Activists of the Past: What Have We Learned?

Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 pm

The Graduate Center Public Programs (CUNY)
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

What can today’s activists learn from the successes and failures of their precursors? First in this series, we welcome Larry Kramer, an award-winning playwright (The Normal Heart) and author, and a celebrated public health and gay rights advocate. As a pioneering AIDS activist, he co-founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in 1982 and founded ACT UP in 1987. He speaks with Charles Blow, New York Times Op-Ed columnist and author of Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

Part of the series “The First 100 Days.” Presented with the CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies, the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), and the Ph.D. Program in History.

Admission is free, reservations are required. To make a reservation, click here.

Tim O’Leary: Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face

Monday, February 27 at 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

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

Unexpected, humorous, sometimes dark, and surprisingly heartfelt, here are tales that explore the secret life of men as they pass into adulthood, middle age, and old age confronting lust, pain, guilt, bewilderment, and mortality. O’Leary has won numerous literary awards for his stories and his title story was a finalist for the Mark Twain Award for Humor Writing. The collection fearlessly distills for the reader tinctures of joy, pain, madness, heartbreak, greed, and other components of the human capacity for good and evil, for beauty and ugliness. O’Leary showcases humanity in a fluent, fun read, which will let you peek into the most intimate and the well familiar entrails of existence. Few books around these days possess the capability to bring both a tear to your eye and smile to your lips, within the span of a few chapters, such as this work does.

Tim will be joined in conversation by Stuart Elliott, former advertising/media reporter turned freelance writer at Media Village.

Prior to the talk guitarist Christopher White will perform his song “Dick Cheney Shot Me In The Face.”

Admission is $15. Please click here to purchase admission.

What Editors Want: Writing for the Web

Tuesday February 28 at 7:00 pm

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

A must for emerging writers: we’ve partnered with Electric Literature and The Authors Guild to present a series of events aimed at giving you the essentials when it comes to your career. In this first of the series, our panelists Yuka Igarashi (Soft Skull Press, Catapult,) Michelle Legro (formerly of New Republic,) and James Yeh (VICE) will discuss how to pitch for online, and the ways in which writing for the web differs to print. Moderated by Dwyer Murphy of Electric Literature.

Admission is free. Feel free to RSVP for this event.

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.

Group Reading with Jason Diamond, Chloe Caldwell, Morgan Jerkins, Danielle Henderson and Kat Kinsman

Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 pm

Word Bookstore
126 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Join in for a celebration of new books and fantastic memoir/essay/literary nonfiction writers!

Jason Diamond is the sports editor at Rollingstone.com and founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn. His work has been published by The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Vulture, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Pitchfork, Esquire, Vice and many other outlets. He was born in Skokie, Illinois, but currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, his two cats and his dog named Max.

Chloe Caldwell is the author of the essay collection I’ll Tell You in Person (Coffee House/Emily Books, 2016), the novella, WOMEN (Short Flight/Long Drive, 2014) and the essay collection Legs Get Led Astray (Future Tense Books, 2012).  She teaches creative nonfiction writing in New York City and online, and resides in Hudson.

Morgan Jerkins is a contributing editor at Catapult and a Book of the Month judge. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vogue, The New York Times, The Atlantic, ELLE, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and BuzzFeed, among many others. She has contributed to Book Riot and Michigan Quarterly Review, and has been a Blog Editor for Side B Magazine. She is also an Assistant Agent at Fuse Literary. Her debut essay collection, This Will Be My Undoing, is forthcoming from Harper Perennial.

Danielle Henderson writes about film, television, and pop culture through the lens of race, gender, and class. She is a TV writer (HBO’s Divorce, Difficult People), freelance writer, and a former editor and staff writer for Rookie.  A book based on her popular website, Feminist Ryan Gosling, was released by Running Press in August 2012; you can still buy it, and you probably should. Her memoir, The Ugly Cry, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2018.

Kat Kinsman is the senior food and drinks editor at Time Inc.’s Extra Crispy, former editor at large and editor in chief of Tasting Table, founding editor of CNN’s Eatocracy and former editor and writer for CNN Living. She’s a frequent public speaker and on-air commentator on the topics of food, drinks and mental health, and started the website chefswithissues.com to provide resources for restaurant workers in crisis. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and various animals.

