June 29 Bryant Park Event

Bryant Park Author Cli-Fi Panel

Wednesday, June 29, 20169791

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.

Hosted by Environmental Journalist and Environmental Fiction Writer Nathaniel RichOdds Against Tomorrow, and featuring Lydia MilletMermaids in Paradise, Sweet Lamb of Heaven.

Is it truth or is it fiction? This panel features environmentally conscious writers with novels on natural disasters, ecological collapse, and the relationship between humans and the natural world.

Reading Room in Bryant Park

Location Details:
Located on the 42nd street side of the park, between the back of the New York Public Library and Sixth Avenue. Look for the burgundy umbrellas.

Remembering Harper Lee

Remembering Harper Lee

coexistence-of-good-and-evil-in-to-kill-a-mockingbird-quotes-27“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”- To Kill a Mockingbird (Atticus Finch)

Nelle Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, passed away on February 19, 2016 in her home at the age 89. The beloved author known as Harper Lee, brought to life characters that shed light on the depth and range of human emotions and behavior. Described as “compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving,” To Kill a Mockingbird is known as a masterpiece of American literature and a work that takes readers on a journey through a coming-of-age story that explores the lost of childhood innocence through adult experiences.

how-a-thoughtful-christmas-present-helped-harper-lee-write-to-kill-a-mockingbirdThrough the eyes of Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, Harper Lee brought a story that explored human behavior in a town divided by racial tension and explored the power behind empathy and understanding. Lee brought to life characters like Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch, Jem Finch and Scout Finch who warmed our hearts and provoked emotions as they navigated through the trails life presented before them.

More than just an author, Lee was a daughter, sister, friend and pen pal to people like Truman Capote and cartoonist Berkeley Breathed who described her as “witty, impish and loyal.” Born and raised in Monroeville, Alabama, Lee used a similar case involving her own father and members of her town as inspiration for the Pulitzer prize book, which also became an Oscar winning movie in. According to Diane Sawyer, To Kill a Mockingbird “served as a conscience for a nation” and taught us the lesson of empathy for our fellow countrymen.

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Before her passing, Lee published her highly anticipated second novel, Go Set a Watchman, after over fifty years since she last published. In the novel, we meet an adult Scout struggling with her values during a visit to her family in the South during the Civil Rights Movement amidst political turmoil and racial tensions.

The stories she wrote presented us with a challenge to look beyond ourselves and understand the issues others may face despite color, religion and circumstance.Her words through the narrative of Scout Finch will live on forever in our hearts.


 By Brittany Fuller

Around Town: Oct. 8-14

October 8- Author Event Caitlin Doughty

Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room
828 Broadway at 12th Street


Time: 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Join Caitlin Doughty, mortician, blogger, and author, to celebrate the paperback release of her hit book, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory. Caitlin is the creator and curator of The Order of The Good Death, a group of fellow morticians as well as artists and intellectuals that investigates our “death phobic culture” and strives to demystify the inevitable end. From funerary rites throughout history to jewelry of hair and bone, follow your guide down into the world of the macabre and mortified–without leaving the Rare Book Room.

Buy a copy of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes or a $15 gift card in order to attend this event. 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

For more information click here.

October 9- Book Launch: Upright Beasts by Lincoln Michel in conversation with Porochista Khakpour, co-hosted by Electric Literature and Coffee House Press 

Upright Beast CoverThe Powerhouse Arena [Dumbo]
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Genre-bending stories of bestial transformation, accidental murder, erotically-challenged dictatorship, and other tales of darkness, absurdity, and confusion. Author Porochista Khakpour joins in conversation, and illustrator John Dermot Woods will draw beastly caricatures for guests! Beer will be generously provided by our co-host, Electric Literature.

– See more at: https://www.powerhousearena.com/events/book-launch-upright-beasts-by-lincoln-michel/#sthash.DqV4BPUQ.dpuf  


October 12- Sasha Abramsky + Robin Blackburn

Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room
828 Broadway at 12th Street

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After chronicling The American Way of Poverty and writing on politics at home and abroad for the New YorkerAtlanticVillage Voice, and many others, Sasha Abramsky turns his keen eye on his own grandfather in The House of Twenty Thousand Books. A Jewish historian, a socialist, a collector (hence the pentadactylic hoard of the title), Chimen Abramsky’s long life in the short twentieth century (and into the twenty-first) is vividly chronicled and analyzed by Sasha in this tale of a lost leftist.

Sasha will be joined in conversation by Robin Blackburn, former editor of the New Left Review and professor at the New School and the University of Essex.

Buy a copy of The House of Twenty Thousand Books or a $15 gift card in order to attend this event. 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.

October 13-The Moth StorySLAM

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: $8 onlineBKS_m_TheMoth2015_01

10 stories, 3 teams of judges, 1 winner. This event always sells out. Please see themoth.org/events.

Please note – new Moth StorySLAM ticketing policy as of August 2015:

  • ALL NYC StorySLAM tickets (Premium AND General Admission, for all events) are be available for online, pre-event purchase. Tickets go live 1 week before the show at 3pm EDT, unless otherwise noted.
  • Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • If online tickets have not sold out or space becomes available for sold-out shows, standby tickets will be sold cash-only at the door. To check if tickets are available at the door, please see themoth.org/events and click “Buy Tickets” for the SLAM event you wish to attend.
  • 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.
  • Housing Works does not sell any pre-sale tickets to this event.

October 14- Humans of New York – Stories

Barnes and Noble Union Square
33 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003

Time: 6:00 pm0000015453618 9781250058904

Special Instructions:
Must provide proof of purchase from a Barnes & Noble retail location or BN.com to receive a wristband. Brandon will sign previous HONY titles with purchase of the new book. He will personalize with a name only and he will pose for photos.

Link of the Week: Inkshares – Crowdfunding for Books



Crowdfunding isn’t a very new idea, but it’s becoming an increasingly popular method of financial support, be it for college tuition, smart watch technology, movies, or games (check out an extensive list here). Inkshares approaches publishing from a readers-first position– every book published goes through a vetting process where ideas are first shared with followers and those invested in the company, and eventually, if a title earns enough supporters, it is guaranteed to be published. Read more about how Inkshares works here!

UnknownInkshares takes on the burden of editing, producing, distributing, and marketing each book, which allows every author the leisure of focusing solely on making his or her book the best it can be. Inkshares is a unique go-between for authors who are torn between self-publishing and traditional: “For authors who want the services provided by a traditional publisher—including marketing and distribution into physical bookstores—but with higher royalties and direct reader engagement, Inkshares may be an option worth considering” (source).

Crowdfunding allows the consumer to decide whether a product enters the market or not, which cultivates a sense of partnership with the author. With such a close connection between reader and author, will this kind of approach gain wider acceptance in the publishing world?