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88 free poetry readings, book signings, author readings in New York City (NYC) Fri, 08/23/2019 - and on...

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!

Author Reading | No Ivy League: A Debut Graphic Novel


No Ivy League is the debut full-length graphic novel by Hazel Newlevant, a memoir about growing up homeschooled and sheltered in Portland, their first summer job, and crashing into the intersection of sexual harassment, gender oppression, white privilege, and teen hormones. Hazel will give a brief talk showing the process of creating No Ivy League and sign books.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Aug 23
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, No Ivy League: A Debut Graphic Novel

Author Reading | White Flights: Building Segregated Stories 


“White flight” is well known as the movement of white Americans into segregated communities, whether in suburbs or gentrified downtowns. In White Flights, Jess Row extends this analogy to white writers setting their stories in isolated or emotionally insulated landscapes. Using close readings of work from the likes of Don DeLillo, Annie Dillard, and David Foster Wallace, Row examines the ways writers have built up imaginative space for themselves without closely engaging with race. Going beyond criticism, Row also envisions writing and creativity as reparative work. Jess Row is the author of the novel Your Face in Mine and the story collections The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Aug 26
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, August 26, 2019, 08/26/2019, White Flights: Building Segregated Stories&nbsp;

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:  Phillip B. Williams (Thief in the Interior) Melissa Christine Goodrum (something sweet & filled with blood) Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes (The Inheritance of Haunting) Omotara James Marina Carreira (Save the Bathwater).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Aug 26
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, August 26, 2019, 08/26/2019, Soul Sister Revue

Poetry Reading | 5 Poets Read Their Work


With: Francesca Bell Jericho Brown Mark Doty Matty Layne Glasgow Tom Sleigh
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 27
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, August 27, 2019, 08/27/2019, 5 Poets Read Their Work

Author Reading | Beirut Hellfire Society: A Mysterious Group


On a ravaged street overlooking a cemetery in Beirut's Christian enclave, we meet an eccentric young man named Pavlov, the son of a local undertaker. When his father meets a sudden and untimely death, Pavlov is approached by a colorful member of the mysterious Hellfire Society--an anti-religious sect that, among many rebellious and often salacious activities, arranges secret burial for outcasts who have been denied last rites because of their religion or sexuality.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 27
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, August 27, 2019, 08/27/2019, Beirut Hellfire Society: A Mysterious Group

Author Reading | Sweet Little Cunt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet


Long considered one of the most influential women in American independent comics— although she left the field, and is Canadian—Julie Doucet finally receives a full-length critical overview of her work, from Anne Elizabeth Moore, a noted chronicler of independent media and critical gender theorist. Sweet Little Cunt is the first book-length critical analysis of a female cartoonist by a female theorist in the English language.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 27
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, August 27, 2019, 08/27/2019, Sweet Little Cunt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet

Author Reading | The Girl Who Lived Twice: A New Lisbeth Salander Story


Lisbeth Salander, the fierce, unstoppable girl with the dragon tattoo, has disappeared, and Mikael Blomkvist desperately needs her help. David Lagercrantz will be discussing and signing the release of the sixth Lisbeth Salander story in the phenomenal best-selling Millennium Series.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Aug 27
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, August 27, 2019, 08/27/2019, The Girl Who Lived Twice: A New Lisbeth Salander Story

Author Reading | The Flight Portfolio: Rescuing Artists and Writers


In 1940, Varian Fry traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to help escape within a few weeks. Instead, he stayed more than a year, working to procure false documents, amass emergency funds, and arrange journeys across Spain and Portugal, where the refugees would embark for safer ports. His many clients included Hannah Arendt, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Marc Chagall, and the race against time to save them is a tale of forbidden love, high-stakes adventure, and unimaginable courage. With author Julie Orringer.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Aug 28
7:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, August 28, 2019, 08/28/2019, The Flight Portfolio: Rescuing Artists and Writers

Author Reading | Girls and Their Cats: No Crazy Cat Ladies Here


For New York City fashion and beauty photographer BriAnne Wills, the "crazy cat lady" is a myth. Co-written with Elyse Moody, senior editor at Martha Stewart Living, this book redefines the stereotype by showcasing 50 strong, independent, and artistic women who take the world in stride, flanked by their beloved felines. With its vibrant cover and gorgeous faux-suede spine, Girls and Their Cats features striking portraits and engaging profiles of each woman and her cat—or cats—including fun facts unique to each furry friend.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Aug 29
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, August 29, 2019, 08/29/2019, Girls and Their Cats: No Crazy Cat Ladies Here

Author Reading | The Untold History of the East Village Mafia


Did you know that New York City mob icons Lucky Luciano, Joe "The Boss" Masseria and Joseph Bonanno lived in or frequented the East Village? Or that East Village-bred Mafiosi plotted the assassinations of five Cosa Nostra bosses? Attorney and mob historian Thomas F. Comiskey discusses his most recent literary project about the relationship between mafia bosses and one of the most diverse and emblematic neighborhoods in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Aug 29
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, August 29, 2019, 08/29/2019, The Untold History of the East Village Mafia

Poetry Reading | 4 Poets Read Their Work


With: Ryan Black Andrei Codrescu Jessica Greenbaum Michael Waters
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 3
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, September 03, 2019, 09/03/2019, 4 Poets Read Their Work

