First of all, let’s celebrate that today is Friday. The weekend is upon us! We thought we would suggest five bookstore to visit across New York City. Each of these shops is worth checking out, especially if you want to spend the day exploring (and, of course, buy books for the weekend). Continue reading “New York City Bookstores”
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs presents essays from a chorus of twenty-nine luminaries singing the praises of their favorite Beatles songs. Arranged chronologically by the date of the song’s release, and including a note from Paul McCartney, these essays highlight both the Beatles’ evolution as well as the span of generations their music affected. From Beatlemaniacs who grew up listening to the iconic albums on vinyl to new fans who download the songs on iTunes, each contributor explores a poignant intersection between Beatles history and personal history. Editor Andrew Blauner hosts readings by distinguished authors who have contributed to the anthology, including Touré (I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon), Elissa Schappell (Blueprints for Building Better Girls), and Rebecca Mead (My Life in Middlemarch) read from their essays, and discuss the Beatles’ legacy and impact, culturally, historically, and individually.
Admission is free. A copy of the book is $23.
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Frenchie Davis, Nathan Lee Graham, and Wilson Cruz —three artists and advocates of LGBTQ communities, who have shared stories of LGBTQ people of color through their art—engage in a special Pride Month conversation. Cruz is best known as Angel in Rent on Broadway, Rickie Vasquez on My So-Called Life, and Junito on Noah’s Arc (the first network TV show revolving around queer men of color). Davis is a singer who has appeared on American Idol and The Voice and in Rent on Broadway. Graham played Todd in the Zoolander movies, and his theater credits include Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and Hit the Wall. Davis and Graham recently appeared in The View Upstairs, a musical about a 1973 fire in a gay bar in New Orleans that killed 32—the deadliest massacre of LGBTQ people in American history until the Pulse attack of a year ago. They speak with Kevin Nadal, executive director of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies.
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Reserve your seat here.
Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers
939 Lexington Avenue (between 68th and 69th Streets)
New York, NY 10065
Discover New York in the jazz age with Jules Stewart, journalist, historian and author of Gotham Rising: New York in the 1930’s and Anthony Robbins, a twenty-year veteran of the New York City Landmarks Commission and author of New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture.
Gotham Rising describes the city’s architectural, economic, social and cultural renaissance after the Wall Street Crash. New York Art Deco surveys Art Deco sites in all five boroughs.
Admission is free.
This series has hosted readings by emerging & established authors since 2007. Because the pen is mightier than the Kalashnikov (we hope). Curated by Lee Matthew Goldberg, Camellia Phillips, and Marco Rafalá. Hosted by Camellia Phillips.
Leah Umansky, the author of the dystopian-themed Straight Away the Emptied World (Kattywompus Press, 2016), the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream, voted one of The Top 10 Chapbooks To Read Now in 2014 by Time Out New York, (Kattywompus Press, 2014) and the full length collection, Domestic Uncertainties, (BlazeVOX, 2013). She is a graduate of the MFA Program in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College, and a graduate of the MA in English Education – Secondary Education from CUNY- Hunter College.
Courtney Elizabeth Mauk, the author of three novels: The Special Power of Restoring Lost Things, Orion’s Daughters, and Spark. She has an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and lives on the Upper West Side with her husband and young son.
Julia Phillips who writes about Russia. Her fiction has been published in The Antioch Review, The Rumpus, and The Toast, while her nonfiction has been in BuzzFeed, Jezebel, The Moscow Times, and The Cut. She’s a Fulbright recipient in creative writing.
Estimated run time is 50 minutes. Admission is Free. Reserve your seat here!
On October 16, 2009, Greenlight Bookstore sold its first book. On October 24, they held the bookstore’s launch party. And look at them now: they’re getting ready to open a second location! They’re celebrating their seventh year in Fort Greene with their annual birthday event, where they will say thanks to everyone whose support keeps the business growing by offering 20% off in the bookstore all day on Saturday and Sunday! Join Greenlight for a festive birthday weekend featuring decorations, giveaways and other surprises, and news about the new store.
On top of the in store discount, they’re celebrating customers with a chance to win a free 6-month subscription to the First Editions Club!
