Events: March 10th-14th

March 10th- Book Launch: STREETFIGHT: Handbook for an Urban Revolution by Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow

Brooklyn Bowl 
61 Wythe Ave 
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

d6f8a28a-06b5-4e6d-b486-14728d5f4deeSTREETFIGHT deconstructs how New York City’s former Director of Transportation Janette Sadik-Khan transformed the streets of one of the world’s toughest cities into dynamic spaces that are safe for pedestrians and bikers.

During her time as New York City’s Director of Transportation from 2007 to 2013, under former mayor Michael Bloomberg, Janette Sadik-Khan achieved the seemingly impossible and transformed the streets of one of the world’s toughest cities into dynamic spaces that are safe for pedestrians and bikers. In STREETFIGHT: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow deconstruct how she achieved this feat in New York City, while offering an empowering road map for rethinking, reinvigorating, and redesigning city streets across the country to function better for the people and communities that use them.

See more info here.

March 11th-Debut Novelists Spotlight

Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room
828 Broadway at 12th StreetTime: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Spring may not be springing yet, but a bumper crop of new novels is sprouting up! Join Igoni Barrett, author of the brand-new Blackass, Idra Novey, autor of Ways to Disappear, and Mark Doten, author of The Infernal, as they read from and discuss their first forays into long-form fiction. The conversation will be moderated by fiction and non-fiction author Tobias Carroll.
This event is open to the public. If you’re interested, please let us know and RSVP to events@strandbooks.com. You can reserve a copy of BlackassWays to Disappear, or The Infernal, to be picked up at the event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout.

March 13th-Gotham Writers Workshop: Article Writing

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 

A free article writing workshop taught by Mike Dunphy.

Mike Dunphy is a contributing writer for USA Today’s travel publication RoadWarriorVoices, and his articles and essays have appeared in Travel Weekly, PBS: Next Avenue, American Way, Travel + Leisure, Time Out, Beer Advocate, and NewYork.com, among many others. He has worked as an editor and contributor to Fodor’s Travel (Random House). He holds a BA from the University of Vermont and an MA in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College.

March 14th-Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

Barnes & Noble Union Square
33 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003

Time: 7:00 pm

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MARIE KONDO is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (also a best seller in Japan, Germany, and the UK) and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015. She is the founder of the KonMari Method.

Upcoming Event: Béatrice Coron, Stories Cut from Paper

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The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmenis pleased to present: Béatrice Coron, Stories Cut from Paper on Tuesday, March 8th at 6:30 p.m

Béatrice Coron will introduce the many facets of contemporary paper cutting as well as their historical roots. From a panorama of international artists and her own work, she will demonstrate the endless possibilities and applications of this simple media. Ms. Coron explores visual silhouette storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art to create stunning works of art.

During her lecture, she will elaborate on how she creates these intricate and playful worlds. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, Ms. Coron stages narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. Her cut designs are made of paper, glass or metal and range in size from small to monumental. Her acclaimed work can be seen in major collections across the world, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Walker Art Center, as well as in many art galleries and her public art can be viewed in subway stations in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. For more information, please visit www.beatricecoron.com.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in The General Society Library
20 West 44th Street, (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York City. 
Reception to follow. Advance registration is recommended.
$15 General admission,
$10 General Society members and Senior Citizens,
$5 Students.
To register please contact the General Society at: 212.840.1840 or

NYC Media Lab Event: THE FUTURE OF LISTENING HACKATHON

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Founded in 2010, NYC Media Lab is dedicated to driving innovation and ultimately job growth in media and technology by facilitating collaboration between the City’s universities and its companies.

NYC Media Lab connects technologists in digital media and technology companies with bright minds in New York City’s universities in order to drive innovation and talent development. A public-private partnership launched by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Columbia University and New York University, the Lab hosts events and seeds projects to foster collaboration across a range of disciplines core to the future of media.

THE FUTURE OF LISTENING HACKATHON

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This event will explore the world of audio storytelling using the all-new Audible API. Developers and designers are invited to re-imagine the future of listening and innovation in audio media experiences.

WHERE: Civic Hall, 156 5th Ave (at 20th Street), New York, NY 10010

WHEN:

Friday April 15, 6pm – 9pm

On Friday April 15, the hackathon will officially kick off with student developer + designer attendees from across NYC’s campuses. The students will form teams and commit to project ideas on Friday evening with the goal of working on their ideas all day on Saturday April 16.

Saturday April 16, 9:00 am – 9:00pm

On April 16, the hackathon will begin with breakfast, a pep talk and a technical “Getting Started with the Audible API” workshop. The teams will hack through the afternoon. The afternoon will also feature an optional “Working at Audible” session for hackathon participants. All hacking will end at 5:30pm which will lead to the project demos, the judging and then ultimately, the prize ceremony and closing reception.

