100 posts tagged Lit
Ya know how when you have a well-known book on your shelf for many years and finally pick it up and it’s even more brilliant than you anticipated? It’s nice when that happens.
MONDAY: Celebrate National Coming Out Day with contributors of THIS IS A BOOK FOR PARENTS OF GAY KIDS: A QUESTION & ANSWER GUIDE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE, featuring Dannielle Owens-Reid, Kristin Russo, Liam Lowery, Broderick Greer, and Jenny Owen Youngs. [Housing Works]
TUESDAY: The Center for Fiction presents Writing Gothic: A Celebration of the Macabre with Edward Carey and Shelley Jackson, moderated by A.N Devers. [Community Bookstore]
WEDNESDAY: Book launch for feminist anthology ICON, featuring Johanna Fateman (Le Tigre) and Kate Zambreno (GREEN GIRL) reading essays about Andrea Dworkin and Kathy Acker. [Bluestockings]
THURSDAY: National Book Award-winning author Alice McDermott will read from her newest work, SOMEONE. [Community Bookstore]
The problem with buying bigass books: they mock you more obviously from your bookshelf when you fail to read them. (I will, though. I swear.)
On Tuesday night I stopped by Housing Works for Harper Perennial’s 50th anniversary, featuring Roxane Gay, Kate Zambreno, Marcy Dermansky, Simon Van Booy, Darragh McKeon, and author and moderator Ben Greenman. Each brought an “enduring” book with them to share, and it felt rather like a writerly show and tell. It was delightful. I’ve named each book and picked a random choice quote from each author (which may or may not be about their book):
Tumblr Takes The Brooklyn Book Festival!
This Sunday, 9/21, hundreds of authors and plenty of your favorite publishers, bookstores, and librarians will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival. If you can be there, you totally should. But if not, our team of Tumblr Correspondents will be able to make you feel like you are with photos, gifs, drawings, quotes, writing tips, advice, reviews and more.
Follow this ace team at lastnightsreading, bookstalker, pith, yeahwriters, brooklynbook, jenhedonia, brooklynbrooke, and twentysomethingvagabond, or stick to books.tumblr.com where we’ll post their highlights all day long.
Are you coming too? Share your coverage with the #BKBF tag.
Sweet. I’ve always wanted to be part of an ace team!
Hope to see you there!
Shhh… go to sleep now. You have to party with all of literary internetty Brooklyn tomorrow…
Good morning! See you soon?
Whoo hoo! The Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend events kick off tonight. I’ll be hitting up various events throughout the week, and covering the literary frenzy that is the BKBF on Sunday. Expect lots of pix and posts to come.
The first thing you notice when you enter a Pen Parentis reading is the wine. There is a LOT of wine.
Which to me signals a wonderful time. After chatting with M.M. De Voe, founder of the series, it became clear that these events are meant to be rather festive—and friendly. M.M., a parent herself, started Pen Parentis after realizing the unique challenges that writer/parents face: juggling writing/kid responsibilities, the difficulties going away for residencies or tours, and the fears that if they write about parenting, they might be deemed mommy (or daddy) bloggers.
On Tuesday night, in a posh space within the Andaz Hotel, four parents gathered to read from their works. I had originally envisioned this as a short post, but everyone’s stories (read and/or related) were just too good not to share…
Chelsea Cain encountered a strange phenomenon after her Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell series started coming out. At events, women would approach her to say, quite earnestly, “I find Gretchen Lowell so inspiring.”
The strange part? Gretchen’s a serial killer.
MONDAY: Megan Abbott (THE FEVER) in convo with Chelsea Cain (ONE KICK). [The Strand]
TUESDAY: Pen Parentis Literary Salon kicks off their twelfth year with Julia Fierro (CUTTING TEETH), Mira Jacob (THE SLEEPWALKER’S GUIDE TO DANCING), and David Gilbert (& SONS). [Hotel Andaz]
WEDNESDAY: Book launch for PARIS NEW YORK by Fred Stein, with Fred’s son Peter Stein and granddaughter Katherine Freer. [Powerhouse]
THURSDAY: Bridgett M. Davis (INTO THE GO-SLOW) in convo with Tayari Jones (SILVER SPARROW). [Community Bookstore]
I don’t know if other writers face this, but when recently working on the final draft of my novel, I was kind of psychotic about what books I’d allow myself to read.