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Not a day goes by in New York City (NYC) without a free poetry reading or a book signing or a book reading by a famous or not yet famous author. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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From the award-winning writer of Easter Island comes a powerful story of love, loss, and redemption amid the ruins of war-torn Italy.
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Book Readings, November 03, 2014, 11/03/2014, Jennifer Vanderbes reads from her book The Secret of Raven Point
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Join Charles and Mirella Affron as they discuss their comprehensive new book, a survey of America's foremost opera company and an essential companion to all classic music lovers.
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Book Readings, November 03, 2014, 11/03/2014, Charles and Mirella Affron read from their book Grand Opera: The Story of the Met
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Pinterest, Instagram and Internet favorite Tyler Knott Gregson brings us his stunning book of awesome poems and quotes typed on vintage-looking parchment and recycled papers.
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Book Readings, November 03, 2014, 11/03/2014, Tyler Knott Gregson reads from his book Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series
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In this engagingly witty, wise and heartfelt memoir, Martin Short tells the tale of how a showbiz-obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood’s favorite funnymen, known to his famous peers as the “comedian’s comedian.”
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Book Signings, November 03, 2014, 11/03/2014, Martin Short signs copies of his book I Must Say: My Life as Humble Comedy Legend
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A selection of poetry by Jorie Graham with prints by Julian Lethbridge and an introductory essay by Helen Vendler.
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Poetry Readings, November 03, 2014, 11/03/2014, Jorie Graham reads from her book What the End is For
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Featuring Alan Hanson, Alice Sola Kim, Kevin Nguyen, Gabriel Roth, Nicole Steinberg and host Jaime Greene. The Catapult is a podcast of new writing, read aloud. It showcases the best new writing in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction — work that is exciting, beautiful, weird, smart, funny, sent directly to your ears. Every episode brings great writers reading their work straight to you, via podcast, wherever you are.
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Readings, November 03, 2014, 11/03/2014, The Catapult Live: Be There for the Podcast Recording
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Nicola Gardini's new book originally explores holes, omissions, and cuts in fiction. Gardini takes his readers through a vertiginous range of examples from ancient and modern literature, both in Italian and in other languages, constructing a whole anthropology of literature and tackling such essential questions as the essence of narratives, the function of the reader, and the meaning of the unsaid. Lacuna cogently demonstrates that lacunosity is one of the organizing paradigms of human experience and that literature is not merely art, but a fundamental mode of thinking. In ENGLISH.
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Book Readings, November 03, 2014, 11/03/2014, Nicola Gardini reads from her book Lacuna
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Capitalism v. Democracy offers the key to understanding why corporations are now citizens, money is political speech, limits on corporate spending are a form of censorship, democracy is a free market, and political equality and democratic integrity are unconstitutional constraints on money in politics. Kuhner argues that nothing short of a constitutional amendment can set the necessary boundaries between capitalism and democracy. Timothy K. Kuhner, associate professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law, teaches international law, comparative law, human rights, campaign finance, and alternative dispute resolution.
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Book Readings, November 04, 2014, 11/04/2014, Timothy Kuhner reads from his book Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution
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Allison Carmen spent many years fighting a powerful addiction. It wasn’t drugs, alcohol or fame. It was an addiction to certainty. If she didn’t know what the future would bring - and who does? - she felt anxious and afraid. This decades-long struggle followed her through college, marriage, parenthood, and a successful law career. While everything seemed fine from the outside, Allison was in a constant battle that was unwinnable, sapping her energy, attention, and spirit.
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Book Readings, November 04, 2014, 11/04/2014, Allison Carmen reads from her book The Gift of Maybe: Finding Hope and Possibility in Uncertain Times
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Following the critical acclaim for his debut, Patrick Flanery's Fallen Land is his astonishing break-out novel; a nail-biting story powered by a fierce anger at the utter failure of the American dream, and the greatest fears that lurk in every one of us.
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Book Readings, November 04, 2014, 11/04/2014, Patrick Flanery reads from his book Fallen Land
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Richard Zoglin's new biography is of comedian Bob Hope. Join the author as he revisits the highs and lows of the formidable showman on the screen and on the war front.