PRIZES:
Prizes will be distributed to winning teams.
Grand prize = $5,000
First prize = $2,500
Second prize = $1,000
Third prize = $500

Sponsored by Audible and presented by NYC Media Lab

APPLY HERE 

Around Town: November 13th-17th

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November 13- Pushcart Prize: 40th Anniversary

Village Community School
272 W. 10th St. (between Greenwich St. & Washington St.) screen_shot_2015-11-10_at_11.31.56_am
New York, NY  10014
 

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: $10

In the mid-Seventies, while battling alcoholism and working as a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Raymond Carver wrote a story called “So Much Water So Close to Home.” Carver wasn’t much satisfied with it, but when Bill Henderson — on the hunt for small-press writing for his first Pushcart Prize anthology — wrote to Spectrum, the university’s student newspaper, asking for potential submissions, a young editor named Marc Louria nominated Carver’s story. The rest is history: The story served as source material for two acclaimed movies — the first very high-profile (Robert Altman’s 1993 Short Cuts), the second more obscure (Ray Lawrence’s 2006 Jindabyne) — and Carver went on to become an icon of the short-story form before his death at the age of fifty. Such success stories are commonplace across the improbable history of Henderson’s Pushcart Prize, which this year celebrates its fortieth anniversary of championing noncommercial publishing. Zadie Smith, Colum McCann, and several other figures of literary renown will read tonight to pay tribute to the Pushcart project.

November 14- Matt Zoller Seitz: Mad Men Carousel 

Bookcourt
163 Court St. 
Brooklyn, NY 11201event_seitz

Time: 4:00 pm

Cost: Free

There was a time when rock criticism and even film criticism were written off as inferior responses to inferior mediums. Without this context, Matt Zoller Seitz‘s forthcoming Mad Men Carousel, an ambitious episode-by-episode guide to all seven seasons, might well be dismissed as one really excessive fanboy ramble. But it’s so much more, because — thanks in part to the game-changing show — TV is so much more. Mad Men‘s 92 episodes are ripe for dissection, and of all the critic literati (criterati?), MZS is up to the task. His essayistic Vulture recaps, which more often than not would delve into some brilliant next-level analysis, are collected here for the first time. Seitz’s attention to the show’s complexities will enthrall longtime viewers wanting to relive the magic, and background on its many historical references to events, locations, and consumer products further helps to put the series in perspective. Catch him as he reads, signs, and answers all your Draper-related questions this afternoon. 

November 17- Author Event: Dan Howell, Phil Lester

Union Square Barnes & Noble
33 East 17th Street
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New York, NY 10003

Time: 5:00 pm

Extremely limited amount of wristbands will be distributed starting at 9:00AM with proof of purchase from this BN location or BN.com. Photo op with professional photographer during signing.

For more information click here.

November 17- McNally Jackson LIVE with Ari Berman, Jelani Cobb, David Shields, Philip Lopate, Leonard Gardner, and Gary Giddins

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every week we’ll gather together a handful of the finest minds in literature, criticism, journalism, music, theater, film, sports, television, art, and beyond for a series of short talks. A poet and a novelist discussing X; a string quartet performing Y; someone unexpected doing some unexpected thing.

– The Nation‘s Ari Berman and The New Yorker‘s Jelani Cobb on the modern struggle for voting rights

– David Shields and Philip Lopate on Shields’ WAR IS BEAUTIFUL

– The NYRB Classics present Leonard Gardner on FAT CITY and boxing, with Gary Giddins

– Ben Ratliff on Japanese jazz-pop-folk-singer Maki Asakawa

Do you want to see this live in your living room? Check out our livestream!

Free shipping on event books purchased during the live stream.

For more information click here.

November 18- Book Launch: Here & There by Joshua V. Scher with Dana Kaye 

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37 Main Street Brooklyn, NY 11201unnamed-52

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Cost: Free

About Here & There:

It was supposed to be a simple proof of concept. The physics were sound. Over one hundred teleportation experiments had already been successfully performed . . .

Debate rages over whether the Reidier Test’s disastrous outcome resulted from human error, government conspiracy, or sabotage. No one had actual knowledge of the truth. But hidden from the public eye, there exists a government report commissioned from criminal psychologist Dr. Hilary Kahn, chronicling the events that took place.

Dr. Kahn disappeared without a trace.

Now her son Danny has unearthed and
revealed the report, fueling controversy
over the details of Reidier’s quest to reforge the fabric of reality and hold his family together. Exposed with little chance of finding his mother, Danny goes underground to investigate. But nothing can prepare him for what he discovers.

