Around Town: July 20th-27th

 

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websiteBooks Beneath the Bridge: Jami Attenberg and Kate Bolick

Brooklyn Bridge 
334 Furman St. 
Brooklyn, NEW YORK 11201

Time: 7-8pm

Join us for the annual Books Beneath the Bridge reading series, as Jami Attenberg and Kate Bolick read from their latest books against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline as part of this Borough-wide literary festival.  This evening will feature a reading, followed by Q&A and book signing. Lead support for Books Beneath the Bridge is provided by AT&T, and is in partnership with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservatory.  Click here for more information.

Click here for more information on the authors and their books.  

 

 

Romance Authors: Word for Word at Bryant Park, hosted by Joyce Lamb

Bryan Park Reading Room

Time: 12:30-1:45pm

Robyn Carr, Four Friends, Never Too Late
Kristan Higgins, The Best ManIn Your Dreams
Elizabeth Hoyt, Dearest Rogue
Beverly Jenkins, For Your Love, Destiny’s Captive
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Heroes Are My Weakness
Meredith Wild, Hardwired

Gotta love it! HarlequinAvon, and Forever authors dish on their best-selling romance novels.

 

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 10.48.51 AMMid-Summer Sidewalk Sale

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Time: 10am-5pm
It’s time for our second Sidewalk Sale of the year! Stroll over to Greenlight any time this Saturday to peruse our outdoor tables and carts, where you’ll find a wealth of slightly shelf-worn books at deep discounts. Discover treasures just right for summer reading or stocking your library. Enjoy the warm weather with some great book deals!

 

Around Town: June 29th – July 5th

 

 

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June 30th – Uptown Showdown

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025

Time: 8pm

You never know what to expect at this bi-monthly, wacky debate series that brings together two teams of comedians, writers and performers to face-off on a chosen topic, such as which pet is superior cats or dogs and is it better to be comfortable or fashionable?

Debaters will argue these lingering questions, drawing from historical fact and personal opinion in equal measure, and with plenty of silliness and audience participation. Forget about school reform and health care, these issues, heatedly argued by some of the funniest, smartest, intensely wacky creative thinkers around, are the topics that keep us awake at night….in a good way. Winner decided by the audience.

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Past Performers include Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Tom Cavanagh, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Maria Bamford, Janeane Garofalo, Jackie Hoffman, David Wain, Sasheer Zamata, Brooks Wheelan, Jon Glaser, Ilana Glazer, Dave Hill, Julie Klausner, A.D. Miles, Christian Finnegan, Elna Baker, Kevin Townley, Tom Shillue and more.

 

July 1st – Word for Word: Mary Pilon’s The Monopolists

Bryant Park Reading Room

Time: 12:30-1:45pm

Pass Go on your way to Free Parking with a look inside the bestselling book that chronicles the secret 80-year history of the famous board game.

“Word for Word Author” is an outdoor reading series that features bestselling authors, celebrity writers, and expert-panelists sharing anecdotes, answering questions from the audience, and signing copies of their latest books.

The Bryant Park Reading Room located on the 42nd Street side of the park—under the trees—between the back of the NYPL on Fifth and Sixth Aves. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.

This event is free

 

July 3rd – I Say Vote Yes: An Afternoon with William Daniels & 1776

Fraunces Tavern Museum 
54 Pearl St.
212-968-1776

Meet actor William Daniels, who played John Adams in 1776, and learn what it was like to portray one of the Founding Fathers in this iconic musical film released in 1972. Daniels will be signing copies of his memoir, Still at Play: My 75 Years in Show Business and Roles America Embraced.

Signing at 1pm; screening begins at 2pm. Reservations not required.

This event is free with museum admission ($1 on open house weekends)

 

 

Around Town: June 15-21

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Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 11.32.00 AMJune 15 – TheSALON & Akashic Books presents: Reverse Gentrification of the Literary World

Book Court
163 Court Street
Brooklyn,  NY 11201

Time: 7:00-8:30pm

New York City launch event for The Anger Meridian and Little Beasts! Part of The Salon reading series. Moderated by series cohost Martin Rowe. With Kaylie Jone and Matthew McGevna.

