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February 2014 NYC Bookstore Events

Careless People

I know it’s a short month, and it’s half over, but it’s still exceptionally empty, (except for the very busy Housing Works).

February 2014 NYC Bookstore Events
02/17 Henry’s Freedom Box A True Story from the Underground Railroad (Mult. Stores, Special Event)
02/18 Act One: Tony Shalhoub and Santino Fontana in Conversation w/ Tom Santopietro and Christopher Hart (82nd & Bway)
02/18 Jenny Offill: Dept. of Speculation (86th & Lex)
02/20 Sarah Churchwell: Careless People Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby (86th & Lex)
02/20 Frank Spinelli: Pee-Shy (82nd & Bway)
02/24 Jenifer Ringer: Dancing Through It (82nd & Bway)
02/27 Lorrie Moore: Bark Stories (USQ)
02/26 Marc Schneier: Sons of Abraham (82nd & Bway)

Powerhouse Arena
02/19 Book Launch: The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (Dumbo)
02/25 Book Launch: The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schecter, with Robert Kolker (Dumbo)
02/36 Book Launch: My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag… by Jolie Kerr (Dumbo)

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
02/15 – The Kurt Vonnegut Book Group: CAT’S CRADLE
02/18 – Comedy Notebook with Liam McEneaney
02/19 – Story Magazine Returns!
02/20 – The Moth StorySLAM: Escape
02/21 – Geek Week Geeks vs. Nerds Trivia Happy Hour
02/22 – Then and Now: A History and Pop Culture Book Group – EMPTY MANSIONS
02/25 – MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction, Launch Event w/ Chad Harbach, Keith Gessen, Emily Gould, Carla Blumenkranz, Eli S. Evans and Mel Flashman
02/26 – Tied-in: The Ups and Downs and Ins and Outs of Writing Licensed Fiction

January 2014: NYC Bookstore Events

gary_shytengart mindful_parenting

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s a few things I found interesting this month for one reason or another.

Barnes & Noble
01/06 Cindy Chupack: The Longest Date Life as a Wife (82nd & Bway)
01/06 Cameron Diaz: The Body Book (USQ)
01/07 Daniel Siegel: Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (82nd & Bway)
01/07 Ishmael Beah: Radiance of Tomorrow (USQ)
01/07 Kristen Race, Ph.D, Mindful Parenting (Tri)
01/08 Sue Monk Kidd: The Invention of Wings (USQ)
01/08 Mireille Guiliano: French Women Don’t Get Facelifts (86th & Lex)
01/09 Simon Sinek: Leaders Eat Last (82nd & Bway)
01/09 Angelique Kidjo: Spirit Rising My Life, My Music (USQ)
01/10 Lou Dobbs: Upheaval (86th & Lex)
01/15 Rosanne Cash: The River & The Thread (USQ)
01/20 Leigh Steinberg: The Agent (82nd & Bway)
01/20 Gary Shteyngart: Little Failure A Memoir (USQ)
01/21 Melissa Gilbert: Daisy and Josephine (86th & Lex)
01/22 Chang-rae Lee: On Such a Full Sea (82nd & Bway)
01/28 Anna Quindlen: Still Life with Bread Crumbs (USQ)
01/30 Ian Rankin: Saints of the Shadow Bible (86th & Lex)

Housing Works
01/07 Comedy Notebook with Liam McEneaney
01/08 DISH: Brooklyn Chef’s Table
01/10 Next One’s On Me!: Paperback Launch of DRINKING WITH MEN
01/13 We’re Shady, We’ll Call You Back
01/14 The Moth StorySLAM: Beginnings
01/16 Ask Roulette: 2nd Anniversary Special Show
01/18 The Kurt Vonnegut Book Group: GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER
01/22 Tapping the Crowd to Solve Social Inequity
01/23 The Moth StorySLAM: Boundaries
01/25 Then and Now: A History and Pop Culture Book Group – GULP
01/29 NEVER HAVE I EVER: Stories of Dating Dearths, Disasters

Powerhouse Arena
01/09 Ruth Ozeki: A Tale for the Time Being
01/22 Joyce Carol Oates: Carthage
01/23 Rachel Louise Snyder: What We’ve Lost is Nothing
01/26 Ransom Riggs: Hollow City
01/28 Adrian Bonenberger: Afghan Post w/ NYT Editor James Dao
01/30 Teddy Wayne: The Love Song of Jonny Valentine w/ Simon Rich and Dan Kennedy

Half November 2013 NYC Bookstore Events

paul_auster_report fifth_beatle

Things are winding down at our local booksellers as we head into the holidays, and because it’s already the last half of November, I missed posting a lot of good events that occurred early in the month (sorry, folks).

