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

donald juddThursday, November 17 at
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

girl_squareMonday, November 21 at 6:30 pm

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

guts_fall_2016Tuesday, November 22 at 7:30 pm

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