Link of the Week: Bookforum

 

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One of my favorite book sites to visit is Book Riot (BR). Hands down, it has one of the best communities of readers that I’ve come across, and the content produced for that site is rich and comes from a diversity of voices. BR describes themselves as such:

  1. BookRiotCircleWe create.
  2. We always prefer the book to the movie.
  3. We riot as a team.
  4. We geek out on books, embarrassingly so.
  5. We’re leaders.
  6. We practice charity.
  7. We miss our subway stop cause the book is that good.
  8. We are non-traditional.
  9. We believe in family (bookshelves and cats count).

Not only does BR provide book reviews and a wide assortment of discussion columns, it also provides podcasts and sets up some events for readers and others who are in the reading/writing community. This is a particularly helpful resource when it comes to finding feedback on recent happenings in the book world, and joining discussions on trends or particular books. The voices put on display in the pages of Book Riot’s website are diverse, which creates a good context for productive conversations.

 

Around Town: April 20-26

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April 20th – Graphic Storytelling: From Cuneiform Tablets to New York’s New Pedestrian Maps

Metropolitan Museum of Art 
1000 Fifth Ave.
212-535-7710

Time: 6-7pm

In this conversation, MMA curator Kim Benzel takes us back to the dawn of writing in the Near East and graphic designer Michael Bierut brings us up to the moment as we look at how words and images work together to tell stories in ancient and contemporary design.

SPARK with Julie Burstein:
This fast-paced cabaret-style series explores vital cultural issues through the lens of the Met. Each program gathers artists and thought leaders to engage in unscripted, surprising  and engaging conversation.

Tickets to this event cost $30; click here for more info. 

 

 

April 20th – Their Voices Go On: Five Centuries of American Women Poets

The New York Society Library
53 East 79th Street
New York,  NY 10075

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

April is National Poetry Month. This original play by Marya Smith and Sarah Smith dramatizes the voices of women poets throughout America’s history, from Anne Bradstreet and Phyllis Wheatley to Sandra Cisneros and Natasha Tretheway. Click Here for more information.

Open to the public. $20 with advance registration; $25 at the door. 

 

April 23rd – Mary Morris: The Jazz Palace

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

Time: 7pm

Join us for an evening with acclaimed author Mary Morris, who will be discussing her new book, The Jazz Palace.

 

In July of 1915 a fifteen-year old boy pauses on the Clark Street Bridge in downtown Chicago and witnesses the worst river accident ever to occur in American history. With the sinking of the Eastland and the death of eight hundred of its passengers the lives and stories of three people are set in motion. The boy, Benny Lehrman will become a jazz pianist but will always live with his memory of disaster.  The young girl, Pearl Chimbrova, with whom he will chat briefly on the bridge that day, will never quite forget him and a black trumpeter named Napoleon Hill who has been invited by Pearl’s older brother to play in the saloon that her family runs will befriend him.

As their lives intertwine, the novels also tells the story of the city in which they live. It is a world of gangsters, musicians and clubs emerge in which black musicians are no freer than they were before the Civil War, white youths come down to the South Side of Chicago to “slum,” and Al Capone and Louis Armstrong become legends. At the heart of the novel is the friendship that emerges between Benny and his mentor, Napoleon, a friendship in which while they will never be able to play together professionally because of their race.  But they will jam together in Pearl’s family salon which Napoleon has dubbed The Jazz Palace.

As novel steams through the 1920’s and ends with the repeal of Prohibition, Benny, Pearl and Napoleon forge a bond that is as memorable as it is lasting.

 

April 23rd – BYOB Book Drive

Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Time: 3-5pm

In honor of World Book Night 2015, Book Riot and the HPA invite you to support literacy, clear out your bookshelves, and meet fellow booknerds on April 23. Bring a book (or a whole bunch) to donate, swap favorites and stories with fellow participants, and help Accio Books reach this year’s goal of 60,000 books collected. All ages welcome! Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

This event is free; bring your unwanted books!