Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

July 11, 2014

Amanda Petrusich

In Do Not Sell At Any Price, Amanda Petrusich describes approaching a roomful of 78 rpm records “like a chimpanzee devouring a pile of ripe bananas.” Made of shellac and producing 78 revolutions per minute (modern CDs spin 200-460 times per minute), with grooves so large that the discs can only hold 3 minutes of music per side, these rare records were last seen commercially in the mid-1950s. Petrusich, a music critic for the New York Times and Pitchfork, joins fellow 78 collectors Nathan Salsburg and Chris King, as well as the old-timey Strung Out String Band, under the glass ceiling of Brooklyn’s favorite literary greenhouse to celebrate these nearly-extinct artifacts and the eccentrics who hunt them down. Before 1925, artists sang directly into the horns of gramophones in order to record 78s acoustically. 78s recorded before that year have yet to be discovered, but the evening promises a similar intimacy. @ BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, New York, 7:00 p.m.

July 14, 2014

Franklin Park Reading Series: Travels and Journeys

Time for a vacation — and our annual “Travels and Journeys” reading! We’re thrilled to welcome back three fav alums with widely hailed new novels: EMMA STRAUB (The Vacationers), TIPHANIE YANIQUE (Land of Love and Drowning), and COURTNEY MAUM (I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You). They’ll be joined by acclaimed debut novelist BORIS FISHMAN (A Replacement Life) and masterful short fiction writer AARON BURCH (Backswing), founder of the legendary lit journal HOBART. Along with great fiction, we’ll have a $4 draft drink special and raffle for the authors’ books! @ Franklin Park, 618 St. Johns Place, Between Classon and Franklin Avenues, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, 8:00 p.m.

July 16, 2014

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

Author Marja Mills was given a rare opportunity to know Nelle Harper Lee, to be part of the Lee’s life in Alabama. Through this she was able to discover how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and why Nelle Harper Lee never wrote another novel. @ Barnes and Noble, 150 East 86th Street, 7:00 p.m.

July 17, 2014

Chew on This – MPA Lunch Series

Ever wondered why some things catch on and become popular while others falter? How to generate more word of mouth for a product or initiative you’re working on? Jonah Berger has the answers.  He’s a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the recent New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Contagious: Why Things Catch On.  Dr. Berger has spent the last decade studying how social influence works and how it drives products and ideas to catch on.  He’s published dozens of articles in top-tier academic journals, consulted for a variety of Fortune 500 companies, and popular outlets like the New York Times and Harvard Business Review often cover his work. @ MPA Boardroom, 757 Third Avenue – 11th Floor (between 47th and 48th streets), 12:30 p.m.

The Sun Also Rises: The Hemingway Library Edition

Presented by the Hemingway family, with supplementary material from the Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Library, this edition provides readers with wonderful insight regarding Hemingway’s first great literary masterpiece. @ Barnes and Noble, 150 East 86th Street, 7:00 p.m.

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

June 23, 2014

Susan Jane Gilman

A Russian Jewish immigrant’s rise from rags to riches is at the core of Susan Jane Gilman’s debut novel, The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

Sean Michaels & Rob Schwimmer

Montreal music writer Sean Michaels is a two-time National Magazine Award winner, and his work has appeared in the Guardian, McSweeney’s, Pitchfork, The Believer, and many other publications. His debut novel Us Conductors is a tale of the invention of the world’s strangest instrument, the theremin. A Tin House New Voiceand Random House New Face of Fiction for 2014, Us Conductors is a haunting novel inspired by the true story of the Russian scientist, inventor and spy Lev Termen, creator of the theremin, and of Clara Rockmore, its greatest player. Roving from Manhattan speakeasies to the Siberian taiga, from Alcatraz to the Kremlin, the book is flavored with jazz and espionage and filled with music, longing, and a little kung fu. Michaels’ reading will be preceded by a theremin performance by Rob Schwimmer, founding member and co-director of the New York Theremin Society and one of the top theremin virtuosos in the world, whose compositions have been featured in theater, television and movies. @ Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7:30 p.m.

Falling for Perfection: Literary Caberet

Readings and talks by novelist Emma Straub (Brooklyn’s famed sandwich joint The Meat Hook named a sandwich after her latest novel), Barnard College President Debora Spar, Daily Show writer Elliott Kalan, prize-winning poet Jeffrey McDaniel, playwright Adam Rapp, NYTimes journalist Christopher Mason and legendary New Yorker cartoonist Bob Mankoff. Presented in a dinner-theater style, “House of SpeakEasy” presents a series embodying the old lecture-hall mode of literary readings reborn and refreshed for the modern age. Each SpeakEasy cabaret features a variety of writers from across the genres, from fiction to non-fiction, from the dramatic arts to stand-up comedy, as well as poetry and song, delivering short monologues. Every event has a central theme –- in this case, perfectionism — that is meditated upon by the writers on the stage. @ City Winery, 155 Varick Street, 6:00 p.m.

