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.

 

Around Town: Sept. 12th – Sept. 19th


While we are busy with classes and work, especially since the fall semester just started, we could all use a break now and then to socialize and connect with other people in the field of publishing. So here are some noteworthy events going on around town this week:

Death Need Not Be Fatal: Book Talk

When: September 12, 2017 at 6:30pm

WhereGreen-Wood Cemetery Chapel, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Malachy McCourt is 85 years old and has led a full life, moving from Ireland to the United States and pursuing many different careers. In the past 60 years, he has found success as an actor, musician, writer, and politician. At this creative nonfiction reading and discussion, McCourt (who will be introduced by his co-author, Brian McDonald) will read from his newest memoir and talk about “how to live life to its fullest, how to grow old without acting old, and how to die without regret” (PW).

Feeling Jewish: Devorah Baum with Zadie Smith

When: September 12, 2017 at 7:00pm

WhereMcNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Devorah Baum is a lecturer at the University of Southampton, where she teaches English Literature and Critical Thinking. At this fiction and creative nonfiction reading and discussion, Devorah Baum explores Jews, both in history and modern day, and how they are perceived “by others and by themselves” (PW). She will do this by looking through the lens of “fiction, film, memoir, and psychoanalysis.”

The NewsGuild of New York’s September Media Mixer

When: September 13, 2017 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Killarney Rose (upstairs), 127 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10005

The NewsGuild of New York is a union of news professionals in the media business. Their mission “is to raise the standards of journalism and ethics in the industry” (nyguild). Every month, The NewsGuild of New York hosts a mixer, allowing journalists and editors from all over the city to meet, eat, and drink together. Come to the mixer and network with professionals from tons of media outlets, including: The New York Times, Reuters, The Guardian, AP, Wall Street Journal, and more.

Red Hen Press at Poets House

When: September 15, 2017 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

WherePoets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282

Cost: $5 for Members, $7 for Students, $10 for General

Red Hen Press is a non-profit publisher based in Los Angles, California. They are “committed to publishing works of literary excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in our local schools” (redhen). For Summer 2017, they have been hosting events around New York City. At this reading, authors Elise Paschen (a Red Hen poet), Edward Hirsch, and Ellen Rachlin will be reading poems from their collections.

Six Words Fresh Off The Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America

When: September 18, 2017 at 7:30pm

WhereGreenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Six Words Fresh Off The Boat is an anthology created by Larry Smith, an author and editor. He is also a publisher of Smith Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to telling stories in all forms. At this reading, Smith will host and contributors will read their experiences of immigration. This will be an event “celebrating the new book including video, readings and backstories by contributors, and a Six-Word Slam for audience participation” (PW). Afterwards, there will be a wine reception.

 

Women Writing About Mothers and Daughters

Friday, March 31 at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 W 10th St
New York, NY 10003

Co-sponsored with the Women’s National Book Association Moderated by WNBA board member Harriet Shenkman.

Panelists Include:

• Gayle Forman, am award-winning journalist and author whose many bestselling young adult novels include the New York Times bestsellers I was Here, Just One Day, and If I Stay, which was turned into a major motion picture. Most recently she has written her first adult novel, Leave Me.

• Molly Jong-Fast, the author of three book, the most recent of which is The Social Climber’s Handbook and has contributed to the New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and many other newspapers and magazines.

• Betsy Lerner, an agent with Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency, and the author of The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice for Writers, Food and Loathing, and The Bridge Ladies.

• Nadja Spiegelman, the author of I’m Supposed to Protect you from All This, and co-editor of Resist!, a tabloid newspaper of political comics and graphics by mostly female artists.

If you would like to attend this event, please complete registration.

MoCCA Arts Festival

Saturday,April 1 – Sunday, April 2 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Metropolitan West
639 W 46th St between 11th and 12th Avenues
New York, NY 10036

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

Admission is $5 per day. Tickets are sold at the door. Children under 10 are free.

How To Write A Memoir Without Ruining Your Life
Meredith Maran

Monday, April 3 at 7 pm

Book Culture
450 Columbus Ave
Benilde Little

New York, NY 10024

A discussion with Meredith Maran, author of The New Old Me: My Late-Life Reinvention, and Benilde Littleauthor of Welcome to My Breakdown.

