ThinkOlio Presents: Free as Gods: Picasso, Calder and Artists at Home in the Theater

Friday, July 7 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

More than just stars on the art scene, Picasso and Calder took center stage in the world of theater. In 1917 Picasso fell in love with a ballerina in the Ballets Russes while creating scenery and costumes for his collaboration with Satie on the pathbreaking dance work, Parade. His stage designs changed the course of his painting. Alexander Calder, who has a major show at the Whitney this summer, created his famous Circus as well as the set for Satie’s opera Socrate and many other theater works.

Cultural historian Charles A. Riley II, author of Free as Gods, will share the backstage secrets of Picasso, Calder, Leger, Chagall, Hockney, Kentridge, and many other contemporary artists who have found a home in the theater.

Admission is $20. Reserve your seat online.

Columbus: Koi A Modern Folktale

Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 pm

Book Culture
450 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024

Harper’s Magazine present  Koi: A Modern Folktale by Margery Gray Harnick, Matt Harnick, and Sheldon Harnick.

Koi are unusually beautiful creatures. Perhaps because of their unusual beauty, koi have inspired a variety of legends. The recurrent theme in these legends is that koi, because of their endurance and perseverance, have become symbolic of overcoming adversity and fulfilling one’s destiny. In one of the more celebrated versions of this legend, koi are rewarded for their endurance and perseverance by being transformed into dragon fish.

In their book Koi, Margery and Sheldon Harnick have created their own version of this legend in photographs and verses. In their version, koi are rewarded for a reason other than endurance and perseverance. Though the years, the gods have noted how much pleasure men and women have derived simply from observing the prismatic beauty of the koi. For this gift to mankind, the gods decided to transform the most beautiful koi into majestic and powerful dragons.

Admission is free. A copy of Koi: A Modern Folktale is $24.95.

Brian Platzer & Jodi Kantor: Bed-Stuy is Burning

Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

With “the mordant wit of Franzen, the dazzling smarts of Roth, and the compassion of Tolstoy” (Rafael Yglesias, author of A Happy Marriage), and which Alice McDermott called a millennial Bonfire of the Vanities, author Brian Platzer has penned an intimately relatable tale about a changing neighborhood and its residents.

His book follows Aaron, a rabbi turned banker, his journalist girlfriend, and their newborn live in the diverse and turbulent Bedford-Stuyvesant as it undergoes the process of gentrification. As more members of the upper-class move into the area the tension rises until a cop shoots a boy. Then the riots begin and Aaron is stuck in the middle.

Bed-Stuy Is Burning offers a look into a collection of complex lives and examines the most pressing issues of our time.

Admission is $15. Admission plus a signed copy of Bed-Stuy Is Burning is $26.

Book Launch: Reckless Years: A Diary of Love and Madness by Heather Chaplin

Wednesday Jul 12 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway
28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street @ the Archway)
Brooklyn , NY 11201

Trapped in a dissatisfying marriage for nearly a decade, New York journalist Heather Chaplin finally summons the courage to leave. On her own, she finds herself intoxicatingly free, pursuing adventure, and juggling romance on two continents in multiple cities. She contemplates the meaning of life; she falls for a handsome Irishman.

But as the adventures progress, Chaplin’s own reckless choices send her spiraling downward—and toward a reckoning she’s avoided all her life. Pulled from Chaplin’s own diaries, Reckless Years is a raw, propulsive debut: unfailingly profound and impossible to put down.

In this page-turning memoir, a woman tries to reinvent her life after divorce and discovers that sometimes finding yourself is not all it’s cracked up to be. About the Book: Trapped in a dissatisfying marriage for nearly a decade, New York journalist Heather Chaplin finally summons the courage to leave. On her own, she finds herself intoxicatingly free, pursuing adventure, and juggling romance on two continents in multiple cities. She contemplates the meaning of life; she falls for a handsome Irishman. But as the adventures progress, Chaplin’s own reckless choices send her spiraling downward—and toward a reckoning she’s avoided all her life. Pulled from Chaplin’s own diaries, Reckless Years is a raw, propulsive debut: unfailingly profound and impossible to put down.

