October 27, at 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 33 East 17th Street (Union Square).
The Shirley Temple of the ‘80s will read the funny, insightful and profound stories of her past and present at the signing of her new book, Wildflower. It includes tales of her living on her own at 14 years old, getting stuck in a gas station overhang on a cross-country trip, and saying goodbye to her father in a way only he could have understood. It’s the first book that Barrymore has written about her early days since she recounted her childhood drug and alcohol use in Little Lost Girl in 1991. Reviews describe it as sweet, cheerful and heartwarming, which means it’s probably safe to judge the book by its cover this time.
October 28 at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (Noho).
It’s been more than a decade since Luc Sante released Low Life, a gritty portrait of the history of NYC’s lower class; in his newest book he tackles the City of Lights and yup, you guessed it – he is not interested in the food, nor the fashion. The Other Paris is about “the city of the poor, the outcast, the criminal, the eccentric, the willfully nonconforming.” Catch the Kill Your Darlings author at the Strand and get a copy of the book Publishers Weekly called “a rambunctious and wholly entertaining guide to Paris.”
Lady Boss Presents “You Go Girl”
October 28 at 7 p.m. Housing Works Bookstore Café. 126 Crosby Street.
Lady Boss (the initiative for women in creative industries, not the Staten Island makeup company) will present “You Go Girl: The Current State of Female Empowerment in the Media.” It is what it sounds like: a discussion about feminism and everything surrounding the loaded term, from the feminist “brand” to female self-empowerment. Laura Brounstein of Cosmopolitian and Seventeen will moderate a well-rounded panel of writers including Rebecca Traister (New York magazine), Jazmine Hughes (New York Times), Jessica Grose (Lenny) and Jia Tolentino (Jezebel). Tickets are free – you can get ‘em here.
Hillary Jordan and Ron Childress
October 28 at 7:30 p.m. Greenlight Boookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn (Fort Greene).
Join the conversation between two winners of the PEN/Bellwether Prize, judged blindly and awarded to fiction that addresses social justice issues and the impact of culture on politics and human relationship. Ron Childress’ debut novel And the West is West, released earlier this month, tells the intertwined stories of a female Air Force drone pilot and a young analyst whose algorithm enables his company to profit from the financial instability caused by antiterrorist strikes. He’ll be speaking with fellow PEN/Bellwether winner Hillary Jordan, author of Mudbound.
October 30 at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (Noho).
What was it like to be an associate of Andy Warhol in the ‘60s and ‘70s? Luckily socialite Brigid Berlin was not only there but was a little obsessed with taking pictures, too. Her legendary photographs give some of the best inside looks into all the “glamour and gaucherie” of the downtown art scene, at least according to the synopsis. To actually see the photos we’ll have to grab a copy of her new book Polaroids at Strand, where she’ll be joined by the books editor, Vincent Fremont, as well as Warhol biographer Bob Colacello and poet/photographer/filmmaker/Factory denizen Gerard Malanga.