BookCon 2017

Saturday, June 3 – Sunday, June 4 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (5:00 pm on Sunday)

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001

BookCon is the event where storytelling and pop culture collide. Experience the origin of the story in all its forms by interacting with the authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content that influence everything we read, hear and see. BookCon is an immersive experience that features interactive, forward thinking content including Q&As with the hottest talent, autographing sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and so much more. BookCon is the ultimate celebration of books, where your favorite stories come to life.

Admission is $45 for a Saturday pass and $40 for a Sunday pass. Tickets are still available online.

Drunk Education presents: Roasts of Literary Men

Monday, June 5 at 7:00 pm

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

Drunk Ed. returns to Housing Works for another evening of mocking literary men. Roasts:

• Candace Bryan on Twain
• Kay Gabriel on Eugenides
• Erik Hinton on Zizek
• Paula Mejia on Thompson

Drunk Education is the world’s premiere source of drunk knowledge since 2013.

Admission is free. If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP on Facebook.

Brooklyn Independents Poetry Series: Ugly Duckling Presse

Monday, Jun 5 2017 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Central Library, Brooklyn Collection
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Readings from Constance DeJong, Mónica de la Torre & Karen Emmerich (translator of Eleni Vakalo).

Ugly Duckling Presse is a nonprofit publisher for poetry, translation, experimental nonfiction, performance texts, and books by artists. UDP was transformed from a 1990s zine into a Brooklyn-based small press by a volunteer editorial collective that has published more than 200 titles to date.

Admission is free.

Steve Schapiro presents The Fire Next Time

Monday, May 15 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

Join Steve Schapiro, Quincy Troupe and Steven W. Thrasher as they discuss James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, now available in a special illustrated edition from TASCHEN featuring photographs by Steve Schapiro.

First published in 1963, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time stabbed at the heart of America’s so-called “Negro problem.” As remarkable for its masterful prose as it is for its frank and personal account of the black experience in the United States, it is considered one of the most passionate and influential explorations of 1960s race relations, weaving thematic threads of love, faith, and family into a candid assault on the hypocrisy of the “land of the free.”

Now, James Baldwin’s rich, raw, and ever relevant prose is reprinted in a letterpress edition with more than 100 photographs from Steve Schapiro, who traveled the American South with Baldwin for Life magazine. The encounter thrust Schapiro into the thick of the movement, allowing for vital, often iconic, images both of civil rights leaders—including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Fred Shuttlesworth, and Jerome Smith—and such landmark events as the March on Washington and the Selma March.

Admission is $20. Purchase your ticket online.

Brooklyn Independents Poetry Series: Hanging Loose Press

Monday, May 15 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Central Library, Brooklyn Collection
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY11238

Readings from Justin Jamail, Thomas Devaney & Jiwon Choi

The first issue of Hanging Loose magazine was published in 1966. The name was inspired by the format — mimeographed loose pages in a cover envelope — and that, in turn, was inspired by a very low budget. But the format was also meant to get across a point of view: that poetry is for now, not for the Ages. Hanging loose has published some 220 books and 107 issues — well over 10,000 pages of poetry, prose, and art — of Hanging Loose magazine.

Admission is free.

Claire Dederer & Ada Calhoun

Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

What happens when a happily married mother of two suddenly finds herself totally despondent and, simultaneously, suffering through an erotic reawakening? Claire Dederer’s Love and Trouble: A Midlife Recokning finds her in just this predicament. Tracking between her present as a middle-aged mom in the grip of a unfamiliar hunger and her past as a teenager beset by hypersensitivity and longing, Dederer exposes herself and her life, capturing something universal about what is like to be a woman, a daughter, and a wife.

Claire will be joined in conversation by Ada Calhoun, bestselling author of St. Mark’s is Dead, whose brand-new essay collection delves into the contradictions of marriage and its attendant joys, defeats, and complications. Finding yourself bored with your partner, beset by desire for people you didn’t marry, and fed up with your spouse’s mistakes–it’s the stuff that doesn’t make it into many cliches about marriage. In Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, based on one of the most-shared stories from the New York Times‘ Modern Love series, Calhoun turns over the stones that these cliches are built out of and examines what’s underneath.

Admission is $15. Purchase your ticket online.

PLG Fiction Book Group

Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30 pm

Greenlight Bookstore
632 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Led by Greenlight general manager Alexis, the fiction book group in Prospect Lefferts Gardens discusses paperback fiction, reading broadly in contemporary fiction with the occasional diversion into classics. For May, the group discusses Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men. As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together, they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart.

Admission is free. Purchase the book online for $14.45. Current book group picks are always 15% off at Greenlight, in the store or online.