Admission is free. Click here to reserve a copy of Maran’s or Little’s books.

Upcoming Event! New Literature From Europe Festival

New Literature from Europe FestivalNow in its 13th consecutive year, The New Literature from Europe Festival is an annual celebration of writing from across the European continent. Featuring readings and discussions between leading and emerging literary voices from Europe, and some of America’s foremost writers and critics, the Festival celebrates important new European literature in translation. Founded in 2003, the NLE Festival has quickly become one of New York City’s top literature in translation events, attracting award-winning, best-selling and new authors from many diverse European countries each yescreen-shot-2016-11-30-at-11-52-02-amar. The NLE Festival is jointly organized by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) and New York-based European cultural institutes. Most Festival events are free and open to the public.

The festival will have events throughout each of the three days in December. If you would like to see the full list of events please click this link. To see the full list of venues as well please click this link. The festival will also consist of many guest speakers, writers, actors, translators and more.

Featured below are some of the speakers that will be at the festival. To see a full list of speakers, check it out here.

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-12-01-43-pm

Donald Judd Writings

donald juddThursday, November 17 at
7:00 pm

192 Books
New York, NY

The conversation will explore Donald Judd’s writing as a process and primary part of his daily life and artistic practice. Rainer Judd, Co-President of Judd Foundation and daughter of Donald Judd, in conversation with Ellie Meyer, Catalogue Raisonné Research Manager at Judd Foundation and former studio assistant to Judd. A reading of selections from Donald Judd Writings will initiate a discussion on the thematics visited by Judd throughout the text including environment, space, history, and time.

Admission is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

David Biello in conversation with Andy Revkin

David BielloFriday, November 18 at 7:00 pm

BookCourt
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY

With the historical perspective of The Song of the Dodo and the urgency of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”, a brilliant young environmental journalist argues that we must innovate and adapt to save planet Earth.

Civilization is in crisis, facing disasters of our own making on the only planet known to bear life in the vast void of the universe. We have become unwitting gardeners of the Earth, not in control, but setting the conditions under which all of life flourishes—or not. Truly, it’s survival of the innovators.

Human Nature chronicles a disparate band of unlikely heroes: an effervescent mad scientist who would fertilize the seas; a pigeon obsessive bent on bringing back the extinct; a low-level government functionary in China doing his best to clean up his city, and more. These scientists, billionaires, and ordinary people are all working toward saving the best home humanity is ever likely to have.

What is the threat? It is us. In a time when a species dies out every ten minutes, when summers are getting hotter, winters colder, and oceans higher, some people still deny mankind’s effect on the Earth. But all of our impacts on the planet have ushered in what qualifies as a new geologic epoch, thanks to global warming, mass extinction, and such technologies as nuclear weapons or plastics.Human Nature examines the world we have created and analyzes the glimmers of hope emerging from the efforts of incredible individuals seeking to change our future. Instead of a world without us, this history of the future shows how to become good gardeners, helping people thrive along with an abundance of plants, animals, all the exuberant profusion of life on Earth—a better world with us. The current era of humans need not be the end of the world—it’s just the end of the world as we know it.

Admission is free.

GIRL: My Childhood and the Second World War

girl_squareMonday, November 21 at 6:30 pm

Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10016

Alona Frankel is a renowned Israeli picture book writer and illustrator, the author of many classic children’s books as well as recently published poetic memoirs for young adults.

This illustrated lecture features a discussion of Alona Frankel’s first book for adults, her memoir about a Polish Jewish girl’s survival hiding as a Gentile in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Admission is free and is on a first come, first serve basis.

GUTS

guts_fall_2016Tuesday, November 22 at 7:30 pm

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
btwn Rivington and Delancy
New York, NY 10002

GUTS is a bare-bones reading series which encourages experimentation. Writers from a wide variety of styles and life phases are invited to read new work and discuss their practices in an intimate setting. Curated by Dia Felix.

In November, Guts features Filip Marinovich & Masha Tupitsyn.

Admission is free. Click here to reserve your spot.