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Book Readings, November 04, 2014, 11/04/2014, Richard Zoglin read from his book Hope: Entertainer of the Century
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In Jamie Metzl's new sci-fi thriller, reporter Rich Azadian is faced with designer drugs, murder, culture wars, genetic manipulation and political oppression.
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Book Readings, November 04, 2014, 11/04/2014, Jamie Metzl reads from his book Genesis Code: A Thriller of the Near Future
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From Gabrielle Hamilton, bestselling author of Blood, Bones and Butter, comes her eagerly anticipated cookbook debut filled with signature recipes from her celebrated New York City restaurant Prune.
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Book Signings, November 04, 2014, 11/04/2014, Gabrielle Hamilton discusses her book Prune
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Mallory Ortberg in conversation with Rachel Fershleiser for a launch event for the new book.
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Book Readings, November 04, 2014, 11/04/2014, Mallory Ortberg discusses her book Texts from Jane Eyre
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Martin Amis was born in Swansea, Wales, and educated at Exeter College, Oxford. He is the author of twelve previous novels, including The Rachel Papers, Money, London Fields and The Pregnant Widow. He is also the author of the memoir Experience, two collections of short stories and six books of non-fiction, including The Second Plane. He was literary editor of The New Statesman and served as the Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester until 2011. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the writer Isabel Fonseca, and their children.
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Book Readings, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Martin Amis discuss his book The Zone of Interest
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
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Readings, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Katha Pollitt delivers a concise, ardent argument for abortion as a right and a force for social good in conversation with MSNBC National Reporter Irin Carmon, hosted by Terri Gordon, Director of the Gender Studies Program. In this groundbreaking book, Katha Pollitt reframes abortion as a common part of a woman’s reproductive life, one that should be accepted as a moral right with positive social implications. In clear, concise arguments, Pollitt takes on the “personhood” argument, reaffirms the priority of a woman’s life and health, and discusses why terminating a pregnancy can be a force for social good.
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Book Readings, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Katha Pollitt discusses her book Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights
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The co-authors pay tribute to American warriors in their new book of military history.
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Book Readings, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran read from their book For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice
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Beloved bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith releases his fifteenth book in the 'No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency' series.
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Book Readings, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Alexander McCall Smith signs copies of his book The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe
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A sumptuous multi-course feast of readings and stories.
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Readings, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Dish: Whiskey Cocktails, Ovenly, and More
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Set over 10 years ago, Gladyss of the Hunt oscillates between chilly streets and mythic mysticism. An unlikely pair of cops find themselves investigating a series of violent murders that bring them to the heart of the Times Square Redevelopment Project. Going from arty society gatherings to shabby hotels and SROs, the novel offers a suspenseful, often satiric account of a city that is dark and rundown one moment, flashy and glamorous the next.
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Book Readings, November 05, 2014, 11/05/2014, Arthur Nersesian reads from his book Gladyss of the Hunt
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Sigrid MacRae never knew her father, until a trove of letters revealed not only him, but also the singular story of her parents' inter-continental love affair.
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Book Readings, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Sigrid MacRae reads from her book A World Elsewhere: An American Woman in Wartime Germany
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A collection of 123 powerful duotone photographs made by Stephen Shames from 1977-2000 that chronicles the lives of kids growing up in the Bronx.
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Book Signings, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Photographer Stephen Shames signs copies of his book Bronx Boys
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With Social Media Strategies for Investing, you will not only enhance your understanding of the stock market, but also use social media to maximize your profits. This comprehensive guide provides you with specific strategies for using social media as an investment tool to gain a greater understanding of today’s market, so you won’t get left behind.
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Book Readings, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Brian Egger reads from his book Social Media Strategies for Investing
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With Geffrey Davis, Dawn Lundy Martin and Arisa White.
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Poetry Readings, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, 3 poets read new work
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Chris Adrian is the author of the short story collection, “A Better Angel,” and three novels, “Gob’s Grief,” “The Children’s Hospital,” and “The Great Night.” Eli Horowitz is the coauthor of “The Clock Without a Face,” a treasure-hunt mystery, and “Everything You Know Is Pong,” an illustrated cultural history of ping pong. Adrian and Horowitz collaborated on “The New World,” a digitally enhanced novel released by Atavist Books in July 2014, and published as an FSG Original in 2015.
