Around Town: Sept. 26th – Oct. 3rd

This week is Banned Books Week. If you want to participate in this celebration, then go to National Coalition Against Censorship’s website, or click here. More to come tomorrow!

Now with the Brooklyn Book Festival over, here are some great events to attend  and enjoy if you are feeling a withdrawal from literature.

Joshua Cohen on the American Circus, comedy, and his new novel, “Moving Kings”

When: September 26, 2017 @ 7pm

Where: Book Culture, 536 W 112th St, New York, NY 10025

Cost: Free

Joshua Cohen is an American essayist, novelist, and story writer who was named one the Best Young American Authors in 2017 by Granta Magazine.

The Point magazine’s Jesse McCarthy talks to Cohen about his latest essay in their comedy issue: “It’s a Circle,” on the death and afterlife of the American circus. Attendees will also get a look at his new book, Moving Kings, a novel that’s garnered much praise. The Washington Post says that Moving Kings is:

“A svelte comic triumph that concentrates [Cohen’s] genius . . . a fantastically agile style . . . Cohen explores themes of power and Jewish identity with the same insight that has justly attracted praise from some of the country’s most sophisticated writers.”

For more information, click here.

Gotham Writers Fall Open House

When: September 26-27, 2017 @ 7pm

Where: EC NY, 1450 Broadway 14th Floor, New York, NY 10018

Cost: Free with Registration

Gotham Writers Workshop is a creative home in New York City and Online where writers develop their craft and come together in the spirit of discovery and fellowship. They’ve been teaching creative writing and business writing since 1993. Gotham Writers Workshop has been the go-to place for writers wanting expert instruction and an artistic community.

At this event, you will get the chance to find out what goes on in a Gotham class. They are offering 24 free one-hour classes in a wide variety of courses. You’ll meet the instructors, do a little writing, and, as a thank you, receive $30 off your first 6 or 10-week class.

Note: You may sign up for one or two free classes, but no more than two. Registration is required, but if the class you want is full, feel free to walk in. Odds are good that they will find you a seat.

For more information, click here.

The Best American Poetry Reading 2017

When: September 28, 2017 @ 7pm

Where: The New School, 66 West 12th StreetThe Auditorium, New York, NY 10011

Cost: Free

The Best American Poetry is an anthology that is published each year which contains the best poetry of the year. This year’s editors include series editor David Lehman and guest editor Natasha Tretheway, the nineteenth US Poet Laureatte.

Lehman joins Trethewey to launch the latest volume of the anthology. With readings by the contributors: Dan Albergotti, David Barber, Jericho Brown, Allison Cobb, Carl Dennis, David Feinstein, Vievee Francis, Jeffrey Harrison, W. J. Herbert, David Brendan Hopes, John James, Rodney Jones, Meg Kearney, John Koethe, Jamaal May, Judson Mitcham, John Murillo, Joyce Carol Oates, Sharon Olds, Matthew Olzmann, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Robert Pinsky, Taije Silverman, Emily Van Kley, and Crystal Williams.

For more information, click here.

 

Around Town: Sept. 19th – Sept. 26th

I hope everyone’s semester is off to a great start! To make it even better, why not check out a few events around town this week.

John Freeman Presents Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation

When: September 19, 2017 @ 7:30pm

Where: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

John Freeman is an American writer, literary critic, former editor of the literary magazine Granta, and former president of the National Book Critic Circle. At this event, Freeman will be presenting Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, an anthology containing 36 author stories and experiences that investigate “the profound gap between the wealthiest and the poorest in this nation” (Greenlight). There will be “a reading and panel discussion with authors Kirstin Valdez Quade, Ru Freeman, Lawrence Joseph and Jess Rulifson, who contributed pieces to the anthology.”

For more information, click here.

 PLG Fiction Book Group

When: September 20, 2017 @ 7:30pm

Where: 632 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Greenlight general manager Alexis hosts a book club every month at their Prospect Lefferts Gardens store. The PLG Fiction Book Group “discusses paperback fiction, reading broadly in contemporary fiction with the occasional diversion into classics.” This month, they are reading Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, Carthage. This is “a mesmerizing novel that examines grief, faith, justice, and the atrocities of war through the story of a young girl’s disappearance in a small Adirondack town.” Not only will you get the chance to discuss the plot and themes of Carthage, you will also be able to connect with others who are interested in reading and discussing fiction.

