Around Town: Edgar Allan Poe, InVerse, and more!


October 18, 1pm
The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
Ghost tour at the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage.
Come with us on an excursion to The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage where Poe spent his last days. Sean H. DoyleD. Foy, and Dolan Morgan will read their ghost stories first in the Poe Park Visitor Center, and then we will take a tour of Poe’s penultimate resting place.

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October 18, 7pm
KGB Bar’s Red Room, 85 East 4th Street New York, NY
10079098.47We love it when so many of our favorite poets get together, for two reasons: 1) It’s the classiest excuse for a drink we can think of, and 2) it reminds us of why we moved to New York in the first place. That might sound sappy and nostalgic for the long, long bygone, but there’s still nothing like gathering in the village for some original, irreverent, and unafraid stanzas. Tonight at InVerse: A Poetry Reading, Michael Robbins (Alien vs. Predator) will share from his new collection, The Second Sex, already receiving wide acclaim for bringing a pop readership to poetry. Also appearing is Aaron Belz, whose Glitter Bomb is a delightfully down-to-earth series, half art, half jokes (because you’ve got to have a sense of humor when writing poems about going to Starbucks), as well as Bianca Stone with her graphic-poetry hybrids. Vanessa Gabb, co-founder of Five Quarterly, and Jason Koo, founder of Brooklyn Poets, will also share from their newest books.

This event is free.


Oct. 19, 1pm-2pm
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, New York 10025
Reading and conversation with the treasured author of Number the Stars, The Giver, and many other favorite works for kids and teens. Number the Stars, the Newbery Medal-winning novel about the Occupation of Denmark in the Second World War, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Also appearing will be Sean and Christine Astin, who have purchased the film rights and are proud to be adaptingNumber the Stars for the screen. Ages 9 and up.

Tickets: $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers


October 20, 7pm
Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
Bacon. McDonalds. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale. Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet (“choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover”) and decrying the worst offenders (“kale is the early morning of foods”). Fans flocked to his New York Timesbestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave—hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”

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October 22, 7:30pm-9:30pm
The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY 
Christopher Ricks gives three lectures hosted by the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. The series is inspired by T. S. Eliot’s vision of the literary critic, as one who aims “to exhibit the relations of literature—not to ‘life’ as something contrasted to literature, but to all the other activities, which, together with literature, are the components of life.” On October 22, Ricks will lecture on “Just Like a Woman? Bob Dylan and the Charge of Misogyny.”

Tickets are $20; Click here for more details.



Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

around-town2September 25th, 2pm
Higgins Hall Auditorium (018), Pratt Institute, 1 St. James Place, Brooklyn, NY 
Hilton Als, Writer-in-Residence at the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and one of the most original thinkers and prose stylists of his generation, will give two public readings at Pratt, on September 18 and 25.

Als is a New York native. He writes for The New Yorker, and has formerly written for the The Village Voice and editor at Vibe magazine.


Retrieved from CBC books
Retrieved from CBC books

September 25th, 7pm
The Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street (at Water Street), Brooklyn
“If you’ve read Caitlin Moran’s 2011 memoir, How to Be a Woman, you might recognize the girl at the center of her new novel. This rollicking and rather autobiographical book follows young Johanna Morrigan, who’s growing up poor but imaginative in the depressed English city of Wolverhampton. After nervously humiliating herself while reading a prize-winning poem on live television, Johanna decides the only way out is to completely reinvent herself, to build a new girl: Dolly Wilde, hard-drinking, man-crazy music critic in a top hat and thick eyeliner. In this excerpt, Johanna-now-Dolly’s drunken father has driven her to an important assignment: covering an early Smashing Pumpkins gig” (npr books).

Join the launch for Moran’s book, published September 23rd! Attendance is free.


September 26-28th, 11am daily.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, NY
The NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines.  Free event.


Bad for YouSeptember 27th, 3-4pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium
Are you the kind of kid who thinks it’s BAD when a graphic novel gets banned?  Then get ready to be totally shocked when you find out there was once a time in this country when comic books were BURNED!

Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham will be reading from their docu-comic BAD FOR YOU: EXPOSING THE WAR ON FUN, detailing those dark days and more. They have a whole chapter on the stuff adults were once afraid of kids reading—including fears from ancient times about reading itself! You’ll also learn about how scary old fairy tales once were, as well as what keeps getting Harry Potter books banned (hint, it has something to do with the devil).

Join Kevin and Scott for their celebration of Banned Books Week (September 21-27) and find out how much fun BAD can be!

First come, first served!


location00_listingOctober 1st, 5-9pm
Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden, 618 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238.
“Make the Connection”: An evening talk with Michael Miller and Betsy Sussler on breaking into publishing.

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

around-town2Thursday, September 18th, 8pm-9pm
Symphony Space’s Peter Jay Sharpe Theatre, 155 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023
If fast-paced, competitive, humor-centric readings are up your alley, the Literary Death Match might be the perfect event for you to check out. Read more on Literary Death Matches.

Strand teams up with Symphony Space for a fantastic installment of the popular series Literary Death Match. Featured writers for this round include Joshua Ferris, Julie Klam, Nick Flynn, Rivka Galchen and Bill Scheft. Hosted by Literary Death Match creator Adrian Todd Zuniga, this event will take place at Symphony Space’s Peter Jay Sharpe Theatre… stick around after the show for a special signing with the Death Match authors!