 

June 16 – Aziz Ansari with Modern Romance

Barnes & Nobel
Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

Time: 12:00pm

Modern Romance combines Aziz Ansari’s irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us a tour of our new romantic world. An exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices.

Books must be purchased at this Barnes & Noble location or BN.com for attendance and priority seating.

 

June 16 – Katherine Taylor with Malcolm Gladwell

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

Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Join us for the launch of Katherine Taylor’s new novel Valley Fever. Long awaited since her acclaimed debut, Rules for Saying Goodbye came out eight years ago, Valley Fever is a lush novel about inheritance, family, and betrayal set in California’s wine soaked, sunbaked Central Valley. Katherine will be in conversation with Malcolm Gladwell. With books for sale from our friends at WORD.

 

Around Town: April 20-26

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April 20th – Graphic Storytelling: From Cuneiform Tablets to New York’s New Pedestrian Maps

Metropolitan Museum of Art 
1000 Fifth Ave.
212-535-7710

Time: 6-7pm

In this conversation, MMA curator Kim Benzel takes us back to the dawn of writing in the Near East and graphic designer Michael Bierut brings us up to the moment as we look at how words and images work together to tell stories in ancient and contemporary design.

SPARK with Julie Burstein:
This fast-paced cabaret-style series explores vital cultural issues through the lens of the Met. Each program gathers artists and thought leaders to engage in unscripted, surprising  and engaging conversation.

Tickets to this event cost $30; click here for more info. 

 

 

April 20th – Their Voices Go On: Five Centuries of American Women Poets

The New York Society Library
53 East 79th Street
New York,  NY 10075

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

April is National Poetry Month. This original play by Marya Smith and Sarah Smith dramatizes the voices of women poets throughout America’s history, from Anne Bradstreet and Phyllis Wheatley to Sandra Cisneros and Natasha Tretheway. Click Here for more information.

Open to the public. $20 with advance registration; $25 at the door. 

 

April 23rd – Mary Morris: The Jazz Palace

The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th Street
New York, New York  10017

Time: 7pm

Join us for an evening with acclaimed author Mary Morris, who will be discussing her new book, The Jazz Palace.

 

In July of 1915 a fifteen-year old boy pauses on the Clark Street Bridge in downtown Chicago and witnesses the worst river accident ever to occur in American history. With the sinking of the Eastland and the death of eight hundred of its passengers the lives and stories of three people are set in motion. The boy, Benny Lehrman will become a jazz pianist but will always live with his memory of disaster.  The young girl, Pearl Chimbrova, with whom he will chat briefly on the bridge that day, will never quite forget him and a black trumpeter named Napoleon Hill who has been invited by Pearl’s older brother to play in the saloon that her family runs will befriend him.

As their lives intertwine, the novels also tells the story of the city in which they live. It is a world of gangsters, musicians and clubs emerge in which black musicians are no freer than they were before the Civil War, white youths come down to the South Side of Chicago to “slum,” and Al Capone and Louis Armstrong become legends. At the heart of the novel is the friendship that emerges between Benny and his mentor, Napoleon, a friendship in which while they will never be able to play together professionally because of their race.  But they will jam together in Pearl’s family salon which Napoleon has dubbed The Jazz Palace.

As novel steams through the 1920’s and ends with the repeal of Prohibition, Benny, Pearl and Napoleon forge a bond that is as memorable as it is lasting.

 

April 23rd – BYOB Book Drive

Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Time: 3-5pm

In honor of World Book Night 2015, Book Riot and the HPA invite you to support literacy, clear out your bookshelves, and meet fellow booknerds on April 23. Bring a book (or a whole bunch) to donate, swap favorites and stories with fellow participants, and help Accio Books reach this year’s goal of 60,000 books collected. All ages welcome! Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

This event is free; bring your unwanted books!

