Around Town: November 15-22



Bryan Stevenson & Piper Kerman

November 19, 6:30pm
686 Fulton street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

9780812994520Bryan Stevenson, one of the country’s most visionary legal thinkers, social justice advocates, and a MacArthur “genius”, takes us on an unforgettable journey into the broken American criminal justice system with his new book Just Mercy. Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, a law practice dedicated to defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people, driven by the belief that our society is ultimately judged by how it treats its most vulnerable members. His book follows one defining case, the suspenseful battle to free an unjustly accused man from death row in Alabama, while also stepping back to tell the profoundly moving stories of men, women, and even children, who find themselves at the mercy of a system where poverty and racism are often larger factors than guilt or innocence. Praised by Tracy Kidder, Michelle Alexander, Isabel Wilkerson, John Grisham and Desmond Tutu, Stevenson’s book has the potential to open our eyes to the most pressing injustices of our era. Stevenson talks about his work, his book, and the American legal system with Piper Kerman, author of the prison memoir Orange is the New Black (the basis for the hit Netflix series), at Bedford Stuyvesant’s community nonprofit Restoration Plaza. Reception and book signing to follow.

Free and open to the public, but RSVP is appreciated; click here or here to RSVP. Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is located at 1368 Fulton Street (at Marcy Avenue) in Brooklyn.



Women’s Fiction Panel (with Ru Freeman, Taiye Selasi, Tiphanie Yanique, Mira Jacob, Elliott Holt, and Alison Hart)

November 20th, 7:00pm 
52 Prince St, New York, New York 10012

Come to McNally Jackson and join a stellar lineup of authors for a discussion of being writers, being women, and being both, and readings from passages they each found most difficult to write in recent work. With Ru Freeman (ON SAL MAL LANE), Taiye Selasi (GHANA MUST GO), Tiphanie Yanique (LAND OF LOVE AND DROWNING), Mira Jacob (THE SLEEPWALKER’S GUIDE TO DANCING), Elliott Holt (YOU ARE ONE OF THEM), and fiction writer Alison Hart.




Evangeline Lilly: The Squickerwonkers, Vol. 1

November 17, 4:00pm
97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007

Actress Evangeline Lilly, star of Lost and The Hobbit, joins us to discuss her new book Squickerwonkers vol 1. Priority seating with book purchase. Ask any bookseller for details and event guidelines.


Art Folds Event

November 21, 6:00pm
97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007

Customers are invited to transform a book into a piece of art or create an origami heart card using the ArtFolds technique. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Please arrive early; space and supplies are limited.


The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel, by Andy Macdonald

9780316212984_p0_v3_s260x420November 22, 6:00pm
267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215

From the gutters of the Warrens to the opulent court at Khalidor, Brent Weeks’s epic fantasy THE WAY OF SHADOWS unfolds on the page of this graphic novel adaptation as seen through the eyes of seasoned illustrator Andy MacDonald!

For the orphan Azoth, there are precious few avenues out of the life of a guild rat in the back alleys of the Warrens. There are no rewards without risks, and there are few greater risks than apprenticing yourself to the city’s most accomplished assassin, Durzo Blint.

Reborn as Kylar Stern, the young man must learn to navigate the intrigues of politics and the intricacies of magic, but does he have both the killer instinct and the raw talent to survive the cutthroat life he’s chosen?

Around Town

around-town2September 11, 2014
7:00pm-8:00pm at The Strand’s 3rd Floor on 828 Broadway at 12th Street

Emily St. John Mandel will be joined by Buzzfeed Books Editor Isaac Fitzgerald at the Strand to chat about her new book Station Eleven, “an ambitious work that is already being hailed as a breakout work. Station Eleven is the story of a near future, where civilization is collapsing and a troupe of actors–witnesses to the entire process–travel through the Great Lakes region, trying to preserve their art. Beautifully written and with a sweeping chronology, Station Eleven will delight Emily’s existing fans, and is sure to create new ones.”

Attendance requires the purchase of either a copy of Mandel’s novel, or a $15 Strand bookstore gift certificate.


September 15, 2014
7:00pm at BookCourt 163 Court St. Brooklyn, NY
Happiness: Ten Years of n+1

“A history of happiness is a funny thing since, for a long time, happiness was viewed as merely the absence of history,” write the editors of n+1. “Then came modernity.” Staying true to this observation, which was made almost 10 years ago in their 2005 issue, the editors of n+1 stop by fellow Brooklyn literary institution BookCourt to launch their new anthology, Happiness: Ten Years of n+1. Editors Keith Gessen, Carla Blumenkranz, and Marco Roth, among others, read from the collection and talk about how the fledgling publication that used to pay its writers in beer became what Malcolm Gladwell praises as “the rightful heir to the Partisan Review and The New York Review of Books.” Since n+1 reintroduced us to the intellectually fired spirit of a Viennese coffee house, via thought-provoking articles with titles like “Bed-Stuy: Do or Die?” and “Against Exercise,” a happy celebration is only fair.

Admission is free.


September 15, 2014
7:00pm, Location on ticket. 
Books to Movies: This is Where I Leave You
Special advance screening of This is Where I Leave You, based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda. When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways. In theaters Friday, September 19. This film has been rated R. Seating is limited to first-come, first serve availability. Please arrive early. Download up to two free passes while supplies last:


September 17, 2014
6:30-8:30pm, 375 Hudson Street, Room 5172
YPG Special Edition Book Club: Orange is the New Black
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably already binge-watched both seasons of Netflix’s smash hit series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK by now. This riveting dramedy stars Taylor Schilling as Piper, a thirtysomething woman living in New York City who is sentenced to 15 months in a women’s federal prison for transporting a suitcase full of drug money to her former girlfriend. OITNB was recently nominated for a whopping 12 Emmy Awards! But did you know it was based on a (mostly) true story? Join us as we dissect Piper Kerman’s gritty, humorous, and moving memoir “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” (Spiegel & Grau, 2010) and watch clips from the critically-acclaimed series.

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