National Poetry Month: Celebrating June Jordan

Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

The Center for Black Literature, in partnership with the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College and Brooklyn Public Library, will celebrate the life and works of June Jordan.

Poet, playwright, and essayist Jordan (1936–2002) was one of the most widely published and highly acclaimed African-American writers of her generation. During her career, she produced 27 volumes of poems, essays, libretti, and work for children, June Jordan was also known for her fierce commitment to human rights and progressive political agenda. Jordan engaged the fundamental struggles of her era: over civil rights, women’s rights, and sexual freedom. A prolific writer across genres, Jordan’s poetry is known for its immediacy and accessibility as well as its interest in identity and the representation of personal, lived experience—her poetry is often deeply autobiographical; Jordan’s work can also be overtly political and often displays a radical, globalized notion of solidarity amongst the world’s marginalized and oppressed. Her volumes include Some Changes (1971), Living Room (1985), and Kissing God Goodbye: Poems 1991-1997 (1997) Biography excerpted from Poetry Foundation.

Admission is free. Please be sure to RSVP.

TNR Editor Talks & Book Signing: Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop

Monday, April 24 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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

Join New Republic editor ERIC BATES and MICHAEL ERIC DYSON, author, Georgetown professor and New Republic contributing editor, in conversation about Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America—Dyson’s urgent, heartfelt, and eloquent new book on race relations in the United States. Read Dyson’s excerpt for the New Republic here: Tears We Cannot Stop.

Admission is free. $5 for a special subscription to The New Republic. Please be sure to RSVP.

Building a Mystery: Four Writers on Crafting Crime Fiction

Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

What does it take to plan a murder? Four crime fiction novelists talk about writing stories that kill. It’s Edgars (TM) Awards week in New York, which means the nation’s mystery writers have come to town to celebrate the genre. In this conversation, four crime novelists will discuss the dark alleys of writing and publishing, and what it really takes to live a life of crime. Featured writers include: Reed Farrel Coleman, Julia Dahl, Lori Rader-Day, and Alex Segura.

Admission is $15. Purchase your ticket online.

Passerbuys x Chandelier Creative Present: Paper vs. Pixels

Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Passerbuys Lounge at Canal Street Market
265 Canal Street
New York, NY 10013

In a climate where print sales are going down and our lives increasingly revolve around stories we read online, publishers are faced with the challenge of grabbing our attention and standing out amongst a constantly expanding landscape of new (and often free) media. As publications seek solutions to this problem from a design perspective, they weigh the options for how to best reach their target audience. Are apps the way forward? Do readers desire more visual content? How can we translate content intended for print into something optimized for consuming on mobile devices?

The panel discussion will explore consumer reading habits and publishing’s use of technology and design in the Internet era with speakers Renda Morton, Executive Director of Product Design at The New York Times, Omar Sosa, Founder & Art Director of Apartamento Magazine, Thessaly La Force, Editor-in-Chief at Garage Magazine and will be moderated by Jorge Balarezo. “Paper vs. Pixels” is part of Truth-tellers & Troublemakers’ salon in collaboration with Passerbuys.

Admission is free. Please be sure to RSVP.

Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street
between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10003

Maureen McLane is the author of four books of poetry, most recently “Mz N: the serial: a poem-in-episodes,” as well as “This Blue”  and “My Poets,” a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography. Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.

Admission is free.

Friday, April 14th at 5:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street
between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10003

Clayton Eshleman is the author of numerous books of poetry, including “Reciprocal Distillations,” “Archaic Design,” and “An Alchemist with One Eye on Fire.” His translations of César Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Aimé Césaire, Antonin Artaud, Michel Deguy, Bernard Bador, and Arthur Rimbaud have earned him numerous awards, including the National Book Award for his translation, with José Rubia Barcia, of César Vallejo’s “The Complete Posthumous Poetry” (1979). Christian Campbell is a poet, essayist and cultural critic and the author of Running the Dusk.

Admission is free.

An Evening with Omnidawn Publishing

Monday, April 17 at 7:30 pm

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY

Founded in 2001 out of the belief that lively, culturally pertinent, and emotionally and intellectually engaging literature can be of great value, Omidawn Publishing has gone on to publish critically acclaimed and award-winning titles. Greenlight hosts an evening with the authors of Omnidawn, followed by a wine reception. Daniel Poppick is the winner of the 2012 BOMB Biennial Poetry Prize, and his work has been praised as capturing “a consciousness hived by the augmented realities of contemporary life,” (Cathy Park Hong); he reads from his newly published debut poetry collection The Police. Margaret Ross reads from her poetry collection A Timeshare, which was selected as one of Lit Hub’s 30 Must-Read Poetry Debuts from 2015. Wine reception to follow.

