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Author Reading | Do Stand So Close: My Improbable Adventure as Sting's Guitarist


Welcome Jeffrey Lee Campbell taking us on journey with his captivating memoir, recounting Campbell's glamorous (and grueling) twenty-five country, six-continent trial by fire on Sting's "Nothing Like The Sun World Tour". Campbell is a guitarist, composer, and producer. He has been a professional musician for over forty years - thirty and counting in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Nov 13
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, November 13, 2019, 11/13/2019, Do Stand So Close: My Improbable Adventure as Sting's Guitarist

Author Reading | Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World


Esquire writer Jeff Gordiner talks about his new book. He's joined by David Kamp, author of The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Nov 13
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Author Readings, November 13, 2019, 11/13/2019, Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World

Author Reading | The Art of Reading in Modern Europe: The Myths That Started It All


We live in a world where methods of communication and of thought change faster than they ever did before. What does this mean for literature? Looking at the risks and new challenges that are taking shape today, Lina Bolzoni's book looks back to the past in order to resurface the great myths that nourished the reading experiences at the start of the modern world: myths filled with allure, both powerful and fragile; inexorably distant, they observe us with "a familiar glance." In English.
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Author Readings, November 13, 2019, 11/13/2019, The Art of Reading in Modern Europe: The Myths That Started It All

Poetry Reading | New Poetry: Birthright / Do Not Return


Erika Dreifus is the author of Quiet Americans: Stories, an American Library Association/Sophie Brody Medal honor title for outstanding achievement in Jewish literature. Birthright is her first book of poems. Julia Knobloch, author of Do Not Return is a former documentary filmmaker, a member of the Sweet Action poetry collective, and the recipient of a 2017 Brooklyn Poets Fellowship.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, November 13, 2019, 11/13/2019, New Poetry: Birthright / Do Not Return

Author Reading | Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War


From the bestselling author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell comes the spellbinding, epic account of the dramatic conclusion of the Civil War. S. C. Gwynne addresses the time Ulysses S. Grant arrives to take command of all Union armies in March 1864 to the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox a year later.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 13, 2019, 11/13/2019, Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War

Author Reading | Only Americans Burn in Hell: A Comic Novel


This is not the future you were promised. You know the rules. If you still want to play the game of American life, then you had better learn to lie. Kneel before false gods. Pretend to care about the ruling class and their illusions. Keep your head down. Pray that no one sees you. But what if someone had forgotten how to lie, and had written a book that destroyed their hopes of a literary career? Look no further: This is Jarett Kobek's comic novel about: - The Queen of Fairy Land and her misadventures in Los Angeles - A Saudi prince practicing Neoliberal philanthropy by day and sexual torture by night - #MeToo - Christianity - The structure of social complicity. - Millions of dead Muslims - The enduring importance of kindness Just remember: every suicide needs its note. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 13, 2019, 11/13/2019, Only Americans Burn in Hell: A Comic Novel

Author Reading | Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale


Author Adam Minter will be discussing and signing his new release, a journey into the surprising afterlives of our former possessions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Nov 13
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, November 13, 2019, 11/13/2019, Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale

Author Reading | Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey


Tehran Children is the true story of Polish-Jewish child refugees who escaped the Nazis and found refuge in Iran. Mikhal Dekel, the daughter of one of these children, spent eight years traveling five in countries and researching in twelve archives to write this account of Jewish refuge in Muslim lands. Blending memoir with historical research, Mikhal Dekel reveals a new Holocaust narrative: “one whose central image is not the concentration camp or the secret hiding place in the attic, but something much more disjointed: the constant fleeing from place to place, the shifting of allegiances and identity."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 13, 2019, 11/13/2019, Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey

Poetry Reading | Literature Out Loud: Imagist Poetry


Do you want to find time for literature in your busy life? Join to celebrate literature in bite-size servings! Read aloud, enact, and discuss passages of classic and contemporary literature from across the globe. This month's theme is Imagist Poetry. This session, unpack the essence behind brief poems that use imagery as their main mode of expression. All literary enthusiasts are welcome!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 14
1:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, November 14, 2019, 11/14/2019, Literature Out Loud: Imagist Poetry

Author Reading | Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal


A long-overdue biography of the head of Grand Central Terminal's Red Caps, who flourished in the cultural nexus of Harlem and American railroads. Author Eric K. Washington uncovers the nearly forgotten life of James H. Williams (1878-1948), the chief porter of Grand Central Terminal's Red Caps-a multitude of Harlem-based black men whom he organized into the essential labor force of America's most august railroad station. Washington reveals that despite the highly racialized and often exploitative nature of the work, the Red Cap was a highly coveted job for college-bound black men determined to join New York's burgeoning middle class.
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Thu, Nov 14
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Author Readings, November 14, 2019, 11/14/2019, Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal

Author Reading | Zandra Rhodes: 50 Fabulous Years in Fashion


Zandra Rhodes and Fern Mallis present a book that celebrates Rhodes' 50-year career in fashion and textile design. The book honors the centrality of textile design in Rhodes’s work, while exploring the versatility of her imagination throughout her long career. A book signing will follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 14, 2019, 11/14/2019, Zandra Rhodes: 50 Fabulous Years in Fashion

Poetry Reading | 2 Poets Read


This evening's reading will feature Joseph Legaspi and Pichchenda Bao Joseph Legaspi is the author of the poetry collections Threshold and Imago, both from CavanKerry Press; and three chapbooks. His works have appeared in POETRY, New England Review, Massachusetts Review, World Literature Today, and Best of the Net. Pichchenda Bao is a writer and poet. Born at the end of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, she was an infant when her mother carried her across the Thai border. She and her parents arrived in the United States as refugees. Now she lives, writes, and raises her two young children in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, November 14, 2019, 11/14/2019, 2 Poets Read

