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138 free poetry readings, book signings, author readings in New York City (NYC) Sun, 10/20/2019 - 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!

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Oct 20
12:00 pm

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Readings, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza: A Marathon Reading

Reading | 2 West Virginia Writers Read


A reading and reception celebrating the winners of this year's Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Contest. Jonathan Bolt, the winning poet, and Lydia A. Cyrus, the winning fiction writer, both from West Virginia, where the contest was held, will read their worki. Introductions by poetry judge Patricia Spears Jones, and fiction judge Bryn Chancellor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Oct 20
6:00 pm

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Readings, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, 2 West Virginia Writers Read

Author Reading | Queering Black Atlantic Religions: Transcorporeality in Candomblé, Santería, and Vodou


A recently published book on queer re-genderings in Santería, Candomblé and Vodou. Author Roberto Strongman is Associate Professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Oct 20
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Queering Black Atlantic Religions: Transcorporeality in Candombl&eacute;, Santer&iacute;a, and Vodou

Author Reading | New York City Anonymous: Photographs/2008-2018


Photographer Craig Bagno will present and sign his new book. Bagno offers an alternative perspective on New York City, one that focuses on solitude and quiet, fleeting moments often missed. In his signature style, he assumes the perspective of a passerby, a shadowy apparition-- positioned between, beside, behind--often depicting others as they turn away, hurry past, and wander off.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Oct 21
6:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, New York City Anonymous: Photographs/2008-2018

Author Reading | Out in Time: The Public Lives of Gay Men from Stonewall to the Queer Generation


Author Perry Halkitis explores the life experiences of three generations of gay men –the Stonewall, AIDS, and Queer generations – arguing that while there are generational differences in the lived experiences of young gay men, each one confronts its own unique historical events, realities, and socio-political conditions, there are consistencies across time that define and unify the identity formation of gay men.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Oct 21
6:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Out in Time: The Public Lives of Gay Men from Stonewall to the Queer Generation

Author Reading | David Ben-Gurion: A Biography of the Founder of Israel


As the founder of Israel, David Ben-Gurion long ago secured his reputation as a leading figure of the twentieth century. Determined from an early age to create a Jewish state, he thereupon took control of the Zionist movement, declared Israel's independence, and navigated his country through wars, controversies and remarkable achievements. And yet Ben-Gurion remains an enigma--he could be driven and imperious, or quizzical and confounding. In this definitive biography, Israel's leading journalist-historian Tom Segev uses large amounts of previously unreleased archival material to give an original, nuanced account, transcending the myths and legends that have accreted around the man.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Mon, Oct 21
6:30 pm

Free
Author Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, David Ben-Gurion: A Biography of the Founder of Israel

Author Reading | Rose Désert: A Journey from Morocco to Senegal


Author Violaine Huisman, depressed and approaching thirty, decides to cross the desert from Morocco to Sénégal. Throughout this unlikely and perilous journey, she reflects on loss and control. She mentally revisits her love affairs and explores her romantic and sexual awakening with a rarely equaled sincerity.
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Mon, Oct 21
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Rose D&eacute;sert: A Journey from Morocco to Senegal

Poetry Reading | 2 Poets Read


Featuring Gregory Pardlo and Rachel Eliza Griffiths.
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Mon, Oct 21
7:00 pm

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Poetry Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, 2 Poets Read

Author Reading | Infused: Adventures in Tea


Henrietta Lovell is best known as "The Rare Tea Lady." She is on a mission to revolutionize the way we drink tea by replacing industrially produced teabags with the highest quality tea leaves. Her quest has seen her travel to the Shire Highlands of Malawi, across the foothills of the Himalayas, and to hidden gardens in the Wuyi-Shan to source the world's most extraordinary teas. Infused invites us to discover these remarkable places, introducing us to the individual growers and household name chefs Lovell has met along the way - and reveals the true pleasures of tea. The result is a delicious infusion of travel writing, memoir, recipes, and glorious photography, all written with Lovell's unique charm and wit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Oct 21
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Infused: Adventures in Tea

Author Reading | Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South


Since its original publication in 1994, this book has become a classic text of white antiracism. Now, this seminal book returns as a rousing testament of what can and must be done against America’s increasingly apocalyptic white supremacist movement. Mab Segrest will read from her book and discuss her decades of experience as a white lesbian organizing against far-right movements in the South.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Oct 21
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Author Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South

Author Reading | The Professor of Immortality: A Fulfulling Life's Bad Times


Professor Maxine Sayers once found her personal and professional life so fulfilling that she founded the Institute of Future Studies, a program dedicated to studying the effects of technology on our culture and finding ways to prolong human life. But when her beloved husband dies, she is so devastated she can barely get out of bed. To make matters worse, her son, Zach, has abruptly quit his job in Silicon Valley and been out of contact for seven months. With author Eileen Pollack .
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Oct 21
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Author Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, The Professor of Immortality: A Fulfulling Life's Bad Times

Author Reading | Nelson DeMille discusses his new novel The Deserter


Bestselling author Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille will be discussing and signing their new book, a blistering new thriller featuring a brilliant and unorthodox Army investigator, his troubling new partner, and their hunt for the Army's most notorious---and dangerous---deserter. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
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Mon, Oct 21
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 21, 2019, 10/21/2019, Nelson DeMille discusses his new novel The Deserter

Author Reading | Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia: Bangladesh After Rana Plaza


April 24, 2013 will be known as the day of the deadliest garment factory accident in history. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Western companies invested in two organizations designed to strictly monitor and inspect a portion of Bangladesh's registered factories. This move by Western brands has been touted as unprecedented and innovative, and while these organizations have made some important progress, Sanchita Banerjee Saxena's book critiques the strategies employed over the last five years, as well as proposes solutions to further improve the sector.
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Tue, Oct 22
1:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 22, 2019, 10/22/2019, Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia: Bangladesh After Rana Plaza

Book Signing | A Booklover’s Guide to New York: The Fascinating Literary History of the Neighborhoods 


A book signing with New York–based author Cleo Le-Tan. Le-Tan chronicles the fascinating literary history of New York’s many neighborhoods and boroughs, from underground bookstores to infamous writers’ haunts. Intimate interviews with literary figures of local and international note provide thoughtful perspectives on the city’s enduring relationship with the printed word. The volume is also interspersed with artwork by Le-Tan’s late father, the celebrated illustrator and designer Pierre Le-Tan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 22
6:00 pm

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Book Signings, October 22, 2019, 10/22/2019, A Booklover&rsquo;s Guide to New York: The Fascinating Literary History of the Neighborhoods&nbsp;

