Around Town: Sept. 26th – Oct. 3rd

This week is Banned Books Week. If you want to participate in this celebration, then go to National Coalition Against Censorship’s website, or click here. More to come tomorrow!

Now with the Brooklyn Book Festival over, here are some great events to attend  and enjoy if you are feeling a withdrawal from literature.

Joshua Cohen on the American Circus, comedy, and his new novel, “Moving Kings”

When: September 26, 2017 @ 7pm

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

Cost: Free

Joshua Cohen is an American essayist, novelist, and story writer who was named one the Best Young American Authors in 2017 by Granta Magazine.

The Point magazine’s Jesse McCarthy talks to Cohen about his latest essay in their comedy issue: “It’s a Circle,” on the death and afterlife of the American circus. Attendees will also get a look at his new book, Moving Kings, a novel that’s garnered much praise. The Washington Post says that Moving Kings is:

“A svelte comic triumph that concentrates [Cohen’s] genius . . . a fantastically agile style . . . Cohen explores themes of power and Jewish identity with the same insight that has justly attracted praise from some of the country’s most sophisticated writers.”

For more information, click here.

Gotham Writers Fall Open House

When: September 26-27, 2017 @ 7pm

Where: EC NY, 1450 Broadway 14th Floor, New York, NY 10018

Cost: Free with Registration

Gotham Writers Workshop is a creative home in New York City and Online where writers develop their craft and come together in the spirit of discovery and fellowship. They’ve been teaching creative writing and business writing since 1993. Gotham Writers Workshop has been the go-to place for writers wanting expert instruction and an artistic community.

At this event, you will get the chance to find out what goes on in a Gotham class. They are offering 24 free one-hour classes in a wide variety of courses. You’ll meet the instructors, do a little writing, and, as a thank you, receive $30 off your first 6 or 10-week class.

Note: You may sign up for one or two free classes, but no more than two. Registration is required, but if the class you want is full, feel free to walk in. Odds are good that they will find you a seat.

For more information, click here.

The Best American Poetry Reading 2017

When: September 28, 2017 @ 7pm

Where: The New School, 66 West 12th StreetThe Auditorium, New York, NY 10011

Cost: Free

The Best American Poetry is an anthology that is published each year which contains the best poetry of the year. This year’s editors include series editor David Lehman and guest editor Natasha Tretheway, the nineteenth US Poet Laureatte.

Lehman joins Trethewey to launch the latest volume of the anthology. With readings by the contributors: Dan Albergotti, David Barber, Jericho Brown, Allison Cobb, Carl Dennis, David Feinstein, Vievee Francis, Jeffrey Harrison, W. J. Herbert, David Brendan Hopes, John James, Rodney Jones, Meg Kearney, John Koethe, Jamaal May, Judson Mitcham, John Murillo, Joyce Carol Oates, Sharon Olds, Matthew Olzmann, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Robert Pinsky, Taije Silverman, Emily Van Kley, and Crystal Williams.

For more information, click here.

 

David Lehman on “Poems in the Manner of”

Thursday, April 6th at 7:00 pm

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

Enjoy a reading and discussion of Poems in the Manner Of…, the new book from David Lehman. He will be joined in discussion by author Alan Ziegler.

Poems in the Manner Of is an illuminating journey through centuries of writers who continue to influence new work today, including that of respected poet and series editor of The Best American Poetry David Lehman. Intelligent and sparkling, this is a great gift for poetry fans and a useful resource for creative writers. These are poems of wit and humor but also deep emotion and clear intelligence, informed by Lehman’s genuine and knowledgeable love of poetry and literature.

Reserve a copy of Poems in the Manner Of,” here for $18.

Gaspar Orozco & Mark Weiss

Thursday April 6 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop
141 Front Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

An Autocinema reading with Gaspar Orozco & Mark Weiss.

Gaspar Orozco was born in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1971. He was a member of the punk rock band Revolución X in the 1990s and codirector of the 2011 documentary film Subterraneans: Mexican Norteña Music in New York. His work is featured in several poetry anthologies and has been published in literary publications in Mexico, the United States and the United Kingdom. He has translated poetry from English, French and classical Chinese into Spanish.

Mark Weiss has published nine books of poetry, most recently As Luck Would Have It and Dark Season. His bilingual anthology The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry was published in 2009 by the University of California Press.

Grace Paley: A Celebration

Thursday April 6 at 7:00 pm

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

To coincide with the release of A Grace Paley Reader: Stories, Essays, and Poetry (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), The Center for Fiction will be celebrating Paley’s life with just a small selection of her friends and former students. Hilma Wolitzer, Joan Silber, Victoria Redel and A. M. Homes will remember Paley’s life and work, and her influence on their own writing.

Admission is free. If you are interested in attending, please be sure to RSVP.

Poetry in Motion featuring The Poet is In

Friday, Apr 7 at 11:00 am

Vanderbilt Hall
Grand Central Station
89 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017

In celebration of National Poetry Month, MTA Arts & Design and the Poetry Society of America present Poetry in Motion featuring The Poet Is In. The program is inspired by Marie Howe, New York State Poet 2012-2015, Arts & Design’s de facto Poet in Residence, who is dedicated to bringing poetry to everyone in the State of New York. The Poet is In will feature an array of award-winning poets who will sit in a booth and write poems for those who request one.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Temptress Presents: Saltwater & Lime, Poetry Book Release and Spoken Word Event

Saturday April 8 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 E. 3rd Street
New York, NY, 10009

Who is Temptress Ecanus? She is the feminine alter ego behind Gender Fluid, Spoken Word Artist; Jossie Ortiz, a Bronx poet that speaks up on LGBTQ rights, Mental Illness, Social Alternative Facts & Raw Topics on Sexuality; Love & Heartache.

Admission is $10. Purchase your ticket here.