Author Reading | The Ninja Daughter: An Edge-of-Your-Seat Novel


Tori Eldridge launches an edge-of-your-seat debut novel about Lily Wong, a modern-day female ninja. Former Broadway actress (Cats) Eldridge is an author who challenges perception and empowers the spirit. Tori is a Hawaiian-Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja who was born and raised in Hawaii. She holds a fifth-degree black belt in To Shin Do Ninjutsu and has traveled the USA teaching seminars on the ninja arts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 14, 2019, 11/14/2019, The Ninja Daughter: An Edge-of-Your-Seat Novel

Author Reading | 3 Writers Read


A reading by Barnard creative writing faculty. Liana Finck is a cartoonist. Her work appears regularly in The New Yorker and on her Instagram feed. Her latest graphic novel, Passing for Human, was published in 2018. Brionne Janae is a poet and teaching artist living in Brooklyn. She is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botoloph Emerging Artist award, a Hedgebrook and Vermont Studio Center Alumni and proud Cave Canem Fellow. Her first collection is titled After Jubilee and was published by Boaat Press.  Kate Zambreno is the author of several books, most recently the collections Appendix Project (Semiotext(e)'s Native Agents) and Screen Tests (Harper Perennial). Forthcoming is the novel, Drifts, from Riverhead and a study of Hervé Guibert from Columbia University Press.     
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 14, 2019, 11/14/2019, 3 Writers Read

Poetry Reading | Be Recorder: Times and Tongues


Be Recorder offers readers a blazing way forward into an as yet unmade world. The many times and tongues in these poems investigate the precariousness of personhood in lines that excoriate and sanctify. Carmen Giménez Smith turns the increasingly pressing urge to cry out into a dream of rebellion—against compromise, against inertia, against self-delusion, and against the ways the media dream up our complacency in an America that depends on it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | The Blackademic Life: Academic Fiction, Higher Education, and the Black Intellectual


The Blackademic Life critically examines academic fictions produced by black writers. In it, Lavelle Porter evaluates the depiction of academic and campus life in literature as a space for black writers to produce counternarratives that celebrate the potentials of black intelligence and argue for the importance of black higher education, particularly in the humanistic tradition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 14, 2019, 11/14/2019, The Blackademic Life: Academic Fiction, Higher Education, and the Black Intellectual

Author Reading | They're Sick and You're Tired: Taking Nursing Home Visits from Draining to Dynamic


When someone you love is in declining health and requires long-term care, weeks can stretch into months and years. Sylvia Barsion's book gives visitors a wide range of easy-to-use and tested ideas to make visits fulfilling for family and friends on both sides.
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Author Readings, November 14, 2019, 11/14/2019, They're Sick and You're Tired: Taking Nursing Home Visits from Draining to Dynamic

Open Mike | Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic


Mic Check! Are you a writer? Come share your work at the next edition of our open mic, Mouth to Mouth. Hosted and curated by Kay Ulanday Barrett and Jimena Lucero, this edition of Mouth to Mouth features Trace DePass and more. Mouth to Mouth seeks to provide a safe community space for QTPOC and rising migrant artists.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 14
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Open Mikes, November 14, 2019, 11/14/2019, Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic

Poetry Reading | Soul Sister Revue


Soul Sister Revue is a quarterly reading series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling   With:  Avery R. Young (neckbone: visual verses) Nathalie Handal (Life in a Country Album) Nabila Lovelace (Sons of Achilles) Paula Ramirez Arhm Choi Wild
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Author Reading | In a Day's Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America's Most Vulnerable Workers


Bernice Yeung's book draws attention to the sexual harassment and abuse faced by women in some of our country's most exploitative workplaces -- factories, farms and private homes. It also documents how women are working together to address the problem.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 14, 2019, 11/14/2019, In a Day's Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America's Most Vulnerable Workers

Author Reading | The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life


A one-of-a-kind celebration of America’s greatest comic strip–and the life lessons it can teach us–from a stellar array of writers and artists. Editor Andrew Blauner will be joined by contributors Rick Moody, Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell, and Jill Bialosky.
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Thu, Nov 14
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Author Readings, November 14, 2019, 11/14/2019, The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life

Author Reading | Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations


Graphic memoirist Mira Jacob's critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, and longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize. It was named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, The Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Nov 15
5:00 pm

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Author Readings, November 15, 2019, 11/15/2019, Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

Author Reading | Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing


In this groundbreaking exposé, Stuart Schrader shows how the United States projected imperial power overseas through police training and technical assistance—and how this effort reverberated to shape the policing of city streets at home. Examining diverse records, from recently declassified national security and intelligence materials to police textbooks and professional magazines, Schrader reveals how U.S. police leaders envisioned the beat to be as wide as the globe and worked to put everyday policing at the core of the Cold War project of counterinsurgency.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Nov 15
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Author Readings, November 15, 2019, 11/15/2019, Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing

Reading | Emerging Writers Reading


A reading showcasing the student talent of NYU's Graduate Creative Writing Program alongside a headlining guest author.   Kayleb Rae Candrilli is a recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award and is the author of What Runs Over, winner of the 2016 Pamet River Prize, with YesYes Books. What Runs Over was a 2017 Lambda Literary finalist for Transgender Poetry and a finalist for the 2018 American Book Fest's best book award in LGBTQ nonfiction. Candrilli is also author of All the Gay Saints, winner of the 2018 Saturnalia Book Prize and forthcoming in 2020.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Nov 15
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Readings, November 15, 2019, 11/15/2019, Emerging Writers Reading