Author Reading | Hurricanes: A Memoir by Hip-Hop Icon Rick Ross


The highly anticipated memoir from hip-hop icon Rick Ross chronicles his coming of age amid Miami’s crack epidemic, his star-studded controversies and his unstoppable rise to fame. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Sep 3
7:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, September 03, 2019, 09/03/2019, Hurricanes: A Memoir by Hip-Hop Icon Rick Ross

Author Reading | Real #1: A Comic Book That Melds Two Battles


James Romberger on Real #1, his new comic book which contains The Oven, a short story that melds two battles fought in different eras by the great cartoonist Jack Kirby and touches on themes of posttraumatic stress disorder, graphic medicine, courage, and empathy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 3
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, September 03, 2019, 09/03/2019, Real #1: A Comic Book That Melds Two Battles

Author Reading | Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilization


Today's unprecedented pace of change leaves many people wondering what new technologies are doing to our lives. Are the decisions about our health, security and finances made by computer programs inexplicable and biased? Will these algorithms become so complex that we can no longer control them? Are robots going to take our jobs? Will better health care lead to an aging population which cannot be cared for? Can we provide housing for our ever-growing urban populations? And has our demand for energy driven the Earth's climate to the edge of catastrophe? With author John Browne.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 4
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, September 04, 2019, 09/04/2019, Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilization

Author Reading | Stories My Father Told Me: Immigrants' Tales


Helen Zughaib will be reading her new book, followed by a discussion moderated by curator Maymanah Farhat. The stories in this book recount events from Elia Zughaib’s Syrian and Lebanese childhood in the 1930s and early 1940s, in what are now the Lebanese villages of Marjayoun, Zahle, and Kfeir.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 4
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, September 04, 2019, 09/04/2019, Stories My Father Told Me: Immigrants' Tales

Book Signing | Garcon Style : "New York, London, Milano, Paris"


Delve into New York, London, Milan and Paris with close to 300 street-style images by the award-winning photographer Jonathan Daniel Pryce. From impeccable tailoring to vintage finds, these evocative images capture the myriad ways men in the fashion capitals express themselves sartorially. Featuring a foreword by Paul Smith and interviews with a selection of each city's most stylish men, Garcon Style is a stunning showcase of menswear today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 5
6:00 pm

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Book Signings, September 05, 2019, 09/05/2019, Garcon Style : "New York, London, Milano, Paris"

Author Reading | Revolution of the Soul: Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing, and Conscious Action


Celebrated yoga teacher and activist Seane Corn shares pivotal accounts of her life with raw honesty—enriched with in-depth spiritual teachings—to help us heal, evolve, and change the world
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 5
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Author Readings, September 05, 2019, 09/05/2019, Revolution of the Soul: Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing, and Conscious Action

Author Reading | Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11


Kevin Tuerff became an American refugee on 9/11 when his trans-Atlantic flight was forced to flee US airspace and ultimately land in Gander, Newfoundland. A small town of 9,000 took in 7,000 from 90 countries for five days, providing compassion and basic needs. Kevin's true story is portrayed on stage in the character "Kevin T" (portrayed by actor Chad Kimball) in the Tony-award winning Broadway musical Come From Away. House of Anansi Press published Kevin's memoir, which shares how this experience in 2001 opened his eyes to the global migrant and refugee crisis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 5
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, September 05, 2019, 09/05/2019, Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11

Author Reading | Cold Storage: Race Against a Deadly Organism


An astonishing debut by David Koepp, the screenwriter of Jurassic Park: a wild and terrifying adventure about three strangers who must work together to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism. Join us on Thursday, September 5th as we welcome David Koepp for a book discussion and signing of COLD STORAGE!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 5
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Author Readings, September 05, 2019, 09/05/2019, Cold Storage: Race Against a Deadly Organism

Author Reading | Why Karen Carpenter Matters: Finding a Voice in Suburban Pop


A tale of two Karens, Why Karen Carpenter Matters is a story of displacement in which Karen Tongson brilliantly reveals how those of us who live outside the narrow confines of white, cisgender, capitalist America found a home—and a voice—in the aural landscape of a seemingly quintessential white-bread, suburban American pop star—Karen Carpenter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 5
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Author Readings, September 05, 2019, 09/05/2019, Why Karen Carpenter Matters: Finding a Voice in Suburban Pop

Author Reading | The Little Old Lady Killer: The Sensationalized Crimes of Mexico’s First Female Serial Killer


The surprising true story of Mexico’s hunt, arrest, and conviction of its first female serial killer, Juana Barraza Samperio, is told through ten years of research and one of the only interviews that Barraza Samperio has given while in prison. Susana Vargas Cervantes deconstructs this story, focusing on the complex gendered aspects of the case and how Barraza Samperio—with her “manly” features and strength, her career as a masked wrestler in lucha libre, and her violent crimes—disrupted traditional narratives about gender, criminality, and victimhood in the popular imagination.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Sep 6
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, September 06, 2019, 09/06/2019, The Little Old Lady Killer: The Sensationalized Crimes of Mexico&rsquo;s First Female Serial Killer

Open Mike | Poetry reading


Poets reading their favorite poems.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Sep 7
2:00 pm

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Open Mikes, September 07, 2019, 09/07/2019, Poetry reading

