Poetry reading with Susan Lewis and Sharon Mesmer

Thursday, June 29 at 5:30 pm

Muhlenberg Library
209 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

Susan Lewis and Sharon Mesmer will present their poetry at the Muhlenberg Library.

Susan Lewis is the publisher and editor of Posit. Her most recent book, Heisenberg’s Salon, was just published by BlazeVOX Books. She is the author of eight other books and chapbooks, including This Visit, How to be Another, and State of the Union. Her poetry has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes and appeared in a great number of anthologies and journals, including The AwlBerkeley Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Cimarron, The Journal, The New Orleans Review, Prelude, Raritan, Seneca Review, Verse, Verse Daily, and VOLT.

Sharon Mesmer is a multi-genre writer  poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and reviews  and professor of creative writing (poetry and fiction) in the undergraduate and MFA programs of New York University and the New School. Her 2015 poetry collection, Greetings From My Girlie Leisure Place from Bloof Books, was one of Entropy’s Best Poetry Collections of 2015. Her two fiction collections — The Empty Quarter and In Ordinary Time, both from Hanging Loose Press — were published in French translation by Hachette in 2005 as Ma Vie à Yonago. She was a member of the flarf collective and a Nuyorican slam semi-finalist. Her awards include a Fulbright Specialist grant, two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, a Jerome Foundation mentoring award, and a MacArthur Scholarship, given through the Brooklyn College MFA program through nomination by Allen Ginsberg.

Admission is free.

Book Talk: The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring a City Back

Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 pm

Brooklyn Historical Society
Great Hall
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

For decades Brooklyn was synonymous with grit and struggle, yet today the borough is a hub of hipsters, booming startups, and massive new developments across many neighborhoods. Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor of City Journal, Kay Hymowitz, examines this seeming Renaissance of Brooklyn’s ever-changing landscape through seven neighborhoods: Park Slope, Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brownsville, Sunset Park, and Canarsie. In this exploration, Hymowitz looks at the successes of black and white middle classes, local policies, and small businesses, while assessing the challenges left for recent immigrants and other diverse communities trying to thrive.

Admission is $5. Reserve your tickets online.

ThinkOlio Presents: The Woman Question

Friday, June 30 at 7:00 pm

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

From the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, scholars, doctors, religious leaders, and politicians were vexed by the “The Woman Question.” Inspired by the democratic revolutions of the late eighteenth century, fueled by market capitalism, and later fostered by the reform efforts of the Victorian bourgeoisie, the woman question actually posed the inquiry: What are women good for?

Please join us for a much needed discussion on the history of women’s suffrage in America. Let’s look squarely at the achievements of the past generations without shying away from the explicit racism and classism imbedded within the movement. Let’s learn from their successes and their failures, too. And, finally, let’s gather together and consider the psychic and social ramifications of being a question.

Nina Simone covers by South African jazz vocalist, Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe and the exquisite jazz pianist Fima Chupakhin to follow this Olio!

Jamie Warren has a Ph.D. in American History from Indiana University, and she is an Assistant Professor at BMCC-CUNY where she teaches American history, the history of women and gender, and women’s studies. Her research focuses on slavery in antebellum South with a particular focus on death, the body, and the philosophy of history.

Admission is $20. Reserve your tickets online.

Upcoming Event: Brooklyn Book Festival

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Sunday, September 18 (10am-6pm, rain or shine), FREE

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

AUTHORS INCLUDE Margaret Atwood, Margo Jefferson, Faith Erin Hicks, Russell Banks, Phoebe Gloeckner, Chester Brown, Salman Rushdie, Libba Bray, Stephanie Danler, Gayle Forman, Pete Hamill, Jacqueline Woodson, Angela Flournoy, Helen Garner, Karin Slaughter, Bruce Schneier, Rebecca Traister, Marjorie Liu, Sayed Kashua, Esmeralda Santiago, Thomas Frank, Ralph Nader, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Yusef Komunyakaa, Joyce Carol Oates, A.O. Scott, Hua Hsu, Rob Sheffield, Yoss, Jessica Valenti, Cecily von Ziegesar, Ocean Vuong, Ed Yong and hundreds more.

authors     Margaret Atwood                 Joyce Carol Oates           Yusef Komunyakaa

The Brooklyn Book Festival will also have several “Bookend” events leading up to the festival starting today including:

  • After Adderall, a movie about what happens when James Franco makes a movie about you. Directed by Stephen Elliott, featuring Nick Flynn, Marie Howe, Jerry Stahl, Susan Orlean and Michael C. Hall at Videology Cinema Bar (Brooklyn). The Opening Night Party will be at Bell House (Brooklyn). See the New York premiere of Monday, September 12
  • R.L. Stine reads from his newest book  Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story, followed by a book-signing at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Tuesday, September 13
  • Greenlight Books and the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses host the Seventh Annual Brooklyn Indie Party to celebrate the literary independence of the borough and its Festival Friday, September 16
  • Children’s Day: Literary Celebration for Families and Children
    Saturday September 17th (10am-4pm, rain or shine)

To see a full list of “bookend” events for the Brooklyn Book Festival Click Here
Also to see the Brooklyn Book Festival homepage  Click Here

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For those of you who would like to gain some volunteer experience at the Brooklyn Book Festival,  the Women’s National Book Association-NYC (WNBA  http://www.wnba-nyc.org/) is looking for volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering, please email  Professor Denning at jdenning@pace.edu for details.

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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Link of the Week: Brooklyn Book Festival

BBFhomepagelogo-2014Make sure to mark your calendars, because the Brooklyn Book Festival is coming to town this Sunday!

Many serious readers, if asked, would tell you that there are few ways to better spend a day than to be surrounded by books in a cozy environment, enveloped in a world they can hold in their hands. There is also the kind of reader who forays into the realm of nature with just a book, no library or comfy couch needed.

Books unite us, despite our genre, reading device, and environmental preferences. And what better way is there to celebrate the book than by checking out the Brooklyn Book Festival? As the largest free literary event in New York City, the Festival promises events for every kind of reader and book professional, and even the causal passerby. From author readings and Q&A’s, trivia night and scavenger hunts, workshops, talks from top professionals and panel discussions, with music, art and food thrown in, attendees have a wide range of events to choose from. Click here to see the full list of events.

Events will be organized around the Brooklyn Borough Hall, but be sure to check out confirmed locations for any events you’re particularly interested in.

Events run from Sept. 15th until Sept. 22nd; main event is Sunday, Sept. 21st from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

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Take some time to check out the WNBA’s booth at the Festival on Sunday, the 21st. They’re currently looking for interns, so drop by their booth (#703) and meet some new people from this fabulous organization! Read about this event.