ThinkOlio Presents: Free as Gods: Picasso, Calder and Artists at Home in the Theater

Friday, July 7 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

More than just stars on the art scene, Picasso and Calder took center stage in the world of theater. In 1917 Picasso fell in love with a ballerina in the Ballets Russes while creating scenery and costumes for his collaboration with Satie on the pathbreaking dance work, Parade. His stage designs changed the course of his painting. Alexander Calder, who has a major show at the Whitney this summer, created his famous Circus as well as the set for Satie’s opera Socrate and many other theater works.

Cultural historian Charles A. Riley II, author of Free as Gods, will share the backstage secrets of Picasso, Calder, Leger, Chagall, Hockney, Kentridge, and many other contemporary artists who have found a home in the theater.

Admission is $20. Reserve your seat online.

Columbus: Koi A Modern Folktale

Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 pm

Book Culture
450 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024

Harper’s Magazine present  Koi: A Modern Folktale by Margery Gray Harnick, Matt Harnick, and Sheldon Harnick.

Koi are unusually beautiful creatures. Perhaps because of their unusual beauty, koi have inspired a variety of legends. The recurrent theme in these legends is that koi, because of their endurance and perseverance, have become symbolic of overcoming adversity and fulfilling one’s destiny. In one of the more celebrated versions of this legend, koi are rewarded for their endurance and perseverance by being transformed into dragon fish.

In their book Koi, Margery and Sheldon Harnick have created their own version of this legend in photographs and verses. In their version, koi are rewarded for a reason other than endurance and perseverance. Though the years, the gods have noted how much pleasure men and women have derived simply from observing the prismatic beauty of the koi. For this gift to mankind, the gods decided to transform the most beautiful koi into majestic and powerful dragons.

Admission is free. A copy of Koi: A Modern Folktale is $24.95.

Brian Platzer & Jodi Kantor: Bed-Stuy is Burning

Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (& 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003

With “the mordant wit of Franzen, the dazzling smarts of Roth, and the compassion of Tolstoy” (Rafael Yglesias, author of A Happy Marriage), and which Alice McDermott called a millennial Bonfire of the Vanities, author Brian Platzer has penned an intimately relatable tale about a changing neighborhood and its residents.

His book follows Aaron, a rabbi turned banker, his journalist girlfriend, and their newborn live in the diverse and turbulent Bedford-Stuyvesant as it undergoes the process of gentrification. As more members of the upper-class move into the area the tension rises until a cop shoots a boy. Then the riots begin and Aaron is stuck in the middle.

Bed-Stuy Is Burning offers a look into a collection of complex lives and examines the most pressing issues of our time.

Admission is $15. Admission plus a signed copy of Bed-Stuy Is Burning is $26.

Book Launch: Reckless Years: A Diary of Love and Madness by Heather Chaplin

Wednesday Jul 12 at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

POWERHOUSE @ the Archway
28 Adams Street (Corner of Adams & Water Street @ the Archway)
Brooklyn , NY 11201

Trapped in a dissatisfying marriage for nearly a decade, New York journalist Heather Chaplin finally summons the courage to leave. On her own, she finds herself intoxicatingly free, pursuing adventure, and juggling romance on two continents in multiple cities. She contemplates the meaning of life; she falls for a handsome Irishman.

But as the adventures progress, Chaplin’s own reckless choices send her spiraling downward—and toward a reckoning she’s avoided all her life. Pulled from Chaplin’s own diaries, Reckless Years is a raw, propulsive debut: unfailingly profound and impossible to put down.

In this page-turning memoir, a woman tries to reinvent her life after divorce and discovers that sometimes finding yourself is not all it’s cracked up to be. About the Book: Trapped in a dissatisfying marriage for nearly a decade, New York journalist Heather Chaplin finally summons the courage to leave. On her own, she finds herself intoxicatingly free, pursuing adventure, and juggling romance on two continents in multiple cities. She contemplates the meaning of life; she falls for a handsome Irishman. But as the adventures progress, Chaplin’s own reckless choices send her spiraling downward—and toward a reckoning she’s avoided all her life. Pulled from Chaplin’s own diaries, Reckless Years is a raw, propulsive debut: unfailingly profound and impossible to put down.

Admission is free. RSVP is appreciated. RSVP here.

Guerrilla Lit Reading Series

Guerilla Lit SeriesThursday, October 20 at 7:30 pm

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
Btwn Rivington & Delancey
New York, NY 10002

This series has hosted readings by emerging & established authors since 2007. Because the pen is mightier than the Kalashnikov (we hope). Curated by Lee Matthew Goldberg, Camellia Phillips, and Marco Rafalá. Hosted by Camellia Phillips.

Featuring:

umansky_color_1-300x200Leah Umansky, the author of the dystopian-themed Straight Away the Emptied World (Kattywompus Press, 2016), the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream, voted one of The Top 10 Chapbooks To Read Now in 2014 by Time Out New York, (Kattywompus Press, 2014) and the full length collection, Domestic Uncertainties, (BlazeVOX, 2013). She is a graduate of the MFA Program in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College, and a graduate of the MA in English Education – Secondary Education from CUNY- Hunter College.