Barnes & Noble NYC November 2013 Bookstore Events
11/16 Chris Claremont: Marada the She-Wolf (82nd & Bway)
11/18 Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Bully Pulpit (USQ)
11/18 Vivek Tiwary: The Fifth Beatle The Brian Epstein Story (82nd & Bway)
11/19 Daniel Menaker: My Mistake (82nd & Bway)
11/19 Paul Auster: Report from the Interior (USQ)
11/20 Bill Ayers: Public Enemy (82nd & Bway)
11/21 Robert Stone: Death of the Black-Haired Girl (82nd & Bway)
11/22 Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion: Wassaic Way (Citi)
11/21 Anita Shreve: Stella Bain (86th & Lex)
11/22 Discovery Friday (All Stores)
11/22 12th Street Online w/ Adam Fitzgerald, Justin Vivian Bond, Rosie Schaap (USQ)
11/22 Glenn Kaplan: Poison Pill (Tri)
11/25 A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer (82nd & Bway)
11/25 Gary Vaynerchuk: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook (USQ)
11/25 Robert Blecker: The Death of Punishment (86th & Lex)
11/26 Clint Hill: Five Days in November (82nd & Bway)

Powerhouse Arena (Dumbo)
11/17 Paper Pups by Papermade
11/20 Toro Bravo by John Gorham and Liz Crain
11/19 The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti by Rafael Schacter
11/21 Report from the Interior by Paul Auster
11/22 Doctor Who Trivia

Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe
11/18 The How I Learned Series Presents
11/19 Soccerpalooza: Writers on the Beautiful Game
11/20 SELECTED SHORTS: The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013 w/ Jennifer Egan (Symphony Space)
11/21 The Moth StorySLAM: Sweat
11/23 Then and Now: A History and Pop Culture Book Group
11/25 Summer Search New York City Presents: THRIVE – Stories of Leadership

NYC Bookstore Events: October 2013

offerman gavin_mcleod

Hey folks, it’s October, and as you can see by the names listed below, IT IS ON at our local and big box stores. In other news, The New Yorker Festival is also happening this month.

Barnes & Noble NYC Events October 2013
10/02 Nick Offerman: Paddle Your Own Canoe (USQ)
10/02 Caryl M. Stern: I Believe in ZERO (Tri)
10/03 Jhumpa Lahiri: The Lowland (USQ)
10/04 Bill Bryson: One Summer America, 1927 (USQ)
10/05 Jim Carrey: How Roland Rolls (USQ)
10/07 John Freeman, Teju Cole: How to Read a Novelist (86th & Lex)
10/08 Al Sharpton: Rejected Stone (5th Ave 12PM)
10/09 Robin Quivers: The Vegucation of Robin (USQ)
10/09 Best American Short Stories (86th & Lex)
10/09 Jill Brooke: The Need to Say No (82nd & Bway)
10/10 Jessica Seinfeld: The Can’t Cook Book (86th & Lex)
10/14 George Pelecanos: The Double (86th & Lex)
10/15 Andre Dubus III: Dirty Love (86th & Lex)
10/15 Scott Turow: Identical (82nd & Bway)
10/15 Octavia Spencer: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit (82nd & Bway 4PM)
10/16 David Thomson: Moments That Made the Movies (82nd & Bway)
10/17 Malcolm Gladwell: David and Goliath (USQ)
10/18 Lincoln Peirce: Big Nate: I Can’t Take It! (86th & Lex)
10/21 Terry Teachout: Duke (86th & Lex)
10/21 Donald Fagen: Eminent Hipsters (USQ)
10/21 Brian May: Diableries (5th Ave 12PM)
10/21 Orr: My Story (Citi 12:30 PM)
10/22 Jenna Jameson: Sugar (5th Ave 12PM)
10/22 Wally Lamb: We Are Water A Novel (82nd & Bway)
10/23 Tom Standage: Writing on the Wall Social (Tri)
10/23 Alan Greenspan: The Map and The Territory Risk (USQ)
10/24 Gavin MacLeod: This Is Your Captain Speaking (82nd & Bway)
10/24 J.M. Hirsch: Beating the Lunch Box Blues (USQ)
10/24 Tori Spelling: Spelling It Like It Is (Citi 1:30 PM)
10/24 Official Broadway Cast Recording: Matilda (86th & Lex)
10/25 Ray Davies: Americana (USQ)
10/29 Artie Lange: Crash and Burn (5th Ave 12PM)
10/29 Pete Hamill: The Christmas Kid And Other Brooklyn Stories (Tri)
10/30 Rebecca Eaton: Making Masterpiece (86th & Lex)