Author Reading | Tales from the Roads Less Traveled: Travel Photographs


Photographer Pie Aerts will present and sign his new book. From the deep jungles of West Papua to the high plains of Bolivia, from the tiniest Himalayan mountain villages to the beating heart of the Okavango Delta, Aerts ventures well off the beaten track to capture real people and everyday experiences in extraordinary habitats around the globe.The avid Instagrammer now presents his best travel photographs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 22
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Author Readings, October 22, 2019, 10/22/2019, Tales from the Roads Less Traveled: Travel Photographs

Author Reading | Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History


Contributors will present their essays from the book which charts how women’s profound and turbulent experiences of migration have been articulated in writing, photography, art and film. As a whole, the volume gives an impression of a wide range of migratory events from women’s perspectives.The contributors, which include academics and artists, offer both personal and critical points of view on the artistic and historical repositories of these experiences.
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Tue, Oct 22
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Author Readings, October 22, 2019, 10/22/2019, Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History

Author Reading | Hate: The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in France (and What it Means for Us)


What is the connection between a rise in the number of random attacks against Jews on the streets of France and strategically planned terrorist acts targeting the French population at large? Before the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the Bataclan night club, and others made international headlines, Marc Weitzmann had noticed a surge of seemingly random acts of violence against the Jews of France. His new book proposes that both the small-scale and large-scale acts of violence have their roots in not one, but two very specific forms of populism: an extreme and violent ethos of hate spread among the Muslim post-colonial suburban developments on the one hand, and the deeply-rooted French ultra-conservatism of the far right. Weitzmann's on-the-ground reporting is woven throughout with the history surrounding the legacies of the French Revolution, the Holocaust, and Gaullist "Arab-French policy."
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Oct 22
6:30 pm

Free
Author Readings, October 22, 2019, 10/22/2019, Hate: The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in France (and What it Means for Us)

Author Reading | Metropolitan Stories: The Met Museum the Public Doesn't See


From a writer who worked at the Metropolitan Museum for more than 25 years, an enchanting new novel shows us the Met that the public doesn’t see. Taking us behind the Picassos and the Vermeers, behind the Temple of Dendur and the American wing, Christine Coulson has crafted an intimate tribute to the museum.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Oct 22
6:30 pm

Free
Author Readings, October 22, 2019, 10/22/2019, Metropolitan Stories: The Met Museum the Public Doesn't See

Author Reading | The Plateau: A Safe Harbor


Maggie Paxson leads a musical evening on the occasion of the publication of her book. Paxson will be telling stories from The Plateau and performing songs from The Bomb Shelter Cafe in English, French and Yiddish from the World War II era. The Plateau tells the story of a small plateau in the in the south-central Vivarais-Lignon region of France –– a beautiful, wind-blown place that offered safe harbor to countless strangers –– mostly children –– as they fled for their lives during World War II, and today, offers refuge to migrants. Riveting, multilayered, and intensely personal, The Plateau is a deeply inspiring journey into the central conundrum of our time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 22
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, October 22, 2019, 10/22/2019, The Plateau: A Safe Harbor

Author Reading | Victory City: A History of New York and New Yorkers During World War II


New York City during World War II wasn’t just a place of servicemen, politicians, heroes, G.I. Joes and Rosie the Riveters, but also of quislings and saboteurs; of war protesters and conscientious objectors; of gangsters and profiteers; of bobby-soxers, poets, painters, scientists and spies. In Victory City, John Strausbaugh tells the story of New York City’s war years with richness, depth, and nuance, providing an important look into the City during this transformative war.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 22
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Author Readings, October 22, 2019, 10/22/2019, Victory City: A History of New York and New Yorkers During World War II

Author Reading | Another Mother: A Cherished Childhood Nanny Dies


After his cherished childhood nanny dies, a Jewish young man entering adulthood realises there's so much he has yet to learn about the woman who lent him her accent and with whom he shared an unlikely kindred spirit. With author Ross Urken
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 22
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 22, 2019, 10/22/2019, Another Mother: A Cherished Childhood Nanny Dies

Author Reading | Do You Mind If I Cancel?: (Things That Still Annoy Me)


Gary Janetti, the writer and producer for some of the most popular television comedies of all time, and creator of one of the most wickedly funny Instagram accounts there is, now turns his skills to the page in a hilarious, and poignant book chronicling the pains and indignities of everyday life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 22
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Author Readings, October 22, 2019, 10/22/2019, Do You Mind If I Cancel?: (Things That Still Annoy Me)

Author Reading | Meander Belt: Family, Loss, and Coming of Age in the Working-Class South


M. Randal O’Wain offers a reflection on how a working-class boy from Memphis, Tennessee, came to fall in love with language, reading, writing, and the larger world outside of the American South. This memoir examines what it means for the son of a carpenter to value mental rather than physical labor and what this does to his relationship with his family, whose livelihood and sensibility are decidedly blue collar.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 22
7:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 22, 2019, 10/22/2019, Meander Belt: Family, Loss, and Coming of Age in the Working-Class South

Author Reading | Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey


Fleeing East from Nazi terror, over a million Polish Jews traversed the Soviet Union, many finding refuge in Muslim lands. Their story―the extraordinary saga of two-thirds of Polish Jewish survivors―has never been fully told. With author Mikhal Dekel.
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Tue, Oct 22
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Author Readings, October 22, 2019, 10/22/2019, Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey

Author Reading | The Drowning of Money Island: A Forgotten Community's Fight Against the Rising Seas Forever Changing Coastal America


Author Andrew S. Lewis offers a glimpse of the future of vanishing shorelines in America in the age of climate change, where the wealthy will be able to remain the longest while the poor will be forced to leave.
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Tue, Oct 22
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Author Readings, October 22, 2019, 10/22/2019, The Drowning of Money Island: A Forgotten Community's Fight Against the Rising Seas Forever Changing Coastal America

Poetry Reading | The Revisionist and The Astropastorals: Collected Poems


Douglas Crase is best known for his invocations of the American landscape and Transcendental tradition. Out of print since 1987, The Revisionist has been enough in some opinions to establish him as one of the most important poets of his generation. Its influence persists, says The Oxford Book of American Poetry, as a “formidable underground reputation.” By combining that book with Crase’s recent chapbook, The Astropastorals, Nightboat Books brings Crase’s underground reputation to a wider audience for the first time in thirty-two years. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 22
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Poetry Readings, October 22, 2019, 10/22/2019, The Revisionist and The Astropastorals: Collected Poems

Author Reading | Actor John Lithgow presents his new book Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse


Welcome award-winning actor John Lithgow, who will be reading and signing his newest book, a whip-smart, satirical pen in this poetic diatribe chronicling the last few abysmal years in politics. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Oct 22
7:00 pm

Free
Author Readings, October 22, 2019, 10/22/2019, Actor John Lithgow presents his new book Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse

Author Reading | The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers


Elizabeth Cobbs tells the story of how America’s first women soldiers helped win World War 1…and then were forced to battle the U.S. Army. In 1918, 223 AT&T switchboard operators enlisted and were sent to France, where they ran communications while risking enemy fire and enduring an uneasy truce with male soldiers. After the war they were unexpectedly denied veteran status—and thus began a sixty-year fight for recognition. Evening includes a performance of a pivotal song from The Hello Girls musical, based on the book.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Oct 22
8:00 pm

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Author Readings, October 22, 2019, 10/22/2019, The Hello Girls: America&rsquo;s First Women Soldiers

Poetry Reading | 4 Poets Read


With: Diane Mehta Monica Ferrell Maya Phillips Julia Guez
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Wed, Oct 23
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Poetry Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, 4 Poets Read

Author Reading | The Future of Immortality: Remaking Life and Death in Contemporary Russia


As long as we have known death, we have dreamed of life without end. In The Future of Immortality, Anya Bernstein explores the contemporary Russian communities of visionaries and utopians who are pressing at the very limits of the human.
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Wed, Oct 23
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Author Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, The Future of Immortality: Remaking Life and Death in Contemporary Russia

Author Reading | Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life


Darcey Steinke is also the author of the novels Milk, Jesus Saves, Suicide Blonde, and Up Through the Water. With Rick Moody, she edited Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited. Her new novel Sister Golden Hair was published Fall 2014 from Tin House.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Oct 23
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Author Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life

Author Reading | Living on Campus: An Architectural History of the American Dormitory


Rutgers professor Carla Yanni takes a stroll down the history of the American campus, from the 18th century to the present. Her richly illustrated book examines the architecture of dormitories in the United States from the eighteenth century to 1968, focusing on the dormitory as a place of exclusion as much as a site of fellowship. For history and architecture buffs alike.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Oct 23
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Author Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Living on Campus: An Architectural History of the American Dormitory

Author Reading | Return to the Reich: A Holocaust Refugee's Secret Mission to Defeat the Nazis


Growing up in Germany, Freddy Mayer witnessed the Nazis' rise to power. When he was sixteen, his family made the decision to flee to the United States--they were among the last German Jews to escape, in 1938. In America, Freddy tried enlisting the day after Pearl Harbor, only to be rejected as an "enemy alien" because he was German. He was soon recruited to the OSS, the country's first spy outfit before the CIA. Freddy, joined by Dutch Jewish refugee Hans Wynberg and Nazi defector Franz Weber, parachuted into Austria as the leader of Operation Greenup, meant to deter Hitler's last stand. He posed as a Nazi officer and a French POW for months, dispatching reports to the OSS via Hans, holed up with a radio in a nearby attic. The reports contained a goldmine of information, provided key intelligence about the Battle of the Bulge, and allowed the Allies to bomb twenty Nazi trains. On the verge of the Allied victory, Freddy was captured by the Gestapo and tortured and waterboarded for days. Remarkably, he persuaded the Nazi commander for the region to surrender, completing one of the most successful OSS missions of the war. With author Eric Lichtblau, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Oct 23
6:30 pm

Free
Author Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Return to the Reich: A Holocaust Refugee's Secret Mission to Defeat the Nazis

Author Reading | The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay


Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman--economists who revolutionized the study of inequality--present a visionary blueprint for tax reform that can allow a more democratic and equal system to prevail. Blending history and cutting-edge economic analysis in their new book, Saez and Zucman offer a comprehensive review of America's tax system, demonstrating how the ultra-rich pay less in taxes while working-class Americans have been asked to pay more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Oct 23
6:30 pm

Free
Author Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay

Poetry Reading | Because What Else Could I Do: New Poetry


Martha Collins is an award-winning poet whose previous books include two volumes of linked sequences, Night Unto Night and Day Unto Day, and three works that focus on race and racism.
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Wed, Oct 23
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Poetry Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Because What Else Could I Do: New Poetry

Author Reading | Disasterama! Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977-1997


Alvin Orloff's memoir details the lives of performance artists, poets, homocore punks, and queercore drag artists during the early AIDS years. The event will feature a reading and discussion by Orloff (Gutterboys), along with special readings and performances by trans-genre cabaret performer Justin Vivian Bond; author Beth Lisick, punk pioneer Jennifer Blowdryer; vaudeville-steampunk pop power trio The Babes NYC, plus additional special guests to be announced.
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Wed, Oct 23
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Author Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Disasterama! Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977-1997

Author Reading | Good Things Happen to People You Hate: Essays


Former Senior Editor for Gothamist Rebecca Fishbein’s adult life has been a dramatic reflection of New York media itself—constantly evolving in unexpected ways and seemingly always on the edge of disaster. In short, Rebecca has seen it all—from 3 bedbug infestations, to being fired, to being yelled at while working at American Apparel, to losing all her stuff in a freak fire, to being bullied online by angry Taylor Swift fans. But the real humor and meat of the collection come from Rebecca's unwavering honesty and unflinching examination of her struggles with alcohol, anxiety, depression, compulsive lying, female beauty standards, and a slew of failed cowoker/roommate/friend semi-relationships are dark, insightful, and hilarious.  
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Wed, Oct 23
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Author Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Good Things Happen to People You Hate: Essays

Author Reading | Gracefully You: Finding Beauty and Balance in the Everyday


Actress and dancer Jenna Dewan shares her uplifting message of how to elevate your life and experience beauty every day. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details. 
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Wed, Oct 23
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Author Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Gracefully You: Finding Beauty and Balance in the Everyday

Author Reading | The Scent of Buenos Aires: Stories


From one of Argentina’s greatest short-story writers, a bewitching collection introducing Hebe Uhart’s wonderfully vivid world. This collection casts a beaming light on the witty lives of plants, animals, and humans. Her characters peer out of themselves, magnifying minute, everyday quirks in Argentina’s small towns: a cat curls around his owner to humor him, a classroom of children sway like trees when their teacher turns her back.
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Wed, Oct 23
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Author Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, The Scent of Buenos Aires: Stories

Author Reading | To the Land of Long Lost Friends: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series #20


In the latest book in the widely beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe takes on a case for a childhood acquaintance and finds that family relationships are always a tricky proposition—even for Botswana's premier female detective. With author Alexander McCall Smith.
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Author Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, To the Land of Long Lost Friends: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series #20

Author Reading | Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System


Alec Karakatsanis's impassioned, hard-hitting text uncovers the injustices inherent to our legal system, and how it’s wielded not to enforce justice and public safety, but to criminalize the poor and reap profit. A former public defender, he quit his job to take on the radical project of suing court systems across the country for the widespread constitutional violations endemic in the legal system. He also founded the Civil Rights Corps, which challenged the money bail system in Harris County, Texas and secured the release of almost thirteen thousand people within months.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Oct 23
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Author Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System

Author Reading | Widows' Words: Women Write on the Experience of Grief, the First Year, the Long Haul, and Everything in Between


