Quote of the Week | Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak in 2013Author of the popular The Book Thief (2005), Markus Zusak, is coming out with a new novel this month. Bridge of Clay (2018) is being published by Doubleday.

“I’ve just always loved books, and I love the idea that we’re all just really made of stories. I do also like the idea that anyone can love books. Books don’t care how educated you are or what you do for a living.”

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Around Town | Random House Open House

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LOCATION: Random House 1745 Broadway New York, NY 10019

Date/Time: Fri, December 7, 2018 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST

Tickets for Random House’s Fall Open House are going on sale Friday, September 28th, be sure to buy them before they sell out! The event will take place on Friday, December 7th. Join them for a day of book culture, connections, and discovery! Continue reading “Around Town | Random House Open House”

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”

Quote of the Week | Tom Wolfe

Well, everyone, we’ve made it to week two. First and foremost, congratulations. Between classes, assignments, and publishing events, we’ve all hit the ground running.

For returning students, the transition from summer to fall is a familiar one. For new students, many of whom have never lived – or perhaps even visited – this dense and sprawling city, the shift and pace of life can seem overwhelming and mysterious. Even the great mystery novelist Agatha Christie is reported to have said, “It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.”

That said, the American novelist, poet, and short story writer John Updike is renowned for having said, “The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.” 

These teaser quotes have paved the way for what the blog is going to spotlight today for the Quote of the Week. It is an uplifting, hopeful statement  meant to put New York City newbies – those who are familiarizing themselves with Updike’s understanding of the city’s charms – at ease.

One belongs to New York instantly. One belongs to it as
much in five minutes as in five years. “
 — Tom Wolfe


Tom Wolfe
was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1931. After studying at Washington and Lee and Yale, he became a reporter. Very early on in his career, his coverage of Cuba for The Washington Post won him the Washington Newspaper Guild’s foreign news prize. Wolfe is best known, however, for helping to bring about the New Journalism movement, in which literary techniques were combined with journalistic principles to highlight actual events. Wolfe is also the author of 14 books. His most recent novel, I Am Charlotte Simmons, was published by Picador in 2005. (Picador is a Macmillan imprint.)

For more on Tom Wolfe, check out this interview with The Daily Beast on memoirs and memory.

 

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.