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”

New York City Bookstores

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”

Events July 20-21

LISTEN TO ME Launch with Hannah Pittard, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Amy Gentry, Liz Moore & Arianna Rebolini


Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 7:00PM

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 

Join them for a panel conversation in celebration of Hannah Pittard‘s new novel Listen to Me. Hannah is joined by Kaitlyn Greenidge (We Love You, Charlie Freeman), Amy Gentry (Good As Gone), and Liz Moore (The Unseen World). Moderated by Arianna Rebolini, senior editor at BuzzFeed.

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Old Books, Rare Books: Learning About the Value of Your Books

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom A
476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave)

New York, NY 

Learn what you need to know before buying or selling an old book. Have you ever wondered how the experts on TV can look at an old book and know about its value? Do you have an old book? Do you wonder how much it is worth? If you want to learn more about what makes an old book rare or valuable, then join us as we explore the world of antiquarian books.

The Library has many resources to help you develop an appreciation for antiquarian books and to assist you in determining if your books are rare.

In this class you will examine an old book, look to see who else owns a copy, and review the sale records and current booksellers’ catalogs to learn about its value. Along the way attendees will learn about the tools and resources that the antiquarian community uses to value a book. Come join and learn how you can engage in the world of old and rare books.

Michael Gross, Focus, Hosted by Alina Cho, Journalist and Editor-at-Large Ballantine Bantam Dell, Style & Fashion Genre

grossphoto-162x232July 20, 2016 at 12:30pm–1:30pm
Bryant Park Reading Room

Michael Gross, Bestselling Author of 740 Park, House of Outrageous Fortune, Model

From Richard Avedon to Irving Penn, front-row and backstage reporters share never-before-told anecdotes and give insight into the highs and lows of fashion photography and the people behind the camera.

Hosted by Alina Cho, Journalist and Editor-at-Large Ballantine Bantam Dell, Style & Fashion Genre

Emma Straub and Stuart Nadler (Livestream)


Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 7:00pm
McNally Jackson 
52 Prince St.
New York, NY

Emma Straub’s Modern Lovers, a New York Times Bestseller, tells the story of three young friends becoming old enough to watch their own children come of age. According to The New York Times, Straub “captures the jagged highs and lows of adolescence with freshness and precision, and the decades-long relationships of old college friends with a wry understanding of how time has both changed (and not changed) old dynamics.” Emma Straub has written for Tin House, The Paris Review Daily, The New York Times, and Rookie, and is the author of two previous novels, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures and the New York Times Bestseller The Vacationers. Lorrie Moore says, “Emma Straub is a magician, full of brilliance and surprise.”

She will be joined by Stuart Nadler, for the New York launch of his new novel The Inseparables, an account of three generations of women dealing with unwanted disclosures, discoveries of secrets, and catastrophic relationships. Stuart Nadler is previously the author of the novel Wise Men and the short story collection The Book of Life, as well as a recipient of the 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation. “Stuart Nadler’s savage wit and incendiary insights mix in this brilliant, funny and deeply moving novel to give us a glimpse into the generational moment we’re all living in,” says Alexander Chee. “This is a novel about how our culture treats sex, and the lives—and rights—of women of any age.”

Around Town: December 12-15

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December 14- Franklin Park Reading Series

Franklin Park Bar 
618 St. John’s Place
Brooklyn, NY  11238


Time: 8:00 pm

Cost: Free

A jewel of Crown Heights, the Franklin Park Reading Serieshas been providing the neighborhood with readings from a palette of distinctive writers on the second Monday of each month since 2009. The series has grown considerably — snagging the Voice‘s “Best Reading Series” award in 2013 — and has certified its reputation by offering a trustworthy lineup of both local and international authors, memoirists, and poets. This final edition of 2015 features six acclaimed authors, including Annie Liontas, Jamie Iredell, and a quartet of New Yorkers: Ryan Britt, Chinelo Okparanta, Niina Pollari, and Rachel Sherman. Britt published his first book, Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: And Other Geeky Truths, in November; in it, he approaches science fiction with a Chuck Klosterman–inspired lens and wonders, in the titular essay, why, in a galaxy full of wise Jedi, not one is seen schlepping a book. Pollari once composed nine curious poems regarding Lana Del Rey for the collection Kiss Me in the Boring Rain. The Franklin Park Reading Series justifies abandoning the apartment on a Monday night.

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December 15- The Rumpus & Electric Literature Present It’s Too Cold For This: A Reading 

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

Time: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm


Celebrate literary community during winter’s darkest days: join The Rumpus and Electric Literature for a warm night of literary merriment and readings from Melissa Febos, Alexandra Kleeman, Alex Mar, Lincoln Michel, and Angel Nafis.

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December 12- December Picture Book Bonanza

Books of Wonder 
18 W 18th St,
New York, NY 10011 

Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm


A picture perfect afternoon of fun, awaits the whole family at the December Picture Book Bonanza. Don’t miss these colorful new storybooks and the chance to hear all about them right from their talented creators. Join us as we welcome:

ELISE PRIMAVERA for Auntie Claus – Deluxe edition
ROSEMARY WELLS for Use Your Words, Sophie
DAVID ERCOLINI for The Night Before Christmas
URI SHULEVITZ for Troto and the Trucks

Around Town: June 22 – 28th




June 22 – The Other Stories

85 East 4th St
New York,  NY 10003

Time: 7-9pm

Join the following authors for a fiction/nonfiction reading

Kashana Cauley is a native Wisconsinite who lives in New York City. The Atlantic, Esquire, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and Tin House have published her essays and fiction. She won the 2012 Esquire/Aspen Writers’ Foundation Short Short Fiction Contest.

