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.”

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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.

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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.

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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

johnwray_Losttime.thumbnailThe Lost Time Accidents is the triumphant, outsize return of Whiting Award-winning novelist John Wray. Coming on the heels of the best-selling Lowboy, it’s a wild ride through time, space, history, and science, with a burning core of heartbreak. Telling the story of a man unstuck in time, it’s a blisteringly inventive work that cements Wray’s reputation as a vanguard talent in American fiction.

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.

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