For more information, click here.

An Evening with Europa Editions

When: September 21, 2017 @ 7:30pm

Where: 686 Fulton street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Europa Editions is a multi-award winning independent publisher of quality fiction. Its mission is “to bring fresh international voices to the American and British markets and to provide quality editions that have a distinct look and consistently high levels of editorial standards.” Greenlight will be hosting this event celebrating two of Europa Editions’ publications by authors Chantel Acevedo and Santiago Gamboa.

Chantel Acevedo is a “master storyteller” and will be presenting her newest novel, The Living Infinite, a historical book “based on the true story of the Spanish princess Eulalia, an outspoken firebrand at the Bourbon court during the troubled and decadent final years of her family’s reign.”

Santiago Gamboa is a Columbian writer and will be presenting his novel, Return to the Dark Valley, “a mesmerizing polyphonic novel that spans three continents and two centuries as it weaves a tale about dislocation, the violent urges that can bring about regeneration, and the impossibility of return.”

For more information, click here.

Black Book Expo

When: September 23, 2017 @ 10am to 6pm

Where: National Black Theater Inc, 2031 5th Avenue, (Between 126th Street and 125th Street), New York, NY 10035

Cost: $15

Black Expo America Inc. is a “tradeshow, expo planning, and marketing company that produces business expos and conferences in major cities such as New York, NY, Newark, NJ, Philadelphia, PA, etc.” Their mission is “to restore, revitalize and re-energize the African American, Caribbean and African community through the promotion of entrepreneurship coupled with personal growth and business development.”

The 1st Annual Black Book Expo is an event to celebrate and promote the diversity of the written and spoken word. This event will feature emerging authors, poetry performances, a children’s corner, panel discussions, and workshops.

For more information, click here.

Link of the Week | Brooklyn Book Festival


Alright everyone, mark your calendars tout de suite. The Brooklyn Book Festival is THIS SUNDAY, Sept. 17th at 10am at Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza 209 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn, NY. The largest free literary event in New York City, is a great way to “casually run into” new voices and literary powerhouses in the publishing industry. To name-drop just a few, five authors participating in the event include:

The Women’s National Book Association, NYC chapter (WNBA-NYC) and National Reading Group Month will also be exhibiting at the fair. (Pace Publishing Professor Jane Kinney Denning is the President of WNBA-National.) Located at Booth 345, they will be showcasing:

  • Membership Benefits
  • Events Calendar
  • Reading Group Guides
  • NRGM Great Group Reads Information and Lists 
  • Raffle Prizes
  • Giveaways
  •  … and more!

Member Volunteers are also needed for the festival! Volunteers will get a chance to meet new people, promote the organization, and spend time with other WNBA members. If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please register here (organizers have asked that you include times that you’re available).

Now is the best time to join the WNBA. As a member during the organization’s Centennial year, you’ll get free admission to WNBA Centennial celebrations and other publishing events throughout the season. Student membership is $20, a great value in the city for aspiring publishers and writers. For more information on membership, you can visit the WNBA membership page.

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“And remember: you must not overwork your body, or your soul. You must not enslave yourself, as you would not enslave any other person. You must be the custodian of your self.”

 —Joyce Carol Oates, Mudwoman

Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most recognized and respected American literary writers of our time. With an extensive history of writing and reading since her childhood, Oates has published over 40 novels, memoirs, plays, and poetry. She’s been honored for her contributions to the writing community by receiving the PEN Center USA Award for Lifetime Achievement, the National Humanities Medal, PEN/Malamud Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Short Story, the Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement, the Pushcart Prize, and many others awards.

The first widely acclaimed story Oates published (as well as her most popular work) is her 1966 short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been,” which was famously dedicated to Bob Dylan for inspiring the story with his song “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.” Other remarkable novels from Oates includes National Book Award Winner them, Oprah Book Club title We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, Black Water, and The Widow’s Story.

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

Albertine
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.