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Book Readings, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Fiction Reading: Chris Adrian / Eli Horowitz
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What if you could rewrite a tragedy? What if you could give grace to someone's greatest mistake? Huddled beneath the volcanoes of the Kirishima mountain range in southern Japan, also called the Fog Island Mountains, the inhabitants of small-town Komachi are waiting for the biggest of the summer's typhoons.
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Book Readings, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Michelle Bailat-Jones reads from her book Fog Island Mountains
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Mary Gordon's three latest books are The Love of My Youth (2011), Reading Jesus (2009), and Circling My Mother (2007). Mary Beth Keane's lastest novel, Fever, is about the woman known as Typhoid Mary. Margaret Vandenburg is the author of novels including The Home Front, a portrait of a family facing autism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction, an Iraq War novel. Refreshments will be served after the readings.
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Book Readings, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Faculty Reading: Mary Gordon / Mary Beth Keane / Margaret Vandenburg
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With Nell Freudenberger, Benjamin Nugent and Laura van den Berg. This year's anthology is hosted by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Jennifer Egan. She presides over a 364-page gathering of short stories by writers known and unknown.
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Book Readings, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Pulizer Prize winner Jennifer Egan presents The Best American Short Stories 2014
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The New York Times bestselling author and renowned pastor explores the power of prayer.
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Book Readings, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, Timothy Keller discusses her book Prayer
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No Tokens Issue 2 Launch Celebration and Reading. Featuring contributors Mary Gaitskill, Dawn Raffel, Stephen O’Connor, Michael Klein, Joseph Riippi, Carina Del Valle Schorske, Hubert Vigilla, Chris Messer, Christopher Stackhouse, Chase Berggrun, Alexandra Ford.
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Readings, November 06, 2014, 11/06/2014, No Tokens Reading
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Featuring Hugh Martin, Heather Raffo, Zohra Saed, and Brian Turner.
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Poetry Readings, November 07, 2014, 11/07/2014, Poets on War: Insights on a Global Conflict
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Patricia Lockwood is the author of “Balloon Pop Outlaw Black” and “Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals.” /> Danniel Schoonebeek’s debut collection of poems, “American Barricade,” was published in 2014.
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Poetry Readings, November 07, 2014, 11/07/2014, Poetry Reading: Patricia Lockwood / Danniel Schoonebeek
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Capitalism v. Democracy offers the key to understanding why corporations are now citizens, money is political speech, limits on corporate spending are a form of censorship, democracy is a free market, and political equality and democratic integrity are unconstitutional constraints on money in politics. Kuhner argues that nothing short of a constitutional amendment can set the necessary boundaries between capitalism and democracy. Timothy K. Kuhner, associate professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law, teaches international law, comparative law, human rights, campaign finance, and alternative dispute resolution.
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Book Readings, November 07, 2014, 11/07/2014, Timothy Kuhner reads from his book Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution
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Eleanor Henderson’s debut novel Ten Thousand Saints was named one of the Top 10 Books of 2011 by The New York Times.
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Book Readings, November 07, 2014, 11/07/2014, Eleanor Henderson reads from her book Ten Thousand Saints
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Novelist Charles Salzberg brings us another shocking and witty thriller. Sleuth Henry Swann faces his his most intimidating mystery yet, but will he have the stamina to solve it?
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Book Readings, November 07, 2014, 11/07/2014, Charles Salzberg reads from his book Swann's Lake of Despair
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Bill Nye has set off on an energetic campaign to spread awareness of evolution and the powerful way it shapes our lives.
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Book Signings, November 07, 2014, 11/07/2014, Bill Nye 'the Science Guy' signs copies of his book Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation
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In his new book, psychiatrist and photographer Sebastian Zimmermann presents a fascinating, first of its kind, photographic survey of the current field of psychiatry and psychology through penetrating portraits of fifty therapists all taken in the most sacred of places - the private office where they see their patients. Ranging from luminaries to newly minted analysts, Zimmermann's subjects hail from widely different orientations that collectively reveal the diversity of approaches to therapeutic practice today.
