The Strand Bookstore is a Landmark shop specializing in new, used & rare books from philosophy to finance, plus bookish gifts.
The Strand is one of New York’s most popular independent book sellers, celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. The store was founded by Benjamin Bass in 1927 and has been kept running by his son, Fred, and now Fred’s daughter, Nancy.
The Strand has already implemented modern shifts in how the store operates like including bookish items like tote bags and magnets as well as books. Nancy told the Huffington Post, ““Our focus is on the books,” and went on tosay. “The way we put it is, the books are the sentence and the other items are the punctuation: They’re fun and more spontaneous, and books are a little bit more of a commitment.”
The Strand continues to live on as cultural staple for the literary New York. Despite having some hiccups along the way, The Strand has managed to push on and remain successful.
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House 58 West 10th Street
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. Her books include the national bestsellers “We Were the Mulvaneys” and “Blonde” (a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize), and the New York Times bestsellers “The Falls” (winner of the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger) and “The Gravedigger’s Daughter.” Her essay collection “Soul at the White Heat” is new from Ecco Press this fall.
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House 58 West 10th Street
Featured authors for the event include:
Jonterri Gadson’s debut full length collection of poems is “Blues Triumphant” (YesYes Books, 2016). Kevin Simmonds is the author of two collections of poetry, “Mad for Meat” (Salmon Poetry, 2012) and “Bend to It” (Salmon Poetry, 2014). Tiphanie Yanique is the author of “How to Escape from a Leper Colony” (Graywolf 2010) “I Am the Virgin Islands” (Little Bell Caribbean 2012) and “Land of Love and Drowning” (Riverhead 2014) with a new collection of poems entitled “Wife” (Peepal Tree 2016). Co-sponsored with Cave Canem Foundation.
“To anyone and everyone who would rather jam to Virginia Woolf than a woofer. Who still fancies Hemingway the all-time bar-brawl champ or has, at some point, uttered the word ‘transcendental’ in a social setting. To anyone who has ever snuck a flask into the library. This is your night.” –The Village Voice
The first Lit Crawl NYC took place in 2008, along a rambling route from the Lower East Side, to the East Village, and over to Williamsburg. Since then, the upstart Lit Crawl has become a permanent and highly anticipated fixture on New York City’s packed literary calendar. Lit Crawl NYC brings literature to the streets via brainy readings and wacky events such as Literary Pictionary and Nerd Jeopardy alongside Tarot card readings, Flash portraiture, mobile photo booths, music from publishing house bands, and hundreds of other events full of readers, writers, fun-loving boozers, and all-around literary mayhem.
Since 2015, Lit Crawl NYC has been jointly produced by Litquake and PEN America, a community of 4,400 writers, translators, and literary professionals dedicated to protecting free expression and promoting literary culture.
The Best American Comics series launches its latest collection with this year’s guest editor: Roz Chast, beloved New Yorker cartoonist and award-winning author of Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? She’ll be joined by the series editor, comics sage and evangelist Bill Kartalopoulos, along with a panel of the artists behind her picks for the year’s best comics:
Liana Finck, author of “All the Paintings Here Agree”
Char Esme, author of “Blinky-Jinks Playhouse” and “Big Rudy’s Cowgirls Club” (with Lauren Poor)
August 5th- The Secrets of Book Publishing with Sue Shapiro
The Strand 828 Broadway at 12th Street
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
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.
The Strand Bookstore, 3rd floor
828 Broadway at 12th Street
Caitlin Moran has been rightly called “the UK’s answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and Lena Dunham all rolled into one” by Marie Claire and among other praise, her novel How to Build a Girl has been called “thrillingly rude” and “laugh-out-loud-funny.” She’ll be in conversation with editor, producer, and TV/radio host Judith Regan.
Come to our Rare Book Room to celebrate the book’s much anticipated paperback release of and meet the literary powerhouse for yourself!
July 8th – #AntiSocial: The Dark Side of Social Media
Wild Project 195 East 3rd Street (between Ave A & Ave B) New York, NY 10009
Are you fed up with Facebook? Do you avoid reading the comments of articles or certain tweets because they are hateful? Are you concerned about your privacy online?
There’s a sense that social media in recent years has become increasingly toxic. With the amount of public shaming, bullying, sexism and negativity online, social media these days feels less about connection and more about division. For many people, the costs of social networking are starting to feel greater than the benefits.
In its newest show, #AntiSocial: The Dark Side of Social Media, Poetic People Power addresses this timely issue to explore how social media is affecting our behavior, relationships, and society. For 13 consecutive years, Poetic People Power has creatively explored social and political topics, offering insight and solutions to issues that affect our everyday lives. This year’s poets include Bogar Alonso, Tara Bracco, Karla Jackson-Brewer, Angela Kariotis, Shetal Shah, Natalia Vargas-Caba, and Jonathan Walton.
Tickets are $15 online at TheWildProject.com, $20 at the door, and $10 for students with valid ID
July 12th – Odes to the Stones
KGB Bar 85 E. 4th St. New York, NY 10003
On Sunday, July 12, 2015, poets Hilary Sideris and Rick Mullin celebrate the Rolling Stones with a reading of selected poems from their Stones-inspired books from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at KGB Bar on 85 East 4th Street in New York City.
