Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

August 5, 2013
Paranoia @ the Apple Store

At the Soho Apple Store (103 Prince Street, Manhattan) director Robert Luketic and actor Liam Hemsworth will be promoting their new film Paranoia, a high-stakes tech thriller. This free event starts at 6:00 pm.

August 6, 2013
Jeff Guinn on the Life of Charles Manson

The Strand (828 Broadway, Manhattan) will be hosting bestselling author Jeff Guinn as he talks about his latest book Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson. One must purchase the book or a $15.00 gift card to the Strand in order to attend. This event starts at 7:00 pm.

August 8, 2013
Soothing the Psyche When the Shrinks Are Away

Writing Professor Susan Shapiro will be hosting the 8th annual reading of her students’ work at McNally Jackson Booksellers (25 Prince Street, Manhattan) beginning at 7:00pm. The theme of the event is psychological health, and how to deal with life when your shrink is on vacation.

Keep this Bag Away from Children

Housing Works Café (126 Crosby Street) is hosting a release party for the literary magazine Keep this Bag Away from Children, featuring readings and conversation from some of New York’s budding writers. This event starts at 7:00 and is free.

August 9, 2013
James Franco and Frank Bidart

Actor James Franco’s latest book A California Childhood plays with the concept of memoir and expression. Poet Frank Bidart will join him in conversation at the Strand from 7:00-8:00 pm as they discuss memoir and poetry. In order to attend you must buy California Childhood or a $25 gift card to the Strand (828 Broadway, Manhattan).

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

July 29, 2013

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

At the Soho Apple Store (103  Prince Street, Manhattan) the director of the new Percy Jackson film, Thor Freudenthal, will be joined by actors Logan Lerman and Alexandra Daddario as they talk about the new movie. This free event starts at 6:00 pm.

Instructions for a Heatwave

Author Maggie O’Farrell will be promoting her new book Instructions for a Heatwave at Mcnally Jackson (52 Prince Street, Manhattan.) This family drama set in 1976 tells the story of a disappearing father and the fallout during a hot summer. This free event starts at 7:00 pm.

July 31, 2013

Harper’s Magazine: Sleeping

Harper’s Magazine will be hosting a panel at McNally Jackson bookstore (52 Prince Street, Manhattan) on the issues of sleep and dreams. Senior editor Christopher Cox will host this free event. This panel starts at 7:00pm.

Theology and Literature

Pastor of HOPE Church NYC Drew Hyun will be discussing David J. Wolpe’s book Why Faith Matters along with a conversation on theology and literature at the New York Public Library from 6:15-7:30 pm (5th Ave and 42nd Street.) This free event is one of a series on the nature of the religion and books.

The Greatest 3-Minute Internet Stories

At the Hosing Works Café (126 Crosby Street, Manhattan) a group of readers will present short stories on their funniest experiences on the internet. This free event starts at 7:00 pm.

Advisory Board Member in the Spotlight

Advisory Board member Michael Weinstein’s article “Reports of the Bookstore’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated” was recently published by BookBusiness magazine.   The article discusses the future of bookstores, touching on their place in the publishing industry and future business model.  Below are two excerpts that describe what Weinstein feels will become of bookstores:

 

There’s been a great deal of conjecture lately about the future of the bookstore: What will happen to the B&N stores (especially if they do plan to reduce the number of stores)? What about independent bookstores? Will Amazon crush bricks-and-mortar stores out of existence? Oh, lordy, will there even be such a thing as a bookstore!?!?”

 

Part of me wants to suggest that we take the emotional hot button of the “nobility” of the bookstore (particularly the local independent variety) out of the discussion and just talk cold/hard facts. But I don’t think we can. I think there are enough people out there that see (and feel) the value of the experience (as Sturdivant wrote), who want and NEED bookstores to exist, to contribute enough to keep them going.”

 

Click here to read the full article!