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.

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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.

 

 

 

Around Town: October 22nd-28th

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October 22- David Baldacci, Cassandra Clare, and Holly Black with David Levithan 

Weill Art Gallery
Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

g_102215_baldacci_clare_blackTime: 6:00 pm

Price: $22

Master storyteller David Baldacci, whose new YA title is The Keeper, joins the bestselling partnership Cassandra Clare and Holly Black to discuss the new volume in their Magisterium collaboration, The Copper Gauntlet.

For more information click here.

October 24- Entertainment Weekly Fest 2015 

Industria Superstudio
775 Washington
New York, NY 10003

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Time: 11:00 pm-6:00 pm and
EW fest @ Night from 7:30 pm-10:30 pm

On Saturday, Oct. 24, Entertainment Weekly will present EW Fest, a day-long celebration of the best in pop culture and EW’s 25th anniversary.

Presented by LG OLED TV, an entirely new category of television, EW Fest will feature unique programming including binge-a-thon screenings, first looks, editor Q&A’s, book signings, and panels with and performances by today’s most sought after talent. The line-up includes a look inside the X-Files writer’s room with creator Chris Carter and writer James Wong; an appearance by Aziz Ansari, discussing his new Netflix series; and anacoustic performance with The Band Perry. EW Fest panels include Ryan Murphy along with special guests from his hit shows, including Matt Bomer, and Kathy Bates, Scholastic’s David Levithan moderating a panel with YA authors and a digital influencers panel with YouTube creators Marcus Johns, and more.

For tickets and more details, head to www.ew.com/ewfest.

October 26- Book Launch: Women Chefs of New York by Nadia Arumugan

The Powerhouse Arena [Dumbo]
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Interviews with more than 25 female chefs in New York reveal insights into some of the city’s top culinary talent, and pages of mouthwatering images will inspire readers to try these exclusive recipes!

More than twenty-five female chefs in New York City share their beloved recipes in Women Chefs of New York by food editor and cookbook author Nadia Arumugam.

Women Chefs of New York is a collection of recipes as diverse as New York City’s vast array of cuisine itself. The female trio behind the hugely popular Pies ‘n’ Thighs divulges their fried chicken and biscuits recipe; legendary Mediterranean cuisine chef Einat Admony offers her green shakshuka; and Christina Tosi, owner and founder of Momofuku Milk Bar, gifts the reader with her secrets for birthday cake truffles.

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October 27- Featured Editor Happy Hour with Buzzfeed

The Storehouse at 69 W 23rd St.
(between 5th and 6th Ave.)

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Ed is at it again! This time, he’s hosting an especially buzz-worthy featured editor happy hour just in time for Halloween. Join Ed and some of his featured editor friends from Buzzfeed on Tuesday, 10/27 from 7-9 PM. No need to RSVP.

As if that wasn’t enough, he’s made a Buzzfeed-esque listicle of all the reasons you should come:

1. Great Company: You’ll get the chance to network with and ask career advice from cool featured editors from Buzzfeed.

2. Free Candy: Now that we’ve hit the age where we’re a little old to go trick-or-treating, we’ll take candy any way we can get it.

3. Happy Hour Specials: Because who doesn’t enjoy sipping a half-priced cocktail while it’s still light outside?

4. No Cover Charge: Because savvy whippersnappers never pay cover.

5. Everyone’s Welcome: Want to bring a friend? Great. Want to bring two? Even better!

For more information click here.

October 27-WORD & Tumblr Present: LAST NIGHT’S READING Launch

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe27_LNR_final_housing_works126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: Free

Kate Gavino hosts the launch of her illustrated book based on her popular blog, with special guests Jazmine Hughes, Julia Fierro, Alexander Chee, Mira Jacob, and Lev Grossman. With books for sale courtesy of our friends at WORD Bookstore and drinks & snacks, until they run out, courtesy of Tumblr.

Jazmine Hughes is an associate digital editor at The New York Times Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, and Gawker.

Julia Fierro is the author of the novels Cutting Teeth and the forthcoming The Gypsy Moth Summer. She is the founder of The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and her work has appeared in The Millions, Poets & Writers, Flavorwire, Glamour,and Psychology Today.

Alexander Chee is the author of the novel, Edinburgh, winner of the Michener Copernicus Prize, the AAWW Lit Award and the Lambda Editor’s Choice Prize, and was a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year and a Booksense 76 selection. His second novel, The Queen of the Night, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. She is the co-founder of much-loved Pete’s Reading Series in Brooklyn. Her recent writing and short stories have appeared in Guernica, Vogue, The Telegraph, Buzzfeed, and Bookanista.

Lev Grossman is the author of the novels Warp, Codex, and The Magicians Trilogy. He is a senior writer and book critic for TIME.

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October 28- Garance Dore at Club Monaco 

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Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room
828 Broadway at 12th Street  

Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Garance Doré comes to Strand’s shop-in-shop at Club Monaco on Fifth Avenue to launch Love Style Life, which features iconic women including Emmanuelle Alt and Drew Barrymore, as well as her own illustrations and photography.

This event will be located in the Strand’s Shop at Club Monaco, at 160 5th Avenue, between 20th and 21st Streets. Guests must purchase a copy of Love Style Life from Strand to enter the signing line. The first 200 attendees will be guaranteed admission, granted on a first come first serve basis regardless of pre-purchase or RSVP. Please note that ephemera will not be signed.