 

 

Around Town: April 13-19

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April 13 – Comics: Underground and Above

Butler Library at Columbia University
535 W. 114th St. New York, NY
212-854-7309

Time: 6pm

Among the fascinating artifacts displayed at Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s recent comics exhibition was a letter from Denis Kitchen to Stan Lee, asking permission to publish an underground version of Spider-Man. (Lee’s genial reply boiled down to “Fat chance! Excelsior!”) Tonight’s discussion, “Comics: Underground and Above,” celebrates the library’s acquisition of the Kitchen Sink Press archives, as comics scholar Jim Danky discusses the publisher’s heyday with Kitchen, Howard Cruse, Maggie Galvan, and David Hajdu. Its diverse line included everything from Bizarre Sex to The Crow — but does the archive include the brass balls Kitchen needed to write that letter?

This event is free. 

 

 

April 14- The Moth StorySLAM: Confusion

Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Time: 7pm

10 stories, 3 teams of judges, 1 winner. $8 at the door. This event always sells out.

Please note:

  • Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please plan to arrive early and join the line outside the bookstore, south toward Prince Street.
  • This event always sells out. Standing in line does not guarantee entry. We do our absolute best to monitor the line and let people know if they might be past our capacity.

This event is $8 at the door. 

April 15 and 17 – The Grolier Club

47 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 838-6690

Time: On the 15th, from 1-2pm

Lunchtime Exhibition Tour. A walk-through of the exhibition “Aldus Manutius: A Legacy More Lasting Than Bronze” led by a co-curator, G. Scott Clemons, or H. George Fletcher.

Time: On the 17th, from 6:00 -7:30

Panel Discussion on Mark Catesby and American natural history books. 1) Leslie Overstreet from the Smithsonian will first discuss production of the three different editions of Catesby’s Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands. 2) Dr. Charles Nelson will discuss his new book, The curious Mister Catesby; a “Truly Ingenious” naturalist explores new worlds. 3) David J. Elliott, Executive Director of the Catesby Commemorative Trust, on Mark Catesby, will wrap up.

Click Here to read a NYT article about the history of the event on the 15th. 

 

April 18 – Where the Wild Books Are

The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street
New York,  NY 10011

Time: 1-6pm

Where the Wild Books Are was conceived by artist Etienne Delessert, who, along with author/illustrator and Parsons faculty Steven Guarnaccia, will present the event as a creative response to explore cultural trends and changes in the field of global publishing and their impact on the cultural literacy and the imaginative capacities of the next generation.

Join critics, authors, illustrators, publishing professionals, and educators from Europe, the United States, and beyond as they introduce audience members to a diverse array of important picture books published in France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Japan. Take part in a lively exchange on the ethical, commercial, and aesthetic dimensions of the evolving global publishing scene.

Historian and critic Leonard S. Marcus will give the keynote address, followed by presentations, a panel discussion among influential industry insiders, and a reception with Swiss wines in Lang Cafe and the Vera List Courtyard (adjacent to the Auditorium).

This event is free, first come-first served. 

Click here to find more details and the full list of panelists!

Around Town: New lit from Europe Festival, James Franco, Fêtes, and Joyce C. Oates

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New Literature from Europe Festival

Saturday, December 6th @ 2:00pm-7:30 (three panel discussions)
Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
The New Literature from Europe Festival returns to Manhattan this December 5 & 6 for its 11th year, bringing with it nine of Europe’s most acclaimed and exciting authors. Over two days, Crossing Borders: Europe Through the Lens of Time explores an ever-changing continent from the perspective of some of Europe’s most exciting literary voices.

Whet your appetite on Friday December 5, for the literary feast to come, with readings from each of the authors in their native language:

Julia Deck (France)
János Háy (Hungary)
Hanna Krall (Poland)
Nicol Ljubić (Germany)
Davide Longo (Italy)
Magdaléna Platzová (Czech Republic)
Susanne Scholl (Austria)
Georgi Tenev (Bulgaria)
Lucian Dan Teodorovici’s (Romania)

This opening evening of readings is introduced by one of America’s premier publishers of literature in translation, New Directions Publishing President, Barbara Epler.

