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

June (16-20) Events

 

HOT DOG TASTE TEST Launch with Lisa Hanawalt and Anna Holmes

THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016 at 7:00PM

HanawaltNYCJune16The NYC launch event for artist and producer/production designer of Netflix’s Bojack Horseman Lisa Hanawalt‘s Hot Dog Taste Test. In conversation with Anna Holmes.

Hot Dog Taste Test serves up Lisa Hanawalt’s devastatingly funny comics, saliva­stimulating art, and deliciously screwball lists as she skewers the pomposities of foodie subculture. Join the James Beard Award-­winning cartoonist and production designer/producer of Bojack Horseman as she presents a selection of food­related excerpts from Hot Dog Taste Test.

Lisa Hanawalt is an artist living in Los Angeles and is the production designer/producer of the Netflix original series Bojack Horseman. Hanawalt has worked on illustrations, book covers, animations, comics, murals, and textile patterns, and exhibits her work in galleries. She writes and draws a James Beard Award–winning quarterly food column for Lucky Peach magazine, and cohosts the podcast Baby Geniuses with the comedian Emily Heller. Her first collection with Drawn & Quarterly was 2013’s critically acclaimed My Dirty Dumb Eyes.

Anna Holmes has written and edited for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, InStyle and The New Yorker online. She is the founder of the popular website Jezebel.com and the 2012 recipient of a Mirror Award for Best Commentary. In 2013, her Twitter account was named one of the top 140 Twitter feeds by Time Magazine, at which point she became incredibly self-conscious and stopped tweeting as much. She is the editor of two books, including the Book of Jezebel, and works as a columnist for the New York Times Book Review and as an editor of Digital Voices at Fusion. She lives in New York.

Bloomsday on Broadway XXXV

THURSDAy, JUNE 16 at 7:00 pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space

The 35th annual tribute to the life, language, and love of James Joyce’s timeless prose with wonderful actors and avid Joyceans. This year’s event features a celebration of the of the centennial of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, as well as The Art of Ulysses, a breathtaking whirlwind tour in 17 acts curated by Neil Hickey; a reading from the magnificent Molly Bloom soliloquy read by Fionnula Flanagan, and a special tribute to the writers and rebels behind the 1916 Easter Rising. Directed by Olivier Award winnerJim Culleton, with musical direction from Lisa Flanagan. In collaboration with Irish Arts Center.

Cost: $26; Members $21; 30 & Under (with valid I.D.) $15; Group $15

Franklin Park Reading Series June 20:Rob Spillman Bernice L McFadden Tanwi Nandini Islam Dolan Morgan Gabriel Blackwell Daniel Saldana Paris

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MONDAY, JUNE 20 at 8:oo pm to 10:00 pm

Franklin Park
618 St. Johns Place, between Classon and Franklin Avenues

They are kicking off the new season with a Summer Blockbuster reading featuring the authors of some of the year’s hottest releases: Rob Spillman (All Tomorrow’s Parties), Bernice L. McFadden (The Book of Harlan), Tanwi Nandini Islam (Bright Lines), Dolan Morgan (Insignificana), Gabriel Blackwell (Madeleine E.), and Daniel Saldaña París (Among Strange Victims). Please note: In a rare exception to the second Monday schedule, June’s reading will be held on the third Monday of the month.

The night includes $4 drafts and a free-to-enter raffle for the authors’ books. FREE ADMISSION!

Please see their Facebook page for more details.

Events: February 25th-March 1st

February 25th-Reimaging the Literary Canon

Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Stree
New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm

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Join Well-Read Black Girl’s debut reading featuring an extraordinary list of poets, fiction writers, and essayists. We’re celebrating Black History Month and the brilliant narratives of Black women. The event is free and open to the public.

Featuring:

  • Ashley Ford
  • Jenna Wortham
  • Morgan Parker
  • Camille Rankine
  • Nicole Sealey
  • Bsrat Mezghebe
  • Nicole Dennis-Benn
  • Kyla Marshell
  • Diamond Sharp

February 25th-John Wry

Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room
828 Broadway at 12th Street

Time: 7:00 pm -8:00 pm

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John will be joined in conversation by another wide-ranging 21st-century talent, New York Times columnist and novelist Colson Whitehead, He’s the author most recently of The Noble Hustle, as well as Zone OneThe Colossus of New York, and sundry other modern classics, the recipient of Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships, and a fellow Whiting Award winner.

Buy a copy of The Lost Time Accidents or a $15 gift card to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.

March 1st-Dear Younger Me

Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Stree
New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm

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A night of readings about great advice not taken, guidance that led us astray and the many, many terrible decisions we can’t forget to celebrate the release of Dear Emma by Katie Heaney!