Author Reading | Heineken in Africa: A Multinational Unleashed


Africa is very profitable for Heineken, but the world’s number two brewing company uses highly controversial business practices and got involved in structural malpractice on this continent, ranging from wide-spread sexual abuse of promotion women to alleged complicity in crimes against humanity, including genocide. Investigative journalist Olivier van Beemen reveals all this in Heineken in Africa, for which he won the Dutch equivalent of the Pulitzer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Sep 7
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, September 07, 2019, 09/07/2019, Heineken in Africa: A Multinational Unleashed

Author Reading | Commemorating Writer And Cartoonist James Thurber At His 125th Birthday


Grand Central commemorates the quasquicentennial of James Thurber’s birth! Writer and editor Michael J. Rosen, founding literary director of The Thurber House, will discuss a new edition of Collected Fables, containing many of Thurber’s timely and timeless stories as well as previously unpublished material! This cultural event is a must-attend for New York history buffs and literature lovers! James Thurber was a cartoonist, author, humorist, journalist, playwright, and celebrated wit. He was best known for his cartoons and short stories published mainly in The New Yorker magazine, such as "The Catbird Seat", and collected in his numerous books. He was one of the most popular humorists of his time, as he celebrated the comic frustrations and eccentricities of ordinary people. He wrote the Broadway comedy The Male Animal in collaboration with his college friend Elliott Nugent; it was later adapted into a film starring Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland. His short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has been adapted for film twice, once in 1947 and again in 2013.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Sep 9
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, September 09, 2019, 09/09/2019, Commemorating Writer And Cartoonist James Thurber At His 125th Birthday

Author Reading | Writers Discuss Motherhood, Politics, Love And More


Poet Tina Chang (Hybrida) and graphic memoirist Mira Jacob (Good Talk) explore motherhood, politics, love, and devotion in their respective work. Joined by literary critic and scholar, Sonya Posmentier, they discuss their singular creative approaches to document the turn America has taken in recent years, the tolls it has exacted on families of color, and the hope they struggle to maintain.  Tina Chang, Brooklyn Poet Laureate, is the author of Half-Lit Houses (2004), Of Gods & Strangers(2011), and most recently Hybrida (2019) which was named A Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by NPR, Lit Hub, The Millions, Oprah magazine, Publisher’s Weekly and was named a  New York Times Book Review New & Noteworthy collection. She is also the co-editor of the W.W. Norton anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (2008). Chang teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. Mira Jacob is the author and illustrator of Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, has been translated into seven languages. Her writing and drawings have appeared in The New York Times, Electric Literature, and Tin House, among others. She teaches at The New School, and she is a founding faculty member of the MFA Program at Randolph College. Sonya Posmentier is a literary critic and associate professor of English at NYU. She is the the author of Cultivation and Catastrophe: the Lyric Ecology of Modern Black Literature (2017), as well as essays in The New York Times Book Review, Public Books, American Literature, and elsewhere.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Sep 9
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, September 09, 2019, 09/09/2019, Writers Discuss&nbsp;Motherhood, Politics, Love And More

Poetry Reading | A Fortune for Your Disaster: New Poetry


Hanif Abdurraqib returns with his much-anticipated follow-up to The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, a boo  of poems about how one rebuilds oneself after a heartbreak, the kind that renders them a different version of themselves than the one they knew. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Sep 9
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, September 09, 2019, 09/09/2019, A Fortune for Your Disaster: New Poetry

Author Reading | The Fifth Column: A Family Torn Apart


Andrew Gross will be discussing and signing his newest book, a tense and stirring thriller of a family torn apart set against the backdrop of a nation plunged into World War II.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Sep 9
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, September 09, 2019, 09/09/2019, The Fifth Column: A Family Torn Apart

Author Reading | The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us


Many of us remember college as the best years of our lives. But, according to Paul Tough, the American university system is also a nefarious product of class inequalities. The bestselling author presents an exploration of who is admitted to top schools and how they do once they get there.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Sep 9
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, September 09, 2019, 09/09/2019, The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

Book Signing | Live From F*cking Everywhere: Documenting the Fashion Zeitgeist


Reporting live from “everywhere,” photographer Adam Katz Sinding travels around the globe to document the fashion zeitgeist. In this new book, Sinding widens his scope and explores culture and landmarks with the same sophisticated eye he uses to photograph fashion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 10
6:00 pm

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Book Signings, September 10, 2019, 09/10/2019, Live From F*cking Everywhere: Documenting the Fashion Zeitgeist

Author Reading | The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers


A daughter’s moving homage to an extraordinary parent, The World According to Fannie Davis  is an unforgettable story about Fannie Davis—part bookie, part banker, mother, wife, granddaughter of slaves, Fannie became more than a numbers runner: she was a kind of Ulysses, guiding both her husbands, five children and a grandson through the decimation of a once-proud city using her wit, style, guts, and even a gun. This original, timely, and deeply relatable portrait of an American family.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 10
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, September 10, 2019, 09/10/2019, The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother&rsquo;s Life in the Detroit Numbers

Author Reading | The Yellow House: History Of A Family House And More


Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities. The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives and demonstrates how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. The author Sarah M. Broom will be in conversation and will sign books following the discussion. “This is a major book that I suspect will come to be considered among the essential memoirs of this vexing decade.” - Dwight Garner, NYT Review
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 10
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, September 10, 2019, 09/10/2019, The Yellow House: History Of A Family House And More