Please RSVP to RSVP@clubmonaco.com

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Pace Event: An Evening With Angela Davis

734Angela-Davis_0On Tuesday, October 20, the Office of Multicultural Affairs brings scholar and activist Angela Davis to Pace’s NYC Campus for an evening of reflection and conversation on the importance of sustained social justice movements, activism, and student engagement.

Rising to prominence as a counterculture activist in the 1960s, Davis was a leader of the Communist Party in the United States and was closely associated with the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Panther Party. In later years, she became a professor of at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and worked in their History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies departments. She is the author of Women, Race & Class, and advocates for gender equity, prison reform, and alliances across color lines.

Conversations in Action: An Evening with Dr. Angela Davis

Tuesday, October 20
Schimmel Center
6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

This program is made possible through a student opportunity grant. For more information, e-mail Raziyah Eure at re30776n@pace.edu or Jonelle James at jj94695n@pace.edu. For telephone inquiries, please call Denise Santiago, PhD, at (212) 346-1546. 

Around Town: July 27th- Aug 2nd

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July 27 – Book(less) Dystopias and Linguistic Armageddons

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 10.48.51 AMGreenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Time: 7:30pm

As writers create stories of other worlds – future, fantastical, or alternate – many engage with the question of story itself. How might our relationship to language, words, and books themselves be different in a different context, and what might that tell us about our own world? Tonight at Greenlight, a panel of writers discusses the place of language and literature in their fictional universes. In Alena Graedon’s The Word Exchange, the creators of the last print dictionary in an entirely digital age find themselves running afoul of the powers that be. Jonah Kruvant’s The Last Book Ever Written tells the story of a future officer of the law who goes undercover with an illegal community of writers, and finds that the faux-manuscript he has created takes on more significance than he intended. The Only Words That Are Worth RememberingJeffrey Rotter’s novel of a near-future America, is narrated in the mutated English of a post-literate age. The discussion is moderated by Justin Alvarez, former digital editor of the Paris Review and media editor of Guernica, now a publisher at Lucky Peach.

 

July 28th – Women’s/Trans Poetry Jam & Open Mic

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street
New York, NY

Time: 7:00pm

In Amy Barone’s new poetry chapbook, Kamikaze Dance, she write about nature, music, and the essence of place, including her Pennsylvania hometown, Rio, the Greek Island of Zante and Italy. And she also touches on family conflict and relations  In Carol Rosenfeld’s novel The One That Got Away a barely-out-of-the-closet bridal consultant confronts love, lust, dyke drama and not having a date for New Year’s Eve.

This series, started in 1999, is hosted by Vittoria repetto – the hardest working guinea butch dyke poet on the lower east side Open mike ( for women & trans only) – sign-up at 7 pm – 8 minute limit. Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word.

This event costs $5

 

 

July 30th – Writing War

Brooklyn Historical Society 
128 Pierrepont St.

Time: 6:30pm

After more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, an impressive cadre of writers has emerged from the ranks of America’s military to put stories of war and homecoming on paper. BHS welcomes National Book Award winner Philip Klay (Redeployment), former U.S. Army Captain Matt Gallagher (Kaboom), author Sara Novic and poet and playwright Maurice Decaul for a discussion moderated by Brandon Willitts, Executive Director of Words After War.

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August 1 – Brooklyn Small Press Flea

bpl_logo10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY

Time: 10am-4pm

This pop-up book fair features Brooklyn’s finest indie presses, including A Public SpaceArchipelago BooksBELLADONNA*Electric LiteratureFuturepoemGuillotineMelville HouseOne StoryUgly Duckling Presse, and many more.

Co-presented with BOMB magazine.

 

 

Around Town: July 20th-27th

 

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websiteBooks Beneath the Bridge: Jami Attenberg and Kate Bolick

Brooklyn Bridge 
334 Furman St. 
Brooklyn, NEW YORK 11201

Time: 7-8pm

Join us for the annual Books Beneath the Bridge reading series, as Jami Attenberg and Kate Bolick read from their latest books against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline as part of this Borough-wide literary festival.  This evening will feature a reading, followed by Q&A and book signing. Lead support for Books Beneath the Bridge is provided by AT&T, and is in partnership with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservatory.  Click here for more information.

Click here for more information on the authors and their books.  

 

 

Romance Authors: Word for Word at Bryant Park, hosted by Joyce Lamb

Bryan Park Reading Room

Time: 12:30-1:45pm

Robyn Carr, Four Friends, Never Too Late
Kristan Higgins, The Best ManIn Your Dreams
Elizabeth Hoyt, Dearest Rogue
Beverly Jenkins, For Your Love, Destiny’s Captive
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Heroes Are My Weakness
Meredith Wild, Hardwired

Gotta love it! HarlequinAvon, and Forever authors dish on their best-selling romance novels.

 

Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 10.48.51 AMMid-Summer Sidewalk Sale

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Time: 10am-5pm
It’s time for our second Sidewalk Sale of the year! Stroll over to Greenlight any time this Saturday to peruse our outdoor tables and carts, where you’ll find a wealth of slightly shelf-worn books at deep discounts. Discover treasures just right for summer reading or stocking your library. Enjoy the warm weather with some great book deals!