31 posts tagged Books
MONDAY: Sackett Street Writers’ Reading Series with poet Molly Rose Quinn, Ivy Pochoda (Visitation Street), Jason Porter (Why Are You So Sad?), and Howard Feinstein (Fire on the Bayou). [BookCourt]
TUESDAY: Launch for MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction, with Chad Harbach, Keith Gessen, Emily Gould, Carla Blumenkranz, Eli S. Evans and Mel Flashman. [Housing Works]
WEDNESDAY: Deji Bryce Olukotun (NIGERGIANS IN SPACE) in convo with Joel Whitney (Guernica, Al Jazeera). [WORD]
THURSDAY: We’ve Got a Good Thing Going with Gordon Lish. [McNally Jackson]
SATURDAY: The inimitable Lorrie Moore (BARK). [Community Bookstore, offsite at Congregation Beth Elohim]
MONDAY: Franklin Park: Tales of Love and Madness with jazz expert Stanley Crouch (CONSIDERING GENIUS: WRITINGS ON JAZZ), Jennifer Gilmore (THE MOTHERS) Mitchell S. Jackson (THE RESIDUE YEARS), and short fiction writer Molly Tolsky, with special guest Joseph Riippi (BECAUSE). [Franklin Park]
TUESDAY: Paperback launch for THE FLAMETHROWERS. Rachel Kushner + James Wood = swoon. [PowerHouse]
THURSDAY: Rebecca Mead (MY LIFE IN MIDDLEMARCH) with Kathryn Shulz (BEING WRONG) and Kate Zambreno (HEROINES). [Community Bookstore]
MONDAY: OXHART Tells the Truth with Véronique Hyland, Autumn Whitefield-Madrano, Nona Willis Aronowitz, and Shannon Deep. [Niagara Bar]
TUESDAY: Jesse Ball (SILENCE ONCE BEGUN) in convo with Christopher Bollen (LIGHTNING PEOPLE). [McNally Jackson]
WEDNESDAY: Rebecca Mead (MY LIFE IN MIDDLEMARCH) in convo with Adelle Waldman (THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P.). [Greenlight]
THURSDAY: BJ Novak (ONE MORE THING—I hear this book is hilarious). [WORD, Jersey City location]
FRIDAY: Happy weekend! I’ll be heading off to my first silence retreat…wish me (quiet) luck.
With a night focusing on “the total agony and creeping insanity of dating,” you know it’s gonna be good.
And indeed, this was one of the most hilarious literary events I’ve ever been to. Five fantastic storytellers gathered at Housing Works on Wednesday to celebrate the publication of Kate Heaney’s recent memoir, NEVER HAVE I EVER, about her life (so far) as a singleton. Chiara Atik, author of the rather excellent MODERN DATING: A FIELD GUIDE, moderated.
In order, here are the highlights:
MONDAY: Memoirist Ishmael Beah (RADIANCE OF TOMORROW) in convo with Dinaw Mengestu (THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT HEAVEN BEARS). [Greenlight]
TUESDAY: Satirical/critical lit series Animal Farm, featuring Gawker editor Tom Scocca, novelist Julia Fierro (CUTTING TEETH), critic and fiction writer Rahawa Haile, and poet Bruno Davey. [Over the Eight]
WEDNESDAY: Book launch for Joyce Carol Oates’s CARTHAGE. [Powerhouse]
ALSO: Wrap-up party for the Organist (the Believer’s podcast). [Warby Parker, Soho]
THURSDAY: Memoirist Sean Straub (BODY COUNTS: A MEMOIR OF POLITICS, SEX, AIDS AND SURVIVAL) in convo with Walter Armstrong. [The Strand]
FRIDAY: First meeting of book group on J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S. [WORD]
MONDAY: The Franklin Park Reading Series’s fifth annual Short Fiction Night will include Ben Marcus (LEAVING THE SEA), Chinelo Okparanta (HAPPINESS, LIKE WATER), Luke B. Goebel (FOURTEEEN STORIES l NONE OF THEM ARE YOURS), Ann Dewitt (NOON, BOMB), and Ryan Chang (Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Everyday Genius). [Franklin Park]
TUESDAY: Graphic novelist Julia Gfrörer (BLACK IS THE COLOR). [Strand]
WEDNESDAY: Debut novelist Rachel Cantor (A HIGHLY UNLIKELY SCENARIO) in convo with Hannah Tinti (THE GOOD THIEF). [Greenlight]
THURSDAY: NYTM culture editor Adam Sternbergh (SHOVEL READY: A NOVEL). [Bookcourt]
FRIDAY: Cartoonist Pablo Zequeria (JAMES IN HIGH-SCHOOL: A GRAPHIC-STRIP WITH WORDS] with Nicholas Birns. [BookCourt]
MONDAY: The Moth High School GrandSLAM: FACE TO FACE: For the first time ever, all-star storytellers from five high schools will compete for the Moth crown. [Housing Works]
TUESDAY: Fiction Addiction with Lynne Tillman (SOMEDAY THIS WILL BE FUNNY), David Gilbert (& SONS), Laura van den Berg (THE ISLE OF YOUTH), and A. Igoni Barrett (LOVE IS POWER). [2A]
WEDNESDAY: Holiday Book Sale and Party with Akashic Books, Archipelago Books, One Story, Restless Books, Swayspace, and Ugly Duckling Presse. [Old Can Factory]
THURSDAY: A Mellow Pages night of readings with D. Foy (MADE TO BREAK, forthcoming), Andy Mister (LINER NOTES), and Sean Madigan Hoen (SONGS ONLY YOU KNOW: A MEMOIR, forthcoming). [Mellow Pages]
FRIDAY: A holiday celebration with music by Mark Borthwick. [BookCourt]
I’ll be off for X-Mas next week, attempting to stay warm in Milwaukee’s subzero temps. Happy holidays, everyone!
After the craziness of last week, this holiday week is a bit slower than usual literary-wise but there are still a few sweet events going on:
MONDAY: Biographer and art critic Deborah Solomon will discuss AMERICAN MIRROR: THE LIFE AND ART OF NORMAN ROCKWELL with writer and critic Jason Farago. [McNally Jackson]
TUESDAY: Past National Book Award winner Robert Stone will chat about his newest novel, DEATH OF THE BLACK HAIRED GIRL, with 2013 NBA nominee Rachel Kushner (THE FLAMETHROWERS). [Strand]
THURSDAY: Happy Turkey Day!
SATURDAY: Indies First at bookstores throughout the city. Don’t miss it.
Tonight, I saw saw 20 readings in a row. It was kind of like flipping through TV stations, or playing literary Chat Roulette. I haven’t attended the NBA Finalists Reading before, so I figured there would just be a couple readers from each category. But: not to worry. They were all there!
Granted, they each had only five minutes to read. And though most authors introduced their work, the dipping into a variety of genres (fiction, poetry, nonfiction and young people’s lit) as well as the different types of subject matter (a brother’s suicide, the War of 1812, Nazi women, scientology) was jarring, exhilarating and a bit overwhelming.
Oh man, what happened last night? The National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 party at powerHouse Arena included: Carrie Brownstein hosting, Colson Whitehead DJ’ing, a bevy of hot under-35 writers speaking—plus swag bags, a Calexico cart outside, fancy cocktails…In other words, it was like an amazing literary fever dream.