Admission is free. Learn more about how to enter for the free subscription and get more infomation on the event on Greenlight’s Facebook event page.
The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway and 12th Street
New York, NY
Author Kevin Baker will take you on an interactive tour of Lower Manhattan which will feature several of the most extraordinary inventions in America the Ingenious, and provide a fascinating look at New York history. You will visit the site where the entire federal government used to be housed in a single, three-storey building; pay your respects at Alexander Hamilton’s grave, go inside what was the tallest (and most beautiful) skyscraper in the world for twenty years, check out where all the news was made fit to print, go down to the waterfront, view the damage caused by the worst terrorist attack in the United States before 9/11, learn how the Brooklyn Bridge almost became a catastrophe, and witness the greatest piece of graft in the city’s history.
$29.95 for a copy grants admission. Purchase ticket here!
$10 admission fee, includes drinks.
February 6th- Adam JK Event
(subway: D, N, & R, 36th St. Station)
Time: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Join Adam JK, Brooklyn-based author, artist, and designer, for a signing and pop-up shop at WantedDesign’s location in Industry City. He’ll have toys and trinkets from his Gift Shop, as well as copies of his 1 Page at a Time diary/journal/calendar/creative companion/whatever-it-is to sign. Fudge artisans Izzy & Tallulah will be there as well with delicious samples. Copies of 1 Page at a Time will be available on-site.
February 9th- Kia Corthron + Robin D. G. Kelley
Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room
828 Broadway at 12th Street
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kia Corthron, American playwright, screenwriter, and activist celebrates the highly anticipated release of her first novel, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter. Her book sweeps American history from 1941 to the twenty-first century through the lives of four men–two white brothers from rural Alabama, and two black brothers from small-town Maryland.
Kia will be joined in conversation by Robin D.G. Kelley, one of the most distinguished experts on African American studies in the nation.
February 10th- Richard Price in Conversation With James Hannaham
Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012
Time: 7:00 pm
Richard Price, author of seven novels including Lush Life and Clockers, is please to celebrate the paperback release of his most recent work The Whites with James Hannaham, author of the novel Delicious Foods.
The Whites, Richard Price‘s most recent novel, has received widespread acclaim including being named a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2015, a NPR Best Book of the Year, and a New York Times Book Review Best Book of 2015. The book follows Billy Grave, a sergeant in Manhattan Night Watch, as he investigates a fatal slashing of a man in Penn Station. Piercing and eminently readable, The Whites is a book filled with kinetic energy. Richard Price is pleased to celebrate its paperback release with a conversation with James Hannaham, author of the novel God Says No.
Richard Price is the author of seven novels, including Clockers, Freedomland, and Samaritan. He won a 2007 Edgar Award for his writing on the HBO series The Wire.
James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods and God Says No. He holds an MFA from the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches creative writing at the Pratt Institute.
February 10th- Kevin Young presents Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 In conversation with Mary-Louise Parker
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Time: 7:30 pm
Greenlight is thrilled to welcome acclaimed poet Kevin Young back to Greenlight to present his new collection Blue Laws, a rich and lively gathering of highlights from the first twenty years of an extraordinary career, interspersed with “B sides” and “bonus tracks.” From his stunning lyric debut Most Way Home and the amazing “double album” life of Jean-Michel Basquiat, through his broken-hearted Jelly Roll and his recent forays into adult grief and the joys of birth in Dear Darkness and Book of Hours, this collection provides a grand tour of a poet whose personal poems and political poems are equally riveting.
Together with wonderful outtakes and previously unseen blues, the profoundly felt poems here of family, Southern food, and loss are of a piece with the depth of personal sensibility and humanity found in his Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels or bold sequences such as “The Ballad of Jim Crow” and a new “Homage to Phillis Wheatley.” Young talks about his poetic history with actor and writer Mary-Louise Parker (author of Dear Mr. You), an ardent fan of Young’s work.
September 9th– Erica Long Author Event
Union Square Barnes & Noble
33 East 17th Street
Time: 7:00 pm
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
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
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
126 Franklin St,
Brooklyn, NY 11222
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 Yorker, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, The 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.
September 15th- Catapult Launch: Cries for Help, Various by Padgett Powell
Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
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.