Author Reading | Waiting for Bojangles: In Love With His Wife


Olivier Bourdeaut presents his debut novel. Told from the perspective of a young boy who idolizes his parents--and from George's journals, detailing his epic love story with his wife--Waiting for Bojangles is a "lighthearted and yet sorrowful tale" (San Francisco Chronicle) that will stay with you long after the final page.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Nov 16
4:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Waiting for Bojangles: In Love With His Wife

Author Reading | The Incompletes: Reconstructing a Friend


Sergio Chejfec's book begins with a simple promise. But to try to get at the complete meaning of the day’s events, the narrator must first take us on an international tour—from the docks of Buenos Aires, to Barcelona, until we check in at the gloomy Hotel Salgado with the narrator’s transient friend Felix in Moscow. From scraps of information left behind on postcards and hotel stationery, the narrator hopes to reconstruct Felix’s stay there. With flights of imagination, he conjures up the hotel’s labyrinthine hallways, Masha, the captive hotel manager, and the city’s public markets, filled with piles of broken televisions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, The Incompletes: Reconstructing a Friend

Author Reading | Jakarta: A Confined Man


In a chaotic city, the latest in a line of viruses advances as a man recounts the fated steps that led him to be confined in a room with his lover while catastrophe looms. As he takes inventory of the city’s ills, a strange stone distorts reality, offering brief glimpses of the deserted territories of his memory. With author Rodrigo Márquez Tizano.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Nov 16
7:30 pm

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Author Readings, November 16, 2019, 11/16/2019, Jakarta: A Confined Man

Author Reading | When You Kant Figure It Out, Ask a Philosopher: Timeless Wisdom for Modern Dilemmas


How can Kant comfort you when you get ditched via text message? How can Aristotle cure your hangover? How can Heidegger make you feel better when your dog dies? Join Marie Robert as she explains how pearls of wisdom from the greatest Western philosophers can help us face and make light of some of the daily challenges of modern life, based on her book.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, Nov 17
3:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, November 17, 2019, 11/17/2019, When You Kant Figure It Out, Ask a Philosopher: Timeless Wisdom for Modern Dilemmas

Author Reading | Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland


Jonathan Metzl presents his book that reveals how right-wing backlash policies have mortal consequences -- even for the white voters they promise to help. Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II professor of sociology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and director of its Center for Medicine, Health, and Society.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Nov 18
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland

Author Reading | Busted in New York: History of race in America


Asking how we arrived at the current moment of racial division, Darryl Pinckney reminds his readers that “white supremacy isn’t back; it never went away.” Busted in New York reaches back in time to trace the lineage of black intellectual history, considers the eighteenth-century Guadeloupean composer Joseph Bologne, meditates on the legacy of James Baldwin, and includes Pinckney’s own coverage of landmark moments including the Million Man March, Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, and the grassroots protests in Ferguson, Missouri. The cumulative effect of the essays—many of which were previously published in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and The New York Review of Books—is a contextualization of recent history in a manner only Pinckney’s prose can articulate. The award-winning author will be joined by New Yorker staff writer and journalism professor, Jelani Cobb.
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Mon, Nov 18
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Busted in New York: History of race in America

Author Reading | A Curious Life: From Rebel Orphan to Innovative Scientist


A reading and conversation on the life of Thomas Haines. Haines will be joined by co-author Mindy Lewis.  The funny, moving, and surprising story of how Thomas Haines—who grew up in the famed Graham School orphanage—became a prominent scientist, social activist, New York City landlord, educator, and founder of the City University of New York Medical School.
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Mon, Nov 18
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, A Curious Life: From Rebel Orphan to Innovative Scientist

Reading | Andrea Geyer: Dance in a Future with All Present


The launch of the most substantive monograph yet published on the work of German-born, New York–based multimedia artist Andrea Geyer. Dance in a Future with All Present focuses on Geyer’s recent explorations of the marginalized yet pivotal role that women have played in the formulation of American modernism, tracing and honoring the ephemeral acts, initiatives, and stories that shaped it. This event includes a performative reading by contributors and a group of dancers including Laurel Richardson, Lily Gold, and others.
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Mon, Nov 18
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Author Reading | Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again


Full House actor Andrea Barber will be discussing and signing her book, a funny and inspiring memoir of fame, heartache, resilience, and the reboot of a lifetime. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
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Mon, Nov 18
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Author Readings, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again

Author Reading | In the Shadow of the Bridge: A Memoir of New York in the 1950s and 1960s


In his charming, brutally candid memoir of New York in the 1950s and 1960s, critically acclaimed novelist Joseph Caldwell recounts his bohemian life, his tenure working at WQXR, the venerated classical music station, marching in civil protests and being arrested, as well as a tragic love affair that inspired him to become a caregiver during the AIDS epidemic.
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Mon, Nov 18
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Author Readings, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, In the Shadow of the Bridge: A Memoir of New York in the 1950s and 1960s

Reading | NYU Writes: A Celebration of Writers and Writing at NYU with Zadie Smith, Jeffrey Eugenides, and More


Enjoy readings from NYU's creative writing faculty, including: Jeffrey Eugenides Jonathan Safran Foer Terrance Hayes Yusef Koumunyakaa Nick Laird Sharon Olds Zadie Smith Moderated by Deborah Landau
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Mon, Nov 18
7:00 pm

