Around Town: November 1-7

 

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FC9781566893688November 1, 5pm-6:30pm
126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Buzzfeed Books editor Isaac Fitzgerald hosts a conversation with Bailey Prize winner/debut author Eimear McBride (A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing) and novelist Jenny Offill (Dept. of Speculation).

A Facebook RSVP is suggested, but not required.

 

November 3, 7pm
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
275964525
In this engagingly witty, wise, and heartfelt memoir, Martin Short tells the tale of how a showbiz obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood’s favorite funnymen, known to his famous peers as the “comedian’s comedian.”
Short takes the reader on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live, and from memorable roles in such movies as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride to Broadway stardom in Fame Becomes Me and the Tony-winning Little Me.
But there is another side to Short’s life that he has long kept private. He lost his eldest brother and both parents by the time he turned twenty, and, more recently, he lost his wife of thirty years to cancer. In I Must Say, Short talks for the first time about the pain that these losses inflicted and the upbeat life philosophy that has kept him resilient and carried him through.

November 4, 7pm
Barnes & Noble 150 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028-2105
In Jamie Metzl’s new Sci-Fi thriller, reporter Rich Azadian is faced with designer drugs, murder, culture wars, genetic manipulation and political oppression. Read the book that is starting the national conversation about our future America.

 
November 7, 7pm-8pm

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Strand keeps the Halloween spirit going with a visit from world-renowned Vampire Chronicles author Anne Rice. Anne will present the latest installment in the series Prince Lestat, with a spooky chat and signing that’s sure to be a seasonal favorite for fans of horror. Anne will be joined by her son, New York Times-bestselling writer Christopher Rice – presenting his new novel The Vines, an original supernatural thriller set in the familiar gothic playground of his hometown New Orleans – in an exclusive chat on their work.

 

And though it’s not directly book related, the new developments in technology are something to keep an eye on!

Expand NY 2014: an Engadget Event
Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 12.41.19 AMNov 7: 1-5pm & Nov. 8: 10am-5pm
Javits Center, New York City
Engadget Expand is an interactive experience designed from the ground up for technology fans. It’s a free, 10,000+ attendee event that gives tech enthusiasts the unique opportunity to hear from favorite tech innovators and science luminaries on stage,  meet the Engadget editors face to face, and get their hands on some of the latest and greatest new devices on the show floor. Expand NY is held annually in the North Hall of Javits Center, Manhattan’s premier venue for large-scale events.”

Click Here to read more about this event.

Report from the Trenches: My First BEA

By Hannah Bennett

The after effects of BEA rest squarely in my shoulders and upper arms this morning.  It’s that lovely kind of sore that you get from carrying around three tote bags full of free books for eight hours.  For those of you who have been to BEA before, this lovely soreness is nothing new!  You’ve probably learned already to be picky about the free galleys that you haul around all day.  But since this was my first BEA experience, I ran around like the poor, eager publishing student that I am, fighting the crowd for every free book in sight.  I grabbed young adult fantasy novels, historical fiction, and espionage thrillers without discrimination.  Today, as I massage my sore shoulders, I think of my bookshelf at home with a happy anticipation. It was more than worth it.

Getting to the Javits Center by 7:30 AM was also well worth the early morning subway ride. I got to start the morning off right – with a cup of coffee, a muffin, and Stephen Colbert making erotica jokes.  Stephen Colbert was the Master of Ceremonies at Tuesday’s Author Breakfast, and he wasted no time in publicizing his ‘upcoming #1 bestseller,’ America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t.  He also took great delight in celebrating the success of 50 Shades of Grey and the apparent public acceptance of erotica novels (I’ll let your imagination fill in the rest).  The speakers at the breakfast were the inspiring Junot Diaz (This is How You Lose Her), the charming Barbara Kingsolver (Flight Behavior), and the hilarious Jo Nesbo (Phantom).  Their thoughtful and often hysterical talks were without a doubt the highlight of my BEA day.

Photo Credit: Susannah Greenberg Public Relations

Another highlight was walking through the crowded exhibit hall and, on more than one occasion, running into people I knew in the publishing industry!  Between running into fellow Women’s National Book Association members, members of the Book Industry Guild, professionals I met in my internship, writers I met at events, and other Pace students and faculty, I experienced the very real benefits of networking.  BEA’s panels were excellent, the exhibit hall was overstimulating, and the accidental discovery of free Italian cookies and glasses of champagne was the icing on the cake.  But what meant the most to me yesterday was the feeling, which built throughout the day, that I’m a part of something important – a community of publishers and authors, of men and women, of like-minded readers and professionals.  A book community.

Not bad for my first BEA.  Next time I’ll bring a rolling suitcase.

BookExpo America Is Looking for Volunteers!

Attention M.S. in Publishing Students:  BookExpo America is looking for volunteers!  If you are interested in volunteering, see the following flyer for more information.  And remember to contact Hannah Bennett at puboffice@pace.edu if you are interested in taking advantage of the department-provided free BEA passes.

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