Around Town: November 22-29th



Love_Letters_DeadNovember 23, at 6:00pm
Forever Young Adult presents Ava Dellaira

52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Ava Dellaira’s incredible debut novel, Love Letters to the Dead, rocked the YA community earlier this year and we are thrilled to be hosting her. Hosting this event is the NYC chapter of the Forever Young Adult book club. This is the first in a series of collaborations between Forever YA and McNally Jackson.


November 23, at 2:00pm
Inside and Out: New York with Josh Cochran

267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

See New York unfold in this stunning title with a series of double-sided wall charts that open out to more than two and a half feet. Take a stroll past iconic buildings and spot more than eighty objects in a compelling game of search and find.


November 24, at 7:00pm
The Trace by Forrest Gander with Hari Kunzru

143 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

In Forrest Gander’s new novel, Trace, an American couple recovering from tragedy travels to Mexico retracing writer Ambrose Bierce’s footsteps and encountering love, hate, and drug dealers. Gander’s only New York event. In conversation with writer Hari Kunzru.


johncohenthumb.thumbnailNovember 25, at 7:00pm
John Cohen + Nora Guthrie
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003

Join us for a night with folk icons John Cohen and Nora Guthrie! John witnessed the rise of folk in New York firsthand, and his new book, Here and Gone: Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, & the 1960s, offers an unparalleled look at two of the most well known figures in the history of the genre. He’ll be in conversation with Nora Guthrie, who recently worked with Douglas Brinkley and Johnny Depp to release her father’s previously unpublished manuscript, House of Earth.

To Attend: 
Buy a copy of Here and Gone: Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, & the 1960s 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 event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.




Around Town: November 15-22



Bryan Stevenson & Piper Kerman

November 19, 6:30pm
686 Fulton street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

9780812994520Bryan Stevenson, one of the country’s most visionary legal thinkers, social justice advocates, and a MacArthur “genius”, takes us on an unforgettable journey into the broken American criminal justice system with his new book Just Mercy. Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, a law practice dedicated to defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people, driven by the belief that our society is ultimately judged by how it treats its most vulnerable members. His book follows one defining case, the suspenseful battle to free an unjustly accused man from death row in Alabama, while also stepping back to tell the profoundly moving stories of men, women, and even children, who find themselves at the mercy of a system where poverty and racism are often larger factors than guilt or innocence. Praised by Tracy Kidder, Michelle Alexander, Isabel Wilkerson, John Grisham and Desmond Tutu, Stevenson’s book has the potential to open our eyes to the most pressing injustices of our era. Stevenson talks about his work, his book, and the American legal system with Piper Kerman, author of the prison memoir Orange is the New Black (the basis for the hit Netflix series), at Bedford Stuyvesant’s community nonprofit Restoration Plaza. Reception and book signing to follow.

Free and open to the public, but RSVP is appreciated; click here or here to RSVP. Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is located at 1368 Fulton Street (at Marcy Avenue) in Brooklyn.



Women’s Fiction Panel (with Ru Freeman, Taiye Selasi, Tiphanie Yanique, Mira Jacob, Elliott Holt, and Alison Hart)

November 20th, 7:00pm 
52 Prince St, New York, New York 10012

Come to McNally Jackson and join a stellar lineup of authors for a discussion of being writers, being women, and being both, and readings from passages they each found most difficult to write in recent work. With Ru Freeman (ON SAL MAL LANE), Taiye Selasi (GHANA MUST GO), Tiphanie Yanique (LAND OF LOVE AND DROWNING), Mira Jacob (THE SLEEPWALKER’S GUIDE TO DANCING), Elliott Holt (YOU ARE ONE OF THEM), and fiction writer Alison Hart.




Evangeline Lilly: The Squickerwonkers, Vol. 1

November 17, 4:00pm
97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007

Actress Evangeline Lilly, star of Lost and The Hobbit, joins us to discuss her new book Squickerwonkers vol 1. Priority seating with book purchase. Ask any bookseller for details and event guidelines.


Art Folds Event

November 21, 6:00pm
97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007

Customers are invited to transform a book into a piece of art or create an origami heart card using the ArtFolds technique. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Please arrive early; space and supplies are limited.