In this thrilling saga, a paradigm-shattering feat may alter humanity’s future as quantum entanglement and teleportation collide.

– See more at: https://www.powerhousearena.com/events/book-launch-here-there-by-joshua-v-scher-with-dana-kaye/#sthash.Vme9XDe3.dpuf

Around Town: October 29-November 5

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October 29-November 15  Superheroes in Gotham

New York Historical Societysuperman
170 Central Park W.
New York, NY  10024
212-485-9205

Time: 10:00 am

Cost:
Adult Ticket: $20
College Student: $12

Heroes are all around us: Daredevil prowls Hell’s Kitchen, Harley Quinn calls Coney Island home, and the new Doctor Fate guards Brooklyn. The proliferation of local heroes is a function of the adage “write what you know”: Until DC Comics’ L.A. move this spring, both major superhero publishers operated out of Manhattan. The exhibition “Superheroes in Gotham” follows the genre’s inception in the Thirties through the modern explosion of fandom, with artifacts from radio, television, film, and comics on display. It’s like the Batcave trophy room, but less musty.

Learn more and purchase your tickers here.

November 2nd- Pass the Mic: Garth Risk Hallberg 

Fridman Gallery
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New York, NY 10013

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: Free!

Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire — a 900-plus-page debut novel set in New York City during the 1970s — caused quite a stir in 2013, when the famous movie producer Scott Rudin scooped up the film rights and Knopf, as reported in the New York Times, “[paid] close to $2 million” for publishing privileges. The book is now finally hitting shelves, allowing hungry readers to delve into its mysterious plot, which circles around a parade of characters and their connection to a New Year’s Eve shooting in Central Park. Hopefully, too, we’ll start learning a little bit more about the 36-year-old, Louisiana-born man behind the work — and there’s no better place to start than with this Pass the Mic author event with Mic‘s Scott Bixby.

November 2nd- Ada Calhoun: St.Marks Is Dead

Cooper Union, Great Hall
7 E. 7th St.
New York, NY 10003ada_calhoun_glasses

Time: 6:00 pm

Cost: Free!

Jay Ruttenberg’s cover story for the Voice‘s October 28, 2015, issue profiles the East Village native Ada Calhoun, author of the new book St. Marks Is Dead. “In examining the street’s three blocks,” writes Ruttenberg, “St. Marks Is Deadpans out to survey the East Village and, effectively, American iconoclasm.” At one point in the piece, Ruttenberg draws a witty and somehow moving parallel between two moments that occurred near the Cooper Union Great Hall: Abraham Lincoln’s 1860 declaration (“Let us have faith that right makes might”) and a minor street fight in 2015 (“Get off the fucking stoop!”). Tonight, Calhoun discusses the book at that very spot.

November 3rd- David Mitchell: Slade House

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1395 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10128

Time: 8:00 pm

Cost: $25

Who says 140 characters isn’t enough to create something meaningful? For sci-fi superstar David Mitchell, it was only the beginning. Slade House, his latest and maybe most accessible novel, started as a Twitter story and morphed into 256 pages of what Mitchell does best: freewheeling time travel (e.g., Cloud Atlas) and paranormal horror (e.g., The Bone Clocks) all rolled into one genre-bending tale. The title refers to a dubious, only sometimes corporeal British residence — think a really evil Platform 9 3/4 — that appears every nine years to beckon an individual who is different or lonely. Its creepy-twin custodians maintain the house, from which visitors learn they can never leave. Tonight, David Ebershoff (The Danish Girl) introduces Mitchell, reading from the decades-spanning work.

November 4th-Mary Gaitskill’s THE MARE, presented by Electric Literature

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012

Time:  7:00 pm

Cost: Free

Mary Gaitskill 
launches her newest novel The Mare with a reading, a conversation with Andy Hunter (Electric Literature), and a musical performance by Peg Simone.

Following her National Book Award-nominated Veronica, here is Mary Gaitskill’s most poignant and powerful work yet—the story of a Dominican girl, the Anglo woman who introduces her to riding, and the horse who changes everything for her.

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November 5th- James Franco

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828 Broadway at 12th Street 

Time: 7:30 pm-9:30 pm

Cost: A copy of Magic Mountain/Home Movies

Part poetry, part photography, part collage, Magic Mountain/Home Movies is all James Franco. Containing new work as well as reworked elements of his RISD thesis in visual art, it’s an unclassifiable post-modernist workout that takes fame and photography (specifically of the paparazzi variety) among its subjects. James will be at the Strand once again to sign copies of the work and meet his fans.

Buy a copy of Magic Mountain/Home Movies to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. This event will be held on Strand’s main floor at 828 Broadway. The line for the signing will form beginning at 5:30 PM on the day of the event in front of Strand on Broadway.