Becoming a widow is one of the most traumatic life events that a woman can experience. Yet, as this remarkable new collection reveals, each woman responds to that trauma differently. Here, forty-three widows tell their stories, in their own words.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Oct 23
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Author Readings, October 23, 2019, 10/23/2019, Widows' Words: Women Write on the Experience of Grief, the First Year, the Long Haul, and Everything in Between

Author Reading | 2 Books on Art: It Speaks to Me / I Will Greet the Sun Again


Artist Shirin Neshat and writer Jori Finkel will be in conversation on the occasion of their new books. Finkel is the author of It Speaks to Me, which features 50 leading artists discussing artworks of their choice, including Mark Bradford on Mark Rothko, David Hockney on Edgar Degas, and Shirin Neshat on Alice Neel. Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again is the monograph accompanying the artist's largest exhibition to date, organized by the Broad. Covering thirty years of her career, the book offers a rare glimpse into the evolution of Neshat’s artistic journey as she explores topics of exile, displacement, and identity.
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Thu, Oct 24
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Author Readings, October 24, 2019, 10/24/2019, 2 Books on Art: It Speaks to Me / I Will Greet the Sun Again

Author Reading | Republic of Lies: Moder Conspiracy Theories


Author Anna Merlan will share her view of the landscape and meaning of modern conspiracy theories, exploring the causing and tenacity of this American malady, from Birthers to Pizzagate and beyond. Bringing together penetrating historical analysis and gripping on-the-ground reporting, Republic of Lies transforms our understanding of American paranoia.
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Thu, Oct 24
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Author Readings, October 24, 2019, 10/24/2019, Republic of Lies: Moder Conspiracy Theories

Author Reading | The Open Heart Club: A Story about Birth and Death and Cardiac Surgery


Gabriel Brownstein's 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.
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Author Reading | A Right to Bear Arms?: The Contested Role of History in Contemporary Debates on the Second Amendment


This collection of essays explores the way history itself has become a contested element within the national legal debate about firearms. With editor Jennifer Tucker.
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Author Reading | Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business


Award-winning journalist Pamela Newkirk will be discussing her latest book, an exploration of how workplace diversity initiatives have done little to bring equality to America's major industries and institutions.
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Author Reading | Exquisite Mariposa: Finding the Real


Given the initials F.A.D. at birth, Fiona Alison Duncan has always had an eye for observing the trends around her. But after years of trying to please others, looking for answers in books and astrological charts, and clocking endless hours as a celebrity journalist just to make rent, Duncan discovers another way of existing: in the Real, a phenomenological state few humans live in. Duncan's’s journey to the Real takes her to Koreatown, Los Angeles, where she sublets a room in La Mariposa.
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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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Poetry Reading | The Eloquent Poem: 128 Contemporary Poems and Their Making


Welcome a phenomenal roster of poets to read their work from The Eloquent Poem, the extraordinary poetry collection edited by Elise Paschen.
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Author Reading | The Slav Epic of Alphonse Mucha


True-to-life colors of the canvases together with unique printing technology helped produce a one-of-a-kind book. The large-format picture publication Epopej in a limited edition offers a view of the smallest details of Mucha’s work and presents the spectacular Slav Epic in a yet unseen form. Jan William Drnek created a digital copy of Mucha’s entire Slav Epic. Twenty canvases covering a surface of 650 m2 in total, over 20 000 photographs and approximately 30 TB of data. The result of the entire team’s work is not only the digital copy, but also the unique picture publication EPOPEJ. It was released in a limited edition of 200 pieces under the publisher Albatros.  
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Author Reading | The Stars and the Blackness Between Them: An Astrological Love Story


A reading and reflection of the new book by Junauda Petrus-Nasah, a queer, magic-realism, liberation, Black diaspora, and astrological love story. Come and explore the world of the book via readings from the book, and a conversation with the author about the themes.
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Poetry Reading | An Evening with the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets


A sure-to-be memorable reading by the Academy’s Board of Chancellors, an esteemed group of our nation's leading poets who serve as artistic advisors and ambassadors of poetry in the world at large. Featuring Elizabeth Alexander, Ellen Bass, Marilyn Chin, Kwame Dawes, Forrest Gander, Linda Gregerson, Joy Harjo, Terrance Hayes, Brenda Hillman, Marie Howe, Khaled Mattawa, Alicia Ostriker, Alberto Ríos, and David St. John.
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Author Reading | Bricks and Brownstone: The New York Row House


The classic book, the first and still the only volume to examine in depth the changing form and varied architectural styles of the much-loved New York City row house, or brownstone, was first published in 1972. That edition helped pave the way for a brownstone revival that has transformed New York's historic neighborhoods over the past half-century. This revised and expanded edition revisits the classic comprehensively, with updated text and additional chapters, and an abundance of specially commissioned color photography.
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Reading | Washington Square Review Reading


Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is the author of the bestselling short-story collection, Friday Black, winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. Chase Berggrun is a trans woman poet and author of R E D (Birds, LLC, 2018). Her work has appeared in Poetry, APR, jubilat, Poem-a-Day, and elsewhere. Hannah Tinti is the author of the story collection Animal Crackers as well as the novels The Good Thief and The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, a national bestseller.  
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Author Reading | Paris: Fashion Flair: An Illustrator's Masterful Hand


Illustrator Marc-Antoine Coulon captures Paris fashion on and off the runway with a masterful hand and a richly sophisticated celebration of color. Coulon, who creates illustrations for luxury clients such as Dior, Cartier, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Givenchy, has a distinctive style inspired by the great masters René Gruau and Erté. His work is timeless and iconic, with a decidedly contemporary edge that is at once elegant, sexy, vibrant, and witty.
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Author Reading | The Dissidents: A Memoir of Working with the Resistance in Russia, 1960-1990


It has been nearly three decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union—enough time for the role that the courageous dissidents ultimately contributed to the communist system’s collapse to have been largely forgotten, especially in the West. This book brings to life, for contemporary readers, the often underground work of the men and women who opposed the regime and authored dissident texts, known as samizdat, that exposed the tyrannies and weaknesses of the Soviet state both inside and outside the country. Peter Reddaway spent decades studying the Soviet Union and got to know these dissidents and their work, publicizing their writings in the West and helping some of them to escape the Soviet Union and settle abroad. In this memoir he captures the human costs of the repression that marked the Soviet state, focusing in particular on Pavel Litvinov, Larisa Bogoraz, General Petro Grigorenko, Anatoly Marchenko, Alexander Podrabinek, Vyacheslav Bakhmin, and Andrei Sinyavsky.
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Author Reading | The Book of Weirdo: An Influential Comics Anthology


