Around Town: July 27th- Aug 2nd



July 27 – Book(less) Dystopias and Linguistic Armageddons

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 10.48.51 AMGreenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Time: 7:30pm

As writers create stories of other worlds – future, fantastical, or alternate – many engage with the question of story itself. How might our relationship to language, words, and books themselves be different in a different context, and what might that tell us about our own world? Tonight at Greenlight, a panel of writers discusses the place of language and literature in their fictional universes. In Alena Graedon’s The Word Exchange, the creators of the last print dictionary in an entirely digital age find themselves running afoul of the powers that be. Jonah Kruvant’s The Last Book Ever Written tells the story of a future officer of the law who goes undercover with an illegal community of writers, and finds that the faux-manuscript he has created takes on more significance than he intended. The Only Words That Are Worth RememberingJeffrey Rotter’s novel of a near-future America, is narrated in the mutated English of a post-literate age. The discussion is moderated by Justin Alvarez, former digital editor of the Paris Review and media editor of Guernica, now a publisher at Lucky Peach.


July 28th – Women’s/Trans Poetry Jam & Open Mic

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street
New York, NY

Time: 7:00pm

In Amy Barone’s new poetry chapbook, Kamikaze Dance, she write about nature, music, and the essence of place, including her Pennsylvania hometown, Rio, the Greek Island of Zante and Italy. And she also touches on family conflict and relations  In Carol Rosenfeld’s novel The One That Got Away a barely-out-of-the-closet bridal consultant confronts love, lust, dyke drama and not having a date for New Year’s Eve.

This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side Open mike ( for women & trans only) – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit. Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

This event costs $5



July 30th – Writing War

Brooklyn Historical Society 
128 Pierrepont St.

Time: 6:30pm

After more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, an impressive cadre of writers has emerged from the ranks of America’s military to put stories of war and homecoming on paper. BHS welcomes National Book Award winner Philip Klay (Redeployment), former U.S. Army Captain Matt Gallagher (Kaboom), author Sara Novic and poet and playwright Maurice Decaul for a discussion moderated by Brandon Willitts, Executive Director of Words After War.


August 1 – Brooklyn Small Press Flea

bpl_logo10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY

Time: 10am-4pm

This pop-up book fair features Brooklyn’s finest indie presses, including A Public SpaceArchipelago BooksBELLADONNA*Electric LiteratureFuturepoemGuillotineMelville HouseOne StoryUgly Duckling Presse, and many more.

Co-presented with BOMB magazine.



Link of the Week: Independent Presses



When publishing is discussed on public forums, often only the biggest houses garner attention. Examples of high profile news coverage include the Amazon vs. Hachette disputes, and the price-fixing Apple vs. the Big Five issue. It’d be inaccurate to say that independent publishers don’t receive attention, but the influence they have is limited when it comes to the general population.

This week, I found an article on Flavorwire that highlights 25 successful indie presses, emphasizing the fact that their success is the reason many consider right now the “Golden Age of Independent Publishing.” The attention given to the Big Five is understandable: they’re the ones with the most push in the industry, and many measure their health as an indicator of the health of publishing in general. But there’s something to be said about the success of indie publishers, and with the increase of startups and unique niche publishers (Two Dollar Radio, for example, or Future Tense Publishing), it could be said that big publishers have more low-level competition that challenges their assumed positions of power.

Check out that “25 Independent Presses that Prove This Is the Golden Age of Indie Publishing” and let us know what you think! Is it really the Golden Age of Publishing? Are there too many new indie startups?

L top to R bottom: Dzanc Books, Melville House, Artistically Declined Press, New Directions, Other Press, and Feminist Press.


Also, check out these recent Indie press-related articles:

Another piece of notable news: this year’s Indie Bookstore Day was a success! It was the first annual, and due to its widespread success, plans for 2016’s event are in the works, Publisher’s Weekly reports. Read the full report here.