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Readings, November 18, 2019, 11/18/2019, NYU Writes: A Celebration of Writers and Writing at NYU with Zadie Smith, Jeffrey Eugenides, and More

Book Signing | Passions: A Book Signing with Nicolas Sarkozy, the Former President of France


"All of my life I have been lucky, very lucky, perhaps even too lucky when I think of those who don't have any other choice but to face the grayness of a despairing and, often, painful daily life. That is not to say that I was spared of hardships. I had my share of professional and personal failures. I even have the impression of having had to pay a high price for success. But never ever have I been bored. As far back as I can remember, I have been able to live passionately, to meet exceptional people, and to be face to face with events that history will remember. Passion and the need to be engaged have always been present in the heart of my identity. Deep down, if I do not know the why of this inclination that is so anchored in myself, at least I have had the desire to explain the how. I took a lot of time before embarking on this path of truth that I want to be as sincere as possible, even if I know it will be, by nature, relative. " -- Nicolas Sarkozy
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Nov 19
11:00 am

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Book Signings, November 19, 2019, 11/19/2019, Passions: A Book Signing with Nicolas Sarkozy, the Former President of France

Author Reading | Fierce Beauty: Storms of the Great Plains


Award-winning photographer Eric Meola discusses his new book.
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Author Readings, November 19, 2019, 11/19/2019, Fierce Beauty: Storms of the Great Plains

Author Reading | Sorted: A Transgender Memoir


Sorted is an unflinching and endearing memoir from LGBTQ+ advocate Jackson Bird about how, through a childhood of gender mishaps and an awkward adolescence, he finally sorted things out and came out as a transgender man in his mid-twenties.  Part memoir, part educational guide, Sorted is a frank, humorous narrative of growing up with some unintended baggage. Jackson Bird is a YouTube creator and LGBTQ+ advocate dedicated to demystifying the transgender experience. His TED Talk “How to talk (and listen) to transgender people” has been viewed over a million times. Jackson is a recipient of the GLAAD Rising Star Digital Innovator Award.
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Author Readings, November 19, 2019, 11/19/2019, Sorted: A Transgender Memoir

Author Reading | Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal


A long-overdue biography of the head of Grand Central Terminal’s Red Caps, who flourished in the cultural nexus of Harlem and American railroads. Author Eric K. Washington uncovers the nearly forgotten life of James H. Williams (1878–1948), the chief porter of Grand Central Terminal’s Red Caps―a multitude of Harlem-based black men whom he organized into the essential labor force of America’s most august railroad station. Washington reveals that despite the highly racialized and often exploitative nature of the work, the Red Cap was a highly coveted job for college-bound black men determined to join New York’s burgeoning middle class.
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Tue, Nov 19
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Author Readings, November 19, 2019, 11/19/2019, Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal

Poetry Reading | Frolic and Detour: The Latest from Pulitzer-Winning Poet Paul Muldoon


Poet Paul Muldoon launches his 13th book of poetry. Muldoon, winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, is "one of the great poets of the past hundred years, who can be everything in his poems - word-playful, lyrical, hilarious, melancholy. And angry." - Roger Rosenblatt, New York Times Book Review Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
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Tue, Nov 19
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Poetry Readings, November 19, 2019, 11/19/2019, Frolic and Detour: The Latest from Pulitzer-Winning Poet Paul Muldoon

Author Reading | Hollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.


The goddaughter of Igor Stravinsky and a graduate of Hollywood High, Eve Babitz posed in 1963, at age twenty, playing chess with the French artist Marcel Duchamp. She was naked; he was not. The photograph, cheesecake with a Dadaist twist, made her an instant icon of art and sex. Babitz spent the rest of the decade rocking and rolling on the Sunset Strip, honing her notoriety.  Then, at nearly thirty, her It girl days numbered, Babitz was discovered—as a writer—by Joan Didion. She would go on to produce seven books, usually billed as novels or short story collections, always autobiographies and confessionals. Under-known and under-read during her career, she’s since experienced a breakthrough. Now in her mid-seventies, she’s on the cusp of literary stardom and recognition as an essential—as the essential—LA writer. Her prose achieves that American ideal: art that stays loose, maintains its cool, and is so sheerly enjoyable as to be mistaken for simple entertainment. Author Lili Anolik is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.
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Tue, Nov 19
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Author Readings, November 19, 2019, 11/19/2019, Hollywood&rsquo;s Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.

Author Reading | What Is Missing: A Novel


In mid-life, a year after the death of her husband, half-American, half-Italian writer and translator Costanza returns to the pension in Florence where she lived out some of the happiest days of her youth. While there, she encounters 17-year-old Andrew, and eventually his father Henry, a New York physician who specializes in fertility. Each character is marked in their own way by heartbreak and loss—but as their lives intersect, they offer each other a means to fill their respective gaps and become whole again. Michael Frank's memoir, The Mighty Franks, was awarded the 2018 JQ Wingate Prize and was named one of the best books of 2017 by The Telegraph and The New Statesman. He speaks about his debut novel with Wendy Lesser, the founding and current editor of The Threepenny Review.
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Tue, Nov 19
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Author Reading | Blood Heir: Framed for Her Father's Murder


When Ana's father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father's murderer on her own. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work - one that threatens the very balance of her world. With author Amelie Wen Zhao.
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Author Reading | Compression: Meaningful and Sustainable Architecture


Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Steven Holl’s landmark book. Sanford Kwinter will engage Holl in conversation. Holl applies concepts from neuroscience, literature, social science, and philosophy to develop the idea of compression: the condensation of material and social forces to create meaningful and sustainable architecture.    
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Author Reading | Primo Levi: A Life


Author Ian Thomson presents the new edition of his classic biography of Primo Levi. From the Preface: "I did not choose to write Levi’s biography; Levi had no sooner died than a London publishing house approached me. At first I demurred. Intellectually there seemed to be little point in such a book. Levi was a writer of ethical meditation in the school of the Renaissance essayist Michel de Montaigne, whose work stands as a luminous reflection on the ways of man: I did not feel adequate to the task."
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Author Reading | The Backstage of a Dishwashing Webshow: A Graphic Novel


Keren Katz on her latest graphic novel, the process of composing the image sequences in the book as a choreography, and the interactive performances in which they originated. Also, the use of autobiographical writing as a catalyst for generating real life adventures.
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Author Reading | The Season: A Social History of the Debutante


Kristen Richardson, from a family of debutantes, chose not to debut. But as her curiosity drove her to research this enduring custom, she learned that it, and debutantes, are not as simple as they seem. The story begins in England six hundred years ago when wealthy fathers needed an efficient way to find appropriate husbands for their daughters. Elizabeth I's exclusive presentations at her court expanded into London's full season of dances, dinners, and courting, extending eventually to the many corners of the British empire and beyond.
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Author Reading | Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance


Moving between theatre, experimental video, revolutionary protest, photography, poetry, and performance art, Ricanness stages scenes in which the philosophical, social, and psychic merge at the site of aesthetic practices. Sandra Ruiz theorizes Ricanness as a way to imagine, dream, and construct alternate forms of existence under colonialism, across bodies of water, beyond the annexation of land.
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Author Reading | Canyon Dreams: A Basketball Season on the Navajo Nation


Celebrated New York Times journalist Michael Powell spent a year with a Navajo high school basketball team, sharing their dreams of a championship win. His book follows the team and the families of the students, bringing us a narrative of triumph and hardship and pain about a Navajo basketball team, showing us how important sports can be to youths in struggling communities, and the transcendent magic and painful realities of life on reservations and border towns.
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Author Reading | 2 New Books: The Open Heart Club / The Ice at the End of the World


The Open Heart Club by Gabriel Brownstein This absorbing and poignant book is not merely the story of one writer's flawed heart. It is a history of cardiac medicine, a candid personal journey, and a profound reflection on mortality. The Ice at the End of the World by Jon Gertner A riveting, urgent account of the explorers and scientists racing to understand the rapidly melting ice sheet in Greenland, a dramatic harbinger of climate change
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Author Reading | Blueprint: A Novel About the Bauhaus


The young and inquisitive Luise Schilling arrives at Weimar's Bauhaus University at the beginning of the turbulent twenties. She takes classes with professors such as Gropius and Kandinsky and throws herself into the dreams and ideas of her epoch. From technology to art, communism to the avant-garde, populism to the youth movement, Luise encounters the social utopias that still shape us to the present day. She has ambitions of achieving a great deal in life -- but little of it has to do with paying homage to great men.
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Author Reading | Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises


Bankruptcy and the austerity it represents have become a common "solution" for struggling American cities. What do the spending cuts and limited resources do to the lives of city residents? Jodie Adams Kirshner follows seven Detroiters as they navigate life during and after their city's bankruptcy. Reggie loses his savings trying to make a habitable home for his family.
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Author Reading | Killer Calories: A New Amateur Sleuth


Spend time in the Big Apple with wise-cracking amateur sleuth Melanie Deming, as she follows clues from glamorous Park Avenue mansions to gritty soup kitchens. Melanie's a snarky writer and health fanatic who shockingly discovers the body of her good-looking co-worker. She's no Lois Lane and is scared of every germ, yet Melanie must have justice for her friend. With author Nancy Good.
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Author Reading | The Grammarians: Secret Language of Twins


Cathleen Schine's new novel is about Laurel and Daphne Wolfe, identical, inseparable redheaded twins who share an obsession with words. They speak a secret “twin” tongue of their own as toddlers; as adults making their way in 1980s Manhattan, their verbal infatuation continues, but this love, which has always bound them together, begins instead to push them apart.
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Author Reading | The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers


Authors Jane Guskin and David L. Wilson explore the intersection of migration, race, labor, politics and social change. The authors will share insights and selections from the book while engaging the audience in an interactive exchange of ideas.
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Author Reading | 2 New Books: The Year of Blue Water / Insurrecto


This evening's reading will feature writers Yanyi and Gina Apostol Yanyi is a writer and critic. In 2018, he won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, awarded by Carl Phillips, for his first book, The Year of Blue Water (Yale University Press, April 2019). Currently, he is a poetry editor at Foundry, a poetry review editor at Public Books, and an MFA candidate at New York University. Publishers Weekly named Gina Apostol's Insurrecto one of the Ten Best Books of 2018. The New York Times calls it "a bravura performance...Apostol is a magician with language (think Borges, think Nabokov)...." Her third book, Gun Dealers' Daughter, won the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize.
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Author Reading | On Wings of a Lion: International Intrigue and Passion


A whirlwind of international intrigue and passion set in the last days of the Shah of Iran's reign. Join Susan Wakeford Ansgard for a reading of her historical novel, a story of intrigue, treachery, murder and betrayal set during the Iranian Revolution. Wakeford Ansgard is an actress, writer, and director, who was an eyewitness to the Iranian Revolution.
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Author Reading | In A Word: Trans: Collected Comics