Housing Works
10/03 DISH: The New Persian Kitchen, Rosie Schaap, Breuckelen Distilling, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
10/16 Bridget Jones Is MAD ABOUT THE BOY: Helen Fielding and Vogue’s Valerie Steiker
10/17 The Moth StorySLAM: Enthusiasm
10/21 The Last Banquet: Stories of Obsession and a Discussion with Jonathan Grimwood and More
10/22 Live From Home with Julie Roberts
10/24 The Moth StorySLAM: Home
10/26 Then and Now: A History and Pop Culture Book Group – THE DISAPPEARING SPOON
10/29 Will Work For Free: Breaking Down the Intern Economy with Ross Perlin and More
10/31 The New Venetian Halloween Carnival: With Special Guest Jean-Christophe Valtat

2013 New Yorker Festival Schedule Announced

2013 New Yorker Festival
New Yorker Festival

The schedule for the 2013 New Yorker Festival is here and as usual, the lineup is rife with literary luminaries such as Jonathan Franzen, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, Colm Tóibín and many other NY Festival favorites. IMHO, some of the more interesting shows on the docket this year include: Apollo Robbins talks with Adam Green, Brad Paisley talks with Kelefa Sanneh, Marina Abramovic talks with Judith Thurman, Michael Shannon talks with Burkhard Bilger, First-person Filmmaking with Miranda July, Improv Everywhere with Rachel Dratch, An Evening with Funny or Die hosted by Billy Eichner, High Spirits with Simon Coughlin and Jim McEwan (Master Scotch Distillers), The Fermentation Project with David Chang, and Television and Politics with W. Kamau Bell Armando Iannucci, Michelle King, Robert King and Shonda Rhimes, Christoph Waltz with Susan Orlean, “Buried Alive” with Aziz Ansari, and Foodies Unite in the garden of Roberta’s.

A special presale of tickets will be made available to MasterCard cardholders beginning at 11 A.M. on Thursday, September 12th. Additional tickets will be sold from noon to 4 P.M. on Friday, October 4th, at MasterCard Stage at SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, and throughout the weekend at event doors. (PS In year’s past, the presale and general on sale for New Yorker Festival had crashed whatever ticketing site they were using.)

Full schedule after the jump.

Continue reading 2013 New Yorker Festival Schedule Announced

NYC Bookstore Events: August 2013

rob_sheffield marisha_pessl

When it comes to bookstore events, August really is the cruelest month. Here’s a few things I found interesting this month for one reason or another.

Barnes and Noble
08/06 Dan Balz: Collision 2012 Obama vs. Romney (82nd & Bway)
08/06 Chris Colfer: The Land of Stories The Enchantress Returns (USQ)
08/07 Graham Rayman: The NYPD Tapes (82nd & Bway)
08/13 Kitty Kelley: Let Freedom Ring (86th & Lex)
08/14 Jerry Barca: Unbeatable (86th & Lex)
08/12 Peter Gethers: Ask Bob (82nd & Bway)
08/22 Rob Sheffield: Turn Around Bright Eyes (82nd & Bway)

Powerhouse Arena
08/06 Rob Sheffield: Turn Around Bright Eyes
08/15 Laura Gottesdiener: A Dream Foreclosed
08/20 Marisha Pessl with Adam Green: Night Film
08/28 Francesco Marciuliano: I Could Chew on This
08/29 MK Asante: BUCK

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
08/07 DISH: Robin Shulman, Egg, Industry City Distillery
08/08 Keep This Bag Away From Children #3 Release Reading Party Event
08/13 The Moth StorySLAM: Interference
08/15 On the Road: A Night of Storytelling Benefiting the Braking AIDS Ride
08/22 The Moth StorySLAM: Magic

NYC Bookstore Events: July 2013

David Rakoff Ready for a Brand New Beat

July is a pretty quiet month at B&N, but the indies are acting like people still buy books during the summer. Here are some July 2013 bookstore events that I found interesting for one reason or another.