Admission is free. RSVP is appreciated. RSVP here.

Bad Advice From Bad Women

Thursday, June 8 at 7 pm to 9 pm

Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center
172 Allen St
New York, NY 10002

Your favorite feminist bookstore hosts your favorite writing women for a night of dazzling wit and rudeness. Suzy Exposito, Clover Hope, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, Namara Smith, Brittany Spanos, and Darcie Wilder share their latest/oldest/best/funniest work while Charlotte Shane hosts.

Copies of TigerBee Press books and Darcie’s Literally Show Me A Healthy Person will be for sale, along with plenty other titles from past and future Bad Advice readers.

Admission is free and on a first come-first serve basis.

Jonathan Shaw & Joe Coleman

Thursday, June 8 at 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

Local legend Jonathan Shaw was the first tattoo artist to ever appear on The Late Show with David Letterman. Maybe you’ve seen his likeness depicted by Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Art Spiegelman on the cover of The New Yorker. Or you might know him as the tattooed thug playing opposite Clint Eastwood in the movie Tightrope. You may have seen the magazine Jonathan Shaw founded back in the 90s, International Tattoo Art. Or you could have read his novel, Narcisa: Our Lady of Ashes, published by Johnny Depp’s HarperCollins imprint, or his recent visual exploration of tattoo art, Vintage Tattoo Flash.

Now Jonathan is back with a new book that mixes memoir, art, societal observations, and more. This is more than a simple history of an outlaw artist’s creative growth; this is a journey through the underbelly of modern culture, and exploration of the people, places, and events that have defined his life and molded him into who he is today.

Admission is $15. Feel free to purchase your ticket online.

Franklin Park Reading: LaValle, Reynolds, Fierro, Chaffee, Buntin

Monday, June 12 at 8 pm to 10 pm

Franklin Park Beer Garden
618 St. Johns Place
Brooklyn, NY 11211

We’re celebrating our new season with a Summer Blockbuster! Hear provocative new lit from stellar authors Victor LaValle (The Changeling, The Ballad of Black Tom), Jason Reynolds (Ghost, All American Boys), Julia Fierro (The Gypsy Moth Summer), Jessie Chaffee (Florence in Ecstasy), and Julie Buntin (Marlena), cool off with $5 drafts, and get a shot at our authors’ books in our free-to-enter raffle!

Admission is free.

Book Launch: Away with Words by Joe Berkowitz

Tuesday, Jun 13 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Powerhouse @ the Archway
28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street @ the Archway)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Join us for a night of storytelling, jokes, and pun games to celebrate the release of Away With Words! Featuring appearances by Dana Schwartz, Ariel Dumas, Jerzy Gwiazdowski, and the Champions of Punderdome!

Admission is free. RSVP is appreciated. RSVP by either filling out the “Bookings” form at the bottom of this page or sending the name of the event and number of attendees to this RSVP email.

Psychoanalyzing Seinfeld with Sherry Amatenstein and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

Wednesday, June 14th at 7 pm

Book Culture
536 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025

Please join us for a special event with Sherry Amatenstein, author of How Does That Make You Feel?, and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, author of Seinfeldia. The two authors will be discussing their books, as well as analyzing the neuroses of Seinfeld characters!

Admission is free.

Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street
between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10003

Maureen McLane is the author of four books of poetry, most recently “Mz N: the serial: a poem-in-episodes,” as well as “This Blue”  and “My Poets,” a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography. Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.

Admission is free.