Courtney Elizabeth Mauk, the author of three Courtney mauknovels: The Special Power of Restoring Lost Things, Orion’s Daughters, and Spark. She has an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University and lives on the Upper West Side with her husband and young son.

julia phillipsJulia Phillips who writes about Russia. Her fiction has been published in The Antioch Review, The Rumpus, and The Toast, while her nonfiction has been in BuzzFeed, Jezebel, The Moscow Times, and The Cut. She’s a Fulbright recipient in creative writing.

Estimated run time is 50 minutes. Admission is Free. Reserve your seat here!

Greenlight 7th Anniversary Celebration!

greenlight bookstoreSaturday, October 22, 2016 at 10:00 am

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

On October 16, 2009, Greenlight Bookstore sold its first book. On October 24, they held the bookstore’s launch party. And look at them now: they’re getting ready to open a second location! They’re celebrating their seventh year in Fort Greene with their annual birthday event, where they will say thanks to everyone whose support keeps the business growing by offering 20% off in the bookstore all day on Saturday and Sunday! Join Greenlight for a festive birthday weekend featuring decorations, giveaways and other surprises, and news about the new store.

On top of the in store discount, they’re celebrating customers with a chance to win a free 6-month subscription to the First Editions Club!

Admission is free. Learn more about how to enter for the free subscription and get more infomation on the event on Greenlight’s Facebook event page.

Walking Tour of Lower Manhattan with Kevin Baker: America the Ingenious

America the ingenious Saturday, October 22 at 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway and 12th Street
New York, NY

Author Kevin Baker will take you on an interactive tour of Lower Manhattan which will feature several of the most extraordinary inventions in America the Ingenious, and provide a fascinating look at New York history. You will visit the site where the entire federal government used to be housed in a single, three-storey building; pay your respects at Alexander Hamilton’s grave, go inside what was the tallest (and most beautiful) skyscraper in the world for twenty years, check out where all the news was made fit to print, go down to the waterfront, view the damage caused by the worst terrorist attack in the United States before 9/11, learn how the Brooklyn Bridge almost became a catastrophe, and witness the greatest piece of graft in the city’s history.

$29.95 for a copy grants admission. Purchase ticket here!

BENNINGTON WRITERS – NONFICTION
Monday, October 24 at 6 pm
The Cornelia Street CaféMiranda Kennedy
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY 10014
Please join Miranda Kennedy, and three talented writers, Naomi Wax, Frances Greathead, and Rebecca Caum. Miranda Kennedy is the author of the book Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India, a reported memoir that looks at the lives of women in a changing India. She is the Senior Editor of NPR’s Morning Edition in Washington DC, and is working on a second memoir about religious belief. kennedy also holds writing workshops for graduate students at American University, and teaches long-form journalism to undergraduates at the University of Maryland.

$10 admission fee, includes drinks.

To place a reservation please call: (212) 989-9319

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

CastleCross_coverfront.thumbnailKia Corthron, American playwright, screenwriter, and activist celebrates the highly anticipated release of her first novel, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter. Her book sweeps American history from 1941 to the twenty-first century through the lives of four men–two white brothers from rural Alabama, and two black brothers from small-town Maryland.

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: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

October 22, 2013

Postage Stamps

Join Chris West as he tells the tale of modern Britain through the country’s postage stamps in his book A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps. @ The Strand Bookstore 828 Broadway 7 p.m.

October 23, 2013

Strand + The Women’s National Book Association

Two venerable New York institutions, The Strand and the Women’s National Book Association join forces to present a very special panel of contemporary writers! In honor of National Reading Group Month we’ll be bringing a great group of authors to our charming Rare Book Room! Elizabeth Nunez, author of Boundaries, will lead a panel including Roxana Robinson, author of Sparta, Caroline Leavitt, author of Is This Tomorrow?, John Searles author of Help For The Haunted, Michèle Forbes, author of Ghost Moth, and Bernice McFadden author of Nowhere Is A Place. They’ll discuss the world of literature and the challenges of contemporary fiction. Join us for a night of lively discussion and book talk!

See the original blog post about the event here.

Tom Standage

Tom Standage, digital editor at the Economist and author of the New York Times bestseller A History of the World in 6 Glasses, joins us to discuss his new book Writing on the Wall: Social Media -The First 2000 Years. @ Barnes and Noble 97 Warren Street 6 p.m.

October 24, 2013

Rachel Ray

Join Rachel Ray as she introduces her newest cookbook Week in a Day. @ Barnes and Noble 33 East 17th Street 7 p.m.

The Moth StorySLAM

10 stories, 3 teams of judges, 1 winner. $8 at the door. This event always sells out. Limited seating; please arrive early. @ The Housing Works Bookstore 126 Crosby Street 7 p.m.

 

The WNBA Presents the National Reading Group Month Author Panel

Bookmark your calendars on October 23 for the Women’s National Book Association National Reading Group Month Author Panel. The event will take place at The Strand Bookstore, Rare Book Room from 7-9 p.m. Members of the WNBA receive free admission and a $15 Strand gift card. Nonmembers can attend by purchasing a ticket for $15. Join the WNBA as student member for only $20. Join here!