookshops are closing around the world. The talk will reference Unit Editions’ books on such diverse subjects as Herb Lubalin, master typographer Jurriaan Schrofer, the great design manuals of the golden age of identity design, and the imprint’s latest work, Spin: 360° – an attempt to re-think the contemporary monograph.

This even is free. 

 

May 2nd – Independent Bookstore Day @ the Strand Bookstore

828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

Time: 9:30am- 10:30pm

Strand celebrates Independent Bookstore Day alongside 400 other shops, countrywide. Get lost in the stacks (and all of our 18 miles while you’re at it!) as we invite you to special programs for kids and grownups alike and shop some special edition books, prints and merchandise unique to Independent Bookstore Day!

Head up to our second floor Children’s Department for a special character visit with Sesame Street’s Elmo at 11 AM and 2 PM. Stick around at 2-4 PM to get a portrait by the amazing illustrator behind the Last Night’s Reading blog, Kate Gavino, in the Graphic Novel section of the second floor!

Also not to be missed are a signed chapbook by Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay, signed prints by cartoonist Chris Ware, a signed infographic by Knowledge Is Beautiful author David McCandless, and more!

 

May 2nd – Free Comic Book Day

At your local/favorite comic book shop…

Pick up free one-off comics—including The SimpsonsBob’s Burgers, The Avengers,Avatar,even SpongeBob—at your nearest local funny-book haven. Comic nerds’ favorite shops are among those of Midtown Comics, Forbidden Planet, Desert Island and JHU. This year, Bergen Street Comics hosts a family-friendly Superman event, where you can nab the superhero’s classic stories completely gratis

 

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Also, be sure to check out other indie bookstores around the city! In honor of the day, McNally Jackson will be hosting authors in an epic marathon reading of Langston Hughes, alongside book giveaways and other goodies. Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn will have exclusive items for sale, a photo booth with authors, caricature drawings, and more. Click here for updates and participating stores/events.

 

Around Town: April 20-26

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April 20th – Graphic Storytelling: From Cuneiform Tablets to New York’s New Pedestrian Maps

Metropolitan Museum of Art 
1000 Fifth Ave.
212-535-7710

Time: 6-7pm

In this conversation, MMA curator Kim Benzel takes us back to the dawn of writing in the Near East and graphic designer Michael Bierut brings us up to the moment as we look at how words and images work together to tell stories in ancient and contemporary design.

SPARK with Julie Burstein:
This fast-paced cabaret-style series explores vital cultural issues through the lens of the Met. Each program gathers artists and thought leaders to engage in unscripted, surprising  and engaging conversation.

Tickets to this event cost $30; click here for more info. 

 

 

April 20th – Their Voices Go On: Five Centuries of American Women Poets

The New York Society Library
53 East 79th Street
New York,  NY 10075

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

April is National Poetry Month. This original play by Marya Smith and Sarah Smith dramatizes the voices of women poets throughout America’s history, from Anne Bradstreet and Phyllis Wheatley to Sandra Cisneros and Natasha Tretheway. Click Here for more information.

Open to the public. $20 with advance registration; $25 at the door. 

 

April 23rd – Mary Morris: The Jazz Palace

The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th Street
New York, New York  10017

Time: 7pm

Join us for an evening with acclaimed author Mary Morris, who will be discussing her new book, The Jazz Palace.

 

In July of 1915 a fifteen-year old boy pauses on the Clark Street Bridge in downtown Chicago and witnesses the worst river accident ever to occur in American history. With the sinking of the Eastland and the death of eight hundred of its passengers the lives and stories of three people are set in motion. The boy, Benny Lehrman will become a jazz pianist but will always live with his memory of disaster.  The young girl, Pearl Chimbrova, with whom he will chat briefly on the bridge that day, will never quite forget him and a black trumpeter named Napoleon Hill who has been invited by Pearl’s older brother to play in the saloon that her family runs will befriend him.

As their lives intertwine, the novels also tells the story of the city in which they live. It is a world of gangsters, musicians and clubs emerge in which black musicians are no freer than they were before the Civil War, white youths come down to the South Side of Chicago to “slum,” and Al Capone and Louis Armstrong become legends. At the heart of the novel is the friendship that emerges between Benny and his mentor, Napoleon, a friendship in which while they will never be able to play together professionally because of their race.  But they will jam together in Pearl’s family salon which Napoleon has dubbed The Jazz Palace.

As novel steams through the 1920’s and ends with the repeal of Prohibition, Benny, Pearl and Napoleon forge a bond that is as memorable as it is lasting.

 

April 23rd – BYOB Book Drive

Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Time: 3-5pm

In honor of World Book Night 2015, Book Riot and the HPA invite you to support literacy, clear out your bookshelves, and meet fellow booknerds on April 23. Bring a book (or a whole bunch) to donate, swap favorites and stories with fellow participants, and help Accio Books reach this year’s goal of 60,000 books collected. All ages welcome! Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

This event is free; bring your unwanted books!

 

 

Around Town: April 13-19

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April 13 – Comics: Underground and Above

Butler Library at Columbia University
535 W. 114th St. New York, NY
212-854-7309

Time: 6pm

Among the fascinating artifacts displayed at Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s recent comics exhibition was a letter from Denis Kitchen to Stan Lee, asking permission to publish an underground version of Spider-Man. (Lee’s genial reply boiled down to “Fat chance! Excelsior!”) Tonight’s discussion, “Comics: Underground and Above,” celebrates the library’s acquisition of the Kitchen Sink Press archives, as comics scholar Jim Danky discusses the publisher’s heyday with Kitchen, Howard Cruse, Maggie Galvan, and David Hajdu. Its diverse line included everything from Bizarre Sex to The Crow — but does the archive include the brass balls Kitchen needed to write that letter?

