Ulysses celebrates its 100th birthday this month. Initially serialized by the magazine The Little Review in March 1918 – one of the “chief periodicals in the English-speaking world for publishing experimental writing,” Ulysses was only presented in book form in 1922, when the American bookseller Sylvia Beach decided to publish it privately. (Sylvia Beach published her autobiography, Ulysses in Paris, in 1956. In it, she described the writer as being “so simple and unassuming that, instead of being overcome in the presence of the writer who was undoubtedly the greatest of his time, I felt quite at ease with him. It was always that way. Ever conscious though I was of his genius, I knew no one so easy to talk with.”) Continue reading “Quote of the Week | James Joyce”
June 9, 2014
Come to the Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo for the book launch of Nadia Hashimi’s novel The Pearl That Broke Its Shell. This debut work is a “searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one’s own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See.” @ The Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7:00 p.m.
June 10, 2014
Have the chance to meet Hilary Clinton at Barnes and Noble as she talks about her new book Hard Choices. Wristbands will be distributed at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the event with purchase of the book which Hilary will be signing. @ Barnes and Noble, Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, 11:00 a.m.
Come to Barnes and Noble as they welcome “flawless storyteller” Bret Anthony Johnston as he introduces his new novel, Remember Me Like This, on a double bill with talented debut author Boris Fishman. Both are summer Discover author picks. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.
June 11, 2014
Alexi Zentner, winner of both the O. Henry Prize and Narrative Prize, offers an imaginative riff on the collision of old and new, mythical and contemporary with his novel The Lobster Kings. A modern-day King Lear set in a lobster fishing village on an island off the coast of Maine, the novel reframes Cordelia’s struggle to maintain her island’s way of life in the face of threats from the mainland and modernity, and to preserve the looming, mythical legacy of her namesake. Novelist Tea Obreht (author of critically acclaimed and bestselling The Tiger’s Wife) calls Zentner “one of the greatest literary architects and mythmakers working today.” Zenter and Obreht discuss the novel, Shakespeare, magic, and Maine. @ Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7:30 p.m.
June 12, 2014
Come to Barnes and Noble for their annual James Joyce literary tribute. This year’s participants include Malachy McCourt, Larry Kirwan, Jeffrey Frank, Aedin Moloney and others. @ Barnes and Noble, 97 Warren Street, 6:00 p.m.