Around Town

around-town2September 11, 2014
7:00pm-8:00pm at The Strand’s 3rd Floor on 828 Broadway at 12th Street

Emily St. John Mandel will be joined by Buzzfeed Books Editor Isaac Fitzgerald at the Strand to chat about her new book Station Eleven, “an ambitious work that is already being hailed as a breakout work. Station Eleven is the story of a near future, where civilization is collapsing and a troupe of actors–witnesses to the entire process–travel through the Great Lakes region, trying to preserve their art. Beautifully written and with a sweeping chronology, Station Eleven will delight Emily’s existing fans, and is sure to create new ones.”

Attendance requires the purchase of either a copy of Mandel’s novel, or a $15 Strand bookstore gift certificate.


September 15, 2014
7:00pm at BookCourt 163 Court St. Brooklyn, NY
Happiness: Ten Years of n+1

“A history of happiness is a funny thing since, for a long time, happiness was viewed as merely the absence of history,” write the editors of n+1. “Then came modernity.” Staying true to this observation, which was made almost 10 years ago in their 2005 issue, the editors of n+1 stop by fellow Brooklyn literary institution BookCourt to launch their new anthology, Happiness: Ten Years of n+1. Editors Keith Gessen, Carla Blumenkranz, and Marco Roth, among others, read from the collection and talk about how the fledgling publication that used to pay its writers in beer became what Malcolm Gladwell praises as “the rightful heir to the Partisan Review and The New York Review of Books.” Since n+1 reintroduced us to the intellectually fired spirit of a Viennese coffee house, via thought-provoking articles with titles like “Bed-Stuy: Do or Die?” and “Against Exercise,” a happy celebration is only fair.

Admission is free.


September 15, 2014
7:00pm, Location on ticket. 
Books to Movies: This is Where I Leave You
Special advance screening of This is Where I Leave You, based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda. When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways. In theaters Friday, September 19. This film has been rated R. Seating is limited to first-come, first serve availability. Please arrive early. Download up to two free passes while supplies last:


September 17, 2014
6:30-8:30pm, 375 Hudson Street, Room 5172
YPG Special Edition Book Club: Orange is the New Black
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably already binge-watched both seasons of Netflix’s smash hit series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK by now. This riveting dramedy stars Taylor Schilling as Piper, a thirtysomething woman living in New York City who is sentenced to 15 months in a women’s federal prison for transporting a suitcase full of drug money to her former girlfriend. OITNB was recently nominated for a whopping 12 Emmy Awards! But did you know it was based on a (mostly) true story? Join us as we dissect Piper Kerman’s gritty, humorous, and moving memoir “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” (Spiegel & Grau, 2010) and watch clips from the critically-acclaimed series.

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