Link of the Week: Subway Library

New York’s three major public library systems, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Transit Wireless joined forces to launch Subway Library, an online service that offers free eBook downloads to subway-goers.

The six-week promotion will offer free eBooks, eShorts and excerpts from full-length novels to transit riders by simply connecting to the TransitWireless WiFi at any MTA station. These short stories and excerpts are intended to be read during short half-hour to an hour daily commutes.

Along with this promotion, a Library Train—a subway car resembling the Rose Main Reading Room inside the 42nd Street branch of the NYPL—will alternate running along the 6th and 8th Avenue corridor lines of the E and F trains. Along with the newly designed subway car is a social media challenge where riders can share photos of themselves by Subway Library posters or in the Subway Library train to win one of six possible prizes, including three Amazon Kindle Voyages.

E-books and short stories offered come from the New York Public Library’s permanent collection. Subway Library is powered by SimplyE, the free library eReader app.

Around Town: New lit from Europe Festival, James Franco, Fêtes, and Joyce C. Oates



New Literature from Europe Festival

Saturday, December 6th @ 2:00pm-7:30 (three panel discussions)
Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
The New Literature from Europe Festival returns to Manhattan this December 5 & 6 for its 11th year, bringing with it nine of Europe’s most acclaimed and exciting authors. Over two days, Crossing Borders: Europe Through the Lens of Time explores an ever-changing continent from the perspective of some of Europe’s most exciting literary voices.

Whet your appetite on Friday December 5, for the literary feast to come, with readings from each of the authors in their native language:

Julia Deck (France)
János Háy (Hungary)
Hanna Krall (Poland)
Nicol Ljubić (Germany)
Davide Longo (Italy)
Magdaléna Platzová (Czech Republic)
Susanne Scholl (Austria)
Georgi Tenev (Bulgaria)
Lucian Dan Teodorovici’s (Romania)

This opening evening of readings is introduced by one of America’s premier publishers of literature in translation, New Directions Publishing President, Barbara Epler.

Saturday, December 6th, delves deeper into each of the visiting writers’ work with a series of themed panel discussions moderated by US-based award winning authors dedicated to the promotion of international literature.

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UnknownFirst Novel Fête

Monday, December 8th @ 6:30pm
The Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Join us for the Fifth Annual First Novel Fete on Monday, December 8. There will be drinks, mingling, and readings from the finalists for this year’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. All the proceeds go to support our Books for NYC Schools/KidsRead program!


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Monday, December 8 @ 6:30-8:30pm
The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway (& 12TH STREET), New York, NY 10003

James Franco visits Strand for an exclusive signing of his book, Hollywood Dreaming, a story-picture-poem mashup that blurs lines of reality and fiction in a compelling coming-of-age tale. Buy a copy of Hollywood Dreaming at Strand in order to join the signing line!

 To Attend:  Purchase a copy of the featured event book, Hollywood Dreaming, in-store at Strand in order to join the signing line outside the store, which will form at 4:30pm. Strand is located at 828 Broadway, New York. Please note that proof of purchase (Strand receipt) is required to attend the signing line.

Joyce Carol Oates in the Robert B. Silvers Annual Lecture

Friday, December 12th @ 7pm
The New York Public Library, 5th Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018

The prolific and profound author of innumerable novels, plays, and poems, Joyce Carol Oates delivers this year’s Robert B. Silvers lecture, titled “Is The Uninspired Life Worth Living?”

There is no more versatile and accomplished American writer than JOYCE CAROL OATES. The author of many books, Oates has penned best-selling novels, critically acclaimed collections of short fiction, as well as essays, plays, poetry, a recent memoir, and an unlikely bestseller, On Boxing. Her remarkable literary industry – which includes work as an editor and anthologist – spans forms, themes, topics and genres. In 2010, reflecting on the widespread esteem in which her work is held, President Obama awarded Oates the National Humanities Medal.

The Robert B. Silvers Lecture is an annual series created by Max Palevsky in recognition of the work of Robert B. Silvers, editor of the New York Review of Books.

To Attend: $25 General Admission, $15 FRIENDS, Seniors and Students with valid ID – Become a FRIEND for a $10 discount on every ticket for LIVE (Click here to buy tickets).



Link of the Week: Giving Thanks to Libraries

It’s finally that time of year again, the one filled with turkey and stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Of course, Thanksgiving isn’t just about the food. It is about being thankful for all the things that are meaningful in our lives. This includes family and friends, and for us Publishing students, reading and words. If you are staying in New York City for the holiday, why not take this opportunity to explore one of our city’s beautiful libraries? The plethora of words and the smell of old books will warm you right up. There are many library locations here in Manhattan to explore.