RSVP is encouraged but not required.  Seats and standing room are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Mid-Sentence: Writers in Conversation with Kris D’Agostino and Stefan Merrill Block

Friday, January 27, 6 pm

Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10016

Kris D’Agostino, author of The Antiques (Scribner, 2017), discusses his new novel with writer Stefan Merrill Block.

Mid-Sentence features writers in conversation on the state of literature today.

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

Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell

Tuesday, January 31 at 6:30 pm

Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10016

This illustrated lecture explains how dogs perceive the world through their most spectacular organ—the nose—and how we humans can put our under-used sense of smell to work in surprising ways.

With Alexandra Horowitz, author of the bestselling “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know” and “On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation.”

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

Brooklyn Book Launch: The Futures by Anna Pitoniak

Wednesday Feb 01 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

POWERHOUSE 
28 Adams St.
Brooklyn , NY 11201

In this dazzling debut novel about love and betrayal, a young couple moves to New York City in search of success–only to learn that the lives they dream of may come with dangerous strings attached.

Admission is free. RSVP appreciated: RSVP@powerHouseArena.com

 

Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka

konundrumFriday, December 2 at 6:30 pm

Deutsches Haus at NYU
42 Washington Mews
New York, NY 10003

Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a reading by award-winning translator, writer, and editor Peter Wortsman of Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka. He will be joined by Tess Lewis to discuss the release of his new translation of Kafka’s short prose.

In this new selection and translation, Peter Wortsman mines Franz Kafka’s entire opus of short prose – including works published in the author’s brief lifetime, stories published posthumously, journals, and letters – for narratives that sound the imaginative depths of the great German-Jewish scribe from Prague. It is the first volume in English to consider his deeply strange, resonantly humane letters and journal entries alongside his classic short fiction and lyrical vignettes. Transformed is a vivid retranslation of one of Kafka’s signature stories, Die Verwandlung, commonly rendered in English as The Metamorphosis. Composed of short, black-comic parables, fables, fairy tales, reflections, as well as classic stories like In the Penal Colony, Kafka’s uncanny foreshadowing of the Twentieth Century’s nightmare, Konundrum refreshes the writer’s mythic storytelling powers for a new generation of readers.

Copies of Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka will be sold by Archipelago Books at the event.

Events at Deutsches Haus are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. As space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event to ensure you get a good seat.

7th Annual Dumbo Family Holiday Party

holidaySunday, December 4, at
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

POWERHOUSE [Brooklyn/DUMBO]
28 Adams St.
Brooklyn , NY 11201

Join in on the holiday festivities with some holiday and winter-themed book readings! You’ll also have the chance to meet some of POWERHOUSE’s favorite kids books illustrators as they battle each other in a fun, good-natured drawing competition based on holiday-inspired suggestions from kids in the audience!

Participating authors and illustrators include: 

Thyra Heder is the author of Fraidyzoo and The Bear Report, an ALA-ALSC Notable Book hailed by Kirkus as “riotous buffoonery” in a starred review. She is also an illustrator and storyboard artist for film and advertising. She lives in Brooklyn.

Stephanie Graegin has illustrated many popular books for children, including Peace Is an Offering and her brand-new picture book How to Build a Snow Bear. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Caroline Nastro was born and raised in New York City, where she currently lives. She is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and theater director. The Bear Who Couldn’t Sleep is her first picture book.

Brett Helquist is the illustrator of the best-selling A Series of Unfortunate Events books, as well as many other popular titles among them the new picture book The Doll People’s Christmas. He worked as a graphic designer before becoming a full-time illustrator. Brett lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Ann M. Martin is the author of many books for young readers, including Rain Reign, Belle Teal, A Dog’s Life, and A Corner of the Universe, a 2003 Newbery Honor Book. She is also the author of the Baby-sitters Club series and the Family Tree series. Ms. Martin makes her home in upstate New York.

Laura Godwin, also known as Nola Buck, is the author of many popular picture books for children, including Oh, Cats!; One Moon, Two Cats; This Is the Firefighter; and Christmas in the Manger. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, she now lives in New York City.

