Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

June 23, 2014

Susan Jane Gilman

A Russian Jewish immigrant’s rise from rags to riches is at the core of Susan Jane Gilman’s debut novel, The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

Sean Michaels & Rob Schwimmer

Montreal music writer Sean Michaels is a two-time National Magazine Award winner, and his work has appeared in the Guardian, McSweeney’s, Pitchfork, The Believer, and many other publications. His debut novel Us Conductors is a tale of the invention of the world’s strangest instrument, the theremin. A Tin House New Voiceand Random House New Face of Fiction for 2014, Us Conductors is a haunting novel inspired by the true story of the Russian scientist, inventor and spy Lev Termen, creator of the theremin, and of Clara Rockmore, its greatest player. Roving from Manhattan speakeasies to the Siberian taiga, from Alcatraz to the Kremlin, the book is flavored with jazz and espionage and filled with music, longing, and a little kung fu. Michaels’ reading will be preceded by a theremin performance by Rob Schwimmer, founding member and co-director of the New York Theremin Society and one of the top theremin virtuosos in the world, whose compositions have been featured in theater, television and movies. @ Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7:30 p.m.

Falling for Perfection: Literary Caberet

Readings and talks by novelist Emma Straub (Brooklyn’s famed sandwich joint The Meat Hook named a sandwich after her latest novel), Barnard College President Debora Spar, Daily Show writer Elliott Kalan, prize-winning poet Jeffrey McDaniel, playwright Adam Rapp, NYTimes journalist Christopher Mason and legendary New Yorker cartoonist Bob Mankoff. Presented in a dinner-theater style, “House of SpeakEasy” presents a series embodying the old lecture-hall mode of literary readings reborn and refreshed for the modern age. Each SpeakEasy cabaret features a variety of writers from across the genres, from fiction to non-fiction, from the dramatic arts to stand-up comedy, as well as poetry and song, delivering short monologues. Every event has a central theme –- in this case, perfectionism — that is meditated upon by the writers on the stage. @ City Winery, 155 Varick Street, 6:00 p.m.

June 25, 2014

Jean Kwok

Best-selling author of Girl in Translation talks about her new novel – a story of a young woman’s balancing-act between her family in Chinatown and a new-found passion, ballroom dancing. Hosted by Julia Fierro, Founder of Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop and author of Cutting Teeth: A Novel. @ Bryant Park Reading Room, 12:30 p.m.

Kim Gordon

At worst, she was pigeonholed as the “token girl” in the band. At best, she’s been recognized as a feminist and rock ’n’ roll trailblazer. At weirdest, she was the designer of an Urban Outfitters clothing line geared toward “cool moms” (Mirror/Dash, 2009). But many don’t know about Kim Gordon’s stake in art and academia, which is pretty extensive. Her new critical essay collection, Is It My Body? (Sternberg), spans 36 years of writing and presents itself as a tomboy manifesto. Tonight, the founding member of Sonic Youth presents her book alongside one of its featured subjects: conceptual artist Raymond Pettibon, who in 2013 transformed the David Zwirner Gallery into his own personal studio in order to display work in the place it was created. At the release party for Pettibon’s To Wit (Strand), he and Gordon discuss his career and the project, followed by a Q&A and book signing. @ The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.


Free Shakespeare in the Park Has Returned!

On June 3, Free Shakespeare in the Park began once again for the summer. Much Ado About Nothing will be performed until July 6. King Lear will begin on July 22 and run until August 17.

From their website, “Hamish Linklater and Tony® nominee Lily Rabe return to the Park this summer as the wise-cracking, would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Central Park becomes sun-drenched Sicily at the turn of the last century, where the heat of summer ignites the fevered passions of lovesick ladies in corsets and pining gentlemen spying from the verandah. Three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien directs this delightful skirmish of wit between two self-declared bachelors tricked by their mischief-making friends into falling in love against their will and in spite of their own hearts.

New York’s most treasured summer tradition, Free Shakespeare in the Park, celebrates its 52nd season in Central Park’s famous Delacorte Theater. Love and madness, laughter and tragedy combine for a uniquely thrilling season of exciting theater and exceptional performances under the stars. Join over 5 million people who have enjoyed The Public Theater’s free performances and experience the heights of romance and the depths of duplicity in a setting unlike any other, in the heart of Manhattan.”

Tickets are distributed at the park, online through the virtual ticketing lottery, and in different ticket distribution points in the five boroughs.

Each performance takes place at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park at 8:00 p.m. You can view the full calendar here. There are many performances, so don’t miss this opportunity to see this wonderful event!


Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

June 9, 2014

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

Come to the Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo for the book launch of Nadia Hashimi’s novel The Pearl That Broke Its Shell. This debut work is a “searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one’s own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See.” @ The Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7:00 p.m.