Comics chronicler Jon B. Cooke spent twelve years compiling his meticulously-researched The Book of Weirdo, a history of the influential comics anthology, Weirdo (1981-1993). Founder and original editor R. Crumb will join the second editor, Peter Bagge (Hate, Woman Rebel), and the third and final editor, Aline Kominsky-Crumb joins Cooke for a discussion of both the anthology and his history of it, in a rare New York appearance. In addition, Weirdo contributor (and Book of Weirdo cover illustrator) Drew Friedman will join the panel.
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Author Reading | A Cold War Over Austria: The Struggle for the State Treaty, Neutrality, and the End of East-West Occupation, 1945-1955


The renowned Austrian historians Gerald Stourzh and Wolfgang Mueller analyze post WW-II Austria before independence and neutrality. After World War II ended, the four victorious powers occupied Austria for another ten years before they could agree on a treaty about withdrawing from the country.
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Author Reading | Educated: A Memoir


The remarkable story of a woman raised isolated from mainstream society in a survivalist family in rural Idaho and whose quest for knowledge eventually led her to Cambridge University, where she earned a Ph.D. in history. Author Tara Westover will speak about her memoir and answer questions from audience members.  
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Author Reading | Find Me: Sequel To The Love Story


First published in 2007, Call Me by Your Name, the unforgettable love story of Elio and Oliver, went on to sell nearly three quarters of a million copies worldwide, and it inspired an Academy Award-winning film. Over a decade later, Andre Aciman picks up their story. Elio has become a classical pianist in Rome, and Olivier a college professor with a family in New England. But as chance encounters and affairs intercede the lives they have built, Olivier finds himself contemplating a return trip across the Atlantic. Aciman, a master of conjuring passion's intimate details and emotional nuance, is joined by novelist and Cullman Center fellow, Nicole Krauss.
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Author Reading | Food: Italy in the Global Food System


A consumer's guide to the food system, from local to global: our part as citizens in the interconnected networks, institutions, and organizations that enable our food choices. With author Fabio Parasecoli .
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Author Reading | Mission from Venus: Fantasy Dimensions


Local author Susan Plunket launches her first work of fiction, which pushes further into the fantasy worlds of the fifth and sixth dimensions. 
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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 naivete and dysfunction that would destroy both their lives.
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Author Reading | Janis: Her Life and Music


Janis Joplin’s first transgressive act was to be a white girl who gained an early sense of the power of the blues, music you could only find on obscure records and in roadhouses along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. But even before that, she stood out in her conservative oil town. She was a tomboy who was also intellectually curious and artistic. By the time she reached high school, she had drawn the scorn of her peers for her embrace of the Beats and her racially progressive views. Her parents doted on her in many ways, but were ultimately put off by her repeated acts of defiance. With author Holly George-Warren.
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Author Reading | The Survivors: A Story of War, Inheritance, and Healing


Former Obama speechwriter and author Adam P. Frankel will be discussing and signing his memoir of family, the Holocaust, trauma, and identity, in which he must come to terms with the legacy of his family's painful past after a life-changing revelation. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Author Reading | Peacemaking, Power-Sharing and International Law: Imperfect Peace


Martin Wählisch's book provides a contemporary analysis of the frictions between peacemaking and international human rights law based on the cases of postconflict power-sharing in Lebanon and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In this context, Wählisch evaluates the long-standing debate in the United Nations and human rights bodies about the 'imperfect peace'.
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Author Reading | Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust


Storyteller Marty Brounstein brings a true interfaith story about a Christian couple in the Netherlands named Frans and Mien Wijnakker who, despite much risk and danger, saved the lives of over two dozen Jews during World War II. Brounstein’s meaningful personal connection to this story will be revealed through the story.
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Author Reading | The Agitator: William Bailey and the First American Uprising Against Nazism


Author Peter Duffy is an author and journalist based in New York City. He has written three books of historical non-fiction—The Bielski Brothers (HarperCollins, 2003); The Killing of Major Denis Mahon (HarperCollins, 2007); and Double Agent (Scribner, 2014). His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, New York, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The New Republic, and many others
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Author Reading | A French Family: From the Caribbean to Dunkirk by Way of Algeria


In this intimate family history that spans from the 1930s to today, Audrey Celestine traces fragments of the lives of three generations of the same family. The history moves from the Caribbean to Algeria and the Mediterranean and passes through the North of France. It shows how one family's small history can shed light on the larger political and social history. Minerva's parents fled Franco's Spain for Algeria in the 1930s. Marcel was born in Marie-Galante and met Ginette at Dunkirk. Pierrot was born in Fort-de-France before moving to metropolitan France. Their lives reflect how colonization, empire, and decolonization shaped the lives, friendships, loves, and trajectories of one family over the course of a century. Speaker Audrey Celestine is a Maitre de conferences at the Universite de Lille and a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France.
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Reading | Bellevue Literary Review Reading


To celebrate the publication of Bellevue Literary Review’s latest issue, on the theme of "A Good Life," editor-in-chief Danielle Ofri hosts an evening of readings by actors from stage and screen.  
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Author Reading | Holiday: The Best Travel Magazine That Ever Was


Author Pamela Fiori will celebrate the launch of Holiday: The Best Travel Magazine That Ever Was. This is the first book on magazine sensation Holiday, which between 1946 and 1977 was one of the most exciting publications in the world. Renowned for its bold layouts, literary credibility, and ambitious choice of photographers and artists, Holiday portrayed the romance of travel like no other periodical
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Author Reading | On My Own Terms: A Journey Between Two Worlds


Professor Vasu Varadhan’s memoir is an inspiring story of an immigrant’s struggle to forge an identity of her own amidst the upheavals of geographical and cultural displacement. On My Own Terms is also an uplifting testament to a remarkable woman’s struggle to maintain individuality, integrity and freedom as an accomplished scholar inside the orthodox Hindu culture in which she was born and raised.
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Author Reading | In Jerusalem: Three Generations of an Israeli Family and a Palestinian Family


An American, secular, diasporic Jew, author Lis Harris grew up with the knowledge of the historical wrongs done to Jews. In adulthood, she developed a growing awareness of the wrongs they in turn had done to the Palestinian people. This gave her an intense desire to understand how the Israelis’ history led them to where they are now. However, she found that top-down political accounts and insider assessments made the people most affected seem like chess pieces. What she wanted was to register the effects of the country’s seemingly never-ending conflict on the lives of successive generations.  
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Author Reading | Cilka's Journey: Surviving Auschwitz


From the bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz comes a new novel based on an incredible true story of love and resilience. Author Heather Morris will be discussing and signing her new release, a harrowing journey of a woman whose beauty both saved and condemned her in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp during WWII. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
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Author Reading | Dune Song: Witnessing 9/11


After witnessing the collapse of the World Trade Center, Jeehan Nathaar leaves her New York life with her sense of identity fractured and her American dream destroyed. With author Anissa M. Bouziane.
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Author Reading | Losing Reality: On Cults, Cultism, and the Mindset of Political and Religious Zealotry


