WNBA Writing Contest now accepting submissions

WNBA Writing Contest
now accepting submissions

Categories:
Fiction | Creative nonfiction/memoir | Poetry | YA Fiction

Prizes:
$250 cash for the winner in each category and publication in The Bookwoman.

Deadline:
March 1, 2018

Submission Guidelines:
wnba-books.org/contest

 

Around Town: October 3–10

The Americas Poetry Festival of New York 2017

When: October 4th–6th
Where: Center For Worker Education City College of New York, 25 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10004
Cost: Free

The Americas Poetry Festival of New York is the fourth annual festival of multilingual poetry that features 60 poets who represent 22 countries and 5 languages. The festival is organized by poets and professors Carlos Aguasaco, Yrene Santos, and Carlos Velásquez. This year the festival will take place at these venues: Center For Worker Education CCNY, Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center, Consulate of Argentina in New York, and Instituto Cervantes NY. If you would like to experience poetry from across the world, this festival is for you.

For more information, click here.

Poets Network & Exchange, Inc & Bronx Library Center present Tongue Shakers with Author Margie Shaheed

When: October 5, 2017 @ 6pm
Where: Bronx Library Center, 310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10458
Cost: Free

Tongue Shakers provides an inside look into the state of “speaking mother tongue in America’s multicultural society.” Through a series of interviews and first person narratives in the voices of city dwellers who are immigrants, Americans born into immigrant families, and African Americans, the book uncovers the personal challenges faced by those learning a new language and celebrates their triumphs. Margie Shaheed will discuss Tongue Shakers with Lorraine Currelley, Executive Director, Poets Network & Exchange, Inc., followed by a reading of personal narratives by contributing participants Mercy Tullis Bukhari and Lorraine Currelley.

For more information, click here.

LIC Reading Series: Cheuk, Derr-Smith, Shirk

When: October 10, 2017 @ 8pm–10pm
Where: LIC Bar, 45-58 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11101
Cost: Free

The LIC Reading Series was founded in April 2015 and takes place the second Tuesday of every month. This event is always free and takes place at the LIC Bar, a 100-year-old watering hole in Long Island City. LIC Reading Series partners up with Astoria Books in order to sell authors’ works. At this event, three small press authors will be reading from their works.

Leland Cheuk is the author of The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong. Cheuk’s fiction work has appeared in VICE, The Millions, and The Rumpus, and appears or will appear in Salon, Catapult, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.

Heather Derr-Smith is a poet who has published four books: Each End of the World, The Bride Minaret, Tongue Screw, and Thrust, which just won the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award and will be published on October 10, 2017.

Adrian Shirk is the author of And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy, a hybrid-memoir exploring American-women prophets and their theologies. She is a columnist at Catapult, and her essays have appeared in The Atlantic, among others.

For more information about this event, click here.

Around Town: Sept. 26th – Oct. 3rd

This week is Banned Books Week. If you want to participate in this celebration, then go to National Coalition Against Censorship’s website, or click here. More to come tomorrow!

Now with the Brooklyn Book Festival over, here are some great events to attend  and enjoy if you are feeling a withdrawal from literature.

Joshua Cohen on the American Circus, comedy, and his new novel, “Moving Kings”

When: September 26, 2017 @ 7pm

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

Cost: Free

Joshua Cohen is an American essayist, novelist, and story writer who was named one the Best Young American Authors in 2017 by Granta Magazine.

The Point magazine’s Jesse McCarthy talks to Cohen about his latest essay in their comedy issue: “It’s a Circle,” on the death and afterlife of the American circus. Attendees will also get a look at his new book, Moving Kings, a novel that’s garnered much praise. The Washington Post says that Moving Kings is:

“A svelte comic triumph that concentrates [Cohen’s] genius . . . a fantastically agile style . . . Cohen explores themes of power and Jewish identity with the same insight that has justly attracted praise from some of the country’s most sophisticated writers.”

For more information, click here.

Gotham Writers Fall Open House

When: September 26-27, 2017 @ 7pm

Where: EC NY, 1450 Broadway 14th Floor, New York, NY 10018

Cost: Free with Registration

Gotham Writers Workshop is a creative home in New York City and Online where writers develop their craft and come together in the spirit of discovery and fellowship. They’ve been teaching creative writing and business writing since 1993. Gotham Writers Workshop has been the go-to place for writers wanting expert instruction and an artistic community.

At this event, you will get the chance to find out what goes on in a Gotham class. They are offering 24 free one-hour classes in a wide variety of courses. You’ll meet the instructors, do a little writing, and, as a thank you, receive $30 off your first 6 or 10-week class.

Note: You may sign up for one or two free classes, but no more than two. Registration is required, but if the class you want is full, feel free to walk in. Odds are good that they will find you a seat.

For more information, click here.

The Best American Poetry Reading 2017

When: September 28, 2017 @ 7pm

Where: The New School, 66 West 12th StreetThe Auditorium, New York, NY 10011

Cost: Free

The Best American Poetry is an anthology that is published each year which contains the best poetry of the year. This year’s editors include series editor David Lehman and guest editor Natasha Tretheway, the nineteenth US Poet Laureatte.

Lehman joins Trethewey to launch the latest volume of the anthology. With readings by the contributors: Dan Albergotti, David Barber, Jericho Brown, Allison Cobb, Carl Dennis, David Feinstein, Vievee Francis, Jeffrey Harrison, W. J. Herbert, David Brendan Hopes, John James, Rodney Jones, Meg Kearney, John Koethe, Jamaal May, Judson Mitcham, John Murillo, Joyce Carol Oates, Sharon Olds, Matthew Olzmann, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Robert Pinsky, Taije Silverman, Emily Van Kley, and Crystal Williams.

For more information, click here.

 

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.