The Edge of Everything with author Jeff Giles

Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 pm

McNally Jackson
52 Prince St.,
New York, NY

In The Edge of Everything from Entertainment Weekly veteran Jeff Giles, it’s been a rough year for seventeen-year-old Zoe. She’s still reeling from her father’s shocking death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their home. Then on a terrifying, subzero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in the woods—only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

But X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for them both.

Gripping and full of heart, this epic start to a new series will draw you in and the tantalizing secrets revealed will keep you reading until the darkest hours of the night.

Admission is free.

Apollo Open House

Saturday, February 4 at 2 pm – 6 pm

253 W 125th St
New York, NY 10027

In celebration of Black History Month, the world famous Apollo Theater will host an afternoon of programming when the legendary theater opens its doors to give members of the Harlem community, New York City residents and visitors alike a unique glimpse into the Apollo’s rich history and current programs.

This year’s event is hosted by Billy Mitchell, whose memories and knowledge are so great that he’s known as “Mr. Apollo!”

Admission is free.

Jason Rekulak with Austin Grossman

Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30 pm

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

As Publisher of Quirk Books, Jason Rekulak was responsible for such hits as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. He brings the same creative genius to a novel explores what happens when a fourteen-year old boy pretends to seduce a girl as part of a complex plot with his friends to steal the May 1987 issue of Playboy from the local convenience store, only to discover she is his computer-loving soulmate—forcing him to choose between her and his friends. The Impossible Fortress is a tender exploration of young love, true friends, and the confusing realities of male adolescence—with a dash of old school computer programming. Local author (Soon I Will Be Invincible, You, Crooked) and video game designer Austin Grossman joins Rekulak for conversation, followed by a reception to celebrate the launch featuring a signature cocktail created for the book by The Way Station. Attendees are invited to dust off their best 80’s threads and come in costume for the chance to win prizes!

Admission is free.

Reflect on Black History with the Quotes of the Week

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In Honor of Black History Month, here are some quotes by famous black authors, poets and philosophers.

“But on paper, things can live forever. On paper, a butterfly never dies.”

-Brown Girls Dreaming by  Jacqueline Woodson

 

“Storytelling, you know, hasa real function. The process of the storytelling is itself a healing process, partly because you have someone
there who is taking the time to tell you a story that has great meaning to them. They’re taking the time to do this because your life could use some help, but they don’t want to come over and just give advice. They want to give it to you in a form that becomes inseparable from your whole self. That’s what stories do. Stories differ from advice in that, once you get them, they become a fabric of your whole soul. That is why they heal you.”

Alice Walker, in an interview about her work in Common Boundary, 1990

 

1955536“A writer should get as much education as possible, but just going to school is not enough; if it were, all owners of doctorates would be inspired writers.”

Gwendolyn Brooks

“An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.”

Langston Hughes