Around Town: June 29th – July 5th

 

 

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June 30th – Uptown Showdown

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025

Time: 8pm

You never know what to expect at this bi-monthly, wacky debate series that brings together two teams of comedians, writers and performers to face-off on a chosen topic, such as which pet is superior cats or dogs and is it better to be comfortable or fashionable?

Debaters will argue these lingering questions, drawing from historical fact and personal opinion in equal measure, and with plenty of silliness and audience participation. Forget about school reform and health care, these issues, heatedly argued by some of the funniest, smartest, intensely wacky creative thinkers around, are the topics that keep us awake at night….in a good way. Winner decided by the audience.

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Past Performers include Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Tom Cavanagh, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Maria Bamford, Janeane Garofalo, Jackie Hoffman, David Wain, Sasheer Zamata, Brooks Wheelan, Jon Glaser, Ilana Glazer, Dave Hill, Julie Klausner, A.D. Miles, Christian Finnegan, Elna Baker, Kevin Townley, Tom Shillue and more.

 

July 1st – Word for Word: Mary Pilon’s The Monopolists

Bryant Park Reading Room

Time: 12:30-1:45pm

Pass Go on your way to Free Parking with a look inside the bestselling book that chronicles the secret 80-year history of the famous board game.

“Word for Word Author” is an outdoor reading series that features bestselling authors, celebrity writers, and expert-panelists sharing anecdotes, answering questions from the audience, and signing copies of their latest books.

The Bryant Park Reading Room located on the 42nd Street side of the park—under the trees—between the back of the NYPL on Fifth and Sixth Aves. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.

This event is free

 

July 3rd – I Say Vote Yes: An Afternoon with William Daniels & 1776

Fraunces Tavern Museum 
54 Pearl St.
212-968-1776

Meet actor William Daniels, who played John Adams in 1776, and learn what it was like to portray one of the Founding Fathers in this iconic musical film released in 1972. Daniels will be signing copies of his memoir, Still at Play: My 75 Years in Show Business and Roles America Embraced.

Signing at 1pm; screening begins at 2pm. Reservations not required.

This event is free with museum admission ($1 on open house weekends)

 

 

Around Town: Edgar Allan Poe, InVerse, and more!

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October 18, 1pm
The Center for Fiction, 17 E. 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
Ghost tour at the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage.
Come with us on an excursion to The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage where Poe spent his last days. Sean H. DoyleD. Foy, and Dolan Morgan will read their ghost stories first in the Poe Park Visitor Center, and then we will take a tour of Poe’s penultimate resting place.

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October 18, 7pm
KGB Bar’s Red Room, 85 East 4th Street New York, NY
10079098.47We love it when so many of our favorite poets get together, for two reasons: 1) It’s the classiest excuse for a drink we can think of, and 2) it reminds us of why we moved to New York in the first place. That might sound sappy and nostalgic for the long, long bygone, but there’s still nothing like gathering in the village for some original, irreverent, and unafraid stanzas. Tonight at InVerse: A Poetry Reading, Michael Robbins (Alien vs. Predator) will share from his new collection, The Second Sex, already receiving wide acclaim for bringing a pop readership to poetry. Also appearing is Aaron Belz, whose Glitter Bomb is a delightfully down-to-earth series, half art, half jokes (because you’ve got to have a sense of humor when writing poems about going to Starbucks), as well as Bianca Stone with her graphic-poetry hybrids. Vanessa Gabb, co-founder of Five Quarterly, and Jason Koo, founder of Brooklyn Poets, will also share from their newest books.

This event is free.

 

Oct. 19, 1pm-2pm
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, New York 10025
Reading and conversation with the treasured author of Number the Stars, The Giver, and many other favorite works for kids and teens. Number the Stars, the Newbery Medal-winning novel about the Occupation of Denmark in the Second World War, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Also appearing will be Sean and Christine Astin, who have purchased the film rights and are proud to be adaptingNumber the Stars for the screen. Ages 9 and up.

Tickets: $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers

 

October 20, 7pm
Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003
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Bacon. McDonalds. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale. Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet (“choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover”) and decrying the worst offenders (“kale is the early morning of foods”). Fans flocked to his New York Timesbestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave—hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”

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October 22, 7:30pm-9:30pm
The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY 
Christopher Ricks gives three lectures hosted by the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. The series is inspired by T. S. Eliot’s vision of the literary critic, as one who aims “to exhibit the relations of literature—not to ‘life’ as something contrasted to literature, but to all the other activities, which, together with literature, are the components of life.” On October 22, Ricks will lecture on “Just Like a Woman? Bob Dylan and the Charge of Misogyny.”

Tickets are $20; Click here for more details.

 

 

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

around-town2Thursday, September 18th, 8pm-9pm
Symphony Space’s Peter Jay Sharpe Theatre, 155 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023
If fast-paced, competitive, humor-centric readings are up your alley, the Literary Death Match might be the perfect event for you to check out. Read more on Literary Death Matches.

Strand teams up with Symphony Space for a fantastic installment of the popular series Literary Death Match. Featured writers for this round include Joshua Ferris, Julie Klam, Nick Flynn, Rivka Galchen and Bill Scheft. Hosted by Literary Death Match creator Adrian Todd Zuniga, this event will take place at Symphony Space’s Peter Jay Sharpe Theatre… stick around after the show for a special signing with the Death Match authors!

 

Sunday, September 21st, 10am-6pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaze, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Rain or shine, the show must go on! Spend the day visiting booths and enjoying the lively literary marketplace. Children and adults alike will enjoy the events of the day, from readings and discussions on a variety of topics like narration types, starting  reading groups, and cover design. But those don’t even scratch the surface of what’s available. Click here for a list of Sunday’s events.

This is an event you do not want to miss!

 

Monday, September 22nd, 6pm
Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007.|
Author and artists Michael Cho and Charles Burns will chat with Chip Kidd about their new graphic novel, Shoplifter. Purchase book for entry. Join us!

Corrina Park used to have big plans.

Studying English literature in college, she imagined writing a successful novel and leading the idealized life of an author. But she’s been working at the same advertising agency for the past five years and the only thing she’s written is . . . copy. Corrina knows there must be more to life, but and she faces the same question as does everyone in her generation: how to find it?

Here is the brilliant debut graphic novel about a young woman’s search for happiness and self-fulfillment in the big city.

 

Lauren-Oliver30410865Tuesday, September 23rd, 6pm
Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007.|
Author Lauren Oliver will discuss and sign her new book, Rooms. She is the bestselling author of Panic and the ‘Delirium Series.’ Purchase a copy of Rooms at Barnes & Noble Tribeca for entry.

After a number of highly acclaimed New York Times bestsellers, including the Delirium trilogy and the standalone novels Before I Fall and Panic, Lauren Oliver returns with a spellbinding tale that confirms her place as one of our finest storytellers. Fueled by the same inspired feel for plot and character that drew readers to Oliver’s earlier works, Rooms is a mesmerizing and suspenseful story of guilt, love, and family secrets.