Admission is free. Feel free to purchase a copy of The Police, A Timeshare, and The Orchard Green and Every Color for $17.95 each.

You Are a Bad Ass At Making Money

Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of You Are a Badass, join Strand for the launch of this life-changing guide to making the kind of money you’ve only ever dreamed of.

Drawing on her own transformation—over just a few years—from a woman with tumbleweeds blowing through her bank account, subsisting solely on Taco Bell, to one who travels the world and stays in five-star luxury hotels, Jen Sincero channels the inimitable sass and practicality that made You Are a Badass an indomitable bestseller. She combines hilarious personal essays with bite-size aha concepts to unlock earning potential and get real results.

After the conversation, Jen will take questions from the audience and sign books. She will also sign You Are a Bad Ass (either purchased from Strand at the event or brought from home).

Admission is $15. Admission plus a signed copy is $25. Pay for admission here.

The Writer’s Wallet

Wednesday April 19 at 7:00 pm

The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th St
New York, NY 10017

Last but by no means least in the Emerging Writers series is a subject of vital importance—managing finances. Offering crucial advice will be Jennifer Baker (Minorities in Publishing, We Need Diverse Books,) financial therapist Amanda Clayman (Financial Wellness Program,) and 2015 5 Under 35 honoree Tracy O’Neill (The Hopeful). Moderated by the National Book Foundation’s Benjamin Samuel.

This event is presented in partnership with The Authors Guild and Electric Literature.

Admission is free. Please RSVP directly from the event site.

David Lehman on “Poems in the Manner of”

Thursday, April 6th at 7:00 pm

Book Culture
536 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025

Enjoy a reading and discussion of Poems in the Manner Of…, the new book from David Lehman. He will be joined in discussion by author Alan Ziegler.

Poems in the Manner Of is an illuminating journey through centuries of writers who continue to influence new work today, including that of respected poet and series editor of The Best American Poetry David Lehman. Intelligent and sparkling, this is a great gift for poetry fans and a useful resource for creative writers. These are poems of wit and humor but also deep emotion and clear intelligence, informed by Lehman’s genuine and knowledgeable love of poetry and literature.

Reserve a copy of Poems in the Manner Of,” here for $18.

Gaspar Orozco & Mark Weiss

Thursday April 6 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop
141 Front Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

An Autocinema reading with Gaspar Orozco & Mark Weiss.

Gaspar Orozco was born in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1971. He was a member of the punk rock band Revolución X in the 1990s and codirector of the 2011 documentary film Subterraneans: Mexican Norteña Music in New York. His work is featured in several poetry anthologies and has been published in literary publications in Mexico, the United States and the United Kingdom. He has translated poetry from English, French and classical Chinese into Spanish.

Mark Weiss has published nine books of poetry, most recently As Luck Would Have It and Dark Season. His bilingual anthology The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry was published in 2009 by the University of California Press.

Grace Paley: A Celebration

Thursday April 6 at 7:00 pm

The Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th St.
New York, NY 10017

To coincide with the release of A Grace Paley Reader: Stories, Essays, and Poetry (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), The Center for Fiction will be celebrating Paley’s life with just a small selection of her friends and former students. Hilma Wolitzer, Joan Silber, Victoria Redel and A. M. Homes will remember Paley’s life and work, and her influence on their own writing.

Admission is free. If you are interested in attending, please be sure to RSVP.

Poetry in Motion featuring The Poet is In

Friday, Apr 7 at 11:00 am

Vanderbilt Hall
Grand Central Station
89 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017

In celebration of National Poetry Month, MTA Arts & Design and the Poetry Society of America present Poetry in Motion featuring The Poet Is In. The program is inspired by Marie Howe, New York State Poet 2012-2015, Arts & Design’s de facto Poet in Residence, who is dedicated to bringing poetry to everyone in the State of New York. The Poet is In will feature an array of award-winning poets who will sit in a booth and write poems for those who request one.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Temptress Presents: Saltwater & Lime, Poetry Book Release and Spoken Word Event

Saturday April 8 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 E. 3rd Street
New York, NY, 10009

Who is Temptress Ecanus? She is the feminine alter ego behind Gender Fluid, Spoken Word Artist; Jossie Ortiz, a Bronx poet that speaks up on LGBTQ rights, Mental Illness, Social Alternative Facts & Raw Topics on Sexuality; Love & Heartache.

Admission is $10. Purchase your ticket here.

