Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

April 27, 2013

Song of Myself

At Housing Works Bookstore (126 Crosby St., Manhattan) poets, writers, and fans will be celebrating National Poetry Month with a reading of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself.” This classic poem is inspirational and uplifting. This free event begins at 1:00 PM.

April 28, 2013

David Levithan

David Levithan, award winning author of Boy Meets Boy, is hosting a panel at McNally Jackson Booksellers (52 Prince St., Manhattan) featuring five YA authors discussing their latest works and the young adult fiction market. This free event starts at 7:00 PM.

April 29, 2013

Shame and Love, Secrets and Families

Deborah Cohen and Andrew Solomon will be discussing Ms. Cohen’s new book: Family Secrets: Shame and Privacy in Modern Britain. This free event will happen at the New York Public Library (42nd and 5th avenue, Manhattan) at 7:00 PM. The event is free but you must pre-register at the above link.

April 29 – May 5

Pen World Voices Festival

The Pen World Voices Festival is an entire week of programming highlighting the freedom to write and share ideas. Events will feature authors and communicators whom have struggled with having their voice heard, and fought against disenfranchisement for others. Big names such as Fiona Shaw, Sonia Sotomayer, and Salaman Rushdie are among the presenters. These talks, workshops, and readings take place all over the city at a range of locations and ticket prices. Check out their website for information about the speakers.

April 30, 2013

Junot Diaz

Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz will be discussing multiculturalism, family, love, and immigration alongside Paul Holdengraber at the New York Public Library (42nd and 5th avenue, Manhattan). Diaz’s new book, This is How You Lose Her, is a collection of short stories based on love. Diaz is from the Dominican Republic.  This event is $15 dollars for students and starts at 7 pm.


Link of the Week: Book Boroughing

Here at the Publishing blog we bring you a curated list of book and magazine events in New York every Friday geared towards the student set. We try to find events that are free or cheap, have particular relevance to what we study in class, and are accessible by public transportation. We look for these events through library websites, the Village Voice, and other event listing websites. Another great resource for finding book events is Book Boroughing. This website has a huge calendar of publishing activities: readings, author events, conventions, and other functions. They also have a great blog highlighting events, book clubs, and other related information. Check out their website for all your publishing-event related needs. Special thanks to Caroline Acebo for bringing this website to our attention!

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

Action! Design over Time

Check out this exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan.) The curators created this to look at the art of design from new angles other than aesthetic qualities. The editorial direction of Wikipedia and book Pig 05049 are featured as highlights. Entrance to the MOMA is $12.00 with student ID. Also at the MOMA: Abstract Generation, Now in Print. PRO TIP: Every Friday from 4pm-8:00 entrance to the MOMA is FREE!


ALT_MINDS and the Art of French Transmedia

Put on by the Film Society of Lincoln Theater (165 W. 65th St., Manhattan) this French film is a multi-media experience, inviting the audience to participate with web, puzzles, and clues. Curtain time is 5:00. This film is free!


Verlaine Poetry Readings

Checkout the Verlaine (110 Rivington St., Manhattan) for their weekly poetry readings. They feature Filipino poetry known as Kunidman. This event happens every Sunday at 5:00 pm. Cover charge is $5.00.


Karen Heuler

Karen Heuler will be reading from her recent book The Inner City and open discussion to the audience. This event will take place at the NYU Bookstore (726 Broadway, Manhattan.) Refreshments will be served & this event is free and open to the public.


Keren Cytter, Public Reading

This free event is taking place at the EFA Project Space (323 W. 39th Street, Manhattan.) Beginning at 3:00 pm, actors will be reading from Keren Cytter’s novel The Seven Most Exciting Hours of Mr. Trier’s Life. 

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC


As students in New York City we have access to hundreds of great events every day. It is at these events that we can network, learn more about our favorite topics, and gain exposure to a wider industry. These readings, lectures, and parties will enrich our education beyond what we learn in class. If you have any recommendations for event listings, please send them to us at the office. If you attend any of these events, we’d love to have you blog about it here! Send us an email and let us know!



A.S. Byatt, Tracy Smith, and Leonard Lopate

At Powerhouse Books (37 Main Street, Brooklyn) novelist Byatt and poet Smith read from their work and then talk with Lopate about the craft of writing. This event is free and begins at 6pm.



Karen Russell: Vampires in the Lemon Grove

At the Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton Street, BrooklynSwamplandia! Author launces her new collection of short-stories: Vampires in the Lemon Grove. This event starts at 7:30 and is free.


Vera Wang

Designer, entrepreneur, and it-woman Vera Wang will be speaking at the 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Ave, Manhattan.) Her talk will focus on her career, and the change from designer bridal wear to a less formal ready-to-wear line. Tickets are $29.00, and the event begins at 8 pm.



Michael Clinton

At the Rizzoli Bookstore (31 W 57th Street, Manhattan) author and publishing veteran of the Hearst company, Michael Clinton, will be reading from his new travel memoir, The Globetrotter Diaries. This event is free and starts at 5:30


Selected Shorts: Lorrie Moore & Sherman Alexie

This live radio program features actors interpreting stories. This week Cynthia Nixon, Amber Tamblyn, and Jill Eikenberry will be performing works by Lorrie Moore and Sherman Alexie. Tickets start at $15.00, and the event begins at 7:30. The event is held at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, Manhattan.)

Book Industry Guild of New York Presents “Hitting the Books!”

 Book Industry Guild of New York presents


Education for Publishing


Strap on your backpacks and sharpen your pencils as BIGNY presents a panel to discuss curricula, benefits, and processes, and a Q & A about New York’s most prestigious publishing courses.

Lindy Hess, Director, Columbia Publishing Course, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Andrea Chambers, Director, Center for Publishing, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Jane Kinney-Denning, Professor and Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach, Pace University

Moderator: Damon Zucca, Publisher, Scholarly and Online Reference, Oxford University Press


Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 5:30 p.m. at Random House
1745 Broadway, between 55th and 56th Streets, 2nd floor

Beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30, program at 6:15.  Admission does not include cocktail hour.


  • $40 for members of the Book Industry Guild of New York
  • $60 for nonmembers
  • Those with a valid student ID are welcome to attend the lecture for FREE. Student reservations are necessary.

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BIGNY is an informational forum. No solicitations, please