Quote of the Week | Meg Wolitzer

If you’ve walked past a bookstore recently, you’ve likely seen the striped, technicolor jacket of Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion. If you’ve been anywhere in the vicinity of a Barnes & Noble, you’ve definitely seen it, as the novel was recently chosen to spearhead the new Barnes & Noble Book Club. The club’s first meeting was held Wednesday, May 2, and discussions took place in every B&N bookstore across the country. The event was completely free and all participants were treated to a tall hot or iced coffee (and a cookie!) from Starbucks.

(Am I the only one squealing about this deal? I’m definitely keeping my eye out for B&N’s next pick! Just keep in mind that it’s a SEASONAL, not monthly, book club…) Continue reading “Quote of the Week | Meg Wolitzer”

Around Town: September 9th-15th


September 9th– Erica Long Author Event

Erica Jong

Fear of Dying by Erica Jong

Union Square Barnes & Noble
33 East 17th Street

Time: 7:00 pm

Special Instructions:
Proof of book purchase from a Barnes & Noble retail location or BN.com must be provided for event attendance and priority seating.

Visit the event page here.

September 10th– Book Launch: Brooklyn Street Style
The No-Rules Guide to Fashion by Anya Sacharow and Shawn Dahl in conversation with Mary Alice Stephenson, Jennifer Rogien, Jennifer Mankins, Titania Inglis, and Michaela Angela Davis

Brooklyn Street Style

The Powerhouse Arena [Dumbo]
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Brooklyn Taste Makers | Global Influencers (panel discussion)

Brooklyn style. What defines it? Why does the world love it? Our panel of leading Brooklyn taste makers discusses what makes Brooklyn the darling of the fashionable world’s eye. On this first night of NYC Fashion Week, join us for an insider’s look at the outsider borough that has become the center of it all.

RSVP appreciated: RSVP@powerHouseArena.com

For more information click here or call 718.666.3049

September 12th– Fall Sidewalk Sale

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Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St. 
Brooklyn, NY 11217 

Time: 10:00 am-7:30 pm

It’s the last Sidewalk Sale of the year, as we make room for new fall books in the store! Visit our sidewalk table as early as you can this Saturday to check out our outdoor tables and carts, where you’ll find a wealth of slightly shelf-worn books at deep discounts. Discover treasures just right for cozying up with, decorating your coffee table or stocking your library. Get them while they last!

September 13th- BK: The Hustle with Natalie Eilbert, Melissa Faliveno, and Lincoln Michel

Word Bookstore
126 Franklin St,
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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Time: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Join Natalie Eilbert (Swan Feast), Melissa Faliveno (Poets & Writers), and Lincoln Michel (Electric Literature) for The Hustle, a discussion series about the business of writing: how writers pay the bills, how they get the work done, what they read, and more.

Natalie Eilbert is the author of the poetry collection Swan Feast, as well as two chapbooks, Conversation with the Stone Wife and And I Shall Again Be Virtuous. Her poems and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in The New YorkerTin HouseThe Kenyon ReviewThe Offing, and many others. She is the founding editor of The Atlas Review.

Melissa Faliveno is the associate editor of Poets & Writers Magazine. She is also an essayist, freelance journalist, and book reviewer; has worked in various editorial capacities for a major fiction publisher, an independent nonfiction press, and several literary magazines; and has taught creative writing to adults, high school students, and incarcerated people in and around New York City. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Isthmus, Lumina, the Green Mountains Review, Martin Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and Poets & Writers Magazine, among other publications.

Lincoln Michel is the online editor of Electric Literature and the co-editor of Gigantic. His writing appears in Tin House, VICE, NOON, Buzzfeed, The Believer, and elsewhere. His debut collection, Upright Beasts, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press. He tweets at @thelincoln and sometimes draws famous authors as monsters.

RSVP encouraged, but not required.

September 15th- Catapult Launch: Cries for Help, Various by Padgett Powell

Padget Event Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Cost: Free

Join writers Roy Blount Jr., Rivka Galchen, Rick Moody, Elissa Schappell, and Justin Taylor as they share some of their favorite passages from Powell’s oeuvre, and Padgett reads from his new story collection. Cries for Help, Various is the first book published by Catapult, a new venture from the founders of Electric Literature and Black Balloon Publishing.

After a signing and cocktail hour with complimentary drinks, singer-songwriter Beth McKee will play a live set of southern roots music from her album Sugarcane Revival to cap off this night of reading, drinking, dancing, and literary rabble-rousing. For more information click here.

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Around Town: The New York Comic Con and More

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The New York Comic Con is coming to town!
Mark your calendars, folks! The New York Comic Con will be at the Javits Center through October 9–12. Beyond the usual attractions, there will be panels discussing the future of self-publishing and finding success in comics, among others. Find the full list here.


October 5th, 2014
97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007
Join Barnes & Noble for a New York Comic-Con Super Week Science Fiction and Fantasy Audiobook Performance and Q&A with Fred Berman (narrator of the Walking Dead series), Matthew Brown (narrator of Amy Kathleen Ryan’s Skychasers series, Mary E.Pearson’s Jenna Fox Chronicles, and Julie Cross’s Tempest Trilogy), and Rebecca Soler (narrator of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles). Leanna Renee Hiber will be moderating.

October 6th, 2014, at 7 pm
150 E 86th St., New York
Acclaimed actor, director, producer and now memoirist, Alan Cumming seems to succeed at everything he tries. And yet it’s so hard to hate him for it. The enviable man of many talents speaks tonight with author Tom Santopietro about his memoir, Not My Father’s Son, his relationship with his father and his family’s deeply buried secrets.

Event is free.

October 7th, 2014
150 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028
One of life’s most simple pleasures is to be read to. Emma Galvin (narrator of Darren Shan’s Zom-B Series), Katherine Kellgren (performer in Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles), and Sean Runette (narrator of Andrew Fukuda’s Hunt Triology series) will tell us what it’s like to be the voice doing the reading.

1318_Coverspy_Book_Swap_3.thumbnailOctober 10th, 2014, 7:00pm-8:30pm
828 Broadway at 12th Street
Strand’s Super-Spooky Book Swap + Costume Contest!
Have Nancy Drew’s classic bob? Know a Brooklyn buddy whose beard screams Captain Ahab? Maybe that mink coat your grandma gave you doubles perfectly for Edward Gorey’s!

Let Strand and CoverSpy help you gear up for Halloween in style with a book swap and literary costume contest… Bring three books to trade and come dressed as a favorite character or author for the chance to win awesome prizes! We’ll take care of the rest including wine, Argo Tea, goodies from Billy’s Bakery, Sigmund’s Pretzels and giveaways from Strand, The Bean and other NYC hotspots. Admission is $15.