Several library exhibitions are currently available to view as well. One exhibition includes “Dearest Jackie:” On the Death of JFK. Although it is not an exhibition to boost your mood, it is one of historical importance. November 22, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death. The exhibit “features the work of 20th-century masters Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, as well as a heart-wrenching photograph by the great Elliott Erwitt. At the heart of the exhibition is a poignant condolence letter to Jacqueline Kennedy from Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., written within hours of the assassination. An intimate associate of both Kennedy and the First Lady, Schlesinger puts into words the grief and despair of a nation.” This exhibition takes place at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in the McGraw Rotunda and goes until Sunday December 1.

If you need something to put you in the holiday spirit, then the exhibition “A Literary Christmas Miscellany from the Berg Collection” might be a better fit for you. This exhibition features Charles Dicken’s prompt copy of A Christmas Carol, from which he gave his public readings of the story. The exhibit also features a book with a Christmas theme by T.S. Eliot, and Christmas readings by James Joyce, Sean O’Casey, E.E. Cummings, and Maurice Sendack. You can also see a photograph of Dicken’s eldest sister’s son who is said to have been the inspiration for Tiny Tim. This exhibition is open until January 5, 2014 at the Stephan A. Schwarzman Building in the Deborah, Jonathan F. P., Samuel Priest, and Adam R. Rose Main Reading Room.

This Thanksgiving, let history and books surround you, and remember to be thankful that they are one of the reasons you are here at Pace today.

Around Town: Books and Magazine Events in NYC

May 4

Reaching the Reluctant Reader

Author Sue Stauffacher and English teacher Andrew Hendricks are hosting an event at the New York Public Library (42nd and 5th Ave., Manhattan) on the issue of reaching young adult readers. How do you get teens to read? They will be discussing the comic Wireman,a tool developed to engage middle and high school aged students.  This event is free and starts at 1:00 pm.

May 7

David Mazzucchelli

Comic superstar David Mazzucchelli (Batman, Asterious Polyp) will be and McNally Jackson Booksellers (52 Prince Street, Manhattan) to discuss his forays into style and design. Along with French cartoonist, Blutch, they will be discussing the differences between American and European contemporary comics, and how to match design with subject. This event is Free! It begins at 7:00 pm.

May 8

Ugo Rondinone

At the New School’s Tishman Auditorium (66 West 12th Street, Manhattan) there is an event honoring artist Ugo Rondinone- a multimedia practitioner. Sculpture, paint, and photography are among some of his mediums. He will be giving a talk on his work and the nature of public art. This event is $10.00 and begins at 6:30 pm.

A Kimchi Conversation

This free event at the New York Public Library (5th Avenue and 42nd St., Manhattan) sounds like a culinary delight! Authors Lauryn Chun and Ben Ryder Howe will be talking about Korean cookbooks and culture, in particular Lauryn’s new book The Kimchi Cookbook.There will be live cooking demonstrations. Register for this free event online. This event begins at 6:00 pm.

May 28- June 30

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park will be performing The Comedy of Errors, a hilarious story of twins, switched identities, and general mayhem. This marks the first time in 20 years the troupe has taken on this particular play. Shakespeare in the Park is free! But you must get tickets ahead of time: check here for their distribution policies. These plays take place on the west side of Central Park, between 79thand 80th streets. Shows begin at 8:00 pm.

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

March 19,2013

Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis, an Oprah’s Book Club Author, will be promoting her new book The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, at McNally Jackson Books (52 Prince Street, Manhattan.) This event is free and open to the public, starting at 7:00 pm.

Richard Hell

Rock and roll legend Richard Hell (from the band Television) has recently penned a memoir about his life in the Punk scene in late 70’s New York City. He will be at Bookmarc (400 Bleeker St., Manhattan) promoting his new book at 6 pm. This event is free.

March 20, 2013

Jonathan Lethem and Jessica Hagedorn

New York authors Jonathan Lethem and Jessica Hagedorn will talk about their new works at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University (1 University Plaza at Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn.) This event begins at 7:30 and is free to the public.

March 21, 2013

Conversation Among Critics- Ralph Waldo Emerson

At 1:15 at the New York Public Library (5th Ave. and 42nd St, Manhattan,) author of the book Estimating Emerson, David LaRocca, will be speaking about his life’s study of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The talk will focus on how critics have perceived Emerson over time. This event is free & open to the public on a first come first serve basis.

March 22, 2013

He Said, She Said

At the New York Public Library (5th Ave. and 42nd St, Manhattan,) the 2013 NYC Teen Author Festival is kicking off with an event featuring four female and four male authors: Ted Goeglein, Gordon Korman, Lucas Klauss, Michael Northrop, Susane Colasanti, E. Lockhart, Carolyn Mackler, and Sarah Mlynowski. The panel will be moderated by David Levithan, is free and open to the public, and begins at 2pm. Following this, there is another free panel on YA characters dealing with poor choices.