Saturday, December 6th, delves deeper into each of the visiting writers’ work with a series of themed panel discussions moderated by US-based award winning authors dedicated to the promotion of international literature.

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Click Here for more festival information.

 

UnknownFirst Novel Fête

Monday, December 8th @ 6:30pm
The Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Join us for the Fifth Annual First Novel Fete on Monday, December 8. There will be drinks, mingling, and readings from the finalists for this year’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. All the proceeds go to support our Books for NYC Schools/KidsRead program!

 

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Monday, December 8 @ 6:30-8:30pm
The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway (& 12TH STREET), New York, NY 10003

James Franco visits Strand for an exclusive signing of his book, Hollywood Dreaming, a story-picture-poem mashup that blurs lines of reality and fiction in a compelling coming-of-age tale. Buy a copy of Hollywood Dreaming at Strand in order to join the signing line!

 To Attend:  Purchase a copy of the featured event book, Hollywood Dreaming, in-store at Strand in order to join the signing line outside the store, which will form at 4:30pm. Strand is located at 828 Broadway, New York. Please note that proof of purchase (Strand receipt) is required to attend the signing line.

Joyce Carol Oates in the Robert B. Silvers Annual Lecture

Friday, December 12th @ 7pm
The New York Public Library, 5th Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018

The prolific and profound author of innumerable novels, plays, and poems, Joyce Carol Oates delivers this year’s Robert B. Silvers lecture, titled “Is The Uninspired Life Worth Living?”

There is no more versatile and accomplished American writer than JOYCE CAROL OATES. The author of many books, Oates has penned best-selling novels, critically acclaimed collections of short fiction, as well as essays, plays, poetry, a recent memoir, and an unlikely bestseller, On Boxing. Her remarkable literary industry – which includes work as an editor and anthologist – spans forms, themes, topics and genres. In 2010, reflecting on the widespread esteem in which her work is held, President Obama awarded Oates the National Humanities Medal.

The Robert B. Silvers Lecture is an annual series created by Max Palevsky in recognition of the work of Robert B. Silvers, editor of the New York Review of Books.

To Attend: $25 General Admission, $15 FRIENDS, Seniors and Students with valid ID – Become a FRIEND for a $10 discount on every ticket for LIVE (Click here to buy tickets).

 

 

Around Town: November 22-29th

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Love_Letters_DeadNovember 23, at 6:00pm
Forever Young Adult presents Ava Dellaira

52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Ava Dellaira’s incredible debut novel, Love Letters to the Dead, rocked the YA community earlier this year and we are thrilled to be hosting her. Hosting this event is the NYC chapter of the Forever Young Adult book club. This is the first in a series of collaborations between Forever YA and McNally Jackson.

 

November 23, at 2:00pm
Inside and Out: New York with Josh Cochran

267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

See New York unfold in this stunning title with a series of double-sided wall charts that open out to more than two and a half feet. Take a stroll past iconic buildings and spot more than eighty objects in a compelling game of search and find.

 

November 24, at 7:00pm
The Trace by Forrest Gander with Hari Kunzru

143 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

In Forrest Gander’s new novel, Trace, an American couple recovering from tragedy travels to Mexico retracing writer Ambrose Bierce’s footsteps and encountering love, hate, and drug dealers. Gander’s only New York event. In conversation with writer Hari Kunzru.

 

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John Cohen + Nora Guthrie
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003

Join us for a night with folk icons John Cohen and Nora Guthrie! John witnessed the rise of folk in New York firsthand, and his new book, Here and Gone: Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, & the 1960s, offers an unparalleled look at two of the most well known figures in the history of the genre. He’ll be in conversation with Nora Guthrie, who recently worked with Douglas Brinkley and Johnny Depp to release her father’s previously unpublished manuscript, House of Earth.