Poetry Reading | 4 Poets Read Their Work


With: Philip Fried Bertha Rogers Neil Shepard Estha Weiner
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 10
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, September 10, 2019, 09/10/2019, 4 Poets Read Their Work

Author Reading | The Not Wives: Three Women Navigate Occupy Wall Street 


Carley Moore's The Not Wives traces the lives of three women as they navigate the Occupy Wall Street movement and each other. Stevie is a nontenured professor and recently divorced single mom; her best friend Mel is a bartender, torn between her long-term girlfriend and her desire to explore polyamory; and Johanna is a homeless teenager trying to find her way in the world, who bears shared witness to a tragedy that interlaces her life with Stevie’s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Sep 10
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Author Readings, September 10, 2019, 09/10/2019, The Not Wives: Three Women Navigate Occupy Wall Street&nbsp;

Author Reading | Global Governance and Local Peace: Accountability and Performance in International Peacebuilding


Author Susanna Campbell’s research and teaching address war-to-peace transitions, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, international development and humanitarian aid, global governance, IO and INGO behavior, and the micro-dynamics of civil war and peace. She uses mixed-method research designs and has conducted extensive fieldwork in conflict-affected countries, including Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, Sudan, South Sudan, and East Timor. She has received several large grants for her research, including from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Network for International Studies, as well as a United States Institute of Peace Dissertation Fellowship.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 11
5:10 pm

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Author Readings, September 11, 2019, 09/11/2019, Global Governance and Local Peace: Accountability and Performance in International Peacebuilding

Author Reading | If You Leave Me: Acclaimed Fiction


Crystal Hana Kim’s debut novel If You Leave Me was named a best book of 2018 by The Washington Post, ALA Booklist, Literary Hub, Cosmopolitan, and others. It was also longlisted for the Center for Fiction Novel Prize. Kim was a 2017 PEN America Dau Short Story Prize winner and has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, and Jentel, among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 11, 2019, 09/11/2019, If You Leave Me: Acclaimed Fiction

Author Reading | And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks


Lawrence Weschler was a newly minted staff writer at The New Yorker when the magazine’s then-editor William Shawn green lit his idea for a profile of Dr. Oliver Sacks. Four years into this process, Sacks changed his mind, owning up to the fact that he couldn’t bear the idea of reading such a piece while he was alive. Still, the two remained close friends, and thirty years later, as he was dying, Sacks urged Weschler pick it up again. The result is Weschler’s biographical memoir of arguably one of the 20th century’s greatest medical writers. Weschler, now a veteran of The New Yorker, author, and frequent contributor to NPR, is joined in conversation by Robert Krulwich, co-host of the Peabody Award-winning program Radiolab. Krulwich interviewed Sacks countless times on air, and counted him as one of the inspirations for the show, to which Sacks contributed story ideas and was a frequent guest.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 11
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Author Readings, September 11, 2019, 09/11/2019, And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks

Author Reading | Until We Reckon: A Different Approach To Violent Offenses


Much of the recent focus of prison reform has been on nonviolent and drug offenses, but more than half of the people incarcerated are there as a result of violent offenses. Until We Reckon takes a clear eyed look at the question of violence, and offers approaches that can help both end mass incarceration and increase safety.  Danielle Sered, director of Common Justice, argues that the needs of survivors of violent crime are better met by asking those who commit violence to accept responsibility for their actions and make meaningful amends—something that does not happen in the context of a criminal trial or a prison sentence. Sered will be joined in conversation by Mariame Kaba, an organizer, educator and curator who is active in movements for racial, gender, and transformative justice. She is the founder and director of Project NIA and a Researcher in Residence at the Barnard Center for Research on Women.
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Wed, Sep 11
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, September 11, 2019, 09/11/2019, Until We Reckon: A Different Approach To Violent Offenses

Reading | 25th Anniversary Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards Reading


In recognition of the special contributions women writers make to our culture and society, The Rona Jaffe Foundation is celebrating its twenty-fifth year under a program that identifies and supports emergent women writers of exceptional talent and promise. Celebrated author Rona Jaffe (1931-2005) established The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards program in 1995. It is the only national literary awards program of its kind dedicated to supporting women writers exclusively. Since the program began, the Foundation has awarded more than $2.5 million to emergent women writers. With past recipients Rachel Aviv, Vanessa Hua, Airea D. Matthews, and Eileen Pollack.
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Wed, Sep 11
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Readings, September 11, 2019, 09/11/2019, 25th Anniversary Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers&rsquo; Awards Reading

Poetry Reading | A Daughter’s Work Is Heartless by Nature: New Poetry


Editor, writer, and poet Caledonia Kearns celebrates her new poetry collection, published by Finishing Line Press. With readings by Donna Masini (4:30 Movie; That Kind of Danger), Cornelius Eady (Brutal Imagination; Victims of the Latest Dance Craze) & Katha Pollitt (The Mind-Body Problem; Antarctic Traveller).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Sep 11
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, September 11, 2019, 09/11/2019, A Daughter&rsquo;s Work Is Heartless by Nature: New Poetry

Author Reading | Globalism and Localization: Emergent Approaches to Ecological and Social Crises