Come laugh (and cringe) along as Chiara Atik hosts a group of writers sharing the best and worst advice they’ve ever received.

Readers:

  • Katie Heaney
  • Arianna Rebolini
  • Tim Manley
  • Kevin Nguyen
  • Pilot Viruet
  • Meredith Haggerty
  • and MC Chiara Atik

Katie Heaney is a senior editor at BuzzFeed whose writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Vulture, The Hairpin, The Awl, and Pacific Standard, among other places. She is also the author of a memoir, Never Have I Ever, and co-author of the forthcoming novel, Public Relations

February 28th-Selfish Good Girl 

Over the Eight
594 Union Ave.
Brooklyn, NY  11211Time: 6:00 pm

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The premiere issue of Taylor Yates‘s feminist zine was subtitled “Second Button Gap,” reminding us that not even women’s shirts are made with women in mind — one very literal example of the demand to squeeze and tug and deform our bodies to fit a world so emphatically Not For Us. It’s about time we got Selfish. Join the magazine’s staff and contributors tonight for the launch of the latest issue, “Good Girl,”which examines the inherent fallacy of that label through memoirs, poetry, stories, visual art, photography, and just about any experimental medium that can be translated into print.

Revel in readings by Sable Elyse Smith, Giorgia Sage, Annie Frame, Darcie Wilder, and Alys Velazquez while browsing artwork by Gabi Pérez, Erin Shipley, Devika Sen, Rachel Cabitt, and Grace Mateo. Beer, snacks, and zines are available.

March 2nd-2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Award Finalists

Barnes & Noble
86th & Lexington Ave
150 East 86th Street

Time: 7:00 pm

The 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Award Finalists Mia Alvar (In the Country), Angela Flournoy (The Turner House), George Hodgman (Bettyville), Jill Leovy (Ghettoside), Sophie McManus (The Unfortunates) and Amy Ellis Nutt (Becoming Nicole) read from their acclaimed works.

Click here for more information.

Events: February 6th-10th

February 6th- Adam JK Event 

Sunset Park,
220 36th Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11232

(subway: D, N, & R, 36th St. Station)

Time: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

 

1page.thumbnailJoin Adam JK, Brooklyn-based author, artist, and designer, for a signing and pop-up shop at WantedDesign’s location in Industry City. He’ll have toys and trinkets from his Gift Shop, as well as copies of his 1 Page at a Time diary/journal/calendar/creative companion/whatever-it-is to sign. Fudge artisans Izzy & Tallulah will be there as well with delicious samples. Copies of 1 Page at a Time will be available on-site.

February 9th- Kia Corthron + Robin D. G. Kelley 

Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room
 828 Broadway at 12th Street

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Kia will be joined in conversation by Robin D.G. Kelley, one of the most distinguished experts on African American studies in the nation.

Buy a copy of The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter or a $15 gift card in order to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout.

February 10th- Richard Price in Conversation With James Hannaham 

Housing Works Bookstore
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm

Richard Price, author of seven novels including Lush Life and Clockers, is please to celebrate the paperback release of his most recent work The Whites with James Hannaham, author of the novel Delicious Foods.

9780312621308The Whites, Richard Price‘s most recent novel, has received widespread acclaim including being named a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2015, a NPR Best Book of the Year, and a New York Times Book Review Best Book of 2015. The book follows Billy Grave, a sergeant in Manhattan Night Watch, as he investigates a fatal slashing of a man in Penn Station. Piercing and eminently readable, The Whites is a book filled with kinetic energy. Richard Price is pleased to celebrate its paperback release with a conversation with James Hannaham, author of the novel God Says No.

Richard Price is the author of seven novels, including Clockers, Freedomland, and Samaritan. He won a 2007 Edgar Award for his writing on the HBO series The Wire.

James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods and God Says No. He holds an MFA from the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches creative writing at the Pratt Institute.

February 10th- Kevin Young presents Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 In conversation with Mary-Louise Parker

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street

BrooklynNY 11217

Time: 7:30 pm

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Greenlight is thrilled to welcome acclaimed poet Kevin Young back to Greenlight to present his new collection Blue Laws, a rich and lively gathering of highlights from the first twenty years of an extraordinary career, interspersed with “B sides” and “bonus tracks.” From his stunning lyric debut Most Way Home and the amazing “double album” life of Jean-Michel Basquiat, through his broken-hearted Jelly Roll and his recent forays into adult grief and the joys of birth in Dear Darkness and Book of Hours, this collection provides a grand tour of a poet whose personal poems and political poems are equally riveting.

