Around Town: April 27- May 3




This week is a particularly special week! May 2nd is both free comic book day and the first national Independent Bookstore Day! Check the end of this post to find out more about events affiliated with these days.


April 29th – Dystopian Fiction Panel

52 Prince Street
(between Lafayette & Mulberry)
New York City, NY 10012

Time: 7:00pm

If your taste in books favors ravaged landscapes, troubling futures, and oft-unsettling social commentary, it’s a good time to be a reader. As dystopian fiction goes through more and more permutations, we wanted to get some of our favorite writers together to discuss it. This panel will explore the current wave of dystopian fiction, how it mixes with other genres, where it’s going, and what it says about literature and society in general. Our panel will consist of:

Porochista Khakpour
Emily St. John Mandel
Lincoln Michel
Shya Scanlon

Moderated by Jason Diamond and Rahawa Haile

This event is free! 


logoMay 1st – Publishing Design Books in the Age of the Internet

41 Cooper Square (entrance on 7th St at 3rd Ave)
New York, New York  10003

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

A talk by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy on the special challenges of researching, writing, designing and publishing books on graphic design. The co-founders of Unit Editions discuss how they’ve thrived in an era when when it is possible to see nearly everything ever published online, and when bookshops are closing around the world. The talk will reference Unit Editions’ books on such diverse subjects as Herb Lubalin, master typographer Jurriaan Schrofer, the great design manuals of the golden age of identity design, and the imprint’s latest work, Spin: 360° – an attempt to re-think the contemporary monograph.

This even is free. 


May 2nd – Independent Bookstore Day @ the Strand Bookstore

828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

Time: 9:30am- 10:30pm

Strand celebrates Independent Bookstore Day alongside 400 other shops, countrywide. Get lost in the stacks (and all of our 18 miles while you’re at it!) as we invite you to special programs for kids and grownups alike and shop some special edition books, prints and merchandise unique to Independent Bookstore Day!

Head up to our second floor Children’s Department for a special character visit with Sesame Street’s Elmo at 11 AM and 2 PM. Stick around at 2-4 PM to get a portrait by the amazing illustrator behind the Last Night’s Reading blog, Kate Gavino, in the Graphic Novel section of the second floor!

Also not to be missed are a signed chapbook by Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay, signed prints by cartoonist Chris Ware, a signed infographic by Knowledge Is Beautiful author David McCandless, and more!


May 2nd – Free Comic Book Day

At your local/favorite comic book shop…

Pick up free one-off comics—including The SimpsonsBob’s Burgers, The Avengers,Avatar,even SpongeBob—at your nearest local funny-book haven. Comic nerds’ favorite shops are among those of Midtown Comics, Forbidden Planet, Desert Island and JHU. This year, Bergen Street Comics hosts a family-friendly Superman event, where you can nab the superhero’s classic stories completely gratis





Also, be sure to check out other indie bookstores around the city! In honor of the day, McNally Jackson will be hosting authors in an epic marathon reading of Langston Hughes, alongside book giveaways and other goodies. Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn will have exclusive items for sale, a photo booth with authors, caricature drawings, and more. Click here for updates and participating stores/events.


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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Click Here for more festival information.


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!


HollywoodDreamingJamesFranco.thumbnailJames Franco

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).