Within this collection, contributors expound upon the connection between local and global phenomenon within their respective fields including social ecology, climate justice, ecopsychology, big history, peace ecology, social justice, community resilience, indigenous rights, permaculture, food justice, liberatory politics, and both transformative and transpersonal studies. The following panel of authors will discuss their experiences in addressing the ecological and social crises highlighted in the book: -- Jeanine M. Canty, Professor and Chair, Environmental Studies department at Naropa University. Introduction and Chapter 3, The Ties That Bind: An Earth-Based Story of Home -- Brian Tokar, Director, Institute for Social Ecology and Professor, Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont. Chapter 1, Climate Justice and the Challenge of Local Solution -- Ana I. Baptista, Chair, Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management MS program at Milano. Chapter 8, The Evolution of the Environmental Justice Movement: Translocal Voices for Systemic Transformations -- Asoka Bandarage, Consultant and Practitioner, in social philosophy & consciousness, environmental sustainability, human well-being, international development, and political economy. Chapter 9, Ethical Path to Ecological and Social Survival
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Thu, Sep 12
5:00 pm

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Author Readings, September 12, 2019, 09/12/2019, Globalism and Localization: Emergent Approaches to Ecological and Social Crises

Author Reading | The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories with Pulitzer Winner Jhumpa Lahiri


A landmark collection of stories--nearly half appearing in English for the first time--selected and introduced by Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri, who now lives in Italy.
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Thu, Sep 12
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, September 12, 2019, 09/12/2019, The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories with Pulitzer Winner&nbsp;Jhumpa Lahiri

Author Reading | Everybody Wants to Go To Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die: A Disscussion About Healthcare System


Over the last 60 years an unprecedented revolution in healthcare has helped millions of Americans benefit from advancements in areas such as gene editing, reproductive technology, and organ transplants—but what about the legal and ethical challenges posed by continuing evolutions within medical science? And why in this country today do we pay far more for health care while having among the lowest life expectancies and highest infant mortality of any affluent nation? Amy Gutmann, the president of the University of Pennsylvania, and Jonathan D. Moreno, a renowned professor of medical ethics and health policy, both served on President Obama’s bioethics commission. Their new book, Everybody Wants to Go To Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die blends history and public policy to examine some of the most fundamental challenges faced in the American healthcare system. They speak with The New Yorker’s David Remnick about the American paradox of wanting to have it all without paying the price.
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Author Readings, September 12, 2019, 09/12/2019, Everybody Wants to Go To Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die:&nbsp;A Disscussion About&nbsp;Healthcare System

Author Reading | Native Country of the Heart: An Intimate Portrait of the U.S.-Mexican Diaspora


Cherríe Moraga, the celebrated activist, writer, and co-editor of the influential anthology This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, holds a reading and discussion of her new memoir, a love letter to her mother and an intimate portrait of the U.S.-Mexican diaspora. She will speak to the issue of cultural amnesia in the United States and the recuperation of ancestral memory toward the radicalization of political consciousness and activism for the future.
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Author Reading | Queer Terror: Life, Death, and Desire in the Settler Colony


C. Heike Schotten offers a critique of U.S. settler-colonial empire that draws on political, queer, and critical indigenous theory to situate Bush’s either/or moralism and reframe the concept of terrorism. The categories of the War on Terror exemplify the moralizing politics that insulate U.S. empire from critique, render its victims deserving of its abuses, and delegitimize resistance to it as unthinkable and perverse.
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Author Readings, September 13, 2019, 09/13/2019, Queer Terror: Life, Death, and Desire in the Settler Colony

Author Reading | Flying Jenny: Two Women Breaking Stereotypes In 1929 New York


Theasa Tuohy is a long-time journalist who has happily turned her life experiences and reporting skills to fiction featuring female reporters. Theasa Tuohy's latest historical novel, Flying Jenny is the story of two daring women, one a pilot, one a reporter, who defy stereotypes in 1929 New York. As a playwright, Theasa co-authored the book, or libretto, of Scandalous: The Musical, an award-winning show about the life of D. H. Lawrence, author of Lady Chatterley's Lover, Women in Love and Sons and Lovers. E. M. Forster deemed D. H. Lawrence "the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation."
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Author Readings, September 16, 2019, 09/16/2019, Flying Jenny: Two Women Breaking Stereotypes In 1929 New York

Author Reading | The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World: The Twin Towers, Windows on the World, and the Rebirth of New York


Tom Roston tells the remarkable story of a restaurant on top of the world-built by a legend, destroyed in tragedy-and an era in New York City it helped to frame 
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Author Reading | Juliet Takes a Breath: Award-Winning Fiction


Author Gabby Rivera's  debut novel was called “f*cking outstanding” by Roxane Gay and won the 2017 Silver IPPY Award for Best LGBTQ Fiction.
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Author Readings, September 16, 2019, 09/16/2019, Juliet Takes a Breath: Award-Winning Fiction

Author Reading | April Dawn Alison: A Monograph


Erin O’Toole discusses her book on the LGBT artist. 
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Author Readings, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, April Dawn Alison: A Monograph

Poetry Reading | 4 Poets Read Their Work


With: Laure-Anne Bosselaar Patrick Donnelly Julia Guez Maya Phillips
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Poetry Readings, September 17, 2019, 09/17/2019, 4 Poets Read Their Work

Author Reading | Crossfire Hurricane: Inside Donald Trump's War on the FBI


Josh Campbell, a career special agent who served under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald J. Trump, will be discussing and signing his riveting, fly-on-the-wall account of the historic investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.
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Author Reading | Fatal Cajun Festival: Killer at a Concert