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Book Signings, November 10, 2014, 11/10/2014, Photographer Sebastian Zimmermann signs copies of his book Fifty Shrinks
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
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Readings, November 10, 2014, 11/10/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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William Gibson returns with his first novel since 2010’s New York Times-bestselling Zero History.
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Book Readings, November 10, 2014, 11/10/2014, William Gibson reads from his book The Peripheral
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Night School, presented by BuzzFeed’s Jack Shepherd and Tanner Ringerud, is exactly as fun as it sounds. It’s like school, except at night! Also, probably, funnier. And with beers. And jokes. And no homework.
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Readings, November 10, 2014, 11/10/2014, Night School: A Lowbrow Lecture Series
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A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life. Store opens at 9:00 am for event attendees. Event is on 4th floor - one book per person. A limited amount of wristbands will be distributed.
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Book Signings, November 11, 2014, 11/11/2014, Stephen King signs copies of his book Revival
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Bill Berkson’s most recent books include Snippets (2013), Not an Exit (2011), Repeat After Me (2011), Lady Air (2010), Portrait and Dream: New &amp; Selected Poems (2009), BILL (2008), and a collection of his art writing, For the Ordinary Artist (2010). A new collection of his poems, Expect Delays, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press this year. Angelo Micah Olin published several books under the name Jeni Olin, including Ich Habe Angst Um Meinen Hedgefonds and The Pill Book (both 2008). His first book to be published under the name Angelo Micah Olin, The Hunger Notebook, is forthcoming from Tender Buttons Press in 2015.
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Poetry Readings, November 11, 2014, 11/11/2014, Readings in Contemporary Poetry: Bill Berkson / Angelo Micah Olin
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Meet actor Anson Williams who rekindles memories of the popular television show in his new biography.
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Book Readings, November 11, 2014, 11/11/2014, Anson Williams reads from his book Singing to a Bulldog: From Happy Days to Hollywood Director, and the Unlikely Mentor Who Got Me There
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The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens blends a historically accurate telling of Dickens's life as he is caught between the worlds of England's ruling elite and the seamy underside of London society.
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Book Readings, November 11, 2014, 11/11/2014, Thomas Hauser reads from his book The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens
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Richard Ford is the author of The New York Times bestselling novel Canada, as well as The Bascombe Novels, the story collections A Multitude of Sins and Rock Springs. His books have been published in more than twenty-five countries, won many prestigious international awards and been widely anthologized. He lives in Boothbay, Maine, with his wife Kristina Ford.
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Book Readings, November 11, 2014, 11/11/2014, Richard Ford, Pulitzer-winning novelist, reads from his book Let Me Be Frank With You
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Siri Hustvedt was born in 1955 in Northfield, Minnesota and is the internationally acclaimed author of five novels, The Sorrows of an American, What I Loved, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, The Blindfold, and The Summer Without Men, as well as a growing body of nonfiction including, A Plea for Eros and Mysteries of the Rectangle, and an interdisciplinary investigation of the body and mind in The Shaking Woman or A History of My Nerves.
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Book Readings, November 12, 2014, 11/12/2014, Siri Hustvedt reads from her book The Blazing World
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Tonight the one and only Alicia Keys reads and signs her new children's book. Priority seating with book purchase. Wristband event. Call store for additional details.
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Book Signings, November 12, 2014, 11/12/2014, Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys signs copies of her children's book Blue Moon: From the Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee
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Join Vanessa Pérez Rosario and poets Sandra Maria Esteves, Mariposa, Bonafide Rojas and Emanuel Xavier for an evening of conversation and readings honoring the life and work and Julia de Burgos. In Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon, Vanessa Pérez Rosario examines poet and political activist Julia de Burgos’s development as a writer, her experience of migration, and her legacy in New York City.
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Poetry Readings, November 12, 2014, 11/12/2014, Becoming Julia de Burgos
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An internationally known fashion photographer, dazzling but aloof, comes and goes as she pleases, juggling three lovers. But with her teenage niece and nephew effectively orphaned, she feels an unfamiliar surge of protective feeling.