Together with wonderful outtakes and previously unseen blues, the profoundly felt poems here of family, Southern food, and loss are of a piece with the depth of personal sensibility and humanity found in his Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels or bold sequences such as “The Ballad of Jim Crow” and a new “Homage to Phillis Wheatley.” Young talks about his poetic history with actor and writer Mary-Louise Parker (author of Dear Mr. You), an ardent fan of Young’s work.

Around Town: December 12-15

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December 14- Franklin Park Reading Series

Franklin Park Bar 
618 St. John’s Place
Brooklyn, NY  11238

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Time: 8:00 pm

Cost: Free

A jewel of Crown Heights, the Franklin Park Reading Serieshas been providing the neighborhood with readings from a palette of distinctive writers on the second Monday of each month since 2009. The series has grown considerably — snagging the Voice‘s “Best Reading Series” award in 2013 — and has certified its reputation by offering a trustworthy lineup of both local and international authors, memoirists, and poets. This final edition of 2015 features six acclaimed authors, including Annie Liontas, Jamie Iredell, and a quartet of New Yorkers: Ryan Britt, Chinelo Okparanta, Niina Pollari, and Rachel Sherman. Britt published his first book, Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: And Other Geeky Truths, in November; in it, he approaches science fiction with a Chuck Klosterman–inspired lens and wonders, in the titular essay, why, in a galaxy full of wise Jedi, not one is seen schlepping a book. Pollari once composed nine curious poems regarding Lana Del Rey for the collection Kiss Me in the Boring Rain. The Franklin Park Reading Series justifies abandoning the apartment on a Monday night.

For more information: http://franklinparkbrooklyn.com/

December 15- The Rumpus & Electric Literature Present It’s Too Cold For This: A Reading 

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

Time: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm

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Celebrate literary community during winter’s darkest days: join The Rumpus and Electric Literature for a warm night of literary merriment and readings from Melissa Febos, Alexandra Kleeman, Alex Mar, Lincoln Michel, and Angel Nafis.

For more information click here.

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December 12- December Picture Book Bonanza

Books of Wonder 
18 W 18th St,
New York, NY 10011 

Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

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A picture perfect afternoon of fun, awaits the whole family at the December Picture Book Bonanza. Don’t miss these colorful new storybooks and the chance to hear all about them right from their talented creators. Join us as we welcome:

EMILY JENKINS & PAUL O. ZELINSKY for Toys Meet Snow
ELISE PRIMAVERA for Auntie Claus – Deluxe edition
ROSEMARY WELLS for Use Your Words, Sophie
DAVID ERCOLINI for The Night Before Christmas
URI SHULEVITZ for Troto and the Trucks

Around Town: October 29-November 5

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October 29-November 15  Superheroes in Gotham

New York Historical Societysuperman
170 Central Park W.
New York, NY  10024
212-485-9205

Time: 10:00 am

Cost:
Adult Ticket: $20
College Student: $12

Heroes are all around us: Daredevil prowls Hell’s Kitchen, Harley Quinn calls Coney Island home, and the new Doctor Fate guards Brooklyn. The proliferation of local heroes is a function of the adage “write what you know”: Until DC Comics’ L.A. move this spring, both major superhero publishers operated out of Manhattan. The exhibition “Superheroes in Gotham” follows the genre’s inception in the Thirties through the modern explosion of fandom, with artifacts from radio, television, film, and comics on display. It’s like the Batcave trophy room, but less musty.

Learn more and purchase your tickers here.

November 2nd- Pass the Mic: Garth Risk Hallberg 

Fridman Gallery
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New York, NY 10013

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: Free!

Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire — a 900-plus-page debut novel set in New York City during the 1970s — caused quite a stir in 2013, when the famous movie producer Scott Rudin scooped up the film rights and Knopf, as reported in the New York Times, “[paid] close to $2 million” for publishing privileges. The book is now finally hitting shelves, allowing hungry readers to delve into its mysterious plot, which circles around a parade of characters and their connection to a New Year’s Eve shooting in Central Park. Hopefully, too, we’ll start learning a little bit more about the 36-year-old, Louisiana-born man behind the work — and there’s no better place to start than with this Pass the Mic author event with Mic‘s Scott Bixby.

November 2nd- Ada Calhoun: St.Marks Is Dead

Cooper Union, Great Hall
7 E. 7th St.
New York, NY 10003ada_calhoun_glasses

Time: 6:00 pm

Cost: Free!