In Ellen Byron's novel, Louisiana B&B owner Maggie Crozat kicks up her heels at a country music festival–but she’ll have one foot in the grave if she can’t bring the killer of a diva’s hanger-on to heel.
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Poetry Reading | Poetry World Series 2019


Two teams of some of NYC's best poets will take turns batting at topics pitched to them by the audience. Fastballs, curveballs, knuckleballs: they won't know what's coming next! Eminently qualified umpires will score each batter's reading, and the winning team takes the series title. Hilarity and/or *breathtaking* work guaranteed. With Dorothea Lasky, Monica Youn, Jan-Henry Gray, and more to be announced.
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Author Reading | On Sunset: A Memoir


Born in Los Angeles at the dawn of the 1960s to parents who quickly departed, Kathryn Harrison was received by her maternal grandparents as a late-life child. Harry Jacobs and Margaret Sassoon, true wandering Jews, had emigrated to L.A. after leading whirlwind lives in Shanghai, London, Alaska, Russia, and beyond. Harrison grew up in their fading Tudor mansion on Sunset Boulevard, a kingdom inhabited by gleaming memories from their extraordinary past. Their photos, letters, and souvenirs sparked endless family stories that spanned cultures, dynasties, and continents—until declining finances forced them to sell the house in 1971, and night fell fast.Vivid and poignant, filled with the wisdom of retrospect and the wonder of childhood, On Sunset seeks to recover a foundational time in her life, affirming the power of storytelling and the endurance of memory. Some of the books of author Kathryn Harrison are Thicker Than Water, Exposure, A Thousand Orange Trees, While They Slept: An Inquiry into the Murder of a Family, Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured. She reviews regularly for The New York Times Book Review.
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Author Reading | The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a New Nation


Brenda Wineapple's newest book recounts the first-ever impeachment of an American president. Wineapple is also the author of Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 and White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award.
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Wed, Sep 18
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, September 18, 2019, 09/18/2019, The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a New Nation

Author Reading | PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2019: Contributors Read


Who are the most promising short story writers working today? Where do we look to discover the future stars of literary fiction? This book offers a dozen compelling answers to these questions.
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Author Reading | So Much More: A Poignant Memoir about Finding Love, Fighting Adversity, and Defining Life on My Own Terms


The Last Lecture meets The Bright Hour in this poignant account of how the Latina medium Zulema Arroyo Farley lives life to the fullest, refusing to let a rare form of cancer and chronic illnesses determine her destiny.
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Author Reading | The Grammarians: A Comic Love Letter to Sibling Rivalry


Cathleen Schine's newest release is an enchanting, comic love letter to sibling rivalry and the English language, great for readers of Nora Ephron and Nancy Mitford.
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Author Reading | A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind


Science writer and bioethicist Harriet Washington, author of the acclaimed Medical Apartheid, will present her new book which deconstructs the fraudulent notion of intelligence as inherited trait. She identifies the deleterious effects of institutional factors and environmental racism on learning and cognitive abilities in marginalized communities of color. And what needs to change. Hear Harriet and join the conversation.
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Author Readings, September 19, 2019, 09/19/2019, A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind

Author Reading | Represent: The Woman's Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World


Welcome writer, actress, and activist June Diane Raphael and author Kate Black, former chief of staff of Emily's List. They will be discussing and signing copies of their new release. This energetic step-by-step guide covers everything women need to know for running for any US office!
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Author Readings, September 19, 2019, 09/19/2019, Represent: The Woman's Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World

Poetry Reading | The Best American Poetry 2019 Reading


Series editor David Lehman and guest editor Major Jackson headline an all-star cast of poets included in the book's launch reading, an annual rite of autumn in New York.
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Thu, Sep 19
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Poetry Readings, September 19, 2019, 09/19/2019, The Best American Poetry 2019 Reading

Author Reading | The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great: Tibet’s Most Famous Nonsectarian Buddhist Lama


Dr. Alexander Gardner, Director of The Treasury of Lives, will discuss his new book, the first-ever extensive biography of Tibet’s most famous nonsectarian Buddhist lama. Well-known for preserving Tibetan Buddhist lineages in an era of great political strife, Kongtrul is one of the most important figures of the 19th-century Rimé period. Discussion and reading will be followed by a Q&A and book-signing with the author.
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Author Reading | New Women Voices of African Fiction


Two authors of two ambitious debut novels. Novoyo Tshuma is a Zimbabwean writer living in Houston. House of Stone is her sweeping epic spanning the fall of Rhodesia through Zimbabwe's turbulent beginnings, exploring the persistence of the oppressed in a young nation seeking an identity but built on forgetting. Namwali Serpell is a Zambian writer who teaches at Cal-Berkeley. The Old Drift is an intergenerational saga that combines history and romance and science fiction--revealing the cruelties and absurdities of colonialism, and the yearning to create and cross borders. A special opportunity to hear these exciting writers read from and discuss their work.
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Sat, Sep 21
3:00 pm

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Author Readings, September 21, 2019, 09/21/2019, New Women Voices of African Fiction