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Book Readings, November 12, 2014, 11/12/2014, Nuruddin Farah reads from his new book Hiding in Plain Sight
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Zou Lei, orphan of the desert, migrates to work in America and finds herself slaving in New York's kitchens. She falls in love with a young man whose heart has been broken in another desert. A new life may be possible if together they can survive homelessness, lockup, and the young man's nightmares, which may be more prophecy than madness.
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Book Readings, November 12, 2014, 11/12/2014, Atticus Lish reads from his new book Preparation for the Next Life
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Mark Strand’s most recent book, Complete Poems, has been shortlisted for the National Book Award. He is the author of many books of poems, a book of stories, and three volumes of translations, and he is the editor of several anthologies. He has received numerous honors and awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Pulitzer Prize (for Blizzard of One), the Bollingen Prize, and the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1990, he was appointed poet laureate of the United States. Eliza Griswold is the author of Wideawake Field, which “draws tenderness from brutality, an idyll from a panic, and lyric not from interlude, but everywhere” (Susan Stewart). Her latest book, I am the Beggar of the World, is a collection of reportage and translations of Afghan folk poetry. Her first non-fiction book, The Tenth Parallel, was awarded the Anthony J. Lukas prize and was a New York Times bestseller. Her poetry and reportage has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, among many others. Sarah Plimpton is a painter and writer and the author of The Every Day. Her poems, “as quiet as a moment just before sleep…are like preludes to dreams. The everyday happens daily, but it is also rare and precious in Ms. Plimpton's transparent telling” (John Ashbery). Her poems and prose have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, and The Denver Quarterly, among other magazines.
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Poetry Readings, November 12, 2014, 11/12/2014, Poetry Reading: Pulitzer Prize Winner Mark Strand and Others
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Borrowing his title from one of the songs she made popular, James Gavin tells the story of the strange life of Peggy Lee in his new biography. Join him for his discussion of the famous songstress with critic Rex Reed.
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Book Readings, November 12, 2014, 11/12/2014, James Gavin discusses his book Is That All There Is? with critic Rex Reed
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Eric Bogosian is best known as a playwright, novelist and actor. He wrote and starred in the play, "Talk Radio" for which he was nominated for a Tony award. For his film adaptation of the play, Bogosian received the Berlin Film Festival "Silver Bear." As an actor, Bogosian has appeared in numerous films and television programs, starring in Robert Altman's "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial," Oliver Stone's "Talk Radio," "Under Siege II," "Wonderland," and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent."
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Book Readings, November 13, 2014, 11/13/2014, Tony nominee Eric Bogosian reads from his book 100 (monologues)
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Claudia Rankine is the author of four collections of poetry: “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric” (Graywolf Press, 2004); “PLOT” (Grove Press, 2001); “The End of the Alphabet” (Grove Press, 1998); and “Nothing in Nature is Private” (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1995), which received the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. In 2013, Rankine was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
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Poetry Readings, November 13, 2014, 11/13/2014, Poet Claudia Rankine discusses her work
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A follow-up to the recently aired PBS special, with Ken Burns and Geoff Ward, will take a conversational form moderated by Time magazine's Jeff Kluger.
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Book Signings, November 13, 2014, 11/13/2014, Filmmaker Ken Burns discusses his book The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
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Special agent Aloysius Pendergast is caught in a wickedly clever plot that leaves him stricken in mind and body ... and may well end with his death in book 14 of Preston and Child's bestselling 'Agent Pendergast' series.
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Book Readings, November 13, 2014, 11/13/2014, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child read from their book Blue Labyrinth
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A year in the whirlwind life of pop celebrity Andy Cohen, in his own cheeky, candid, and irreverent words. /> Event space seating will open at 5:00 pm on 4th floor. Priority seating with book purchase is limited.
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Book Signings, November 13, 2014, 11/13/2014, Andy Cohen signs copies of his book The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year
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Charles D’ambrosio has published two collections of short stories, “The Point,” a New York Times Notable Book, and “The Dead Fish Museum,” as well as “Orphans,” a collection of essays. Darcey Steinke is the author of five novels and a memoir, “Easter Everywhere,” which was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book. D’ambrosio’s latest title, “Loitering: New and Selected Essays,” and Steinke’s new novel, “Sister Golden Hair,” are both new from Tin House in fall 2014.