Admission is free. Please reserve a spot here.

PowerHouse Books Launch: Lo-Life: An American Classic by George “Rack-Lo” Billips and Jackson Blount in conversation with Sadat X

1470331112Monday December 5 at
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

POWERHOUSE [Brooklyn/DUMBO]
28 Adams St.
Brooklyn , NY 11201

Jackson Blount will be here to talk about the extraordinary story behind the infamous Lo-Life crew! Members of the original Lo-Life crew will join the conversation. Sadat X will moderate the event.

Lo-Life: An American Classic takes the reader on a trip to New York City in the early 80s—a time when crime and violence ran the streets. The infamous Lo-Life gang emerged from this tumultuous time. Formed by crews of teenagers from the Brownsville and Crown Heights neighborhoods of Brooklyn, they made a name for themselves by dressing head-to-toe in expensive Ralph Lauren clothing, or “Lo.” Polo apparel—and other preppy 80s fashion labels like Guess, Nautica, and Benetton, among others—represented an aspirational lifestyle for these kids from rough neighborhoods just struggling to get by. Fighting for style and survival, the Lo-Lifes targeted these brands, and would acquire them by any means necessary, including stick-ups, shoplifting, and hustling. A reign of terror ensued, when your new winter coat could make you the target for a robbery—or worse.

What started as an informal gang uniform organized around clean designs and bright colors, became a devotion to a lifestyle brand, and eventually created an association between the streets and luxury that would fundamentally change the fashion industry. Lo-Life: An American Classic documents the personal collections of exclusive archival vintage photographs amassed by the crew and interviews with original members, presenting the first comprehensive oral history of this notorious New York collective.

Lo-Life is the remarkable story of a small group of teenagers fighting to make a name for themselves who eventually made themselves seen, heard, and emulated globally.

Admission is free RSVP appreciated: RSVP@powerHouseArena.com or please fill out the “Bookings” form at the bottom of this page.

Experiments & Disorders

2016-12-06-experiments-disorders-combo-image-640x360Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 pm

161A Chrystie St.
New York, NY 10002

Fiction, nonfiction, poetry & performance texts by the most adventurous, cross-genre established & emerging writers.  Curated by Tom Cole & Christen Clifford.

Featuring:

Celeste Finn has studied acting at the British American Drama Academy and Bennington College, Landscape Architecture at the Graduate School of Design and Human Migration, with David Carrasco, at the Harvard Divinity School. She is especially interested in Visual Information, particularly documents narrating spacial timelines and patterns made over landscapes that are relative to environmental migrants, refugees, nomads and missionaries, and finds the term “eco-artist” distressing. She will be reading from Personal Proximity, which stems from a sketch developed for the group show Snuffload at the Oni Gallery in Boston around 2004.

Buzz Slutzky is an artist, writer, and curator whose practice incorporates drawing, sculpture, performance and video. Their work builds upon trans, queer, and feminist traditions with an often humorous and frankly sexual voice. Their writing has included poetry, screenwriting, creative nonfiction, and art criticism.  From 2010-2012, Slutzky was a Curator of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and has continued to organize art exhibitions relating to queerness, humor, politics, and history. Slutzky has exhibited, performed, and screened at at Los Ojos, Cooper Union, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Boston Center for the Arts, La Mama, MIX, Frameline, Columbia College Chicago, Mindscape Universe (Berlin), among others. Mentions of Slutzky’s work have appeared in Artforum, Vice, Art F City, ArtNews, Observer, Hyperallergic, and The New York Times. Slutzky earned their BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2010, and their MFA from Parsons the New School for Design in 2015, after which, they were a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. They currently teach a course in video post-production at the College of Staten Island.

Admission is free. To reserve a seat click here.

Iggy Pop and Jeff Gold: Conversation and Book Launch

totalchaos_iggyappearance_eviteFriday, November 4, at 6:00 pm

Rizzoli Bookstore
31 W. 57th St.
New York, NY

To celebrate the publication of one of the most anticipated books of the year, TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges / As Told by Iggy Pop, Third Man Books is beyond excited to present legendary and legend-making musician Iggy Pop in conversation with author Jeff Gold. This event will be open to the public with admittance first come, first serve.

TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges / As Told by Iggy Pop is the first time the story of this seminal band has been told entirely in Pop’s own words and features a cache of never before seen images. Pop’s candid, bare-all account is the incredible tragic and triumphant story of a group who rose from youth, fell prey to drugs, alcohol, and music business realities, collapsed and nearly 30 years later reformed, recording and touring to great acclaim. In 2010 The Stooges—credited with having invented punk rock—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their continuing influence can be felt today in the shape and sound of rock-n-roll music.

Admission is free.

Conversations & Readings: 21st Century Latin American Women Writers

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-12-35-51-pmFriday, November 4, at 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave
New York, NY

The PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages at the Graduate Center, CUNY, presents two events this fall that recognize the growing number of publications by Latin American women writers. The program will host readings and conversations with writers whose work in Spanish and English challenges critical and literary assumptions. The events will be held in an informal, bilingual format, and will be free and open to the public.

Admission is free.

Europe and America in the Black Literary Imagination

photograph_by_ted_thaithe_life_picture_collectiongettyvillage-1200Saturday, November 5, at 5:00 pm

Albertine
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075

This panel will look at how black authors on both sides of the ocean have engaged the country and culture on the other side. Is France an escape for black authors? Is America the land of individual expression and opportunity? After the Second World War, prominent African-American authors such as Richard Wright, James Baldwin and Chester Himes made Paris their home. French authors have themselves long been fascinated by the United States, and New York in particular. This common interest has fed many authors’ writing, both thematically and stylistically. The essayists and novelist Laurent Dubois, Maboula Soumahoro, Darryl Pinckney and Scholastique Mukasonga will reflect on this mutual fascination and ponder how it has impacted their own work and influenced literature more broadly. But how substantive is this connection—is it myth or reality?

Admission is free.

Norman Finkelstein on “The Ratio of Reason to Magic”

9781939929457Monday, November 7 at 7pm

536 W 112th St
New York, NY

Drawn from nine earlier volumes—nearly forty years of poetry—The Ratio of Reason to Magic provides a rich selection of the work of Norman Finkelstein, whom Lawrence Joseph has called “a master poet writing out and out of our collective poesis.” It also includes the opening movement of Finkelstein’s new serial poem, From the Files of the Immanent Foundation. Equally attuned to the Objectivist tradition and the latter-day romanticism of the New American poetry, steeped in Kabbalah and Gnosticism, Finkelstein’s utopian vision may be seen here to its fullest extent.

Admission is free.

Media & Tech: Where the Jobs Are

Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

mediatechKumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn
One University Plaza
Flatbush Avenue, between Dekalb Ave. and Willoughby St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Leading recruiters from the hottest operations in the business discuss the dynamic opportunities available in the booming media and tech sector and share insight on the do’s and don’ts of the job search. Brush up on the skills you need to land a position in this exciting field.

Attendees include:

Doug Melville, chief diversity officer, tbwa worldwide
Doug Melville, chief diversity officer, tbwa worldwide
Dan Geiger, recruiter, buzzfeed
Dan Geiger, recruiter, buzzfeed
Katie Hopkins, technical Recruiter, mic
Katie Hopkins, technical Recruiter, mic

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Newton, Recruiter, refinery29
Lauren Newton, Recruiter, refinery29
Moderator: Peter Brooks, head of search marketing, the muse
Moderator: Peter Brooks, head of search marketing, the muse

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admission is free, RSVP Here

Greek American Writers Association

Saturday, October 8 at 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St.

athens21Join Harry Dounchis, Perry S. Nicholas, Maria Sebastian and host Penelope Karageorge and enjoy a dazzle-dazzle program of poetry, music and literary intrigue. Harry Dounchis, Ph.D., will premiere his page-turning novel, Sand Hill Interns, about two young Stanford U. biochemists and a billion-dollar marijuana plot. Perry S. Nicholas, award-winning poet, will present work from his collections including The River of You and Beginnings: Poems to Greece and Back. Maria Sebastian, an acoustic singer/songwriter will perform her original songs. Maria has opened for dozens of national acts and recorded with many of their members.