Author Reading | Shatter City: Sci-Fi Sequel


Scott Westerfield's sequel to the bestselling Impostors. When the world sees Frey, they think they see her twin sister Rafi. Frey was raised to be Rafi's double, and now she's taken on the role . . . without anyone else knowing. Her goal? To destroy the forces that created her.
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Author Readings, September 21, 2019, 09/21/2019, Shatter City: Sci-Fi Sequel

Author Reading | The Tenth Girl: Gothic Psychological Thriller


Simmering in dark Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a giant twist that everyone will be talking about. Looming at the very southern tip of Patagonia, the Vacarro family's finishing school is rumored to be haunted. Legend has it there is a curse on the land to ruin all those who settled there.
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Reading | Longreads 10th Anniversary Storytelling Night


An evening of live storytelling with some of Longreads's favorite writers.
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Author Reading | I've Seen the Future and I'm Not Going: The Art Scene and Downtown New York in the 1980s


Brilliantly funny, frank, and shattering, this is the bittersweet memoir by Peter McGough of his life with artist David McDermott. Set in New York’s Lower East Side of the 1980s and mid-1990s, it is also a devastatingly candid look at the extreme naiveté and dysfunction that would destroy both their lives.
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Author Readings, September 24, 2019, 09/24/2019, I've Seen the Future and I'm Not Going: The Art Scene and Downtown New York in the 1980s

Author Reading | Rock, Paper, Scissors and Other Stories: Great Subtlety and Striking Insight


Maxim Osipov, who lives and practices medicine in a town ninety miles outside Moscow, is one of Russia’s best contemporary writers. In the tradition of Anton Chekhov and William Carlos Williams, he draws on his experiences in medicine to write stories of great subtlety and striking insight. Osipov’s fiction presents a nuanced, collage-like portrait of life in provincial Russia—its tragedies, frustrations, and moments of humble beauty and inspiration. The twelve stories in this volume depict doctors, actors, screenwriters, teachers, entrepreneurs, local political bosses, and common criminals whose paths intersect in unpredictable yet entirely natural ways: in sickrooms, classrooms, administrative offices and on trains and in planes. Their encounters lead to disasters, major and minor epiphanies, and—on occasion—the promise of redemption.
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Poetry Reading | Renascence: Edna St. Vincent Millay Today


Reading from the works of Edna St. Vincent Millay. With Karen Alkalay-Gut Diana Hume George, Marilyn Hacker. Kimiko Hahn, Marie Howe, Joan Larkin, Shara McCallum, Mihaela Moscaliuc, Joan Murray, Alicia Ostriker, and Afaa Michael Weaver.
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Poetry Reading | 4 Poets Read Their Work


With: Hanna Brooks-Motl Corina Copp Emily R. Hunt Anne Lai
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Author Reading | Bilingual Author Discusses His Writing


Pavel Lembersky, a New York-based Russian American author, will read selections from his work in both Russian and English. Pavel Lembersky has published four collections of short stories, a novel, and, most recently, a collection of three novellas and two essays. His work has appeared in Little Star Journal, The Brooklyn Rail, The New Review, Colta, Words Without Borders, Kommentarii, 22, St. Petersburg Review, Gargoyle, Trafika Europe, Krestchatik, Gobshite, Fiction International, Literratura.org, Novii Bereg and many others. 
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Author Readings, September 25, 2019, 09/25/2019, Bilingual Author Discusses His Writing

Author Reading | Work! A Queer History of Modeling


Elspeth H. Brown presents her book, an out-of-the-ordinary history of twentieth-century American culture and capitalism. Brown tells the largely unknown story of queer models and photographers, showing how queer sensibilities shaped the commercialized sexuality that’s at the center of consumer capitalism. A book signing will follow.
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Author Reading | Sweat the Technique: Life And Writing Techniques Of A Writer


Rakim reigns as one of hip-hop's most transformative artists. Along with his partner Eric B., he recorded 1987's Paid in Full, the landmark recording that MTV named "the greatest hip-hop album of all time." Rakim's inimitable style lyrics, has drawn comparisons to jazz icon Thelonious Monk. Sweat the Technique by Rakim is part memoir, part practical writing guide shows anyone how to write better, while entertaining them with rich, engaging stories from Rakim's life that shaped him as a writer. Rakim will be present for a discussion with Cheo Hodari Coker, former music journalist and a producer and writer, known for Luke Cage (2016), Southland (2009) and Notorious (2009). Books will be available in the Schomburg shop and a book signing will follow the program.
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Poetry Reading | New Poetry: Deaf Republic / Kill Class.


Readings by celebrated poets Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic, and Nomi Stone, author of Kill Class.
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Author Reading | What About Activism?: Creative Forms of Protest and Advocacy


With the global rise of a politics of shock driven by authoritarian regimes that subvert the rule of law and civil liberties, the new book published this September by Sternberg Press asks more than 20 leading curators and thinkers about creative forms of protest and advocacy that cultural institutions can offer. Join editor Steven Henry Madoff in a discussion with some of the book's contributors.
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Author Readings, September 26, 2019, 09/26/2019, What About Activism?: Creative Forms of Protest and Advocacy

Author Reading | Musician and author Patti Smith discusses her book Year of the Monkey


From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year. Restriction may apply. Call store for details.
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Fri, Sep 27
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, September 27, 2019, 09/27/2019, Musician and author Patti Smith discusses her book Year of the Monkey