June 10, 2014

Hilary Clinton

Have the chance to meet Hilary Clinton at Barnes and Noble as she talks about her new book Hard Choices. Wristbands will be distributed at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the event with purchase of the book which Hilary will be signing. @ Barnes and Noble, Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, 11:00 a.m.

Bret Johnston

Come to Barnes and Noble as they welcome “flawless storyteller” Bret Anthony Johnston as he introduces his new novel, Remember Me Like This, on a double bill with talented debut author Boris Fishman. Both are summer Discover author picks. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

June 11, 2014

Alexi Zenter and Tea Obreht

Alexi Zentner, winner of both the O. Henry Prize and Narrative Prize, offers an imaginative riff on the collision of old and new, mythical and contemporary with his novel The Lobster Kings. A modern-day King Lear set in a lobster fishing village on an island off the coast of Maine, the novel reframes Cordelia’s struggle to maintain her island’s way of life in the face of threats from the mainland and modernity, and to preserve the looming, mythical legacy of her namesake. Novelist Tea Obreht (author of critically acclaimed and bestselling The Tiger’s Wife) calls Zentner “one of the greatest literary architects and mythmakers working today.” Zenter and Obreht discuss the novel, Shakespeare, magic, and Maine. @ Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, 7:30 p.m.

June 12, 2014

James Joyce

Come to Barnes and Noble for their annual James Joyce literary tribute. This year’s participants include Malachy McCourt, Larry Kirwan, Jeffrey Frank, Aedin Moloney and others. @ Barnes and Noble, 97 Warren Street, 6:00 p.m.



Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

April 6, 2014

Gertrude Stein

Come to McNally Jackson bookstore for the centennial celebration of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons. The event is cosponsored by the Gertrude Stein Society at Hunter College and in partnership with City Lights Books. @ McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, 6:00 p.m.

April 7, 2014

Emma Donaghue

Join author Emma Donaghue, acclaimed author of Room, as she discusses her newest novel, Frog Music. @ Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 7:00 p.m.


Paul Stanley, co-founder and frontman of KISS, will be signing his new book Face the Music: A Life Exposed. @ Barnes and Noble, 97 Warren Street, 6:00 p.m.

April 9, 2014

Bob Saget

Join comedian, and now author, Bob Saget,  as he discusses his new book, Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian. @ Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 7:00 p.m.

April 13, 2014

Downtown Literary Festival

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and McNally Jackson Books present a downtown literary festival celebrating the literary culture of NYC – past, present, and future. Featured guests include Hilton Als Edmund White Adam Fitzgerald Francine Prose David Goodwillie John Godfrey Patricia Spears Jones @ Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, 11:00 a.m.

Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

March 8, 2014

Ben Marcus

Marcus reads from his new short story collection, Leaving the Sea. Recognized as one of the most innovative and vital writers of his generation, Marcus is the author of Notable American Women and The Age of Wire and String. Curated and hosted by Rob Spillman. @ The Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, Dweck Center, 4:00 p.m.

March 10, 2014

Phil Klay

This Iraq War vet, whose first story was published in the summer 2011 issue of Granta, copes with battle and its aftermath in his new collection, Redeployment. In spare (and unsparing) prose, Klay lets readers see disturbing moments of overseas service and conflicting emotions that arise afterward. @ The Powerhouse Arena, 27 Main Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn, 7:00 p.m.

Patty Marx and Susan Minot

Patricia Marx is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a former writer for Saturday Night Live. She is the author of twelve books, including the novels Starting From Happy and Him Her Him Again The End of Him, both of which were finalists for the Thurber Prize for Humor, and several collaborations with the cartoonist Roz Chast. Susan Minot is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, poet, and screenwriter. Her first novel, Monkeys, was published in a dozen countries and won the Prix Femina Étranger in France. Her novel Evening was a worldwide bestseller and became a major motion picture. @ Stony Brook Manhattan, 101 E 27th Street, 7:00 p.m.

March 11, 2014

Andy Warhol

Want to know everything there is to know about Andy Warhol? Bob Colacello, who edited Warhol’s Interview magazine, published the definitive Warhol biography, Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up, in 1990. Now it’s being reissued by Vintage with more than 60 of the author’s own photos of Warhol and the stars who orbited around him, including Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall, Truman Capote, Diane von Furstenberg, Paloma Picasso, and Liza Minnelli. Bring your questions to tonight’s event at the Strand, where Colacello is joined by Factory regular Vincent Fremont, the longtime exclusive agent for the Warhol Foundation, and Billy Name, Warhol’s close friend and collaborator. @ The Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

March 13, 2013

House of Outrageous Fortune

Best-selling author and one of America’s most provocative writers of non-fiction, Michael Gross discusses his latest work, House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World’s Most Powerful Address. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.