This event is free. 

 

 

April 14- The Moth StorySLAM: Confusion

Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Time: 7pm

10 stories, 3 teams of judges, 1 winner. $8 at the door. This event always sells out.

Please note:

  • Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please plan to arrive early and join the line outside the bookstore, south toward Prince Street.
  • This event always sells out. Standing in line does not guarantee entry. We do our absolute best to monitor the line and let people know if they might be past our capacity.

This event is $8 at the door. 

April 15 and 17 – The Grolier Club

47 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 838-6690

Time: On the 15th, from 1-2pm

Lunchtime Exhibition Tour. A walk-through of the exhibition “Aldus Manutius: A Legacy More Lasting Than Bronze” led by a co-curator, G. Scott Clemons, or H. George Fletcher.

Time: On the 17th, from 6:00 -7:30

Panel Discussion on Mark Catesby and American natural history books. 1) Leslie Overstreet from the Smithsonian will first discuss production of the three different editions of Catesby’s Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands. 2) Dr. Charles Nelson will discuss his new book, The curious Mister Catesby; a “Truly Ingenious” naturalist explores new worlds. 3) David J. Elliott, Executive Director of the Catesby Commemorative Trust, on Mark Catesby, will wrap up.

Click Here to read a NYT article about the history of the event on the 15th. 

 

April 18 – Where the Wild Books Are

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

Time: 1-6pm

Where the Wild Books Are was conceived by artist Etienne Delessert, who, along with author/illustrator and Parsons faculty Steven Guarnaccia, will present the event as a creative response to explore cultural trends and changes in the field of global publishing and their impact on the cultural literacy and the imaginative capacities of the next generation.

Join critics, authors, illustrators, publishing professionals, and educators from Europe, the United States, and beyond as they introduce audience members to a diverse array of important picture books published in France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Japan. Take part in a lively exchange on the ethical, commercial, and aesthetic dimensions of the evolving global publishing scene.

Historian and critic Leonard S. Marcus will give the keynote address, followed by presentations, a panel discussion among influential industry insiders, and a reception with Swiss wines in Lang Cafe and the Vera List Courtyard (adjacent to the Auditorium).

This event is free, first come-first served. 

Click here to find more details and the full list of panelists!

Around Town: New lit from Europe Festival, James Franco, Fêtes, and Joyce C. Oates

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New Literature from Europe Festival

Saturday, December 6th @ 2:00pm-7:30 (three panel discussions)
Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
The New Literature from Europe Festival returns to Manhattan this December 5 & 6 for its 11th year, bringing with it nine of Europe’s most acclaimed and exciting authors. Over two days, Crossing Borders: Europe Through the Lens of Time explores an ever-changing continent from the perspective of some of Europe’s most exciting literary voices.

Whet your appetite on Friday December 5, for the literary feast to come, with readings from each of the authors in their native language:

Julia Deck (France)
János Háy (Hungary)
Hanna Krall (Poland)
Nicol Ljubić (Germany)
Davide Longo (Italy)
Magdaléna Platzová (Czech Republic)
Susanne Scholl (Austria)
Georgi Tenev (Bulgaria)
Lucian Dan Teodorovici’s (Romania)

This opening evening of readings is introduced by one of America’s premier publishers of literature in translation, New Directions Publishing President, Barbara Epler.

Saturday, December 6th, delves deeper into each of the visiting writers’ work with a series of themed panel discussions moderated by US-based award winning authors dedicated to the promotion of international literature.

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Click Here for more festival information.

 

UnknownFirst Novel Fête

Monday, December 8th @ 6:30pm
The Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Join us for the Fifth Annual First Novel Fete on Monday, December 8. There will be drinks, mingling, and readings from the finalists for this year’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. All the proceeds go to support our Books for NYC Schools/KidsRead program!

 

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Monday, December 8 @ 6:30-8:30pm
The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway (& 12TH STREET), New York, NY 10003

James Franco visits Strand for an exclusive signing of his book, Hollywood Dreaming, a story-picture-poem mashup that blurs lines of reality and fiction in a compelling coming-of-age tale. Buy a copy of Hollywood Dreaming at Strand in order to join the signing line!

 To Attend:  Purchase a copy of the featured event book, Hollywood Dreaming, in-store at Strand in order to join the signing line outside the store, which will form at 4:30pm. Strand is located at 828 Broadway, New York. Please note that proof of purchase (Strand receipt) is required to attend the signing line.

Joyce Carol Oates in the Robert B. Silvers Annual Lecture

Friday, December 12th @ 7pm
The New York Public Library, 5th Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018

The prolific and profound author of innumerable novels, plays, and poems, Joyce Carol Oates delivers this year’s Robert B. Silvers lecture, titled “Is The Uninspired Life Worth Living?”

There is no more versatile and accomplished American writer than JOYCE CAROL OATES. The author of many books, Oates has penned best-selling novels, critically acclaimed collections of short fiction, as well as essays, plays, poetry, a recent memoir, and an unlikely bestseller, On Boxing. Her remarkable literary industry – which includes work as an editor and anthologist – spans forms, themes, topics and genres. In 2010, reflecting on the widespread esteem in which her work is held, President Obama awarded Oates the National Humanities Medal.

The Robert B. Silvers Lecture is an annual series created by Max Palevsky in recognition of the work of Robert B. Silvers, editor of the New York Review of Books.

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