New York City Bookstores

First of all, let’s celebrate that today is Friday. The weekend is upon us! We thought we would suggest five bookstore to visit across New York City. Each of these shops is worth checking out, especially if you want to spend the day exploring (and, of course, buy books for the weekend). Continue reading “New York City Bookstores”

Around Town: Oct. 31st – Nov. 6th

Open in Emergency: Asian American Mental Health with Tanwi Nandini Islam, Wo Chan & Mimi Khúc

When: November 1, 2017 @ 7pm

Where: The Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017

Cost: Free

The Asian American Literary Review published a special issue in 2016 to open-up about mental health among Asian Americans. Open in Emergency: A Special Issue on Asian American Mental Health “decolonizes mental health” and features a “deck of tarot cards, a ‘hacked’ mock DSM, a foldout testimonial tapestry and more” to reveal what qualifies as “unwellness and wellness in Asian American communities.” Continue reading “Around Town: Oct. 31st – Nov. 6th”

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.

Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos) Book Launch

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Saturday, September 17, 4:30 pm

535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York City

A conversation with the artists, Molly Nesbit and Yasmil Raymond will occur at 4:30 pm. Signed books will be available for purchase.

Admission is free. Reservations encouraged.

Pat Cummings: The Art of the Book: Creating Children’s Books

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Saturday, September 17 at 1 pm-3 pm

Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
New York, NY

Coretta Scott King Award winning book illustrator and Katowitz-Radin Artist-in-Residence, Pat Cummings, details the creative process and craft behind picture books, with distinguished panelists Rudy Gutierrez, Evan Turk, and Rachel Vail. Each speaker will exhibit slides of their work; audience questions will follow.

Admission is free. RSVP Here

When Strangers Meet

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Monday, September 19 at 12:00 pm

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave

Join author Kio Stark as she explores the rich meanings and the transformative possibility of talking to people you don’t know — and how these beautiful interruptions in daily life can change you and the world we share.

Admission is $25

Poetry Reading with Tim Tomlinson and Barry Wallenstein

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Wednesday September 21 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

NYU Bookstore
726 Broadway

Tim Tomlinson has lived and published work all over the world, including his recent poetry collection Requiem for the Tree Fort I Set on Fire (Winter Goose Publishing, 2016). He currently teaches in New York University’s Global Liberal Studies program.

Barry Wallenstein is an emeritus professor of literature and creative writing at City College (CUNY), an editor at American Book Review, and the author of nine books of poetry. His poetry has been recorded with jazz accompaniment: At the Surprise Hotel and Other Poems (Ridgeway Press, 2016) is his most recent poetry collection.

Admission is free