Author Reading | Painting Enlightenment: Healing Visions of the Heart Sutra


An evening with professor Paula Arai, who will give a presentation on the life and work of Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002), a Japanese teacher, biologist, prisoner of war, Buddhist practitioner, and painter who developed a uniquely Buddhist aesthetic inspired by the Heart Sutra.
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Author Reading | Sweet + Salty: The Art of Vegan Chocolates, Truffles, Caramels, and More from Lagusta’s Luscious


Vegan. Ethical. Delicious. Come sample some confections and learn how to make them with the country’s premier (and feminist/punk rock/bad-ass) vegan chocolatier Lagusta Yearwood. Lagusta will have some of her favorite and bestselling sweets (from the book!) available for sampling, and will discuss her story as a vegan entrepreneur and activist. She will be available to sign copies as well.
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Author Reading | Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower


Factory Girls meets The Vagina Monologues in this fascinating narrative on China’s single women―and why they could be the source of its economic future. Forty years ago, China enacted the one-child policy, only recently relaxed. Among many other unintended consequences, it resulted in both an enormous gender imbalance―with a predicted twenty million more men than women of marriage age by 2020―and China’s first generations of only-daughters. Given the resources normally reserved for boys, these girls were pushed to study, excel in college, and succeed in careers, as if they were sons. Roseanne Lake is The Economist's Cuba correspondent. She was previously based in Beijing, where she spent time as a television reporter and journalist. Her China coverage has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Salon and Vice, among others.
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Author Readings, September 30, 2019, 09/30/2019, Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower

Author Reading | They Said It Couldn't Be Done: The '69 Mets, New York City, and the Most Astounding Season in Baseball History


In 1962, the New York Mets spent their first year in existence racking up the worst record in baseball history. Things scarcely got any better for the ensuing six years--they were baseball's laughingstock. Author Wayne Coffey as he talks about the year all that changed: 1969. A year that saw the lunar landing, Woodstock, nonstop antiwar protests, and the most tumultuous and fractious New York City mayoral race in memory--along with the most improbable season in the annals of Major League Baseball.
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Author Reading | Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code


Ruha Benjamin cuts through tech-industry hype, from everyday apps to complex algorithms, to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce White supremacy and deepen social inequity.
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Author Reading | Horse Crazy: Girls and the Lives of Horses


Horse Crazy explores the meaning behind the love between girls and horses. Jean O'Malley Halley, a self-professed "horse girl," contends that this relationship and its cultural signifiers influence the manner in which young girls define their identity when it comes to gender. Halley examines how popular culture, including the "pony book" genre, uses horses to encourage conformity to gender norms but also insists that the loving relationship between a girl and a horse fundamentally challenges sexist and mainstream ideas of girlhood.
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Author Reading | The School of Life: An Emotional Education


Emotional intelligence affects every aspect of the way we live, from romantic to professional relationships, from our inner resilience to our social success. It is arguably the single most important skill for surviving the twenty-first century. But what does it really mean? One decade ago, Alain de Botton founded The School of Life, an institute dedicated to understanding and improving our emotional intelligence. Now he presents the gathered wisdom of those ten years in a wide-ranging and innovative compendium of emotional intelligence.
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Author Reading | Ribbons of Scarlet: Six Women and the French Revolution


Six bestselling and award-winning authors bring to life a breathtaking epic novel illuminating the hopes, desires, and destinies of princesses and peasants, harlots and wives, fanatics and philosophers—six unforgettable women whose paths cross during one of the most tumultuous and transformative events in history: the French Revolution. Ribbons of Scarlet is a timely story of the power of women to start a revolution—and change the world. With author Heather Webb.
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Author Reading | The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness


Discover an eye-opening and provocative new way to look at our health based on the latest groundbreaking discoveries in the science of compassion, kindness, and human connection. With author Kelli Harding.
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Author Readings, October 10, 2019, 10/10/2019, The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness

Author Reading | Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico


The tragedy of US involvement in Puerto Rico, tracing the decades of economic and political exploitation that led to the debt crisis, hobbled the hurricane recovery efforts, and forced the island into a state of despair. With author Ed Morales.
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Thu, Oct 17
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 17, 2019, 10/17/2019, Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico

Reading | Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza: A Marathon Reading


With her groundbreaking work, first published in 1987, Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004) established the Mexican-American border as a metaphor for different types of transgressions—racial, sexual, social, and cultural. The work was radical not only because it was one of the first popular writings by a Chicana Feminist who also publicly claimed her lesbianism, but it was also new in form and language, switching between essay and poetry, English, Mexican, Spanish, and Indigenous dialects.
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Readings, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza: A Marathon Reading

Author Reading | Reclaiming Artistic Research: Artists in Control


An evening with editor Lucy Cotter and authors from the new book Reclaiming Artistic Research. Through conversations with 20 leading artists and curators, the book explores specific ways that artists define their research across many fields of inquiry.
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Author Readings, October 24, 2019, 10/24/2019, Reclaiming Artistic Research: Artists in Control

Reading | All the Rage: A Performative Reading


Rosamond S. King is an award-winning creative and critical writer and performer who draws on reality to create non-literal, culturally and politically engaged interpretations of African diaspora experiences. She will give a performative reading from her collection-in-progress, All the Rage. Her goal is to make people feel, wonder, and think, usually in that order.
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Readings, November 08, 2019, 11/08/2019, All the Rage: A Performative Reading
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