Barnes & Noble July 2013
07/06 Brad Ricca – Super Boys (86th & Lex)
07/09 The Cast of Pippin (86th & Lex)
07/09 Stephen Kiernan – Curiosity (86th & Lex)
07/09 Aisha Tyler – Self-Inflicted Wounds (Tri)
07/10 Pattie Mallette – Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom (Tri)
07/10 R. L. Stine: A Midsummer Night’s Scream (USQ)
07/11 Mark Kurlansky – Ready For a Brand New Beat (82nd & Bway)
07/15 Ivy Pochoda – Visitation Street (82nd & Bway)
07/15 June “Mama” Shannon – How to Honey Boo Boo (Citi)
07/16 Daniel Silva – English Girl (USQ)
07/16 Scandalous – Carolee Carmello, David Friedman, Kathie Lee Gifford (86th & Lex)
07/16 Peter Biskind – My Lunches with Orson (82nd & Bway)
07/17 David Rakoff* – Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish (USQ)
07/22 The Day The Crayons Quit – Special Event (82nd & Bway, Citi, USQ, Court, Park Slope)
07/30 Linda Fairstein – Death Angel (86th & Lex)
07/30 Callie Wright – Love All (82nd & Bway)
07/31 Kennedy – The Kennedy Chronicles (Tri)

* Guests not listed. (Maybe Ira Glass.)

Powerhouse Arena
07/10 Love All by Callie Wright, Mary Beth Keane
07/11 Lotería by Mario Alberto Zambrano
07/15 Shut Up, You’re Welcome by Annie Choi
07/16 The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman with Teddy Wayne
07/17 My Education by Susan Choi
07/22 Beneath the Bridge: TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
07/24 The Exiles by Allison Lynn
07/25 H.N.I.C by Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, with Sacha Jenkins
07/26 Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair by Michael July
07/31 The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti

07/10 Chuck Klosterman – I Wear the Black Hat
07/11 Ivy Pochoda – Visitation Street
07/13 Gabriel Roth – The Unknowns: A Novel
07/22 Tao Lin – Taipei: In Conversation
07/25 Michael Walker – What You Want Is in the Limo
07/26 Colum McCann – TransAtlantic

June 2013 NYC Bookstore Events

June 2013 NYC Bookstore Events
Marc Maron - Attempting Normal questlove_mo_meta

Barnes & Noble NYC
06/06 Grace Robbins: Cinderella and the Carpetbagger (Lex)
06/07 Walter Mosley: Little Green (USQ)
06/10 Andre Leon Talley: Little Black Dress (USQ)
06/11 Carl Hiaasen: Bad Monkey (USQ)
06/11 Tania Grossinger: Memoir of an Independent Woman (82nd & Bway)
06/11 Goo Goo Dolls: Magnetic (Citi)
06/12 Carl Hart: High Price (82nd & Bway)
06/12 Marc Maron: Attempting Normal (USQ)
06/12 Earl Monroe: Earl The Pearl My Story (USQ)
06/13 James Joyce Tribute With Pete Hamill and Malachy McCourt (Tri)
06/17 Darlene Love: My Name is Love (Tri)
06/18 Ed Hardy: Wear Your Dreams (Tri)
06/18 Annie: The New 2012 Broadway Cast Recording (Citi)
06/19 Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson: Mo’ Meta Blues (USQ)
06/25 Willie Nile: American Ride (USQ)

Housing Works Bookstore
06/07 Live From Home with The Olms
06/09 CLMP Presents: The GIANT Lit Mag Fair
06/10 The Birds and the Bees: The Recital
06/11 The Moth StorySlam: Fathers
06/19 We’ll Always Have Linsanity: Recovery and Recap with Will Leitch and More
06/20 The Moth StorySLAM: Lost
06/24 Live from Home with Dawes and Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion
06/25 The Audacious Debut: Bill Cheng and Derek Palacio in Conversation