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Book Readings, November 14, 2014, 11/14/2014, Fiction Reading: Charles D’ambrosio / Darcey Steinke
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Following the tremendously successful inaugural event in 2012 and a Kickstarter campaign this summer, the Moby-Dick Marathon NYC returns next month for a three-day marathon-style reading of Herman Melville’s epic novel. Over 150 readers — including Touré, Jami Attenberg, Phil Klay, Téa Obreht, Nathaniel Philbrick, Lynne Tillman, Alex Karpovsky, Matt Kish, and many more — will each read a ten-minute section of the novel.
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Book Readings, November 14, 2014, 11/14/2014, Moby-Dick Marathon NYC
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Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.
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Book Readings, November 14, 2014, 11/14/2014, Walter Isaacson discusses his book The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
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Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring). And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the world's most successful music Kickstarter.
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Book Readings, November 14, 2014, 11/14/2014, Amanda Palmer reads from her book The Art of Asking
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Following the tremendously successful inaugural event in 2012 and a Kickstarter campaign this summer, the Moby-Dick Marathon NYC returns next month for a three-day marathon-style reading of Herman Melville’s epic novel. Over 150 readers — including Touré, Jami Attenberg, Phil Klay, Téa Obreht, Nathaniel Philbrick, Lynne Tillman, Alex Karpovsky, Matt Kish, and many more — will each read a ten-minute section of the novel.
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Book Readings, November 15, 2014, 11/15/2014, Moby-Dick Marathon NYC
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Following the tremendously successful inaugural event in 2012 and a Kickstarter campaign this summer, the Moby-Dick Marathon NYC returns next month for a three-day marathon-style reading of Herman Melville’s epic novel. Over 150 readers — including Touré, Jami Attenberg, Phil Klay, Téa Obreht, Nathaniel Philbrick, Lynne Tillman, Alex Karpovsky, Matt Kish, and many more — will each read a ten-minute section of the novel.
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Book Readings, November 16, 2014, 11/16/2014, Moby-Dick Marathon NYC
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Evengeline Lilly, star of Lost and The Hobbit, discusses her new book. Priority seating with book purchase. Call store for details.
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Book Signings, November 17, 2014, 11/17/2014, Actress Evangeline Lilly signs copies of her children's book The Squickerwonkers vol 1
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The author of the The Dead Beat returns with her latest.
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Book Readings, November 17, 2014, 11/17/2014, Marilyn Johnson reads from her book Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble
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The actress and author explores her relationship with her unforgettable mother, Teri, in her new memoir. In conversation with Willie Geist of The Today Show. Event space seating will open at 5:00 pm on 4th floor. Priority seating with book purchase is limited.
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Book Signings, November 18, 2014, 11/18/2014, Brooke Shields signs copies of her book There Was a Little Girl
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With Jason Diamond, Stephen Elliott, Isaac Fitzgerald, Nick Flynn, Maris Kreizman, Brian Macaluso, Adam Sternbergh, Rachel Syme, Jenna Wortham and Valerie Eagle.
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Book Readings, November 18, 2014, 11/18/2014, Sari Botton and contributors read from Never Can Say Goodbye
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Peter Godwin is an author, journalist, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, and former human rights lawyer. Best known for his writings concerning the breakdown of his native Zimbabwe, he has reported from more than 60 countries and written several books. He is currently President of PEN American Center and resides in Manhattan, New York with his wife, Joanna Coles, who was named Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan in 2012.
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Readings, November 18, 2014, 11/18/2014, Distinguished Writers Series: Peter Godwin
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Richard Ford is the author of The New York Times bestselling novel Canada, as well as The Bascombe Novels, the story collections A Multitude of Sins and Rock Springs. His books have been published in more than twenty-five countries, won many prestigious international awards and been widely anthologized. He lives in Boothbay, Maine, with his wife Kristina Ford.
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Book Readings, November 19, 2014, 11/19/2014, Richard Ford, Pulitzer-winning novelist, reads from his book Let Me Be Frank With You
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Love a good story? Sit back and relax as they read you a story or two.