Jay Ruttenberg’s cover story for the Voice‘s October 28, 2015, issue profiles the East Village native Ada Calhoun, author of the new book St. Marks Is Dead. “In examining the street’s three blocks,” writes Ruttenberg, “St. Marks Is Deadpans out to survey the East Village and, effectively, American iconoclasm.” At one point in the piece, Ruttenberg draws a witty and somehow moving parallel between two moments that occurred near the Cooper Union Great Hall: Abraham Lincoln’s 1860 declaration (“Let us have faith that right makes might”) and a minor street fight in 2015 (“Get off the fucking stoop!”). Tonight, Calhoun discusses the book at that very spot.

November 3rd- David Mitchell: Slade House

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1395 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10128

Time: 8:00 pm

Cost: $25

Who says 140 characters isn’t enough to create something meaningful? For sci-fi superstar David Mitchell, it was only the beginning. Slade House, his latest and maybe most accessible novel, started as a Twitter story and morphed into 256 pages of what Mitchell does best: freewheeling time travel (e.g., Cloud Atlas) and paranormal horror (e.g., The Bone Clocks) all rolled into one genre-bending tale. The title refers to a dubious, only sometimes corporeal British residence — think a really evil Platform 9 3/4 — that appears every nine years to beckon an individual who is different or lonely. Its creepy-twin custodians maintain the house, from which visitors learn they can never leave. Tonight, David Ebershoff (The Danish Girl) introduces Mitchell, reading from the decades-spanning work.

November 4th-Mary Gaitskill’s THE MARE, presented by Electric Literature

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

Time:  7:00 pm

Cost: Free

Mary Gaitskill 
launches her newest novel The Mare with a reading, a conversation with Andy Hunter (Electric Literature), and a musical performance by Peg Simone.

Following her National Book Award-nominated Veronica, here is Mary Gaitskill’s most poignant and powerful work yet—the story of a Dominican girl, the Anglo woman who introduces her to riding, and the horse who changes everything for her.

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November 5th- James Franco

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828 Broadway at 12th Street 

Time: 7:30 pm-9:30 pm

Cost: A copy of Magic Mountain/Home Movies

Part poetry, part photography, part collage, Magic Mountain/Home Movies is all James Franco. Containing new work as well as reworked elements of his RISD thesis in visual art, it’s an unclassifiable post-modernist workout that takes fame and photography (specifically of the paparazzi variety) among its subjects. James will be at the Strand once again to sign copies of the work and meet his fans.

Buy a copy of Magic Mountain/Home Movies to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. This event will be held on Strand’s main floor at 828 Broadway. The line for the signing will form beginning at 5:30 PM on the day of the event in front of Strand on Broadway.

 

 

 

Around Town: August 3rd-9th

 

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The Strand
828 Broadway at 12th Street

Time: 7:30-8:30pm

Author Sue Shapiro hosts an illuminating panel called “The Secrets of Book Publishing” in honor of her new novel, What’s Never Said. Join a panel of top editors, agents, and authors as they talk about the publishing industry:

  • Former New York Times editor Frank Flaherty, author of The Elements of Story
  • Viking/Penguin editor Beena Kamlani
  • Janklow & Nesbit literary agent Kirby Kim
  • Literary agent Renée Zuckerbrot
  • Wendy Sherman Associates literary editor Kimberly Perel, author of Wedding Cake for Breakfast
  • Danielle Perez, Executive Editor at Berkley/Penguin
  • Naomi Rosenblatt, editor and publisher of Heliotrope Books
  • Kenan Trebincevic, author of The Bosnia List

Buy a copy of What’s Never Said or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout.

The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice, and Liberty City by Luther Campbell

powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Time: 7-9pm

At a time when our communities are under attack from police brutality, abysmal public education, and poverty, Luther’s amazing life story The Book of Luke shows how one person can change a community and a country.

About The Book of Luke:

You may think rapper Luther Campbell (formerly of 2 Live Crew) is the kind of guy you would find in a dance club or on a crazy reality show. But the truth is that these days, he is likely to be found coaching football to inner-city kids, or at a city council meeting, fighting to get more funding for education, housing, or youth programs.

It may be surprising to some, but Luther has been fighting for justice for himself and others his entire life.  Born in Miami’s notorious Liberty City neighborhood, Luther saw poverty, despair, and crime firsthand. His Uncle Ricky didn’t want him to get trapped by the “invisible chains” of systemic racism, and schooled him on the necessity of a man “owning his own ass”—controlling his own livelihood and owning property (land and/or home).