Sunday, September 21st, 10am-6pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaze, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Rain or shine, the show must go on! Spend the day visiting booths and enjoying the lively literary marketplace. Children and adults alike will enjoy the events of the day, from readings and discussions on a variety of topics like narration types, starting  reading groups, and cover design. But those don’t even scratch the surface of what’s available. Click here for a list of Sunday’s events.

This is an event you do not want to miss!


Monday, September 22nd, 6pm
Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007.|
Author and artists Michael Cho and Charles Burns will chat with Chip Kidd about their new graphic novel, Shoplifter. Purchase book for entry. Join us!

Corrina Park used to have big plans.

Studying English literature in college, she imagined writing a successful novel and leading the idealized life of an author. But she’s been working at the same advertising agency for the past five years and the only thing she’s written is . . . copy. Corrina knows there must be more to life, but and she faces the same question as does everyone in her generation: how to find it?

Here is the brilliant debut graphic novel about a young woman’s search for happiness and self-fulfillment in the big city.


Lauren-Oliver30410865Tuesday, September 23rd, 6pm
Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007.|
Author Lauren Oliver will discuss and sign her new book, Rooms. She is the bestselling author of Panic and the ‘Delirium Series.’ Purchase a copy of Rooms at Barnes & Noble Tribeca for entry.

After a number of highly acclaimed New York Times bestsellers, including the Delirium trilogy and the standalone novels Before I Fall and Panic, Lauren Oliver returns with a spellbinding tale that confirms her place as one of our finest storytellers. Fueled by the same inspired feel for plot and character that drew readers to Oliver’s earlier works, Rooms is a mesmerizing and suspenseful story of guilt, love, and family secrets.

Around Town

around-town2September 11, 2014
7:00pm-8:00pm at The Strand’s 3rd Floor on 828 Broadway at 12th Street

Emily St. John Mandel will be joined by Buzzfeed Books Editor Isaac Fitzgerald at the Strand to chat about her new book Station Eleven, “an ambitious work that is already being hailed as a breakout work. Station Eleven is the story of a near future, where civilization is collapsing and a troupe of actors–witnesses to the entire process–travel through the Great Lakes region, trying to preserve their art. Beautifully written and with a sweeping chronology, Station Eleven will delight Emily’s existing fans, and is sure to create new ones.”

Attendance requires the purchase of either a copy of Mandel’s novel, or a $15 Strand bookstore gift certificate.


September 15, 2014
7:00pm at BookCourt 163 Court St. Brooklyn, NY
Happiness: Ten Years of n+1

“A history of happiness is a funny thing since, for a long time, happiness was viewed as merely the absence of history,” write the editors of n+1. “Then came modernity.” Staying true to this observation, which was made almost 10 years ago in their 2005 issue, the editors of n+1 stop by fellow Brooklyn literary institution BookCourt to launch their new anthology, Happiness: Ten Years of n+1. Editors Keith Gessen, Carla Blumenkranz, and Marco Roth, among others, read from the collection and talk about how the fledgling publication that used to pay its writers in beer became what Malcolm Gladwell praises as “the rightful heir to the Partisan Review and The New York Review of Books.” Since n+1 reintroduced us to the intellectually fired spirit of a Viennese coffee house, via thought-provoking articles with titles like “Bed-Stuy: Do or Die?” and “Against Exercise,” a happy celebration is only fair.

Admission is free.


September 15, 2014
7:00pm, Location on ticket. 
Books to Movies: This is Where I Leave You
Special advance screening of This is Where I Leave You, based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda. When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways. In theaters Friday, September 19. This film has been rated R. Seating is limited to first-come, first serve availability. Please arrive early. Download up to two free passes while supplies last:


September 17, 2014
6:30-8:30pm, 375 Hudson Street, Room 5172
YPG Special Edition Book Club: Orange is the New Black
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably already binge-watched both seasons of Netflix’s smash hit series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK by now. This riveting dramedy stars Taylor Schilling as Piper, a thirtysomething woman living in New York City who is sentenced to 15 months in a women’s federal prison for transporting a suitcase full of drug money to her former girlfriend. OITNB was recently nominated for a whopping 12 Emmy Awards! But did you know it was based on a (mostly) true story? Join us as we dissect Piper Kerman’s gritty, humorous, and moving memoir “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” (Spiegel & Grau, 2010) and watch clips from the critically-acclaimed series.

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Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

July 29, 2014

Malcolm Gladwell

Join author Malcolm Gladwell as he discusses his new book David and Goliath. @ Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 7:00 p.m.

July 30, 2014

Jay and Silent Bob

The Dynamic twosome from Clerks make a rare appearance in honor of their new book, Jay & Silent Bob’s Blueprints for Destroying Everything, an illustrated collection on how to wreak havoc wherever you go. Kevin Smith will pre-sign books prior to the event that will be sold on-site, day-of. Jason Mewes will sign books following the event and will be happy to take photos with people who purchase the book. Please note: Only books will be signed at this event. @ Bryant Park Reading Room, 12:30 p.m.

Wes Anderson

Illustrator Matt Zoller Seitz will be discussing the collaborative book all about Wes Anderson, The Wes Anderson Collection. @ Barnes and Noble, 97 Warren Street, 6:00 p.m.

The Nixon Defense

John Dean, White House Counsel during the Nixon administration, discusses his provocative new book, The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It and other details of the Watergate cover-up. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

Small Southern Comforts

Novelist Bridgett Davis will lead a discussion of short stories by four of the most influential writers of the 20th century. For this session, she will discuss Welty’s mythological influences in The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty. @ Brooklyn Public Library, 2:00 p.m.