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!