Poets @ Pace Series Featuring Alice Notley

The celebrated poet Alice Notley is the spring 2017 reader in the Poets @ Pace series.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday April 18th from 6-8 pm in the Bianco Room, Level B, One Pace Plaza. It will include a Q & A, book signing, and refreshments.

Alice Notley has published more than twenty-five books of poems, most recently Certain Magical Acts and has received a number of the most important poetry awards in America, including: The Los Angeles Times Book Award, The Griffin Prize, the Academy of American Poets Lenore Marshall Prize, The Poetry Society of America Shelley Memorial Prize, and the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Prize for lifetime achievement.  One of her books was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her writing—experimental, contrarian, feminist, epic, and more—continually surprises and enlarges the scope of what we recognize as poetry.

Poets @ Pace, which brings important poets to the Pace NYC campus each semester, is organized by Pace Poet-in-Residence Charles North and sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

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“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

–Anne Bradstreet, “Meditations Divine and Moral,” The Works of Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bradstreet was one of the most prominent early English poets in North America as well as the first female writers in the North American colonies to be published.

Inspired by the work of Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas, Bradstreet’s poetry read similar to his, but soon she developed her own unique writing style  centering on her role as a mother, her struggles with the sufferings of life, and her Puritan faith.

Some of her works include: Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning, The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, and The Flesh And The Spirit

Donald Judd Writings

donald juddThursday, November 17 at
7:00 pm

192 Books
New York, NY

The conversation will explore Donald Judd’s writing as a process and primary part of his daily life and artistic practice. Rainer Judd, Co-President of Judd Foundation and daughter of Donald Judd, in conversation with Ellie Meyer, Catalogue Raisonné Research Manager at Judd Foundation and former studio assistant to Judd. A reading of selections from Donald Judd Writings will initiate a discussion on the thematics visited by Judd throughout the text including environment, space, history, and time.

Admission is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

David Biello in conversation with Andy Revkin

David BielloFriday, November 18 at 7:00 pm

BookCourt
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY

With the historical perspective of The Song of the Dodo and the urgency of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”, a brilliant young environmental journalist argues that we must innovate and adapt to save planet Earth.

Civilization is in crisis, facing disasters of our own making on the only planet known to bear life in the vast void of the universe. We have become unwitting gardeners of the Earth, not in control, but setting the conditions under which all of life flourishes—or not. Truly, it’s survival of the innovators.

Human Nature chronicles a disparate band of unlikely heroes: an effervescent mad scientist who would fertilize the seas; a pigeon obsessive bent on bringing back the extinct; a low-level government functionary in China doing his best to clean up his city, and more. These scientists, billionaires, and ordinary people are all working toward saving the best home humanity is ever likely to have.

What is the threat? It is us. In a time when a species dies out every ten minutes, when summers are getting hotter, winters colder, and oceans higher, some people still deny mankind’s effect on the Earth. But all of our impacts on the planet have ushered in what qualifies as a new geologic epoch, thanks to global warming, mass extinction, and such technologies as nuclear weapons or plastics.Human Nature examines the world we have created and analyzes the glimmers of hope emerging from the efforts of incredible individuals seeking to change our future. Instead of a world without us, this history of the future shows how to become good gardeners, helping people thrive along with an abundance of plants, animals, all the exuberant profusion of life on Earth—a better world with us. The current era of humans need not be the end of the world—it’s just the end of the world as we know it.

Admission is free.

GIRL: My Childhood and the Second World War

girl_squareMonday, November 21 at 6:30 pm

Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10016

Alona Frankel is a renowned Israeli picture book writer and illustrator, the author of many classic children’s books as well as recently published poetic memoirs for young adults.

This illustrated lecture features a discussion of Alona Frankel’s first book for adults, her memoir about a Polish Jewish girl’s survival hiding as a Gentile in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Admission is free and is on a first come, first serve basis.

GUTS

guts_fall_2016Tuesday, November 22 at 7:30 pm

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
btwn Rivington and Delancy
New York, NY 10002

GUTS is a bare-bones reading series which encourages experimentation. Writers from a wide variety of styles and life phases are invited to read new work and discuss their practices in an intimate setting. Curated by Dia Felix.

In November, Guts features Filip Marinovich & Masha Tupitsyn.

Admission is free. Click here to reserve your spot.

 

Iggy Pop and Jeff Gold: Conversation and Book Launch

totalchaos_iggyappearance_eviteFriday, November 4, at 6:00 pm

Rizzoli Bookstore
31 W. 57th St.
New York, NY

To celebrate the publication of one of the most anticipated books of the year, TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges / As Told by Iggy Pop, Third Man Books is beyond excited to present legendary and legend-making musician Iggy Pop in conversation with author Jeff Gold. This event will be open to the public with admittance first come, first serve.

TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges / As Told by Iggy Pop is the first time the story of this seminal band has been told entirely in Pop’s own words and features a cache of never before seen images. Pop’s candid, bare-all account is the incredible tragic and triumphant story of a group who rose from youth, fell prey to drugs, alcohol, and music business realities, collapsed and nearly 30 years later reformed, recording and touring to great acclaim. In 2010 The Stooges—credited with having invented punk rock—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their continuing influence can be felt today in the shape and sound of rock-n-roll music.

Admission is free.

Conversations & Readings: 21st Century Latin American Women Writers

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Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave
New York, NY

The PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages at the Graduate Center, CUNY, presents two events this fall that recognize the growing number of publications by Latin American women writers. The program will host readings and conversations with writers whose work in Spanish and English challenges critical and literary assumptions. The events will be held in an informal, bilingual format, and will be free and open to the public.

Admission is free.

Europe and America in the Black Literary Imagination

photograph_by_ted_thaithe_life_picture_collectiongettyvillage-1200Saturday, November 5, at 5:00 pm

Albertine
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075

This panel will look at how black authors on both sides of the ocean have engaged the country and culture on the other side. Is France an escape for black authors? Is America the land of individual expression and opportunity? After the Second World War, prominent African-American authors such as Richard Wright, James Baldwin and Chester Himes made Paris their home. French authors have themselves long been fascinated by the United States, and New York in particular. This common interest has fed many authors’ writing, both thematically and stylistically. The essayists and novelist Laurent Dubois, Maboula Soumahoro, Darryl Pinckney and Scholastique Mukasonga will reflect on this mutual fascination and ponder how it has impacted their own work and influenced literature more broadly. But how substantive is this connection—is it myth or reality?

Admission is free.

Norman Finkelstein on “The Ratio of Reason to Magic”

9781939929457Monday, November 7 at 7pm

536 W 112th St
New York, NY

Drawn from nine earlier volumes—nearly forty years of poetry—The Ratio of Reason to Magic provides a rich selection of the work of Norman Finkelstein, whom Lawrence Joseph has called “a master poet writing out and out of our collective poesis.” It also includes the opening movement of Finkelstein’s new serial poem, From the Files of the Immanent Foundation. Equally attuned to the Objectivist tradition and the latter-day romanticism of the New American poetry, steeped in Kabbalah and Gnosticism, Finkelstein’s utopian vision may be seen here to its fullest extent.

Admission is free.

From Poe’s Porch

poe's cottageSaturday, October 29, at 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Poe Park
192 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10458

The Bronx County Historical Society and Bronx Council on the Arts presents a new social justice-driven poetry reading and workshop series at Poe Park.

Featured poets will read from Poe’s porch from noon to 1pm. This will be followed by special workshops, panel discussions, and/or lectures in the adjacent Poe Park Visitor Center, just steps away from the historic house landmark. Tours of The Cottage will be available and both programs are free.

From Poe’s Porch was designed to create greater awareness of local history by drawing parallels to the issues addressed by Bronx poets today. These include LGBTQ equality, immigration, gentrification, racism, and others.

Admission is free.

Poets & Writers: Alicia Upano & Kimo Armitage

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McNally Jackson Books
52 prince Street
New York, NY 10012

Kimo Armitage (L) and Alicia Upano (R)
Kimo Armitage (L) and Alicia Upano (R)

Poets & Writers will host a reading and reception for the winners of the 2016 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award, held in the state of Hawaii. Alicia Upano, fiction winner, and Kimo Armitage, poetry winner, will read from their work.  Upano will be introduced by this year’s fiction judge, Alexander Chee, and Armitage by poetry judge Sarah Gambito.  Please help welcoming these Hawaii winners to New York City!

Admission is free.

#FerranteNightFever at McNally Jackson Books

Tuesday, November 1 at 7:00 pm

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

Join McNally Jackson books for a celebration of Elena Ferrante!cover_9781609452926_806_600

Participants include: Roxana Robinson, Dayna Tortorici (N + 1), Ayana Mathis, and Ann Goldstein. To be moderated by Michael Reynolds, Editor-in-chief, Europa Editions.

During the week of November 1, publication date for Frantumaglia and The Beach at Night, over seventy bookstore across the United states will be playing host to #FerranteNightFever, a nationwide literary happening to celebrate the works of Elena Ferrante. Booksellers, authors, actors, journalists, critics, and most of all readers will gather to share their passion for Ferrante’s books in a series of unique book launch parties and panels.

For more information on #FerranteNightFever events, click here.

Admission is free.