A definitive account of the psychology of zealotry, from a National Book Award winner Robert Jay Lifton, a leading authority on the nature of cults, political absolutism, and mind control.
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Author Reading | Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race


A reckoning with the way we choose to see and define ourselves, Self-Portrait in Black and White is the searching story of one American family's multigenerational transformation from what is called black to what is assumed to be white. Thomas Chatterton Williams, the son of a "black" father from the segregated South and a "white" mother from the West, spent his whole life believing the dictum that a single drop of "black blood" makes a person black. This was so fundamental to his self-conception that he'd never rigorously reflected on its foundations--but the shock of his experience as the black father of two extremely white-looking children led him to question these long-held convictions.
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Author Reading | Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right


In 1981, emboldened by Ronald Reagan's election, a group of some fifty Republican operatives, evangelicals, oil barons, and gun lobbyists met in a Washington suburb to coordinate their attack on civil liberties and the social safety net. These men and women called their coalition the Council for National Policy. Over four decades, this elite club has become a strategic nerve center for channeling money and mobilizing votes behind the scenes. Its secretive membership rolls represent a high-powered roster of fundamentalists, oligarchs, and their allies. With author Anne Nelson.
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Author Reading | Adeline: The Mysterious Death of a Wrongly Committed Woman


From the author of the widely acclaimed debut novel A Stirring in the North Fork, Mark Torres’s next installment is a fast-paced gripping tale about the mysterious death of an innocent young woman wrongly committed to a notorious mental asylum in 1977. The ever-determined Savoy Graves returns to try and unmask the sinister fiend, only to find himself plunged deep into the dangerous and dark world of a maniacal secret society willing to guard its identity at all cost.  
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Author Reading | Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race


A reckoning with the way we choose to see and define ourselves, Self-Portrait in Black and White is the searching story of one American family's multigenerational transformation from what is called black to what is assumed to be white. Thomas Chatterton Williams, the son of a "black" father from the segregated South and a "white" mother from the West, spent his whole life believing the dictum that a single drop of "black blood" makes a person black. This was so fundamental to his self-conception that he'd never rigorously reflected on its foundations--but the shock of his experience as the black father of two extremely white-looking children led him to question these long-held convictions.
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Author Reading | The Shadow King: Ethiopian Women in the 1930s


Set in the era of 1935 during the invasion of Ethiopia by the forces of Mussolini, Maaza Mengiste’s book tells a story of the significant role and shares the meaningful experiences of Ethiopian women during the war.
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Author Reading | 2 New Books: The Nine / Small Admissions


Authors Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg and Amy Poeppel talk education, corruption, and literary response. McWilliams Blasberg's newest novel, The Nine, is the story of Sam Webber, young man who chooses to expose the corrupt underworld of his boarding school. Poeppel's Small Admissions follows Kate Pearson through the highly competitive and occasionally absurd culture of private school admissions. Refreshments will be served.
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Author Reading | All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator


Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy will be discussing and reading their book, an unflinching journalistic investigation of Donald Trump's relationships with women and the catalyzation of the #MeToo movement and women's activism.
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Author Reading | Avidly Reads Theory: Short Critical Essays


Avidly―the online magazine founded in 2012 by Sarah Blackwood and Sarah Mesle―specializes in short-form critical essays devoted to the intersection of expertise and passion.  Now, Blackwood and Mesle are partnering with NYU Press to launch an exciting new series of books that are part memoir, part cultural criticism, each bringing to life the author’s emotional relationship to a cultural artifact or experience. As an avowed “theory head,” Jordan Alexander Stein confronts a contradiction: that the abstract, and often frustrating rigors of theory also produced a sense of pride and identity for him and his friends: an idea of how to be and a way to live. Although Stein explains what theory is, this is not an introduction or a how-to. Organized around five ways that theory makes us feel—silly, stupid, sexy, seething and stuck—Stein travels back to the late nineties to tell a story of coming of age at a particular moment and to measure how that moment lives on now.
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Author Reading | The Game: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968


From the bestselling National Book Award finalist George Howe Colt comes “a well-blended narrative packed with top-notch reporting and relevance for our own time” (The Boston Globe) about the young athletes who battled in the legendary Harvard-Yale football game of 1968 amidst the sweeping currents of one of the most transformative years in American history.
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Author Reading | Angel House: A Surreal Coming-of-Age Novel


David Leo Rice's surreal, haunted coming-of-age novel is about two boys who exist simultaneously at multiple points in their lives, trying to negotiate the ever-shifting terrain of their small town, which may encompass all of existence. Drawing on New England and Southern Gothic traditions, as well as that of the Eastern European grotesque, the novel follows the exploits of numerous characters in this deteriorating town, as they struggle in their desperate and hallucinogenic ways to outrun certain doom.
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Author Reading | Freud: An Intellectual Biography


Cutting through the tired cliches of the "Freud Wars," Joel Whitebook presents us with a radically new portrait of the founder of psychoanalysis. Because Whitebook is a philosopher as well as a psychoanalyst, he has been able to integrate many of the profound transformations that have taken place in psychoanalytic theory and practice, infant research, gender studies, philosophy, and critical theory since Ernest Jones and Peter Gay published their canonical studies in the last century.
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Author Reading | Earth's Mantle Is Hot and Partially Molten: A Seismologist's Disappearance


On a clear day in the Caribbean, a propeller plane with the 32-year-old seismologist Nelly on board suddenly disappears from the radar. After months of searching, pieces of wreckage are found in the jungles of Nicaragua. But of Nelly not a trace remains. At home in Frankfurt, her girlfriend cannot get over her disappearance. She travels to Managua, settles into Nelly’s old room, reads the notes and diaries she left behind and talks with the people who knew her there, driven by a strange obsession that seems to be keeping her from confronting a secret in her own life. With author Nina Bußmann.
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Author Reading | Sympathy for the Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters


Mike Edison's book is both a gonzo rush—capturing the bristling energy of the Rolling Stones and the times in which they lived—and a wide-eyed reflection on why the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World needed the world's greatest rock 'n' roll drummer. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Author Readings, November 01, 2019, 11/01/2019, Sympathy for the Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters

Author Reading | The Lemonade Reader: Discussing Beyonce's 2016 Visual Album


Editors Kinitra D. Brooks and Kameelah L. Martin host a a discussion that includes contributors, where they explore the nuances of Beyonce’s 2016 visual album, Lemonade. This event includes a lively discussion and critique of the book. 
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Reading | Emerging Writers Reading