Kit Haggard was born and raised in southern California, but currently lives in New York. Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Four Chambers Press, and the Mays Anthology, among other places. She is the recipient of the Rex Warner Prize and the Nancy Lynn Schwartz Prize for Fiction.

Martin Cahill lives in New York, just outside that massive city everyone’s always talking about. Publicist by day and writer by night, every so often he remembers that sleep is important. He is a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop of 2014, and has had stories published in Nightmare Magazine and Fireside Fiction. He also freelances for Strange Horizons,, and Book Riot. He can be found online at and on Twitter at @Mcflycahill90. Talk to him about craft beer, books of any kind, or how good Daredevil was and you’ll most likely become fast friends.


June 23 – Scott Sherman’s “Patience and Fortitude”

Book Culture
450 Columbus Ave.
New York, NY 10024

Time: 7pm

Join us on Tuesday, June 23rd, at 7pm for the launch of Scott Sherman’s book, Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate, and the Fight to Save a Public Library. Caleb Crain will join as a conversant.

In a series of cover stories for The Nation magazine, journalist Scott Sherman uncovered the ways in which Wall Street logic almost took down one of New York City’s most beloved and iconic institutions: the New York Public Library.

In the years preceding the 2008 financial crisis, the library’s leaders forged an audacious plan to sell off multiple branch libraries, mutilate a historic building, and send millions of books to a storage facility in New Jersey. Scholars, researchers, and readers would be out of luck, but real estate developers and New York’s Mayor Bloomberg would get what they wanted. But when the story broke, the people fought back, as famous writers, professors, and citizens groups came together to defend a national treasure. Rich with revealing interviews with key figures, Patience and Fortitude is at once a hugely readable history of the library’s secret plans, and a stirring account of a rare triumph against the forces of money and power.

Scott Sherman is a contributing writer for The Nation. His work has appeared in Lingua FrancaVanity Fair, the London Review of Books, the Washington Post, theLos Angeles TimesNewsdayDissent, and other publications.

Caleb Crain is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker,the New York Review of Books,the Nation, the New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Booksn+1, the Paris Review Daily, and the New York Times Book Review. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia, he is the author of the critical work American Sympathy and a work of fiction entitled Necessary Errors. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


June 24th – Thought Catalog: Books presents Author’s Night

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

Time: 7:00pm

Thought Catalog Books presents: Authors Night, featuring five Thought Catalog authors who will read from their various published works ranging from literary fiction to memoir to stand-up comedy, with Robert Yune, Mike Heppner, Lance Pauker, Melanie Berliet, and Shanon Cook, hosted by Ryan O’Connell.

Mélanie Berliet writes regularly about sex, love, relationships and anything else that tickles her for Thought Catalog. Her work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, and many other publications. She likes knee high tube socks more than a thumb-sucking 30-something probably should.

Lance Pauker writes articles on the internet, and performs standup comedy all over New York City and the greater northeast.

Robert Yune was born in Seoul, South Korea. As a Navy brat, he traveled around the world, moving 11 times by the time he turned 18. Yune has published fiction in The Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Avery, among others. In 2008, he received a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2012, he was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award in Short Fiction and was one of five finalists for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, selected by Sherman Alexie and Colin Channer. From 2010-2013, Yune served as fiction editor of The Fourth River. He has worked as a behavioral health researcher, a census enumerator, and a stand-in for George Takei. He currently lives and teaches in Pittsburgh.

Mike Heppner is the author of the novels The Egg Code, Pike’s Folly, and, mostly recently, We Came All This Way. He’s also the author of two collections of short fiction, The Man Talking Project and This Can Be Easy or Hard, and a novella, Nada. His work has been published in Poets & Writers, Nerve, Esquire, The New Guard, and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in the Boston area.

Shanon Cook is the Spotify trends expert for TV, radio and online and is a music journalist who has interviewed many of the world’s top performers, includingSting, Annie Lennox, Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, R.E.M., Britney Spears, and more. Australian by birth and accent (sort of), Shanon earned her Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

Ryan O’Connell is a writer and professional feeler of emotions living in Los Angeles. He wrote a book called I’m Special that’s now being developed into a TV show. He likes The Olsen Twins.

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Marcus Garvey Park
18 Mount Morris Park W
New York,  NY 10035

Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Scott Raven Tarazevits and Megan DiBello will be performing on the second stage at the Harlem Arts Festival. The performance will be 30 minutes of original work that touches on a Harlem resident/local NYC artist, and a nationally touring poet.

This event is FREE and open to the public!


June 28th- Ghostbird Press Book Launch Party

Fatty’s Cafe
45-17 28th Ave.
Astoria,  NY 11103

Time: 5-7pm

Join us at Fatty’s Cafe in Astoria, NY as we celebrate the launch of three new chapbooks from Ghostbird Press:  OTHERS by John Reid Currie, Acoustic Trauma by Rajiv Mohabir and Three Sailors and a Hermit by Peter and Paul Vanderberg.  Authors will read from their works and books will be available for purchase and signing.  Come out and experience what this new chapbook press has to offer at one of the best local restaurant-bars in Queens.

Click here for the Ghostbird Press website.