The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel, by Andy Macdonald

9780316212984_p0_v3_s260x420November 22, 6:00pm
267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

From the gutters of the Warrens to the opulent court at Khalidor, Brent Weeks’s epic fantasy THE WAY OF SHADOWS unfolds on the page of this graphic novel adaptation as seen through the eyes of seasoned illustrator Andy MacDonald!

For the orphan Azoth, there are precious few avenues out of the life of a guild rat in the back alleys of the Warrens. There are no rewards without risks, and there are few greater risks than apprenticing yourself to the city’s most accomplished assassin, Durzo Blint.

Reborn as Kylar Stern, the young man must learn to navigate the intrigues of politics and the intricacies of magic, but does he have both the killer instinct and the raw talent to survive the cutthroat life he’s chosen?

Around Town: Nov. 7-14


9781250007131_p0_v6_s260x420Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation
Bill Nye, Friday November 7 @ 7pm

33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

Bill Nye is so well-known as “the Science Guy” that he has appeared as himself on The Big Bang Theory. Undeniable proves that mere celebrity has not weakened either his intellect or his ability to communicate clearly. His grand tour of evolution demonstrates that this process is not only real; it is still unfolding. In lively, sometimes even humorous style, he displays his debate-winning ability to clarify without overreaching as he describes not only what evolution is, but what it so fascinates us. A winning, accessible read.


CLOG: Unpublished Panel Discussion with Cathleen McGuigan, Fred Bernstein, Alan Rapp & Vanessa Quirk
Monday, November 10th @ 7pm

52 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

CLOG will be moderating a panel discussion based on CLOG : Unpublished, which is a critical analysis of the architectural publishing industry.

Panelists will include: Cathleen McGuigan (Editor in Chief, Architectural Record), Fred Bernstein (Journalist), Alan Rapp (Senior Editor, Architecture + Design, The Monacelli Press), and Vanessa Quirk (Managing Editor, ArchDaily)

The panelists will take questions from the audience after the discussion.


Stephen King, Tuesday, November 11th @ 12pm
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

When the new minister arrived in town, little Jamie Morton was swept away by emotion. He was not the only one: Almost everyone in the tiny Maine hamlet fell in love with preacher Charles Jacobs, his beautiful wife, or both of them. Things change all too suddenly when Mrs. Jacobs and her baby die in a gruesome auto accident. Half crazed, the reverend curses God, is banished from the town, and thereafter pursues successive supercharged careers as a sideshow huckster, a faith healer, and a mad scientist. Decades later when Jamie and his former friend again cross paths, all the explosive elements of this archetypal Stephen King novel fall into place. Born to be a number one bestseller.


The Moth
New York StorySLAM
Various locations at various times/dates

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and The Moth’s about-mothdirectors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it.
Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.
Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

Moth stories dissolve socio-economic barriers, expose vulnerabilities, and quietly suggest ways to overcome challenges and see with new eyes.

Click Here for a full list of this week’s Moth events.



Around Town: November 1-7




FC9781566893688November 1, 5pm-6:30pm
126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Buzzfeed Books editor Isaac Fitzgerald hosts a conversation with Bailey Prize winner/debut author Eimear McBride (A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing) and novelist Jenny Offill (Dept. of Speculation).

A Facebook RSVP is suggested, but not required.


November 3, 7pm
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
In this engagingly witty, wise, and heartfelt memoir, Martin Short tells the tale of how a showbiz obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood’s favorite funnymen, known to his famous peers as the “comedian’s comedian.”
Short takes the reader on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live, and from memorable roles in such movies as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride to Broadway stardom in Fame Becomes Me and the Tony-winning Little Me.
But there is another side to Short’s life that he has long kept private. He lost his eldest brother and both parents by the time he turned twenty, and, more recently, he lost his wife of thirty years to cancer. In I Must Say, Short talks for the first time about the pain that these losses inflicted and the upbeat life philosophy that has kept him resilient and carried him through.

November 4, 7pm
Barnes & Noble 150 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028-2105
In Jamie Metzl’s new Sci-Fi thriller, reporter Rich Azadian is faced with designer drugs, murder, culture wars, genetic manipulation and political oppression. Read the book that is starting the national conversation about our future America.

November 7, 7pm-8pm

cover300x458.thumbnail3rd floor Rare Book Room at the Strand store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street
Strand keeps the Halloween spirit going with a visit from world-renowned Vampire Chronicles author Anne Rice. Anne will present the latest installment in the series Prince Lestat, with a spooky chat and signing that’s sure to be a seasonal favorite for fans of horror. Anne will be joined by her son, New York Times-bestselling writer Christopher Rice – presenting his new novel The Vines, an original supernatural thriller set in the familiar gothic playground of his hometown New Orleans – in an exclusive chat on their work.


And though it’s not directly book related, the new developments in technology are something to keep an eye on!

Expand NY 2014: an Engadget Event
Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 12.41.19 AMNov 7: 1-5pm & Nov. 8: 10am-5pm
Javits Center, New York City
Engadget Expand is an interactive experience designed from the ground up for technology fans. It’s a free, 10,000+ attendee event that gives tech enthusiasts the unique opportunity to hear from favorite tech innovators and science luminaries on stage,  meet the Engadget editors face to face, and get their hands on some of the latest and greatest new devices on the show floor. Expand NY is held annually in the North Hall of Javits Center, Manhattan’s premier venue for large-scale events.”

Click Here to read more about this event.

Around Town: Danny Aiello, Amy Poehler, Fleetwood Mac, and Horrorstör



October 24, 7pm
2289 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
From shining shoes to shining portrayals on the silver screen (Moonstruck, The Godfather II, Do the Right Thing), Danny Aiello delivers his autobiography, I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else.


October 27, 7pm
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

268207247Yes Please
Whether she’s playing Hillary Clinton to Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin on SNL or climbing walls (real or metaphorical) on Parks & Recreation, Amy Poehler rides a wave of ironic, yet upbeat humor. In this much-awaited debut, the multi-talented celeb writes with winning candor about sundry topics under the sun including, but not limited to, her experiences as a child of two Massachusetts teacher parents, early career calamities, television fame, movie fortune, and family happiness. This aptly-titled affirmation qualifies as the perfect shelf companion to Fey’s Bossypants.

Note: A limited amount of wristbands will be distributed at 10:00 am with purchase of Yes Please to enter the event space.
October 28, 1pm
555 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017

Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac
Mick Fleetwood not only contributed his last name to the famous rock band, but the Fleetwood Mac drummer is its only member who has been there ever since in its 1967 beginnings. In this candid memoir, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer describes the group’s complicated, often fractious relationships as they created their music and toured. He also frankly describes the effects of fame and sudden wealth had on him personally. (P.S. Fleetwood and Fleetwood Mac are still thriving. Their 2013 tour was their most successful outing ever.)

October 27, 7pm-8pm
The Strand, 828 Broadway at 12th Street, 3rd floor. Unknown
Just in time for Halloween! Strand hosts an all-star roster of horror hotshots moderated by New York Asian Film Festival co-founder and Horrorstör author Grady Hendrix. Joining Grady for the evening will be horror director JT Petty; Ellen Datlow, World Fantasy Award Winner, consulting editor at and editor of the collections Lovecraft’s Monsters and The Best Horror of the Yearseries; John Langan, Sarah Langan, and Laird Barron.

Buy a copy of Horrorstör 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.


October 30, 6:30pm-9:30pm
A Conversation with Edward Norton & Samson Parashina Moderated by Fred Guterl

Join Absolute Travel for an intimate conversation on the intersection of travel, conservation and sustainability with Edward Norton, award-winning actor and UN Ambassador for Biodiversity; Samson Parashina, MWCT’s President, Chairman of the Board & Champion of the Earth recipient; Katie Losey, Absolute Travel Director of Marketing and Founder of Absolute Awareness; and moderator Fred Guterl, Executive Editor of the Scientific American.

Tickets are available from the Absolute Travel website. All tickets for this event must be purchased through Absolute Travel. 100% of profits go toward supporting the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust’s anti-poaching efforts.