A reading showcasing the student talent of NYU's Graduate Creative Writing Program alongside a headlining guest author.   Adrian Nicole LeBlanc's first book, Random Family, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the winner of The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Ridenhour Book Prize. LeBlanc's work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Esquire, Elle, Spin, The Source, The Village Voice, and other magazines. LeBlanc lives in Manhattan.  Larissa MacFarquhar has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998. Her Profile subjects have included John Ashbery, Barack Obama, Noam Chomsky, Hilary Mantel, Derek Parfit, David Chang, and Aaron Swartz, among many others. She is the author of Strangers Drowning: Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help.  
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Author Reading | American Dreamer: A Wall in the Desert


Antoine Vigne as he presents his latest novel. Juan is a young, undocumented Mexican man who lives in El Paso. Passionate about science and astronomy, he decides to pursue academia, but due to his clandestine status, he is forced to flee and take refuge in Arizona. The adventure brings him to the roads of California, then to the remotest regions of Mexico, where he attempts to regain control of his destiny. To do that, though, he must return to the United States, cross the border, and confront the wall being built in the desert.
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Author Readings, November 02, 2019, 11/02/2019, American Dreamer: A Wall in the Desert

Poetry Reading | 2 Poets Read


Featuring Grace Schulman and Andrew Rudin.
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Author Reading | Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones


“The role of the critic,” Daniel Mendelsohn writes, “is to mediate intelligently and stylishly between a work and its audience; to educate and edify in an engaging and, preferably, entertaining way.” His latest collection exemplifies the range, depth, and erudition that have made him “required reading for anyone interested in dissecting culture” (The Daily Beast). In Ecstasy and Terror, Mendelsohn once again casts an eye at literature, film, television, and the personal essay, filtering his insights through his training as a scholar of classical antiquity in illuminating and sometimes surprising ways.
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Author Reading | Fat, Pretty, and Soon to be Old: A Makeover for Self and Society


Kimberly Dark’s new book explores what it means to look a certain way. Or rather, certain ways. Navigating her experience of being fat since childhood—as well as queer, white-privileged, a gender-conforming “girl with a pretty face,” active then disabled, and inevitably aging—Dark blends storytelling and social analysis to deftly coax readers into a deeper understanding of how appearance privilege (and stigma) function in everyday life and how the architecture of this social world constrains us.
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Author Reading | Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Presents His Memoir Acid for the Children


Michael Peter Balzary, known professionally as Flea, is an Australian-American musician, singer and actor. He is best known as the bassist and founding member of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. He tells his story in this memoir. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Tue, Nov 5
1:00 pm

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Author Readings, November 05, 2019, 11/05/2019, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Presents His Memoir Acid for the Children

Author Reading | The Bureau and the Folksingers: Here Comes the FBI


Aaron Leonard, author of Heavy Radicals: The FBI's Secret War on America's Maoists and A Threat of the First Magnitude--FBI Counterintelligence & Infiltration: From the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union, presents his upcoming book. A reception with wine and cheese will follow the lecture.
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Author Readings, November 05, 2019, 11/05/2019, The Bureau and the Folksingers: Here Comes the FBI

Author Reading | Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth


Black women have higher rates of premature birth than other women in America. This cannot be simply explained by economic factors, with poorer women lacking resources or access to care. Even professional, middle-class black women are at a much higher risk of premature birth than low-income white women in the United States. Dána-Ain Davis looks into this phenomenon, placing racial differences in birth outcomes into a historical context, revealing that ideas about reproduction and race today have been influenced by the legacy of ideas which developed during the era of slavery.
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Author Readings, November 05, 2019, 11/05/2019, Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth

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 | The Politics of Pain: Postwar England and the Rise of Nationalism


England’s recent lurch to the right appears to be but one example of the nationalist wave sweeping across the world, yet as acclaimed Irish critic Fintan O’Toole suggests in The Politics of Pain, it is, in reality, a phenomenon rooted in World War II. We must look not to the vagaries of the European Union but, instead, far back to the end of the British empire, if we hope to understand our most fraternal ally—and the royal mess in which the British now find themselves.
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Author Reading | Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America


Renowend political strategist Karine Jean-Pierre introduces her inspiring new memoir in a wide-ranging conversation with CBS News journalist Vladimir Duthiers. Moving Forward is a call to action which chronicles her experiences—from growing up in New York’s Haitian community to working in the Obama White House and charting a path for others to help change the face of politics.
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Author Readings, November 06, 2019, 11/06/2019, Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America

Author Reading | The Starless Sea: Journey To An Ancient Library By Best-Selling Author


Travel into the heart of a mysterious underground library in the new novel by the best-selling author of The Night Circus. Inside a strange book that tells fantastical tales of pirates and painters, Zach, a graduate student in Vermont, is surprised to discover a story about his own childhood. The book, stumbled across in the stacks of his college library, sends him on a hunt that leads him through a doorway to a vast ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth. As Zach travels the tunnels and stairways of this otherworldly labyrinth, an adventure unfolds in a place of lost cities and seas as stories are whispered across time by the dead. Erin Morgenstern, who wrote the book in part within the very halls of The New York Public Library, returns to discuss The Starless Sea with novelist Kelly Braffet.
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Author Readings, November 06, 2019, 11/06/2019, The Starless Sea: Journey To An Ancient Library By Best-Selling Author

Author Reading | A Forest of Symbols: Art, Science, and Truth in the Long Nineteenth Century


A groundbreaking reassessment of Symbolist artists and writers that investigates the concerns they shared with scientists of the period--the problem of subjectivity in particular. With author Andrei Pop.
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Author Readings, November 06, 2019, 11/06/2019, A Forest of Symbols: Art, Science, and Truth in the Long Nineteenth Century

Author Reading | Females: Searing Wit and Surgicial Intuition


Andrea Long Chu aims her searing wit and surgical intuition at targets ranging from performance art to psychoanalysis, incels to porn, and even feminists like herself. Each step of the way she defends the indefensible claim that femaleness is less a biological state of women and more a fatal existential condition that afflicts the entire human race—men, women, and everyone else. Or maybe she’s just projecting.
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Author Reading | Melancholia Africana: The Indispensable Overcoming of the Black Condition


Melancholia Africana argues that in the African and Afro-diasporic context, melancholy is rooted in collective experiences such as slavery, colonization, and the post-colony. From these experiences a theme of loss resonates—loss of land, of freedom, of language, of culture, of self, and of ideals born from independence. Nathalie Etoke demonstrates that, beyond territorial expropriation and the pain inflicted upon the body and the soul, the violence that seals the encounter with the ‘other’ annihilates an age-old cycle of life.
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Author Reading | Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation


For decades, it has been easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. In the decade leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, booming banks, rising house prices and cheap consumer goods propped up living standards in the rich world. Thirty years of rocketing debt and financial wizardry had masked the deep underlying fragility of finance-led growth, and in 2008 we were forced to pay up. The decade since has witnessed all kinds of morbid symptoms, as all around the rich world, wages and productivity are stagnant, inequality is rising, and ecological systems are collapsing. Stolen is a history of finance-led growth and a guide as to how we might escape it. We’ve sat back as financial capitalism has stolen our economies, our environment and even the future itself. Now, we have an opportunity to change course. What happens next is up to us. With author Grace Blakeley.
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Author Reading | The Accomplice: Heart-Pounding Espionage Thriller