June 25, 2014

Jean Kwok

Best-selling author of Girl in Translation talks about her new novel – a story of a young woman’s balancing-act between her family in Chinatown and a new-found passion, ballroom dancing. Hosted by Julia Fierro, Founder of Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop and author of Cutting Teeth: A Novel. @ Bryant Park Reading Room, 12:30 p.m.

Kim Gordon

At worst, she was pigeonholed as the “token girl” in the band. At best, she’s been recognized as a feminist and rock ’n’ roll trailblazer. At weirdest, she was the designer of an Urban Outfitters clothing line geared toward “cool moms” (Mirror/Dash, 2009). But many don’t know about Kim Gordon’s stake in art and academia, which is pretty extensive. Her new critical essay collection, Is It My Body? (Sternberg), spans 36 years of writing and presents itself as a tomboy manifesto. Tonight, the founding member of Sonic Youth presents her book alongside one of its featured subjects: conceptual artist Raymond Pettibon, who in 2013 transformed the David Zwirner Gallery into his own personal studio in order to display work in the place it was created. At the release party for Pettibon’s To Wit (Strand), he and Gordon discuss his career and the project, followed by a Q&A and book signing. @ The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.


Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

June 9, 2014

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

Come to the Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo for the book launch of Nadia Hashimi’s novel The Pearl That Broke Its Shell. This debut work is a “searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one’s own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See.” @ The Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7:00 p.m.

June 10, 2014

Hilary Clinton

Have the chance to meet Hilary Clinton at Barnes and Noble as she talks about her new book Hard Choices. Wristbands will be distributed at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the event with purchase of the book which Hilary will be signing. @ Barnes and Noble, Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, 11:00 a.m.

Bret Johnston

Come to Barnes and Noble as they welcome “flawless storyteller” Bret Anthony Johnston as he introduces his new novel, Remember Me Like This, on a double bill with talented debut author Boris Fishman. Both are summer Discover author picks. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

June 11, 2014

Alexi Zenter and Tea Obreht

Alexi Zentner, winner of both the O. Henry Prize and Narrative Prize, offers an imaginative riff on the collision of old and new, mythical and contemporary with his novel The Lobster Kings. A modern-day King Lear set in a lobster fishing village on an island off the coast of Maine, the novel reframes Cordelia’s struggle to maintain her island’s way of life in the face of threats from the mainland and modernity, and to preserve the looming, mythical legacy of her namesake. Novelist Tea Obreht (author of critically acclaimed and bestselling The Tiger’s Wife) calls Zentner “one of the greatest literary architects and mythmakers working today.” Zenter and Obreht discuss the novel, Shakespeare, magic, and Maine. @ Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7:30 p.m.

June 12, 2014

James Joyce

Come to Barnes and Noble for their annual James Joyce literary tribute. This year’s participants include Malachy McCourt, Larry Kirwan, Jeffrey Frank, Aedin Moloney and others. @ Barnes and Noble, 97 Warren Street, 6:00 p.m.



Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

May 19, 2014

The Snow Queen

In his latest work, The Snow Queen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham follows two brothers as each travels down a different path in his search for greatness. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

May 20, 2014

Toni Braxton

Join Toni Braxton as she discusses her new memoir Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir. @ Barnes and Noble, 555 Fifth Avenue, 12:30 p.m.

May 21, 2014

Lea Michele

Celebrate the release of Lea Michele’s book, Brunette Ambition, with special guest Jonathan Groff. @ Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 7:00 p.m.

Emily Giffin

Author of Something Borrowed and Where We Belong presents another exceptional story on love, loyalty, and finding truth. Jane Green, author of Tempting Fate, will host the event as Giffin discusses her new book, The One & Only: A Novel. @ Bryant Park Reading Room, 12:30 p.m.

May 22, 2014

Matt Berman

Join Matt Berman as he discusses his book JFK, Jr., George, & Me. @ Barnes and Noble, 97 Warren Street, 6:00 p.m.


Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

May 12, 2014

Anthony Doerr

In this stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel from Barnes & Noble Discover Prize winner Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See, revolves around a blind French girl and a German boy who cross paths after the devastation of World War II. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

May 13, 2014

Teen Book Panel

Join authors Jennifer Smith, Ann Brashares, and Sarah Miynowski as they talk about their books The Here and Now, The Geography of You and Me, and Don’t Even Think About It. @ Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 7:00 p.m.

Think Like a Freak

Author of Freakonomics, Steven Levitt, will discuss his new book, Think Like a Freak. @ Barnes and Noble, 97 Warren Street, 7:00 p.m.

May 14, 2014

James Franco

Meet author and actor James Franco as he signs copies of his book Palo Alto: Stories. @ Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 10:30 a.m.

May 16, 2014

Kurt Vonnegut

Dan Wakefield, editor of Kurt Vonnegut’s essays, If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, shares the stage with Kurt Vonnegut Drawings, collected by the author’s daughter, Nanette Vonnegut. Join us for this backward glance at one of America’s literary icons. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.