To Attend: 
Buy a copy of Here and Gone: Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, & the 1960s or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

 

 

 

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

July 11, 2014

Amanda Petrusich

In Do Not Sell At Any Price, Amanda Petrusich describes approaching a roomful of 78 rpm records “like a chimpanzee devouring a pile of ripe bananas.” Made of shellac and producing 78 revolutions per minute (modern CDs spin 200-460 times per minute), with grooves so large that the discs can only hold 3 minutes of music per side, these rare records were last seen commercially in the mid-1950s. Petrusich, a music critic for the New York Times and Pitchfork, joins fellow 78 collectors Nathan Salsburg and Chris King, as well as the old-timey Strung Out String Band, under the glass ceiling of Brooklyn’s favorite literary greenhouse to celebrate these nearly-extinct artifacts and the eccentrics who hunt them down. Before 1925, artists sang directly into the horns of gramophones in order to record 78s acoustically. 78s recorded before that year have yet to be discovered, but the evening promises a similar intimacy. @ BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, New York, 7:00 p.m.

July 14, 2014

Franklin Park Reading Series: Travels and Journeys

Time for a vacation — and our annual “Travels and Journeys” reading! We’re thrilled to welcome back three fav alums with widely hailed new novels: EMMA STRAUB (The Vacationers), TIPHANIE YANIQUE (Land of Love and Drowning), and COURTNEY MAUM (I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You). They’ll be joined by acclaimed debut novelist BORIS FISHMAN (A Replacement Life) and masterful short fiction writer AARON BURCH (Backswing), founder of the legendary lit journal HOBART. Along with great fiction, we’ll have a $4 draft drink special and raffle for the authors’ books! @ Franklin Park, 618 St. Johns Place, Between Classon and Franklin Avenues, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, 8:00 p.m.

July 16, 2014

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee

Author Marja Mills was given a rare opportunity to know Nelle Harper Lee, to be part of the Lee’s life in Alabama. Through this she was able to discover how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and why Nelle Harper Lee never wrote another novel. @ Barnes and Noble, 150 East 86th Street, 7:00 p.m.

July 17, 2014

Chew on This – MPA Lunch Series

Ever wondered why some things catch on and become popular while others falter? How to generate more word of mouth for a product or initiative you’re working on? Jonah Berger has the answers.  He’s a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the recent New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Contagious: Why Things Catch On.  Dr. Berger has spent the last decade studying how social influence works and how it drives products and ideas to catch on.  He’s published dozens of articles in top-tier academic journals, consulted for a variety of Fortune 500 companies, and popular outlets like the New York Times and Harvard Business Review often cover his work. @ MPA Boardroom, 757 Third Avenue – 11th Floor (between 47th and 48th streets), 12:30 p.m.

The Sun Also Rises: The Hemingway Library Edition

Presented by the Hemingway family, with supplementary material from the Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Library, this edition provides readers with wonderful insight regarding Hemingway’s first great literary masterpiece. @ Barnes and Noble, 150 East 86th Street, 7:00 p.m.

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

June 23, 2014

Susan Jane Gilman

A Russian Jewish immigrant’s rise from rags to riches is at the core of Susan Jane Gilman’s debut novel, The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

Sean Michaels & Rob Schwimmer

Montreal music writer Sean Michaels is a two-time National Magazine Award winner, and his work has appeared in the Guardian, McSweeney’s, Pitchfork, The Believer, and many other publications. His debut novel Us Conductors is a tale of the invention of the world’s strangest instrument, the theremin. A Tin House New Voiceand Random House New Face of Fiction for 2014, Us Conductors is a haunting novel inspired by the true story of the Russian scientist, inventor and spy Lev Termen, creator of the theremin, and of Clara Rockmore, its greatest player. Roving from Manhattan speakeasies to the Siberian taiga, from Alcatraz to the Kremlin, the book is flavored with jazz and espionage and filled with music, longing, and a little kung fu. Michaels’ reading will be preceded by a theremin performance by Rob Schwimmer, founding member and co-director of the New York Theremin Society and one of the top theremin virtuosos in the world, whose compositions have been featured in theater, television and movies. @ Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7:30 p.m.