$10 cover fee, which includes a glass of wine or soft drink and the program.

Invisible Men: Panel Discussion Celebrating Flores Forbes’ New Book

Monday, October 10 at 6:15 pm-8:15 pm

Columbia University
116th St. & Broadway

Reading and discussion of Flores Forbes’ new book Invisible Men: A Contemporary Slave Narrative in the Era of Mass Incarceration

invisible_men_poster_480_300_s_c1Flores Forbes, a former leader in the Black Panther Party, has been free from prison for twenty-five years. Unfortunately that makes him part of a group of black men without constituency who are all but invisible in society. That is, the “invisible” group of black men in America who have served their time and not gone back to prison.

Flores ForbesInvisible Men is a book that will crack the code on the stigma of incarceration. When Flores Forbes was released from prison, he made a plan to re-invent himself but found it impossible. His involvement in a plan to kill a witness who was testifying against Huey P. Newton, the founder of the Black Panther Party, had led to his incarceration. While in prison he earned a college degree using a Pell Grant, with hope this would get him on the right track and a chance at a normal life. He was released but that’s where his story and most invisible men’s stories begin.This book weaves Flores’ knowledge, wisdom, and experience with incarceration, sentencing reform, judicial inequity, hiding and re-entry into society, and the issue of increasing struggles and inequality for formerly incarcerated men into a collection of poignant essays, finally, giving invisible men a voice and face in society.

Admission is free.

 

Amy Kurzweil with Tahneer Oksman: Flying Couch

Monday, October 10 at 7:00 pm

BookCourt
163 Court Street

Brooklyn, NY

event_kurzweilEnjoy a reading, audience Q&A, and book signing with Amy Kurzweil, author of her debut book, Flying Couch.

Flying Couch, tells the stories of three unforgettable women. Amy weaves her own coming-of-age as a young Jewish artist into the narrative of her mother, a psychologist, and Bubbe, her grandmother, a World War II survivor who escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto by disguising herself as a gentile. Captivated by Bubbe’s story, Amy turns to her sketchbooks, teaching herself to draw as a way to cope with what she discovers. Entwining the voices and histories of these three wise, hilarious, and very different women, Amy creates a portrait not only of what it means to be part of a family, but also of how each generation bears the imprint of the past.

flyingcouch_cover-web_resA retelling of the inherited Holocaust narrative now two generations removed, Flying Couch uses Bubbe’s real testimony to investigate the legacy of trauma, the magic of family stories, and the meaning of home. With her playful, idiosyncratic sensibility, Amy traces the way our memories and our families shape who we become. The result is this bold illustrated memoir, both an original coming-of-age story and an important entry into the literature of the Holocaust.

Admission is free. Check out her Facebook event page here.

 

Penguin Classics: Cover to Cover Book Launch

On Tuesday, September 27, the students in the Magazine Production and Design course got the chance to go to the opening lecture in the Labor, Literature and Landmark Lectures Series at the General Society Library, founded in 1785. The lecture was in honor of the 70th anniversary of Penguin Classics and the launch of a new book, Classic Penguin: Cover to cover to coverCover. Elda Rotor, Vice President and Publisher of Penguin Classics, and Paul Buckley, Senior Vice President and Executive Creative Director, spoke about the process of creating the covers for the Penguin Classics.

The lecture started with a simple question: “What makes a classic?” After sharing her opinion that classics are the books that have had readers in the past, and will be guaranteed to have readers in the future, Rotor moved on to discussing specific projects and covers that have been created by Penguin Classics. Buckley said that they wanted to “let the titles do the work,” and that the typography should encapsulate the “flavor of the book.”

Rotor and Buckley also discussed the new use of Penguin’s traditional orange and white tri-band, which has never before been used in American publications by Penguin, in the Penguin Orange Collection. Buckley discussed how he wanted to add a new level of creativity to the basic design by adding additional dimensions, like having images weaving in and out of the bands. This is something that we all strive to do with cover design: maintain the traditional branding of books and magazines, keep the recognizable images, while also finding something new to do with the old designs.