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Readings, November 19, 2014, 11/19/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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No reservations are necessary for the sumptuous new cookbook written by Glenn Rolnick.
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Book Signings, November 19, 2014, 11/19/2014, Glenn Rolnick discusses his book Carmine's Celebrates: Classic Italian Recipes for Everyday Feasts
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In an unusual and gripping memoir, Timothy Shriver shows how his teachers have been the world’s most forgotten minority: people with intellectual disabilities. In conversation with Martha Beck. Event space seating will open at 5:00 pm on 4th floor. Priority seating with book purchase is limited.
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Book Readings, November 19, 2014, 11/19/2014, Timothy Shriver discusses his book Fully Alive
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Jericho Brown’s first book, “Please” (New Issues), won the American Book Award, and his most recent collection, “The New Testament,” was released in September 2014 by Copper Canyon Press. Olena Kalytiak Davis’s debut, “And Her Soul Out of Nothing,” was selected for the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Her latest collection, “The Poem She Didn’t Write and Other Poems,” is out from Copper Canyon Press in 2014.
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Poetry Readings, November 20, 2014, 11/20/2014, Poetry Reading: Jericho Brown / Olena Kalytiak Davis
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In eleven kaleidoscopic stories, Monica McFawn traces the combustive, hilarious, and profound effects that occur when people misread the minds of others. The characters — an array of artists, scientists, songwriters, nannies, horse trainers, and poets — often try to pin down another’s point of view, only to find that their own worldview is far from fixed.
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Book Readings, November 20, 2014, 11/20/2014, Monica McFawn reads from her new book Bright Shards of Someplace Else
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A Massachusetts mill town and the Venice of 1914 are the settings for Cleveland's new novel as a Washington politico faces a bribery scandal and his unknown past.
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Book Readings, November 20, 2014, 11/20/2014, David Adams Cleveland reads from his book Love's Attraction
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With this first book in Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales series, the famed comedian, actor, and bestselling author delivers a hilarious retelling of an old fairytale favorite that will appeal to adults and children alike. Event space seating will open at 5:00 pm on 4th floor. Priority seating with book purchase.
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Book Signings, November 20, 2014, 11/20/2014, Actor and comedian Russell Brand signs copies of his book The Pied Piper of Hamelin
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Timothy Donnelly is the author of two collections of poetry, “The Cloud Corporation” (Wave Books, 2011) and “Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit” (Grove Press, 2003). Donnelly is the current poetry editor at the Boston Review.
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Poetry Readings, November 21, 2014, 11/21/2014, Poet Timothy Donnelly discusses his work
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James McBride is the author of four books, including his debut novel, “Miracle at St. Anna,” which was translated into a major motion picture directed by American film icon Spike Lee, “Song Yet Sung,” and the New York Times bestselling memoir, “The Color of Water.” His latest novel “The Good Lord Bird,” was the winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction.
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Book Readings, November 21, 2014, 11/21/2014, Fiction Reading: James McBride
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A poetry reading centered on a sequence of prose poems entitled Odyssey. These poems are inspired partly by Homer, and partly by a series of monotypes entitled Orbiana Oliveto by the artist James McGarrell. The images will accompany the reading. The reading will include other short lyrics inspired by Homer and Virgil.
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Poetry Readings, November 21, 2014, 11/21/2014, Inspired by the Classics: A Poetry Reading by Rosanna Warren
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A special evening of music and readings to celebrate the tenth-anniversary edition of Voices of a People’s History of the United States and launch the third — and updated — edition of this acclaimed book by Howard Zinn (1922-2010) and Anthony Arnove. Voices is the primary-source companion to Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States. It features the words of visionaries, rebels, and dissenters who have changed the course of our history. Jon Stewart calls Voices “gut-wrenching,” while Salon says it is "Compelling and indispensable.” This special tenth anniversary event will include editor Anthony Arnove, singer-songwriter Allison Moorer, musician Deva Mahal, actor and playwright Wallace Shawn, actors Erin Cherry, Brian Jones, Elizabeth A. Davis, Christine Kirk, Kelly MacDonald, Aasif Mandvi, Viggo Mortensen, Jessica Pimentel, Susan Pourfar, Peter Sarsgaard, poets Staceyann Chin, and Kevin Coval, and Howard Zinn's son Jeff Zinn. Music by DJ Charlie Hustle.
