Press Fest!

Friday, May 5 at 4 – 8 pm

NYU’s King Juan Carlos of Spain Center
53 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012

Buy books. Party with publishers. Celebrate independent and international literature. Join CLMP and over 55 small publishers for a big small press block party during the PEN World Voices Festival. Publishers, editors and writers will converge on the Washington Square Mews to celebrate independent and international literature. Books and literary magazines will be on sale; participants can also enjoy author signings, live performances, opportunities to write, and literary readings. Lit Crawl NYC kicks off in and around the Washington Square Mews starting at 6PM. 

Admission is free and open to the public.

Special Exhibition Opening with Howl Magazine

Friday, May 5 at 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Wix Lounge
235 W 23rd St, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10011

Join the Wix Lounge for our newest exhibition co curated with Howl Magazine PLUS a special Blank Label Records music showcase. This mixed media group show showcases the inspiration and life force behind the art making process of some of today’s top artists.

Admission is free. RSVP here.

Spring into Stories: Children’s Author and Illustrator Festival

Saturday, May 6th at 1:00 pm

Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Meet an all-star line-up of local children’s book authors and illustrators! Enjoy hands-on art, lively presentations, and a book sale and signing. Get a free Children’s Book Week Poster, while supplies last! Spring Into Stories is presented in celebration of Children’s Book Week, sponsored by Every Child a Reader and the Children’s Book Council.

Admission is free.

Book Industry Links:

The Radical Story Behind The First All-Women Feminist Comic Book Series: How “Wimmen’s Comix” turned the boy’s club of underground comix inside out.

Audible Unveils Short Form Audio Streaming Service: The Amazon subsidiary has unveiled an on-demand, unlimited listening service called Channels.

Magazine Industry Links:

From Intern to Editor-in-Chief: Meet Experience Life’s Jamie Martin: The newly minted second editor-in-chief in the 15-year history of Experience Life magazine sits down with Folio

VFILES launches its first crowdsourced magazine, ‘WOMB’: VFILES, the New York-based Web portal, app and retail store just announced it was launching its first-ever magazine.

Events February 11th-17th

February 11th- Idra Novey: Ways to Disappear

Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Stree
New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm

ways_to_disappearIf New Directions’ reissue of Clarice Lispector’s The Complete Stories left you wanting more mysterious Brazilian lady-writers, Idra Novey’s debut novel is here for you. Already a prolific poet-translator who has written for NPR’s All Things Considered, the New York TimesPoetry, and the Paris Review, Novey is garnering high praise for her first novel — a starred review from Publishers Weekly calls it a “fun Brazilian noir” and an “eloquent meditation on the art and anxiety of translation.” Ways to Disappear tells the story of a legendary Brazilian novelist, deep in gambling debt, who disappears, suitcase and cigar in hand — and the American translator who sets out from Pittsburgh to Rio to find her. Novey will here be in conversation with novelist Nell Freudenberger to discuss the book that Kirkus Reviewshas deemed a “tour de force.”

February 15th- William Shatner on Leonard Nimoy

Barnes & Noble Union Square
33 E. 17th St. 
New York, NY 10003

Time: 7:00 pm

0000000147762William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy were the Lennon & McCartney, or possibly the Martin & Lewis, of science fiction. Their competitive natures brought out the best in each other on the original Star Trek, an alchemy never again achieved by what followed in the Seventies. But unlike those other famous pairs, Shatner and Nimoy were able not only to successfully reunite in later years and continue doing good work, but to forge a lasting friendship — try to watch the 2001 documentary Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime, which is just them hanging out in Nimoy’s backyard and reminiscing, without getting a little teary. Following Nimoy’s death last year, Shatner has written Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man, which delves into the ups and downs of their decades-long relationship. He’ll be reading from the book tonight, and whether you’re a Trek fan or not, it’s a safe bet that there won’t be a dry eye in the house. 

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February 16th-Book Launch: Why the Grateful Dead Matter by Michael Benson

February 16th- THE NARROW DOOR with Paul Lisicky, Fiona McCrae, and Meghan Daum

Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm

16_Narrow_DoorPaul Lisicky presents his new acclaimed memoir, The Narrow Door (Graywolf) with Fiona McCrae, publisher and director of Graywolf Press, and Meghan Daum (The Unspeakable).

In The Narrow Door, Paul Lisicky creates a compelling collage of scenes and images drawn from two long-term relationships, one with a woman novelist and the other with his ex-husband, a poet. The contours of these relationships shift constantly. Denise and Paul, stretched by the demands of their writing lives, drift apart, and Paul’s romance begins to falter. And the world around them is frail: environmental catastrophes like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti, and local disturbances make an unsettling backdrop to the pressing concerns of Denise’s cancer diagnosis and Paul’s impending breakup. Lisicky’s compassionate heart and resilience seem all the stronger in the face of such searing losses. His survival—hard-won, unsentimental, authentic—proves that in turning toward loss, we embrace life.

February 17th- Clara Parkes’ Knitlandia

Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room
828 Broadway at 12th Street

Time: 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Knitlandia91904JF.thumbnailClara Parkes’ life in wool and yarn began when she left Silicon Valley to pursue a slower, more equanimitous life on the coast of Maine. Since then, she’s founded the Knitter’s Review and written several best-selling books and toured the country uniting circles and individual crafters. Now she’s dropping by the Strand to share the stories of her travels and the people she’s met in Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World. Cozy up for an evening dedicated to the joys of mending and weaving, with warm drinks courtesy of courtesy of Harney & Sons Fine Teas.

Buy a copy of Knitlandia or a $15 gift card to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout.