Independent Bookstores

In the age of technology, some may think the only way to buy books is through Amazon. Sure, it’s easy and convenient, but sometimes it’s best to go into an actual bookstore, hold a book in your hands, and buy the title you’ve been wanting for a while. Plus, there is nothing more satisfying than discovering a new book by browsing through a bookstore and spotting a well-designed cover. Continue reading “Independent Bookstores”

Link of the Week: The Strand Bookstore

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.

According to the Huffington Post article, “How The Strand Has Made Indie Bookselling Look Easy — For 90 Years,” “The store operates in a constant churn of activity ― two events a day, seven days a week; pop-up outlets around town.” The store is constantly striving to expand its footprint on the New York literary scene.

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.

Thursday, September 29th at 7:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street

JoyceJoyce 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.

 

Admission is free.

Cave Canem Presents: New Works

Friday, September 30th at 5:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street

Around Town: August 3rd-9th

 

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c4ecaabc1c2106409288585dec1abbc2.thumbnailAugust 5th- The Secrets of Book Publishing with Sue Shapiro

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.

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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 6th- 12th

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Tuesday, July 7th – Caitlin Moran & Judith Regan

Caitlin-Moran-liveThe Strand Bookstore, 3rd floor
828 Broadway at 12th Street

Time: 7-8pm

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!

Buy a copy of How to Build a Girl or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event.

 

 

July 8th – #AntiSocial: The Dark Side of Social Media

Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street
(between Ave A & Ave B)
New York,  NY 10009

Time: 8-10pm

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

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KGB Bar
85 E. 4th St. 
New York,  NY 10003

Time: 7-9pm

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.