10 posts tagged Bookcourt
MONDAY: LA on the Hudson: A Night of Readings will feature Jim Krusoe (Iceland), Dylan Landis (Normal People Don’t Live Like This), and Janice Shapiro (Bummer and Other Stories). [BOOKCOURT]
TUESDAY: Celebrate Springsteen Night with authors Marc Dolan (Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and Caryn Rose (Raise your Hand: The Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan in Europe). Free Sixpoint beer, holla. [WORD]
WEDNESDAY: John Kenney (Truth in Advertising) will chat with Jami Attenberg (The Middlesteins). [GREENLIGHT]
THURSDAY: Photographer and filmmaker Bill Hayward will discuss his latest book, Bad Behavior, with Coffin Factory editor Laura Isaacman. [HOUSING WORKS]
FRIDAY: Musician Ian Svenonius (The Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up Chain and the Gang) will share tips on forming a kick-ass band from his book True Rock ‘n’ Roll Secrets Revealed. [LE POISSON ROUGE]
Perhaps you can claim finesse at some of the following activities?
- Shaking your fist in the air
- Complaining about while contributing to a lack of diversity
- Knowing whether the bar bathroom door is locked or just hard to open
- Pretending to be overly proud of friends who run the Marathon
- Vowing to “get back there someday”
- Swearing you’ve only had one glass of wine
Last night I attended the BookCourt release party (complete with cans of Modelo!) for Andy Selsberg’s You Are Good at Things, a book that lists “all the skills that don’t pay the bills” but that do deserve some appreciation.
Last fall I covered Courtney’s BookCourt event for the release of her book of music-related essays, Record Collecting for Girls. One of the things I noticed about Courtney was that even though she obviously knew way more about music than most, she never veered off into snobbery. In fact, she even read from her “guilty pleasures” chapter (which includes musings on the Pussycat Dolls). I totally admire Courtney for thriving in the still-mainly-male music industry—not to mention her mad music journalism skills and her ability to help discover/break new bands (Death Cab, Vampire Weekend, Justice). After the jump, Courtney shares some of her book touring tales, which include reading for her grandmother’s bridge club, discussing The Smiths with a cover band member, and feeling really bad for a certain children’s book author.
Most of us take it for granted—knowing about our bloodline and family history. What if that information was cut off from us? How would it affect us, and would we attempt to track it down?
At BookCourt on Thursday night, novelist Ellen Ullman and literary blogger Maud Newton discussed the topic of origins. Ellen is also a computer programmer, and much of her previous writing has focused on the precarious relationship between man and technology. Her newest novel, By Blood, turns to another subject: where our own inner mechanisms come from.
Yes, not one but two sweet covers, which I’m including for your ocular pleasure. I’m partial to the bear one, though maybe just because it reminds me of Steven Colbert’s anti-bear campaign.
Anyway, let’s move on the actual reading, shall we?
Gary Shteyngart: wild and crazy guy!
Well, this has never happened before.
Last night I left BookCourt with a fresh copy of Other People We Married, signed not only by authress Emma Straub, but by her parents as well. Score!
Things Jennifer Egan and I have in common: Living in Brooklyn. A fear of public speaking. Affection for cats. The similarities are eerie, to say the least.
Imagine how bizarre it’d be to hang out on the set of a movie about your life. Especially if you were being played by Paul Dano, your mother by Julianne Moore and your father by—whoa—Robert DeNiro.