When discussing books like Lord of the Flies and The Haunting of Hill House, Rotor and Buckley talked about finding the right imagery to accompany the book. Even though the final covers are not always what they originally imagine, but they always end up being the perfect representations of the books. For example, in discussing The Haunting of Hill House, the house is actually barely scene in the far background of the cover, which instead dramatically depicts a single pivotal scene from the book in the forest.

Elda Rotor, VP, Publisher, Penguin Classics, with Pace students at the book launch.
Elda Rotor, VP, Publisher, Penguin Classics, with Pace students at the book launch.

Rotor and Buckley’s lecture on cover design at Penguin Classics covered topics of science fiction books, horror books, international books, collections and series of books, and even touched on the process of dealing with authors and estates. However, what it really boiled down to was the importance of the cover for a book. As Rotor put it, the cover is “sparking [the reader’s] imagination and curiosity,” as their first impression of the book ultimately comes from the cover. After the lecture, copies of the new book Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover, were available for purchase and signing. It was truly a great experience to be able to hear from the people that really work hard to make sure the visual of a book is stunning. It was a great learning experience that the Magazine Production and Design class had the unique opportunity to experience.

Kevin BakerWritten by: Kevin Baker

Kevin Baker is a graduate student studying magazine publishing at Pace University, with a particular interest in design and editorial work. In the past, he has worked as an intern at his undergraduate college magazine at York College of Pennsylvania, YC Magazine​, as an writing, proofreading, and fact-checking intern.

Around Town: Dec. 4th-8th

December 4th- PowerHouse Books Launch: TF at 1: Ten Years of Quartersnacks

Powerhouse arena event The Powerhouse Arena 
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Time: 7:00 pm

This collection celebrates the decade anniversary of Quartersnacks, an online epicenter for the skate culture of downtown New York with images from the site, exclusive interviews, and more. 

About Quartersnacks: Quartersnacks was founded in 2005 by a generation of New York skaters who grew up with the internet–sharing spots on message boards, and meeting people online to go skate with in other parts of the city. Since then, it has become the anti-authoritarian authority on East Coast skating. In 2014 Nike SB released a limited Quartersnacks edition dunk. In fall 2015 Quartersnacks will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary.

– See more at: https://www.powerhousearena.com/events/powerhouse-books-launch-tf-at-1-ten-years-of-quartersnacks/#sthash.sXMb8Ujo.dpuf

For more information, please call 718.666.3049
RSVP appreciated: RSVP@powerHouseArena.com

December 7th- Grace Coddington

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

Time: 7:30PM – 9:00PM

This compilation showcases some of the most memorable photographs published in Vogue from 1972 to 2002. It features the work of Grace Coddington, creative director of Vogue and one of the leading forces in fashion today. First published in 2002, Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue has long been out of print and is highly sought-after in the rare books market.

Note: Grace will sign copies of Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at VogueNo memorabilia will be signed. Pictures are permitted.

Purchase a copy of Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue to attend the 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.

December 8th- John Ashbery 

Pioneer Works 
159 Pioneer St.
New York, NY  11231

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: Free

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The poet John Ashbery (Some TreesThe Tennis Court OathSelf-Portrait in a Convex Mirror) has a reputation for producing difficult, inscrutable work, which has no doubt kept a considerable number of curious readers from diving into his collections over the course of his seven-decade career. But a closer look at Ashbery’s personality reveals a modest temperament that doesn’t square with his supposed air of intimidation: A recent interview with the New York Times, on the occasion of the 2015 publication of his latest collection, Breezeway, reveals that he owns Julia Child cookbooks; and a thorough discussion in the Winter 1983 issue of the Paris Review presents Ashbery in a coy, self-deprecating light, as in such sentiments as, “I am often asked why I write, and I don’t know really — I just want to.” In that same conversation, Ashbery cites past experiences in which initially hesitant readers have become attached to his poems after hearing them read aloud. For those who might land in that ballpark, this Ashbery tribute offers a can’t-beat proposition: Ben Lerner, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Mónica de la Torre, and John Yau will accompany Ashbery and read an inspired selection of his past work.