Justin Hubbell is a trans nonbinary artist, advocate and educator from Rochester, New York. His comics on gender and trans identity have been read and shared on the internet for many years, and have finally been collected in their debut book.
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Author Reading | Mary Toft; Or, The Rabbit Queen


Dexter Palmer introducies his new, fascinating novel. Based on a true story, in 1726, in the town of Godalming, England, a woman confounded the nation's medical community by giving birth to seventeen rabbits. Q&A and Book Signing to follow. Refreshments will be served.
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Author Reading | McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality


Mindfulness is now all the rage. From celebrity endorsements to monks, neuroscientists and meditation coaches rubbing shoulders with CEOs at the World Economic Forum in Davos, it is clear that mindfulness has gone mainstream. Some have even called it a revolution. But what if, instead of changing the world, mindfulness has become a banal form of capitalist spirituality that mindlessly avoids social and political transformation, reinforcing the neoliberal status quo?  In McMindfulness, Ronald Purser debunks the so-called "mindfulness revolution," exposing how corporations, schools, governments and the military have co-opted it as technique for social control and self-pacification. A lively and razor-sharp critique, Purser busts the myths its salesmen rely on, challenging the narrative that stress is self-imposed and mindfulness is the cure-all.
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Author Reading | The Hanky of Pippin's Daughter: A Story of Vanity, Pettiness, and Infidelity 


An evening with Rosmarie Waldrop to celebrate the long-awaited reissue of her brilliant novel. Pippin's daughter dropped her hanky and thus the town of Kitzingen was founded, birthplace of Waldrop's tenacious protagonist Lucy and of the various familial struggles that have shadowed her life. Moving between Hitler’s Germany and contemporary Providence, Waldrop’s narrative tour de force tells a story of vanity, pettiness, and infidelity against a backdrop of historical atrocity.
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Poetry Reading | New Poetry: feeld / The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony


Jos Charles is author of feeld, a National Book Award long-listed finalist and winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, selected by Fady Joudah (Milkweed Editions) and Safe Space (Ahsahta Press).  In 2016 she received the Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship through the Poetry Foundation. In 2015 she received the Monique Wittig Writer's Scholarship. From 2013-2018 she served as the founding-editor for THEM lit, a trans literary journal. Ladan Osman is a Somali-born artist whose work is a lyric and exegetic response to problems of race, gender, displacement, and colonialism. She is the author of The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony, winner of a Sillerman First Book Prize. Exiles of Eden, a work of poetry, photos, and experimental text, was published by Coffee House Press in May 2019.
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Author Reading | Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance


Moving between theatre, experimental video, revolutionary protest, photography, poetry, and performance art, Ricanness stages scenes in which the philosophical, social, and psychic merge at the site of aesthetic practices. Sandra Ruiz theorizes Ricanness as a way to imagine, dream, and construct alternate forms of existence under colonialism, across bodies of water, beyond the annexation of land.
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Author Reading | Gothic Queer Culture: Marginalized Communities and the Ghosts of Insidious Trauma


Hear about ghosts embedded in queer theory, crypts in lesbian pulp fiction, monstrosity in AIDS poetry and art, and sadomasochism in queer performance. Laura Westengard will discuss her book’s claim that queer culture adopts gothicism to challenge heteronormative and racialized systems and to acknowledge the effects of microaggression and insidious trauma. Followed by a reception and book signing.
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Author Reading | The Seine: The River That Made Paris


An enchanting tour of France with New York Times foreign correspondent Elaine Sciolino. In the follow-up to her bestselling book The Only Street in Paris, Sciolino will share stories of her adventures along the most romantic river in the world.
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Author Reading | Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me


In 1971, Deirdre Bair was a journalist and recently minted Ph.D. who managed to secure access to Nobel Prize-winning author Samuel Beckett. He agreed that she could write his biography despite never having written–or even read–a biography herself. The next seven years of intimate conversations, intercontinental research, and peculiar cat-and-mouse games resulted in Samuel Beckett: A Biography, which went on to win the National Book Award and propel Deirdre to her next subject: Simone de Beauvoir. The catch? De Beauvoir and Beckett despised each other–and lived essentially on the same street. While quite literally dodging one subject or the other, and sometimes hiding out in the backrooms of the great cafés of Paris, Bair learned that what works in terms of process for one biography rarely applies to the next. Her seven-year relationship with the domineering and difficult de Beauvoir required a radical change in approach, yielding another groundbreaking literary profile.
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Author Reading | Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now: Essays on Identity


With luminous insight and fervent prose, Andre Perry's debut collection of personal essays travels from Washington, DC, to Iowa City to Hong Kong in search of both individual and national identity. While displaying tenderness and a disarming honesty, Perry catalogs racial degradations committed on the campuses of elite universities and liberal bastions like San Francisco while coming of age in America.
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Author Reading | The Targeter: My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House


In her new book, Nada Bakos recounts her experience as an analyst and then as a targeting officer, and gives an engrossing account of the intelligence work that helps to keep our country safe.
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Author Reading | Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Discusses His Book Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America


Sherrod Brown, the senior senator from Ohio, spent the past ten years writing Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America, which tells the story of eight of the previous occupants of the wooden desk where he has sat since being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006. Despite their flaws and frequent setbacks, each made a decisive contribution to the creation of a more just America. Sen. Brown shares these stories in conversation with Cecile Richards.  
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Author Reading | Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers


Bravo's reality show Vanderpump Rules is centered around the crazy, booze-fueled lives of the staff at Lisa Vanderpump's wildly popular SUR restaurant in West Hollywood. Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval, two of the show’s stars, present this book that has drinks for every situation. It features a mix of classy cocktails for fancy special occasions and trashier recipes for those times when you just have a few random ingredients in your kitchen and want to keep the buzz going. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Author Reading | Book Reports - A Music Critic on His First Love, Which Was Reading


Legendary Village Voice writer Rob Christgau chats with jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, as they discuss the passion that made Christgau a critic, his love for the written word and showcase this generous collection of his book reviews and literary essays. Book Reports - A Music Critic on His First Love, Which Was Reading establishes Christgau as not just the Dean of American Rock Critics, but one of America's most insightful cultural critics as well.
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Author Reading | Mag Men: Fifty Years of Making Magazines


For more than fifty years, Walter Bernard and Milton Glaser have revolutionized the look of magazine journalism. In their new book, Bernard and Glaser recount their storied careers, offering insiders’ perspective on some of the most iconic design work of the twentieth century. They look back at some of their most important and compelling projects, from the creation of New York magazine to redesigns of such publications as Time, Fortune, Paris Match, and The Nation, explaining how their designs complemented a story and shaped the visual identity of a magazine.
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Author Reading | Sisterhood and After: An Oral History of the UK Women's Liberation Movement, 1968-Present


Sisterhood and After is the first book-length history of the 'second wave' of the UK Women's Liberation Movement from the 1970s onwards. It is powered by uniquely in- depth oral histories, and in this way, illustrates the important connection between oral history practice and feminism in the British context. Margaretta Jolly's book explores key debates and trends in theoretical work, and uses individual and collective memories to cast new light on prominent and less well-known women activists, on iconic women's movement actions and campaigns and on feminist critiques of gender and power.
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Author Reading | All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson


Welcome author Mark Griffin for the the paperback release of his definitive Rock Hudson biography. With unprecedented access to private journals, personal correspondence, Griffin pays homage to the idol whose life and death had a lasting impact on American culture. This will be a discussion with the author and audience Q&A, followed by a signing. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
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Author Reading | Find Me: Andre Aciman Presents His Sequel to Call Me by Your Name


Andre Aciman's novel Call Me by Your Name was a critical sensation, a best-seller, and became a much-loved Academy Award-winning film starring Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer. In the anticipated sequel, Find Me, Aciman revisits the characters decades after their first meeting, further exploring one of the great contemporary romances. He speaks about the new book with Hilton Als, Pulitzer Prize-winning theater critic and staff writer for The New Yorker.
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Wed, Dec 4
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Author Readings, December 04, 2019, 12/04/2019, Find Me: Andre Aciman Presents His Sequel to Call Me by Your Name

Author Reading | The Enigma of Clarence Thomas: A Justice Unrobed


In the first examination of its kind, Corey Robin delves deeply into both Thomas's biography and his jurisprudence, masterfully reading his Supreme Court opinions against the backdrop of his autobiographical and political writings and speeches. The hidden source of Thomas's conservative views, Robin shows, is a profound skepticism that racism can be overcome. Thomas is convinced that any government action on behalf of African-Americans will be tainted by racism; the most African-Americans can hope for is that white people will get out of their way.
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Author Reading | Correspondents: War, Refugees and U.S. Policy in Both Life and Literature


Tim Murphy's novel is about the impact of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on two families, one Arab-American, one Iraqi. Murphy will then be in conversation with his consultant on the novel, Yasir Dhannoon, a New York-based fashion and tech entrepreneur who is an Iraqi refugee and board member of The Syria Fund, which supports Syrian refugees in Jordan, and with Lexi Shereshewsky, founder of The Syria Fund, who met Dhannoon when they were both living in prewar Syria in the late 2000s.
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Poetry Reading | Near, at: The Inherent Strangeness of One's Consciousness


This book follows the inherent strangeness of one's consciousness as it observes and comes into contact with the physical world. A sustained exploration of language, capitalism, gender, and nature, Near, at traverses and measures the movement of silence against the movement of thought and its pauses. Divided into five parts, each with its own form, and followed by a series of ongoing love poems called "My Christopher Poems," this debut collection is slow to assume but quick to adjust. 
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Author Reading | Theorizing Transgender Identity for Clinical Practice: A New Model of Understanding Gender


This book deepens our understanding of the developmental trajectory of trans and gender non-conforming individuals over their lifespan by offering new theories on gender drawn from on psychoanalysis, philosophy, neuroscience, consciousness studies, trauma therapy, sex therapy, gender theory, disability studies and trans studies. The author will talk about his theories and clinical work with patients in our community in psychotherapy. With author S.J. Langer.
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Author Reading | Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story


Wyomia Tyus is a founding member of the Women’s Sports Foundation and the first person ever to win 100-meter sprinting gold in two consecutive Olympics–first in 1964 in Tokyo and then in 1968 in Mexico City, where she dedicated another gold—in the 4×100 relay—to medal-stand protesters Tommie Smith and John Carlos. Tyus’s memoir chronicles her struggles and triumphs and establishes her as an icon in the world of sports and politics.
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Poetry Reading | Honeysuckle: Queerness in the Natural World


Celebrate the release of Robin Gow’s debut chapbook with a reading by Gow and other emerging trans and gender non-conforming poets. Robin Gow‘s poetry has recently been published in Poetry, New Delta Review and Roanoke Review.  The poems explore the words we use to name our queerness and finds queerness of the natural world–reveling the possibility of queer language in the past, present, and future.
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Author Reading | Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood


Michele Goodwin explores how states abuse laws and infringe on rights to police women and their pregnancies. This book looks at the impact of these often arbitrary laws which can result in the punishment, incarceration, and humiliation of women, particularly poor women and women of color. A conversation between Goodwin, Professor of Law at UC-Irvine School of Law, and Michelle Anderson, President of Brooklyn College, CUNY and legal expert on violence against women.
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Reading | Gender Rebels: An Evening of Trans/Queer/Nonbinary Readings


A night of fiction ranging from the surrealistic to the fantastical to the transgressive, courtesy of several upcoming LGBTQ writers in genre fiction: Fiona Maeve Geist Larissa Glasser Torrey Peters Farah Rose Smith Jeanne Thornton
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Author Reading | Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World


In a timely new book, as the U.S. and China compete for dominance, Branko Milanovic asks: What are the prospects for a fairer world now that capitalism is the only game in town? What is the relationship between capitalism and democracy?
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Tue, Dec 10
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, December 10, 2019, 12/10/2019, Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World

Author Reading | The North Atlantic Cities: The Growth of Downtowns


For 150 years the word "downtown" meant a central district where people worked and didn’t live. A product of the first half of the 19th century, especially in the cities of the US and the UK, downtowns responded to the unprecedented volume of trade in the Industrial Revolution and depended on a series of innovations in architecture, construction, and municipal transport. In his new book, developer and historian Charles Duff highlights the the vibrant centers such as the Victorian examples of Manchester and Liverpool, as well as the birth of the New York skyline. 
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Author Reading | When Our History Begins: A Rearview Adventure Through Time


History is a life coach: we urgently need to rediscover it as our guide. In this book, Federico Rampini plays with a number of decisive dates to shed light on surprising links between momentous events of the past and our present times: from the first printed bible to the demise of Lehman Brothers, from Savonarola to the populist leaders of today. This rearview adventure through time winds up becoming a sort of magical mirror tracing new outlines and meanings, as well as the right amount of depth, around places, facts, and characters that Rampini has observed as a first-person witness.
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Author Reading | How I Became Hettie Jones: A Memoir of the Beat Scene


Best known for How I Became Hettie Jones, her memoir of the Beat Scene, Hettie Jones has published 26 books for children and adults, the first in 1971 and the most recent in 2016. Jones has also written memoirs for others, including Rita Marley (No Woman No Cry). She has taught poetry, fiction, and memoir in colleges and community settings, and from 1988 until 2002 ran a weekly writing workshop at New York State’s Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women.
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Tue, Dec 10
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, December 10, 2019, 12/10/2019, How I Became Hettie Jones: A Memoir of the Beat Scene

Author Reading | Not Bad for Delancey Street: The Rise of Billy Rose


Author Mark Cohen will discuss his new book Not Bad for Delancey Street: The Rise of Billy Rose. The book is about the life of the great American Jewish impresario Billy Rose, for whom the Library's theatre division is named after. Billy Rose was an American impresario, theatrical showman and lyricist. For years both before and after World War II, Billy Rose was a major force in entertainment, with shows such as Billy Rose's Crazy Quilt , Jumbo, Billy Rose's Aquacade. As a lyricist, he is credited with many famous songs, notably Me and My Shadow, More Than You Know and It's Only a Paper Moon. Mark Cohen is a writer and speaker specializing in the Jewish American scene. He is the writer of Overweight Sensation: The life and comedy of Allan Sherman, Missing a Beat: The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim and Last Century of a Sephardic Community: The Jews of Monastir, 1839-1943. His articles have appeared in Forward, Los Angeles Times, Daily News, and Newsday.
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Thu, Dec 12
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, December 12, 2019, 12/12/2019, Not Bad for Delancey Street: The Rise of Billy Rose

Author Reading | The Olivier Sisters: A Biography


From the beginning of their lives, the Olivier sisters stood out: surprisingly emancipated, strikingly beautiful, markedly determined, and alarmingly 'wild'. Rupert Brooke was said to be in love with all four of them; D. H. Lawrence thought they were frankly 'wrong'; Virginia Woolf found them curiously difficult to read. The sisters seemed always to be one step ahead of their time. Margery and Daphne studied at Cambridge when education was still thought by some to be damaging to ovaries. Noel became a doctor; Daphne a pioneering teacher; Margery's promising trajectory was shot down by mental illness; Brynhild, the great beauty of the four, excelled as a Bloomsbury hostess yet gave it up for love and a life of uncertainty. In this intimate, sweeping biography, Sarah Watling brings the sisters in from the margins, tracing lives that span colonial Jamaica, the bucolic life of Victorian progressives, the frantic optimism of Edwardian Cambridge, the bleakness of two world wars, and a host of evolving philosophies for life over the course of the twentieth century.
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Mon, Dec 16
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Author Readings, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, The Olivier Sisters: A Biography

Author Reading | Titian's Touch: Art, Magic and Philosophy


At the end of his long, prolific life, Titian was rumored to paint directly on the canvas with his bare hands. He would slide his fingers across bright ridges of oil paint, loosening the colors, blending, blurring, and then bringing them together again. With nothing more than the stroke of a thumb or the flick of a nail, Titian’s touch brought the world to life. With author Maria H. Loh.
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Mon, Dec 16
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Author Readings, December 16, 2019, 12/16/2019, Titian's Touch: Art, Magic and Philosophy
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Classical Music | Christmas Concert with Chorus and Orchestra

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