Friday, April 14th at 5:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street
between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10003

Clayton Eshleman is the author of numerous books of poetry, including “Reciprocal Distillations,” “Archaic Design,” and “An Alchemist with One Eye on Fire.” His translations of César Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Aimé Césaire, Antonin Artaud, Michel Deguy, Bernard Bador, and Arthur Rimbaud have earned him numerous awards, including the National Book Award for his translation, with José Rubia Barcia, of César Vallejo’s “The Complete Posthumous Poetry” (1979). Christian Campbell is a poet, essayist and cultural critic and the author of Running the Dusk.

Admission is free.

An Evening with Omnidawn Publishing

Monday, April 17 at 7:30 pm

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY

Founded in 2001 out of the belief that lively, culturally pertinent, and emotionally and intellectually engaging literature can be of great value, Omidawn Publishing has gone on to publish critically acclaimed and award-winning titles. Greenlight hosts an evening with the authors of Omnidawn, followed by a wine reception. Daniel Poppick is the winner of the 2012 BOMB Biennial Poetry Prize, and his work has been praised as capturing “a consciousness hived by the augmented realities of contemporary life,” (Cathy Park Hong); he reads from his newly published debut poetry collection The Police. Margaret Ross reads from her poetry collection A Timeshare, which was selected as one of Lit Hub’s 30 Must-Read Poetry Debuts from 2015. Wine reception to follow.

Admission is free. Feel free to purchase a copy of The Police, A Timeshare, and The Orchard Green and Every Color for $17.95 each.

You Are a Bad Ass At Making Money

Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of You Are a Badass, join Strand for the launch of this life-changing guide to making the kind of money you’ve only ever dreamed of.

Drawing on her own transformation—over just a few years—from a woman with tumbleweeds blowing through her bank account, subsisting solely on Taco Bell, to one who travels the world and stays in five-star luxury hotels, Jen Sincero channels the inimitable sass and practicality that made You Are a Badass an indomitable bestseller. She combines hilarious personal essays with bite-size aha concepts to unlock earning potential and get real results.

After the conversation, Jen will take questions from the audience and sign books. She will also sign You Are a Bad Ass (either purchased from Strand at the event or brought from home).

Admission is $15. Admission plus a signed copy is $25. Pay for admission here.

The Writer’s Wallet

Wednesday April 19 at 7:00 pm

The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th St
New York, NY 10017

Last but by no means least in the Emerging Writers series is a subject of vital importance—managing finances. Offering crucial advice will be Jennifer Baker (Minorities in Publishing, We Need Diverse Books,) financial therapist Amanda Clayman (Financial Wellness Program,) and 2015 5 Under 35 honoree Tracy O’Neill (The Hopeful). Moderated by the National Book Foundation’s Benjamin Samuel.

This event is presented in partnership with The Authors Guild and Electric Literature.

Admission is free. Please RSVP directly from the event site.

Jack’s Wife Freda Cafe Takeover

Saturday, March 25 at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

McNally Jackson Bookstore
52 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

Stop by the McNally Jackson café on Saturday morning for a treat from SoHo favorite Jack’s Wife Freda. Co-owners Maya and Dean Jankelowitz and chef Julia Jaksic will be signing copies of their cookbook, Jack’s Wife Freda: Cooking from New York’s West Village. Pick up a copy of the book and brunch to-go.

A copy of of the book is $30.

Panel Discussion: Fiction in Foreign Cultures

Monday, March 27 at 7:30 pm

Greenlight Bookstore
Fort Greene Store
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Panelists Include: Deborah Clearman, Ben Dolnick, Lauren Sanders, and Iromie Weeramantry. Moderted by: Aaron Zimmerman

When writers take themselves or their characters to other countries, especially those not their own, is it cultural appropriation or expanding the reader’s world? How do you get under the skin of another culture without sounding like a tour guide, a do-gooder, or an elitist? These are some of the questions Aaron Zimmerman, founder and director of NY Writers Coalition, will ask of four fiction writers at tonight’s panel. Deborah Clearman is launching Concepción and the Baby Brokers and Other Stories Out of Guatemala. Ben Dolnick’s 2013 novel At the Bottom of Everything is set partly in India. Lauren Sanders’ forthcoming novel The Book of Love and Hate is an intrigue that spans the globe from NYC to Israel. Iromie Weeramantry’s short stories take place largely in her home country, Sri Lanka.  A book signing and wine reception follows the discussion.