Two poets, one from New York, Hilary Sideris, and another from New Jersey, Rick Mullin, met on the New York City poetry circuit and discovered that they had both published poetry collections inspired by lives of the Rolling Stones. It seemed inevitable that they would read together, and they have decided to do just that to celebrate the 53rd anniversary of the legendary band’s debut performance. On July 12, 1962, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones with Ian Stewart and Dick Taylor played their first gig billed as “The Rollin’ Stones” at the Marquee Club, 165 Oxford Street, London. Their material included the Chicago blues as well as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley songs. Their material will be selected poems from their Stones-inspired poetry books.
Since opening in 1993, the KGB Bar has become something of a New York literary institution, where popular authors come to read pro bono. This speakeasy-style dive bar has been named best literary venue in New York City by “New York” magazine, “The Village Voice,” and others.
The reading is free and open to the public. While there is no cover, KGB encourages guests to patronize the bar by buying drinks. Copies of Sideris’s and Mullin’s books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
September 11, 2014 7:00pm-8:00pm at The Strand’s 3rd Floor on 828 Broadway at 12th Street
Emily St. John Mandel will be joined by Buzzfeed Books Editor Isaac Fitzgerald at the Strand to chat about her new book Station Eleven, “an ambitious work that is already being hailed as a breakout work. Station Eleven is the story of a near future, where civilization is collapsing and a troupe of actors–witnesses to the entire process–travel through the Great Lakes region, trying to preserve their art. Beautifully written and with a sweeping chronology, Station Eleven will delight Emily’s existing fans, and is sure to create new ones.”
Attendance requires the purchase of either a copy of Mandel’s novel, or a $15 Strand bookstore gift certificate.
September 15, 2014 7:00pm at BookCourt 163 Court St. Brooklyn, NY Happiness: Ten Years of n+1
“A history of happiness is a funny thing since, for a long time, happiness was viewed as merely the absence of history,” write the editors of n+1. “Then came modernity.” Staying true to this observation, which was made almost 10 years ago in their 2005 issue, the editors of n+1 stop by fellow Brooklyn literary institution BookCourt to launch their new anthology, Happiness: Ten Years of n+1. Editors Keith Gessen, Carla Blumenkranz, and Marco Roth, among others, read from the collection and talk about how the fledgling publication that used to pay its writers in beer became what Malcolm Gladwell praises as “the rightful heir to the Partisan Review and The New York Review of Books.” Since n+1 reintroduced us to the intellectually fired spirit of a Viennese coffee house, via thought-provoking articles with titles like “Bed-Stuy: Do or Die?” and “Against Exercise,” a happy celebration is only fair.
Admission is free.
September 15, 2014 7:00pm, Location on ticket. Books to Movies: This is Where I Leave You
Special advance screening of This is Where I Leave You, based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda. When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways. In theaters Friday, September 19. This film has been rated R. Seating is limited to first-come, first serve availability. Please arrive early. Download up to two free passes while supplies last: http://l.gofobo.us/2fJ4kjDd
September 17, 2014 6:30-8:30pm, 375 Hudson Street, Room 5172 YPG Special Edition Book Club: Orange is the New Black Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably already binge-watched both seasons of Netflix’s smash hit series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK by now. This riveting dramedy stars Taylor Schilling as Piper, a thirtysomething woman living in New York City who is sentenced to 15 months in a women’s federal prison for transporting a suitcase full of drug money to her former girlfriend. OITNB was recently nominated for a whopping 12 Emmy Awards! But did you know it was based on a (mostly) true story? Join us as we dissect Piper Kerman’s gritty, humorous, and moving memoir “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” (Spiegel & Grau, 2010) and watch clips from the critically-acclaimed series.
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!
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.
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!
Legendary talk-show host Dick Cavett interviews author George Saunders at the New York Public Library (42nd Street and 5th Ave, Manhattan) at 7pm. Saunders is promoting his new work Tenth of December. Tickets cost $15.00.
At Power House Books (37 Main St., Brooklyn) authors Michelle Orange and James Lasdun will discuss their various works. Orange will present her first essay collection This is Running for Your Life, while Lasdun will talk about his latest Give Me Everything You Have. The event is free and starts at 7pm.
A night of cinema history will unfold at the Strand Bookstore (828 Broadway, Manhattan) when film historians Jeanie Bassinger and Sam Wasson talk about marriage in the movies. Bassinger is promoting her new book I Do and I don’t: The History of Marriage in the Movies.
This exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan) examines the role of photography in cutting edge, avant-guarde art movements. The exhibition highlights the medium in response to Dadaist, Bauhaus, surrealism, and conceptual art. Students get in for $14.00, and the exhibition stays open until April 29th.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage (36 Battery Pl., Manhattan) is hosting a special exhibition honoring American poet Emma Lazarus, the author of “The New Colossus”- the poem featured on the Statue of Liberty. Tickets for students are $7.00.