December 8th- Real Characters

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm

REAL CHARACTERS is a storytelling and reading series that combines some of New York’s best storytellers, humor writers, stand-ups, memoirists, and character performers. Hosted and curated by Andy Ross, with performances from:

Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight, author of You Blew It)
Daniel Nester (author of Shader and How to Be Inappropriate)
Natasha Rothwell (The Nightly Show, Saturday Night Live)
Hallie Cantor (The New Yorker, Inside Amy Schumer)

 

Around Town: September 9th-15th

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September 9th– Erica Long Author Event

Erica Jong

Fear of Dying by Erica Jong

Union Square Barnes & Noble
33 East 17th Street

Time: 7:00 pm

Special Instructions:
Proof of book purchase from a Barnes & Noble retail location or BN.com must be provided for event attendance and priority seating.

Visit the event page here.

September 10th– Book Launch: Brooklyn Street Style
The No-Rules Guide to Fashion by Anya Sacharow and Shawn Dahl in conversation with Mary Alice Stephenson, Jennifer Rogien, Jennifer Mankins, Titania Inglis, and Michaela Angela Davis

Brooklyn Street Style

The Powerhouse Arena [Dumbo]
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Brooklyn Taste Makers | Global Influencers (panel discussion)

Brooklyn style. What defines it? Why does the world love it? Our panel of leading Brooklyn taste makers discusses what makes Brooklyn the darling of the fashionable world’s eye. On this first night of NYC Fashion Week, join us for an insider’s look at the outsider borough that has become the center of it all.

RSVP appreciated: RSVP@powerHouseArena.com

For more information click here or call 718.666.3049

September 12th– Fall Sidewalk Sale

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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St. 
Brooklyn, NY 11217 

Time: 10:00 am-7:30 pm

It’s the last Sidewalk Sale of the year, as we make room for new fall books in the store! Visit our sidewalk table as early as you can this Saturday to check out our outdoor tables and carts, where you’ll find a wealth of slightly shelf-worn books at deep discounts. Discover treasures just right for cozying up with, decorating your coffee table or stocking your library. Get them while they last!

September 13th- BK: The Hustle with Natalie Eilbert, Melissa Faliveno, and Lincoln Michel

Word Bookstore
126 Franklin St,
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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Time: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Join Natalie Eilbert (Swan Feast), Melissa Faliveno (Poets & Writers), and Lincoln Michel (Electric Literature) for The Hustle, a discussion series about the business of writing: how writers pay the bills, how they get the work done, what they read, and more.

Natalie Eilbert is the author of the poetry collection Swan Feast, as well as two chapbooks, Conversation with the Stone Wife and And I Shall Again Be Virtuous. Her poems and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in The New YorkerTin HouseThe Kenyon ReviewThe Offing, and many others. She is the founding editor of The Atlas Review.

Melissa Faliveno is the associate editor of Poets & Writers Magazine. She is also an essayist, freelance journalist, and book reviewer; has worked in various editorial capacities for a major fiction publisher, an independent nonfiction press, and several literary magazines; and has taught creative writing to adults, high school students, and incarcerated people in and around New York City. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Isthmus, Lumina, the Green Mountains Review, Martin Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and Poets & Writers Magazine, among other publications.

Lincoln Michel is the online editor of Electric Literature and the co-editor of Gigantic. His writing appears in Tin House, VICE, NOON, Buzzfeed, The Believer, and elsewhere. His debut collection, Upright Beasts, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press. He tweets at @thelincoln and sometimes draws famous authors as monsters.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.

September 15th- Catapult Launch: Cries for Help, Various by Padgett Powell

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

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Cost: Free

Join writers Roy Blount Jr., Rivka Galchen, Rick Moody, Elissa Schappell, and Justin Taylor as they share some of their favorite passages from Powell’s oeuvre, and Padgett reads from his new story collection. Cries for Help, Various is the first book published by Catapult, a new venture from the founders of Electric Literature and Black Balloon Publishing.

After a signing and cocktail hour with complimentary drinks, singer-songwriter Beth McKee will play a live set of southern roots music from her album Sugarcane Revival to cap off this night of reading, drinking, dancing, and literary rabble-rousing. For more information click here.

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