From “master of the genre” (The Washington Post) Joseph Kanon, a heart-pounding and intelligent espionage novel about a Nazi war criminal who was supposed to be dead, the rogue CIA agent on his trail, and the beautiful woman connected to them both. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Author Reading | You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life


From Neil Pasricha, bestselling author of The Book of Awesome series and The Happiness Equation, comes a revelatory and inspiring book that will change the way we view failure and help us build resilience. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Author Readings, November 07, 2019, 11/07/2019, You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure, and Live an Intentional Life

Author Reading | When I Am Italian: A Complex Identity in America


Four women writers, scholars and friends discuss what it is to be Italian in America, what it means to write about this complex and sometimes confusing identity in the context of this book and their other works. Joanna Clapps Herman is the author of The Anarchist Bastard: Growing Up Italian in America and No Longer and Not Yet: Stories, both published by SUNY Press. She is also the coeditor (with Carol Bonomo Albright) of Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana and (with Lee Gutkind) Our Roots Are Deep with Passion: Creative Nonfiction Collects New Essays by Italian-American Writers. She lives in New York City.
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Thu, Nov 7
6:30 pm

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Author Readings, November 07, 2019, 11/07/2019, When I Am Italian: A Complex Identity in America

Author Reading | Like Falling Through a Cloud: A Lyrical Memoir


Internationally renowned flute virtuoso Eugenia Zukerman will be discussing and signing her book, an honest and heartfelt memoir about the emotional journey of living with Alzheimer's.
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Author Readings, November 07, 2019, 11/07/2019, Like Falling Through a Cloud: A Lyrical Memoir

Author Reading | Stirrings: How Activist New Yorkers Ignited a Movement for Food Justice


In the last three decades of the twentieth century, government cutbacks, stagnating wages, AIDS, and gentrification pushed ever more people into poverty, and hunger reached levels unseen since the Depression. In response, New Yorkers set the stage for a nationwide food justice movement. Whether organizing school lunch campaigns, establishing food co-ops, or lobbying city officials, citizen-activists made food a political issue, uniting communities across lines of difference. The charismatic, usually female leaders of these efforts were often products of earlier movements: American communism, civil rights activism, feminism, even Eastern mysticism. Situating food justice within these rich lineages, Lana Dee Povitz demonstrates how grassroots activism continued to thrive, even as it was transformed by unrelenting erosion of the country's already fragile social safety net.
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Poetry Reading | Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize Reading


With: Tsitsi Ella Jaji Irène Mathieu Matthew Shenoda
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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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Poetry Reading | What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump


A chorus of powerful contemporary voices in U.S. poetry comes together for the New York City celebration of a seminal anthology of political poems, published by Northwestern University Press. With the book’s editor, Martín Espada, and contributors Denice Frohman, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, John Murillo, Willie Perdomo, Peggy Robles-Alvarado, Nicholas Samaras, Patricia Smith, Lauren Schmidt, Afaa M. Weaver, Elisabet Velasquez, and many more.
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Author Reading | The Steppe Tradition in International Relations: Russians, Turks and European State Building 4000 BCE–2017 CE


Author Iver B. Neumann counters Euro-centrism in the study of international relations by providing a full account of political organisation in the Eurasian steppe from the fourth millennium BCE up until the present day. Drawing on a wide range of archaeological and historical secondary sources, alongside social theory, they discuss the pre-history, history and effect of what they name the 'steppe tradition'.
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Author Readings, November 11, 2019, 11/11/2019, The Steppe Tradition in International Relations: Russians, Turks and European State Building 4000 BCE&ndash;2017 CE

Author Reading | Gateway State: Hawai’i and the Cultural Transformation of American Empire


Sarah Miller-Davenport will discuss her book. A reception with wine and cheese will follow the lecture. Miller-Davenport is a Lecturer in 20th Century U.S. History at the University of Sheffield. She is currently a Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation at the New York Historical Society, where she is researching a new project on the reinvention of New York as a global city in the late-20th century
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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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Author Reading | And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks


Lawrence Weschler’s And How Are You, Dr. Sacks? is a biographical memoir of his 35-year friendship with the late neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks. Upon its publication, Weschler joins in a discussion about “the poet laureate of medicine” (The New York Times) with Laura J. Snyder (author of Eye of the Beholder).
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Author Readings, November 12, 2019, 11/12/2019, And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks

Author Reading | Proust Latino: A Great Writer's Influences


Rubén Gallo explores the presence of Latin America in Proust’s life and work. The novelist lived in an era shaped by French colonial expansion into the Americas: just before his birth, Napoleon III installed Maximilian as emperor of Mexico, and during the 1890s France was shaken by the Panama Affair, a financial scandal linked to the construction of the canal in which thousands of French citizens lost their life savings.
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Author Reading | Dictionary of the Undoing: In Defense of Words and Their Meaning


For John Freeman—literary critic, essayist, editor, poet, “one of the preeminent book people of our time” (Dave Eggers)—it is the rare moment when words are not enough. But in the wake of the election of 2016, words felt useless, even indulgent. Action was the only reasonable response. He took to the streets in protest, and the sense of community and collective conviction felt right. But the assaults continued—on citizens’ rights and long-held compacts, on the core principles of our culture and civilization, and on our language itself. Words seemed to be losing the meanings they once had and Freeman was compelled to return to their defense. The result is his Dictionary of the Undoing.
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Tue, Nov 12
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Author Readings, November 12, 2019, 11/12/2019, Dictionary of the Undoing: In Defense of Words and Their Meaning

Author Reading | It's All in Your Head: Get Out of Your Way


An inspirational book by self-made musical superstar Russ, reminding you that it starts with YOU, to believe in yourself, and to get out of your own way. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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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.
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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

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!
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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.
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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.
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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.  
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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.
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Sat, Nov 16
4:00 pm

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

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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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
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Author Reading | Fierce Beauty: Storms of the Great Plains


Award-winning photographer Eric Meola discusses his new book.
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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 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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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 | 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 Readings, November 20, 2019, 11/20/2019, Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Nov 22
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Poetry Readings, November 22, 2019, 11/22/2019, New Poetry: feeld / The Kitchen-Dweller&rsquo;s Testimony

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Nov 22
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Author Readings, November 22, 2019, 11/22/2019, Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Nov 23
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Author Readings, November 23, 2019, 11/23/2019, Gothic Queer Culture: Marginalized Communities and the Ghosts of Insidious Trauma
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