Falling for Perfection: Literary Caberet

Readings and talks by novelist Emma Straub (Brooklyn’s famed sandwich joint The Meat Hook named a sandwich after her latest novel), Barnard College President Debora Spar, Daily Show writer Elliott Kalan, prize-winning poet Jeffrey McDaniel, playwright Adam Rapp, NYTimes journalist Christopher Mason and legendary New Yorker cartoonist Bob Mankoff. Presented in a dinner-theater style, “House of SpeakEasy” presents a series embodying the old lecture-hall mode of literary readings reborn and refreshed for the modern age. Each SpeakEasy cabaret features a variety of writers from across the genres, from fiction to non-fiction, from the dramatic arts to stand-up comedy, as well as poetry and song, delivering short monologues. Every event has a central theme –- in this case, perfectionism — that is meditated upon by the writers on the stage. @ City Winery, 155 Varick Street, 6:00 p.m.

June 25, 2014

Jean Kwok

Best-selling author of Girl in Translation talks about her new novel – a story of a young woman’s balancing-act between her family in Chinatown and a new-found passion, ballroom dancing. Hosted by Julia Fierro, Founder of Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop and author of Cutting Teeth: A Novel. @ Bryant Park Reading Room, 12:30 p.m.

Kim Gordon

At worst, she was pigeonholed as the “token girl” in the band. At best, she’s been recognized as a feminist and rock ’n’ roll trailblazer. At weirdest, she was the designer of an Urban Outfitters clothing line geared toward “cool moms” (Mirror/Dash, 2009). But many don’t know about Kim Gordon’s stake in art and academia, which is pretty extensive. Her new critical essay collection, Is It My Body? (Sternberg), spans 36 years of writing and presents itself as a tomboy manifesto. Tonight, the founding member of Sonic Youth presents her book alongside one of its featured subjects: conceptual artist Raymond Pettibon, who in 2013 transformed the David Zwirner Gallery into his own personal studio in order to display work in the place it was created. At the release party for Pettibon’s To Wit (Strand), he and Gordon discuss his career and the project, followed by a Q&A and book signing. @ The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

 

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

April 21, 2014

Scenes from the City

Join James Sanders as he discusses, and has an audio-visual presentation of, his book Scenes from the City: Filmmaking in New York. Revised and Expanded. @ Barnes and Noble, 97 Warren Street, 6:00 p.m.

April 22, 2014

Richard Serra

Richard Serra is one of the most significant figures working in the art world today. Richard will visit Strand in celebration his latest monograph, Early Work, released in conjunction with his show at David Zwirner gallery, here in the city. Early Work collects his seminal works from 1966-1972, including innovations with vulcanized rubber, neon, and lead, steel and process-oriented art. Richard will give a brief talk and sign copies of Early Work@ The Strand, 828 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

April 23, 2014

Kevin Powers

In Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting: Poems, National Book Award finalist, Iraq War veteran, novelist and poet Kevin Powers debuts a collection of poems about the various moments that comprise a soldier’s life. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

April 24, 2014

Gillian Flynn

Join author of Gone Girl Gillian Flynn as she discusses the novel with Laura Lippman. @ Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 7:00 p.m.

Shakespeare

To mark the occasion of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, scholar James Shapiro discusses his new anthology, Shakespeare in America, which, as he writes in the introduction, is also “a history of America itself, not the straightforward narrative found in textbooks, but rather one that runs parallel to the conventional story of the nation, a more sharp-edged one expressed through two-and-a-half centuries of essays, parodies, burlesques, poems, speeches, short stories, letters, musicals, novels, reviews, films, and staged performances. These works, by some of the most creative minds in America, explore the cultural fault-lines that have always existed just below the surface of our national conversations.” @ Buttenwieser Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, 8:15 p.m.