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Book Readings, November 21, 2014, 11/21/2014, Voices of a People’s History of the United States' 10th Anniversary
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Catie Rosemurgy is the author of two poetry collections, “My Favorite Apocalypse” and “The Stranger Manual,” both published by Graywolf Press.
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Poetry Readings, November 21, 2014, 11/21/2014, Poet Catie Rosemurgy reads her work
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From the acclaimed illustrator and author of Paris versus New York comes a visual memoir inspired by Muratyan's travels across four continents and multiple time zones. About Time is a warm and funny celebration of how we spend our lives.
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Book Readings, November 21, 2014, 11/21/2014, Vahram Muratyan discusses his book About Time: A Visual Memoir Around the Clock
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A one-of-a-kind tribute from one of the best-selling bands in the world direct to their legions of fans. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performances have become legendary as much for the music and antics on stage as the generous, loving community of people who stand side by side, screaming their approval. This is a fan appreciation book of words and photos from the band that puts the emphasis where it should be — on the fans. In conversation with David Fricke.
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Book Signings, November 21, 2014, 11/21/2014, Singer Anthony Kiedis signs copies of the book Red Hot Chili Peppers: Fandemonium
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A James Beard Award-winning writer captures life under the Red socialist banner in this wildly inventive, tragicomic memoir of feasts, famines, and three generations.
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Book Readings, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Anya Von Bremzen reads from her book Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing
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Martin Scorsese is one of the most respected names in cinema, with a track record that puts him firmly among the all-time greats of filmmaking. Scorsese’s directorial debut was in 1963, with a movie he made while still a student at New York University. He achieved superstar status, not just for himself as a director but also for Robert de Niro as an actor, with the classic Taxi Driver in 1976. Since then, Scorsese’s name has become synonymous with movies that make the spine tingle – Raging Bull, Casino, The Departed — and of course, Goodfellas.
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Book Readings, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Tom Shone reads from his book Martin Scorsese: A Retrospective
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This is the first and only book that visually tells us the intimate story of Peter, Paul, and Mary and their music, through their own words and with iconic images that follow their passionate, fifty-year journey to the center of America’s heart. Event space seating will open at 5:00 pm on 4th floor. Priority seating with book purchase is limited.
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Book Signings, November 22, 2014, 11/22/2014, Peter Yarrow signs copies of his book Peter Paul and Mary: Fifty Years in Music and Life
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Divided by continent, You Are Here represents one (idealized) orbit of the ISS. This planetary photo tour — surprising, playful, thought-provoking, and visually delightful — is also punctuated with fun, fascinating commentary on life in zero gravity by one of the world's most seasoned and accomplished astronauts. Event space seating will open at 5:00 pm on 4th floor. Priority seating with book purchase is limited.
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Book Signings, November 23, 2014, 11/23/2014, Astronaut Chris Hadfield signs copies of his book You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes - Photographs from the International Space Station
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Steampunk, the retro-futuristic cultural movement, has become a substantial and permanent genre in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. A large part of its appeal is that, at its core, Steampunk is about doing it yourself: building on the past while also innovating and creating something original.
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Book Readings, November 23, 2014, 11/23/2014, Jeff VanderMeer and Desirina Boskovich read from their book The Steampunk Users Manual: An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro Futurist Dreams
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Readings, November 24, 2014, 11/24/2014, Story Time for Grown-Ups
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Mark Doty is the author of eight books of poetry, including Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2008 National Book Award, and My Alexandria, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Patricia Smith is an American poet, spoken-word performer, playwright, author, writing teacher, and former journalist. She has published poems in literary magazines and journals including TriQuarterly, Poetry, The Paris Review, Tin House, and in anthologies including American Voices and The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry.
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Poetry Readings, November 25, 2014, 11/25/2014, Poetry Reading with Mark Doty and Patricia Smith
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Theater | Hysterically funny show directed by Tony®-nominee

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