Labor, Literature and Landmark Lecture Series

Labor, Literature and Landmark Lecture Series Spring 2016
The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York is pleased to present:
The Bowery Boys: Adventures in Old New York
With Writers and Podcasters Greg Young and Tom Meyers
How much do you really know about NYC’s history? Introducing a special program celebrating the launch of The Bowery Boys: Adventures in Old New York, the official companion book to the No. 1 travel podcast that offers an unconventional exploration of Manhattan’s historic neighborhoods, secret spots and colorful characters. The Bowery Boys  – Greg Young and Tom Meyers – will be here to discuss among other things, “Top Ten Hidden Secrets” of New York.
Tuesday, June 28th at The General Society Library
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 and Book-Signing to follow. Advance registration is necessary.
$10 General Admission
To register please email the General Society at:

Link of the Week: Literature for the Halibut



Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 4.44.31 PMReading is something that ought to be done every day, but we all have days when we’re too busy to delve into the pages of a book. Whether we are running around doing errands or traveling, there’s time to listen, at the very least, to books or podcasts. But there’s also the option to listen to radio shows. I know, I know… who listens to radios these days? The good thing is, radio shows aren’t necessarily limited to the radio waves anymore! Much like a podcast, a radio show can stream or the archives can be downloaded for later listening.

One such radio show that may interest you bookish people is Literature for the Halibut, where Ann Haubrich, Jason Braun, Nicky Rainey and MK Stallings take listeners on a “literary fishing excursion.” From 9-10pm every Monday night, KDHX broadcasts literary nibbles or excerpts, all of which can be accessed on their website archive here.

Take a listen!

Link of the Week: The Women of Marvel



March is Women’s History Month, and as such, I thought it would be fitting to feature the work Marvel is doing to highlight their female characters and introduce new ones. One example of Marvel’s move is the “Women of Marvel” initiative with Marvel Games.

“Part of Marvel’s history has always been how diverse we are,” Marvel Games creative director Bill Rosemann told MTV News over the phone. “We’re not always perfect, but we’re trying our best to authentically let everyone tell their story, and to say that everyone can be a hero… So March is Women’s History Month, and I saw that Marvel was doing a really cool variant cover program to celebrate the Women of Marvel.

“A lightbulb went off, and I just thought ‘Hey, I wonder if we can share this news with all of our partners in Marvel Games, and see who would be excited about having events in March that would put the spotlight on and celebrate the Women of Marvel.’” (MTV)

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 2.16.44 PMAnother thing that Marvel is doing to honor Women’s History month, as Rosemann mentioned in the quote above, is the variant cover program. This venture recruited women to draw variations of “some of the comics house’s most popular books” ( MTV). You can see some of these covers by clicking here. This Women of Marvel event will encompass the release of 21 covers, and podcasts in which some of the women at Marvel have assembled “to talk all things Marvel and More!” (Click here for the podcast series).


Link of the Week: Beyond the Book Podcast

This week check out the Beyond the Book Podcast from the Copyright Clearance Center. The podcast is a series that focuses on the business of writing and publishing. Several professionals in the business discuss the triumphs and struggles that publishing faces in different areas with members of the CCC. In Books the Amazon Way Jim Milliot of Publishers Weekly speaks with CCC’s Chris Kenneally about Daphne Durham, Amazon’s current publisher. Every Friday, Beyond the Book talks with editors and reporters from Publishers Weekly for a first look at the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents, and librarians will be discussing when they restart the work week on Monday. However, during the entire week Beyond the Book keeps the publishing industry up to date with important news. It is interesting to hear what professionals have to say about the business rather than only reading about it, despite the fact that reading is what we do best. It gives us a chance to feel closer to ones that we strive to become.