62 posts tagged NYC
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):
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]
So good! #tavigevinson #michaelcera #kieranculkin #theater #nyc
I’m back from Montana! Good lord, it’s beautiful there. There are the lush forests, mountains, and rivers, of course, but the hot springs and geysers also make for some crazy, moon-like landscapes. Here are some pix from my stay in Big Sky:
Join us on August 11 at 8pm for a special Indie Press Night, featuring innovative authors PAULA BOMER (Inside Madeleine, Nine Months), MICHAEL KIMBALL (Galaga, Big Ray), JAMIE IREDELL (I Was A Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac), BRIAN ALLEN CARR (The Last Horror Novel in the History of the World), and ANDREW DUNCAN WORTHINGTON (Walls)! For more information, please check our Facebook event page.
Alas, life’s too crazy today for me to post a full This Week’s Readings. However, if you’re free tonight, head to Franklin Park for INDIE PRESS NIGHT, which promises to be an excellent time.
An uncomfortably intense event with artist Raymond Pettibon and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon brought up an interesting question…
MONDAY: Actor Vanessa Redgrave will read from Michelle Zackheim’s LAST TRAIN TO PARIS and moderate a discussion with the author. [McNally Jackson]
TUESDAY: Manhattan Release Party for Sean Michaels' debut novel US CONDUCTOR. [KGB]
WEDNESDAY: Release party for RAYMOND PETTIBON: TO WIT, with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. [Strand]
THURSDAY: Kate Zambreno (GREEN GIRL) in convo with Jenny Offill (DEPT. OF SPECULATION). [Center for Fiction]