Admission is free.

Book Launch and Talk: Alex Daly’s “The Crowdsourceress”

Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Kickstarter
58 Kent Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

After helping generate millions of dollars in funding for Kickstarter campaigns like Neil Young’s Pono Music Player, Griffin Dunne’s Joan Didion documentary, and TLC’s final album, Kickstarter expert Alex Daly has teamed up with PublicAffairs to release The Crowdsourceress: Get Smart, Get Funded, and Kickstart Your Next Big Idea.

Join her for a reading from her new book and a discussion of her experiences — and the secrets to her creative Kickstarter success. Stick around after the reading to purchase your copy of the book and get it signed.

Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Red Hen Press Reading: Dan Vera, Ruth Irupé Sanabria, and Francisco Aragón

Thursday, March 9 at 6 pm

Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St
New York, NY 10014

Come join Red Hen Press at Cornelia Street Café and meet three  extraordinary authors: Dan Vera, Ruth Irupé Sanabria, and Francisco Aragón. Get a better understanding of how they connect and diverge personal experience within a wider cultural and historical conversation through their latest poetry collections.

Admission is free. Please RSVP on Facebook.

Classics Book Group Reads Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Saturday, March 11 at 12:00 pm

Word Bookstore
126 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

This delirious 1925 Jazz Age classic introduced readers to Lorelei Lee, the small-town girl from Little Rock, who has become one of the most timeless characters in American fiction. Outrageous and charming, this not-so-dumb blonde has been portrayed on stage and screen by Carol Channing and Marilyn Monroe and has become the archetype of the footloose, good-hearted gold digger (not that she sees herself that way). Masquerading as her diaries, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes follows Lorelei as she entertains suitors across Europe before returning home to marry a millionaire. In this delightfully droll and witty book, Lorelei’s glamorous pragmatism shines, as does Anita Loos’s mastery of irony and dialect. A craze in its day and with ageless appeal, this new Liveright edition puts Lorelei back where she belongs: front and center.

Admission is free. A copy of the book costs $13.95.

I’m Drawn This Way: Cartoonists on Cartooning

Monday, March 13 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

Join the conversation about how these diverse cartoonists draw their lives and those of other women, taking risks in their art and storytelling to challenge mainstream representation of bodies, with wit, horror, and much more! We’re holding this panel for the launch of California Dreamin‘ by Pénélope Bagieu (a nonfiction graphic biography of Mama Cass) and featuring the following amazing panelists: Natalie Andrewson (Adventure Time, The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper), Katie Skelly (Operation Margarine), Julia Gfrörer (Laid Waste), and Whit Taylor (Ghosts). The panel discussion will be moderated by Meg Lemke of the Brooklyn Book Festival, PEN America, and MUTHA Magazine.

Admission is $15.00.

JP Sears & Lodro Rinzler

Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

Satirist JP Sears and meditation teacher Lodro Rinzler are millennials who have been entertaining and enlightening people of all ages for years. On his wildly popular YouTube channel, Sears’s “How to Be Ultra Spiritual” videos have accumulated more than 28 million views, using humor to expose the shadow side of modern spirituality. The author of six books, Lodro Rinzler offers a contemporary take on timeless wisdom, writing with warmth, insight, and humor on subjects from finding meaning in an age of dead-end jobs and digital friendships to navigating heartache and other painful emotions, whether due to love lost, illness, death, or disillusionment with the state of the world.

This event has three ticket options:

• Buy a copy of Lodro Rinzler’s book Love Hurts for $11.66
Buy a copy of JP Sears’ book How To Be Ultra Spiritual: 12 1/2 Steps to Spiritual Superiority for $16.95
Or buy a $10 gift card