Twenty years later, this one time King of Dirty Rap is better known as “Coach” to Miami high school students, and leads his players to state and national championships on the gridiron. He is a columnist for the Miami New Times, where he holds politicians accountable for their silence on important issues. He has even run for mayor of Miami on those same issues. Luther Campbell has taken his fame and fortune and returned to the streets of Liberty City, where he works tirelessly every day to save young men from the street corners. And The Book of Luke is a passionate call to action for us all to embrace community and never give up the fight for justice. I hope you’ll strongly consider introducing this book to your audience.

 Visit this page to book your spot at this event!

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Poets & Writers compiles a great list of local readings… be sure to click through and check out those available this week!

Around Town: July 13th-19th

 

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event-sackettJuly 13th – Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop

BookCourt
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 

Time: 7:00pm

Editors from NYC publishing houses talk about what really goes into the complex process of creating a book.

Brenda Copeland, Executive Editor, St. Martin’s Press
An Executive Editor at St. Martin’s Press, Copeland has worked since 2010. Brenda publishes a vibrant mix of fiction and non-fiction, from the commercial to the literary, and looks for strong stories told with a strong voice.  Current authors include Matthew Dicks, author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Ann Leary, author of The Good House, and Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Glass Wives. Over the course of her career Brenda has published such bestselling authors as Dean Koontz, Claire Cooke, Cecily Von Ziegesar, Melissa de la Cruz, as well as Gotham and Deepak Chopra. Brenda teaches book editing at New York University and has a weakness for cheese.

Emily Graff is an editor at Simon & Schuster. She previously worked as an editorial assistant at The Penguin Press. Recent and forthcoming titles include Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes by Dominique AnselThe Sweetheart by Angelina Mirabella, and Tales from the Back Row by Amy Odell. She is acquiring books across genres, including literary and upmarket commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, food, and memoir. She graduated with honors from Harvard College.

Anya Lichtenstein came to St. Martin’s Press as an editorial intern. After a second summer at Macmillan working at Picador, she made her way back to SMP, initially as a publicist. She’s back to editorial these days, and is the U.S. editor of bestselling Israeli author Yochi Brandes. Anya is acquiring in all sorts of categories, from accessible literary fiction and upmarket and commercial women’s fiction to narrative nonfiction with a quirky, feminist, or Jewish voice and pop-science that fixates on a singular topic.

Maya Ziv knew she wanted to work in publishing from the day her aunt, an editor at Scribner at the time, took her to “Take Your Daughter to Work Day.” A Manhattan native, Maya began her career as an intern at Brandt & Hochman. After a year and a half on the agent side at Brandt & Hochman, she moved over into editorial at HarperCollins. An editor now, she has been with the company for more than six years.

 

July 14th – Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman “: Scout Reads Scout

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1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5500

Time: 7:30pm

Celebrate the launch of Harper Lee’s newly discovered novel Go Set a Watchman!

Mary Badham, who played Scout in the classic film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, will read from both of Harper Lee’s books.

Written in the 1950s, the manuscript of Go Set a Watchman was long assumed to be lost. Its recent discovery has made headlines around the world. Featuring a grown-up Scout and exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbirdadjust to the turbulent events transforming mid-’50s America, Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic.

This event is $24. Click here for ticket information. 

 

July 14th – July 19th: 17th Annual Harlem Book Fair

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515 Lenox Avenue @ West 135th Street
Harlem, New York

Attended by over 30,000 readers and viewed by millions on C-span, the Harlem Book Fair stands as the nation’s flagship African American public literary event. 2015 will mark our 17th year and the launch of a brand new look with brand new partners.

On Friday, July 17th, the QBR Wheatley Awards will be held at the Miller Theatre, and on Saturday, the actual book fair will be on West 135th street from Lenox Ave to Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Click here and here to see a  list of events, including author readings, panels, and more.

 

 

Also, if you’re interested in attending either poetry or fiction/nonfiction readings, click here for a list of some that are happening around the city!

Link of the Week: Writers Read NYC

 

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The opportunities for cultural and artistic exposure in New York City are rampant–museums and culture centers, ethnic food of any kind you can imagine, musical performances on stages and subway platforms, and literary events aplenty in book stores and cafes.

One such literary event is part of series put on by Writers Read NYC. In 2001 Writers Read NYC  was established “by a group of writers looking to showcase their work and that of others” (Source). WRNYC puts on six events each year that feature established and emerging writers of both fiction and nonfiction. Attendees to the reading events in the city can expect to hear a mix of form, be it poetry, essay, memoir, or short stories.

The next reading for 2015 is coming up on April 26th at The Sidewalk Café, 94 Avenue A.

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Be sure to check out the Writers Read NYC website for information regarding featured writers and upcoming events!