While there are a lot of great events going on around New York City this week, we hope to see you at the David Pecker Lecture on Wednesday, November 29 at 6pm. The 2017/18 David Pecker Distinguished Lecturer of Publishing is Bette Rockmore, who will present on “Bridging the Gap: From the Classroom to Corporate America.” (To RSVP and to see an interview with Rockmore, click here.) Meanwhile, here are more awesome events you can attend this week! Continue reading “Around Town | Nov. 28th – Dec. 4th”
This week is Banned Books Week. If you want to participate in this celebration, then go to National Coalition Against Censorship’s website, or click here. More to come tomorrow!
Now with the Brooklyn Book Festival over, here are some great events to attend and enjoy if you are feeling a withdrawal from literature.
Joshua Cohen on the American Circus, comedy, and his new novel, “Moving Kings”
When: September 26, 2017 @ 7pm
Where: Book Culture, 536 W 112th St, New York, NY 10025
The Point magazine’s Jesse McCarthy talks to Cohen about his latest essay in their comedy issue: “It’s a Circle,” on the death and afterlife of the American circus. Attendees will also get a look at his new book, Moving Kings, a novel that’s garnered much praise. The Washington Post says that Moving Kings is:
“A svelte comic triumph that concentrates [Cohen’s] genius . . . a fantastically agile style . . . Cohen explores themes of power and Jewish identity with the same insight that has justly attracted praise from some of the country’s most sophisticated writers.”
For more information, click here.
Gotham Writers Fall Open House
Where: EC NY, 1450 Broadway 14th Floor, New York, NY 10018
Cost: Free with Registration
Gotham Writers Workshop is a creative home in New York City and Online where writers develop their craft and come together in the spirit of discovery and fellowship. They’ve been teaching creative writing and business writing since 1993. Gotham Writers Workshop has been the go-to place for writers wanting expert instruction and an artistic community.
At this event, you will get the chance to find out what goes on in a Gotham class. They are offering 24 free one-hour classes in a wide variety of courses. You’ll meet the instructors, do a little writing, and, as a thank you, receive $30 off your first 6 or 10-week class.
Note: You may sign up for one or two free classes, but no more than two. Registration is required, but if the class you want is full, feel free to walk in. Odds are good that they will find you a seat.
For more information, click here.
The Best American Poetry Reading 2017
Where: The New School, 66 West 12th StreetThe Auditorium, New York, NY 10011
The Best American Poetry is an anthology that is published each year which contains the best poetry of the year. This year’s editors include series editor David Lehman and guest editor Natasha Tretheway, the nineteenth US Poet Laureatte.
Lehman joins Trethewey to launch the latest volume of the anthology. With readings by the contributors: Dan Albergotti, David Barber, Jericho Brown, Allison Cobb, Carl Dennis, David Feinstein, Vievee Francis, Jeffrey Harrison, W. J. Herbert, David Brendan Hopes, John James, Rodney Jones, Meg Kearney, John Koethe, Jamaal May, Judson Mitcham, John Murillo, Joyce Carol Oates, Sharon Olds, Matthew Olzmann, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Robert Pinsky, Taije Silverman, Emily Van Kley, and Crystal Williams.
For more information, click here.
This series has hosted readings by emerging & established authors since 2007. Because the pen is mightier than the Kalashnikov (we hope). Curated by Lee Matthew Goldberg, Camellia Phillips, and Marco Rafalá. Hosted by Camellia Phillips.
Leah Umansky, the author of the dystopian-themed Straight Away the Emptied World (Kattywompus Press, 2016), the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream, voted one of The Top 10 Chapbooks To Read Now in 2014 by Time Out New York, (Kattywompus Press, 2014) and the full length collection, Domestic Uncertainties, (BlazeVOX, 2013). She is a graduate of the MFA Program in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College, and a graduate of the MA in English Education – Secondary Education from CUNY- Hunter College.
Courtney Elizabeth Mauk, the author of three novels: The Special Power of Restoring Lost Things, Orion’s Daughters, and Spark. She has an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and lives on the Upper West Side with her husband and young son.
Julia Phillips who writes about Russia. Her fiction has been published in The Antioch Review, The Rumpus, and The Toast, while her nonfiction has been in BuzzFeed, Jezebel, The Moscow Times, and The Cut. She’s a Fulbright recipient in creative writing.
Estimated run time is 50 minutes. Admission is Free. Reserve your seat here!
On October 16, 2009, Greenlight Bookstore sold its first book. On October 24, they held the bookstore’s launch party. And look at them now: they’re getting ready to open a second location! They’re celebrating their seventh year in Fort Greene with their annual birthday event, where they will say thanks to everyone whose support keeps the business growing by offering 20% off in the bookstore all day on Saturday and Sunday! Join Greenlight for a festive birthday weekend featuring decorations, giveaways and other surprises, and news about the new store.
On top of the in store discount, they’re celebrating customers with a chance to win a free 6-month subscription to the First Editions Club!
Admission is free. Learn more about how to enter for the free subscription and get more infomation on the event on Greenlight’s Facebook event page.
The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway and 12th Street
New York, NY
Author Kevin Baker will take you on an interactive tour of Lower Manhattan which will feature several of the most extraordinary inventions in America the Ingenious, and provide a fascinating look at New York history. You will visit the site where the entire federal government used to be housed in a single, three-storey building; pay your respects at Alexander Hamilton’s grave, go inside what was the tallest (and most beautiful) skyscraper in the world for twenty years, check out where all the news was made fit to print, go down to the waterfront, view the damage caused by the worst terrorist attack in the United States before 9/11, learn how the Brooklyn Bridge almost became a catastrophe, and witness the greatest piece of graft in the city’s history.
$29.95 for a copy grants admission. Purchase ticket here!
$10 admission fee, includes drinks.
Brown Bag Lunchtime Session: Juvenile Nonfiction Editors Panel (open to the public)
WHERE: Jefferson Market Library, Willa Cather Room, 425 Sixth Avenue (between 9th & 10th Streets), New York City
COST: Free for members; $20 for nonmembers
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org (please let them know if you’d like to pay with a credit card and we will send a PayPal invoice)
This event is hosted by the American Book Producers Association. Click here for the event page.