Independent Bookstores

In the age of technology, some may think the only way to buy books is through Amazon. Sure, it’s easy and convenient, but sometimes it’s best to go into an actual bookstore, hold a book in your hands, and buy the title you’ve been wanting for a while. Plus, there is nothing more satisfying than discovering a new book by browsing through a bookstore and spotting a well-designed cover. Continue reading “Independent Bookstores”

Events July 20-21

LISTEN TO ME Launch with Hannah Pittard, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Amy Gentry, Liz Moore & Arianna Rebolini

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 7:00PM

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 

Join them for a panel conversation in celebration of Hannah Pittard‘s new novel Listen to Me. Hannah is joined by Kaitlyn Greenidge (We Love You, Charlie Freeman), Amy Gentry (Good As Gone), and Liz Moore (The Unseen World). Moderated by Arianna Rebolini, senior editor at BuzzFeed.

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Old Books, Rare Books: Learning About the Value of Your Books

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm-4:00 pm


Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom A
476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave)

New York, NY 

Learn what you need to know before buying or selling an old book. Have you ever wondered how the experts on TV can look at an old book and know about its value? Do you have an old book? Do you wonder how much it is worth? If you want to learn more about what makes an old book rare or valuable, then join us as we explore the world of antiquarian books.

The Library has many resources to help you develop an appreciation for antiquarian books and to assist you in determining if your books are rare.

In this class you will examine an old book, look to see who else owns a copy, and review the sale records and current booksellers’ catalogs to learn about its value. Along the way attendees will learn about the tools and resources that the antiquarian community uses to value a book. Come join and learn how you can engage in the world of old and rare books.

Michael Gross, Focus, Hosted by Alina Cho, Journalist and Editor-at-Large Ballantine Bantam Dell, Style & Fashion Genre

grossphoto-162x232July 20, 2016 at 12:30pm–1:30pm
Bryant Park Reading Room

Michael Gross, Bestselling Author of 740 Park, House of Outrageous Fortune, Model

From Richard Avedon to Irving Penn, front-row and backstage reporters share never-before-told anecdotes and give insight into the highs and lows of fashion photography and the people behind the camera.

Hosted by Alina Cho, Journalist and Editor-at-Large Ballantine Bantam Dell, Style & Fashion Genre

Emma Straub and Stuart Nadler (Livestream)

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Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 7:00pm
McNally Jackson 
52 Prince St.
New York, NY

Emma Straub’s Modern Lovers, a New York Times Bestseller, tells the story of three young friends becoming old enough to watch their own children come of age. According to The New York Times, Straub “captures the jagged highs and lows of adolescence with freshness and precision, and the decades-long relationships of old college friends with a wry understanding of how time has both changed (and not changed) old dynamics.” Emma Straub has written for Tin House, The Paris Review Daily, The New York Times, and Rookie, and is the author of two previous novels, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures and the New York Times Bestseller The Vacationers. Lorrie Moore says, “Emma Straub is a magician, full of brilliance and surprise.”

She will be joined by Stuart Nadler, for the New York launch of his new novel The Inseparables, an account of three generations of women dealing with unwanted disclosures, discoveries of secrets, and catastrophic relationships. Stuart Nadler is previously the author of the novel Wise Men and the short story collection The Book of Life, as well as a recipient of the 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation. “Stuart Nadler’s savage wit and incendiary insights mix in this brilliant, funny and deeply moving novel to give us a glimpse into the generational moment we’re all living in,” says Alexander Chee. “This is a novel about how our culture treats sex, and the lives—and rights—of women of any age.”

Around Town: November 15-22

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Bryan Stevenson & Piper Kerman

November 19, 6:30pm
686 Fulton street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

9780812994520Bryan Stevenson, one of the country’s most visionary legal thinkers, social justice advocates, and a MacArthur “genius”, takes us on an unforgettable journey into the broken American criminal justice system with his new book Just Mercy. Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, a law practice dedicated to defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people, driven by the belief that our society is ultimately judged by how it treats its most vulnerable members. His book follows one defining case, the suspenseful battle to free an unjustly accused man from death row in Alabama, while also stepping back to tell the profoundly moving stories of men, women, and even children, who find themselves at the mercy of a system where poverty and racism are often larger factors than guilt or innocence. Praised by Tracy Kidder, Michelle Alexander, Isabel Wilkerson, John Grisham and Desmond Tutu, Stevenson’s book has the potential to open our eyes to the most pressing injustices of our era. Stevenson talks about his work, his book, and the American legal system with Piper Kerman, author of the prison memoir Orange is the New Black (the basis for the hit Netflix series), at Bedford Stuyvesant’s community nonprofit Restoration Plaza. Reception and book signing to follow.

Free and open to the public, but RSVP is appreciated; click here or here to RSVP. Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is located at 1368 Fulton Street (at Marcy Avenue) in Brooklyn.

 

 

Women’s Fiction Panel (with Ru Freeman, Taiye Selasi, Tiphanie Yanique, Mira Jacob, Elliott Holt, and Alison Hart)

November 20th, 7:00pm 
52 Prince St, New York, New York 10012

Come to McNally Jackson and join a stellar lineup of authors for a discussion of being writers, being women, and being both, and readings from passages they each found most difficult to write in recent work. With Ru Freeman (ON SAL MAL LANE), Taiye Selasi (GHANA MUST GO), Tiphanie Yanique (LAND OF LOVE AND DROWNING), Mira Jacob (THE SLEEPWALKER’S GUIDE TO DANCING), Elliott Holt (YOU ARE ONE OF THEM), and fiction writer Alison Hart.

 

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Evangeline Lilly: The Squickerwonkers, Vol. 1

November 17, 4:00pm
97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007

Actress Evangeline Lilly, star of Lost and The Hobbit, joins us to discuss her new book Squickerwonkers vol 1. Priority seating with book purchase. Ask any bookseller for details and event guidelines.

 

Art Folds Event

November 21, 6:00pm
97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007

Customers are invited to transform a book into a piece of art or create an origami heart card using the ArtFolds technique. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Please arrive early; space and supplies are limited.

 

The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel, by Andy Macdonald

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267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

From the gutters of the Warrens to the opulent court at Khalidor, Brent Weeks’s epic fantasy THE WAY OF SHADOWS unfolds on the page of this graphic novel adaptation as seen through the eyes of seasoned illustrator Andy MacDonald!

For the orphan Azoth, there are precious few avenues out of the life of a guild rat in the back alleys of the Warrens. There are no rewards without risks, and there are few greater risks than apprenticing yourself to the city’s most accomplished assassin, Durzo Blint.

Reborn as Kylar Stern, the young man must learn to navigate the intrigues of politics and the intricacies of magic, but does he have both the killer instinct and the raw talent to survive the cutthroat life he’s chosen?