Around Town | Dec. 12th – Dec. 18th

Since the holidays are almost upon us, here are some great events to get you into the holiday spirit! (If the snow on Saturday didn’t already hype you up.) Continue reading “Around Town | Dec. 12th – Dec. 18th”

Around Town | Nov. 28th – Dec. 4th

While there are a lot of great events going on around New York City this week, we hope to see you at the David Pecker Lecture on Wednesday, November 29 at 6pm. The 2017/18 David Pecker Distinguished Lecturer of Publishing is Bette Rockmore, who will present on “Bridging the Gap: From the Classroom to Corporate America.” (To RSVP and to see an interview with Rockmore, click here.) Meanwhile, here are more awesome events you can attend this week! Continue reading “Around Town | Nov. 28th – Dec. 4th”

Art After Trump

Art after TrumpThursday, December 15 at 6:00 pm

Housing Works
Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Art After Trump: A Response and a Gathering is a marathon-style (no introductions, no hosts) reading hosted by and featuring artists and arts administrators. The results of the 2016 election were a shocking education for many on the realities of our fellow citizens. We asked our 150 performers: as an artist, how are you reacting to this uncertain future? What do you want to say or do? Each performer was invited to prepare a 2-minute performance of any form and any content.

Admission is free. Please RSVP on Facebook.

A Celebration of Shirley Jackson

shirley_jackson_portraitMonday, December 19 at 8 pm

92nd St. Y
Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
Buttenwieser Hall

New York, NY

An evening of readings to celebrate the centennial of Shirley Jackson upon the publication of Ruth Franklin’s new biography, A Rather Haunted Life, and The Lottery: A Graphic Adaptation by Jackson’s grandson Miles Hyman.
“Her stories are among the most terrifying ever written,” wrote Donna Tartt.
Featuring authors such as Ruth Franklin, Miles Hyman, Laura Miller, and Joyce Carol Oates.
Admission is $22.
Celebrate the Holidays with Stéphane Audeguy

audeguy_stephane_author-750x345Wednesday, December 21 at 7:00pm

972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075

Event is in French. Come celebrate the holidays with French novelist Stéphane Audeguy, 2016 laureate of the Wepler Prize with Histoire du lion personne (Seuil).

Stéphane Audeguy  is an award-winning French novelist and essayist. He studied literature at the University of Paris, where he also taught. He served as an assistant professor at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville between 1986 and 1987. He returned to France and now lives in Paris where he is co-heading the mythical French literary review La Nouvelle Revue Française.

He is the author of La Théorie des nuages (Gallimard/The Theory of Clouds, FSG), Fils Unique (Gallimard), Nous autres (Gallimard), Roma@ (Gallimard), In Memoriam (Gallimard), Les Monstres, (Gallimard).

Admission is free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.

Link of the Week: #AbnegationDonation

link of the week


The giving spirits of humanity as a whole are more exposed during the holiday season; Operation Christmas Child, the Salvation Army donation pots on street corners and in front of department stores, and donation campaigns from companies of every kind. Just this morning, I got an email from Duane Reade to tell me about their partnership with City Harvest and how I can donate to their cause to feed the hungry in New York City.


While food and nonprofit support is the object of many giving campaigns and fundraisers, Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent series, has added another flavor to the mix: books. In partnership with First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides access to new books for children in need, Roth launched her #AbnegationDonation campaign.

Click here to check out First Books and read about their mission

Photo by Nelson Fitch
Photo by Nelson Fitch

“For me, the whole Divergent series is about the question of what selflessness is and what it means,” Roth told PW, about her inspiration for the campaign. “This is a way to do something good with that question. And, I’m in the holiday spirit, so it’s good timing all around.”

HarperCollins and First Book already have a longstanding relationship, but Roth made their partnership even more personal with her campaign.

“They do incredible things,” Roth said. “We talked about how they work, and I was very impressed by their mission. It seemed like a natural fit for me to get involved.”

Click here for full article on Publishers Weekly

For every $2.50 that is donated to First Book through the #AbnegationDonation page on the First Book website during December, HarperCollins will donate a new copy of Divergent to First Book.