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Book Signing: Drew Barrymore’s ‘Wildflower’

41RZYK+XrXL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_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.

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Talks + Readings: Drew Barrymore, Luc Sante, and Some Warhol Snaps

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Drew Barrymore
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.

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Talks + Readings: Elvis Costello, Humans of New York, and The Game Guy

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Elvis Costello
Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 33 East 17th Street (Union Square).
Hear the story of little Declan Patrick MacManus and how he grew up to become Elvis Costello in the musician’s long anticipated memoir written entirely by Costello, Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink. In it he writes about his family, his songwriting, and his fellow musicians (the book’s description name drops Johnny Cash, The Specials, Van Morrison and The Clash, to name a few). The memoir will be accompanied by a two-disc “soundtrack album” culled from his expansive catalog. Rolling Stone recently reported that Costello himself curated the 38-song collection, which includes two previously unreleased tracks. Don’t miss your chance to meet one of rock’s greatest, most unlikely elder statesmen.

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Book Release & Author Signing: Patti Smith’s ‘M Train’

33d65f2ePatti Smith will be signing her new book, a memoir called M Train, at Barnes & Noble. Illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Train is described as a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature, and coffee. Smith herself calls it a “roadmap to my life,” and it all starts in a Greenwich Village café where a young Smith used to ruminate on life, jotting down thoughts in her notebook while enjoying a cup of joe; we can scarcely think of a more poetic beginning for this now-beloved icon’s journey to becoming one of the most remarkable multi-platform artists at work today.
Must show proof of purchase of M Train from a BN retail location or BN.com to receive a wristband. Smith will be signing the new book only, no backlist titles or memorabilia.

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Talks + Readings: Jonathan Franzen, Jesse Eisenberg, and a Zine Maestro’s Photos

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All aboard “The Poetry Ville Express!” Four poets are inviting you to embark on an adventure at KGB Bar; according to the lounge’s website they want you to follow “their muses through the untamed realms of Poetry Ville – from avant romantic to nouveau commentary.” It’s “urbane grit served up with a side of Southern charm and a big old heaping of ‘holy shit.’” The poets: Lee Ann Brown, author of this year’s Other Archer as well as a string of other acclaimed works, including Polyverse, winner of the 1996 New American Poetry Competition; Wanda Phipps, author of Wake-Up Calls: 66 Morning Poems and coordinator for three years at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church (bringing us epic New Years marathon readings each year); Mark Statman, whose most recent books include That Train Again and A Map of the Winds; and eco-activist Jeffrey Cyphers Wright (Party Everywhere), who published Cover Magazine until 2000 and currently publishes Live Mag!
Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (East Village).

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Book Release & Reading: Louise Penny’s ‘Nature of the Beast’

Nine-year-old Laurent Lepage, the main character of Nature of the Beast, the newest novel in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, has gained a reputation as the boy who cries wolf. Not a day goes by when he’s not telling wild tales of alien invasions and winged beasts in the woods, so naturally no one takes him seriously until he mysteriously comes up missing. When he disappears, Armand Gamache, the former head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec, must face the possibility that, in not believing the boy, he played a terrible role in what happens next. Meet the author, Louise Penny, at the launch of her newest mystery.

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Talks and Readings: Boy Cyclops, ‘Coolest Female Poet,’ and Rise of the Robots

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Rachel B. Glaser’s debut novel Paulina & Fran is celebrating its launch with readings from the author and special guests Leopoldine Core (Veronica Bench) and Mark Leidner (The Angel in The Dream of Our Hangover: Aphorisms). The novel is described as “a story of friendship, art, sex and curly hair.” It’s Glaser’s first full length work of fiction, but she’s already an accomplished writer with a published short story collection and book of poetry; her work has appeared in the anthologies 30 Under 30 and New American Stories, and Nylon has cited her as one of the “Coolest Female Poets to Know Right Now.” The conversation will be led by author Elisa Albert (After Birth).
Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street (Nolita).

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Book Launch and Reading: “Really Professional Internet Person”

51ULwmB0skL._SX386_BO1,204,203,200_Sure, making home videos of yourself—and getting a nice paycheck for it when you’re only in high school—sounds like a pretty sweet gig, but what does it take to be a Really Professional Internet Person? She might be only 19, but famous YouTuber Jenn McAllister, aka JennxPenn, is uniquely qualified to tell you. In her new insider’s guide she gives tips for building a successful channel and also divulges some personal info about what it’s like to experience insta-fame while surviving high school. The book features top ten lists, photos, screenshots, social media posts and never-before-posted stories about her transition from shy middle schooler to teen sensation.

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Talks and Readings: Bourbon Guru, Top-Notch Poets, and a Professional Internet Person

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Robert Goolrick’s most recent novel, The Fall of Princes, finds retired 1980s ad man Rooney writing his memoir after an era of American Psycho-style unrepentant debauchery and greed (but without the murdering). Join the author for a discussion with the undeniably fabulous author and actress Joan Juliet Buck. (She played Madame Elisabeth Brassart in Julie & Julia and wrote an essay about being intimidated by Nora Ephron during the audition, and she’s written for a bunch of fancy publications, including Vogue, W, and The New Yorker.) And Algonquin’s publisher Elisabeth Scharlatt will be there, too.
Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (Noho). 

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Aziz Ansari to Everyone at His Book Signing: ‘Please Don’t Murder Me’

DSC_5420“Yeah, I just got back from a year working as a bartender in Malawi,” said the windswept blonde to the doe-eyed brunette seated beside him, and behind me, as we awaited the delayed arrival of Aziz Ansari. The banner at the entrance to the Union Square Barnes & Noble read “Aziz Ansari: Modern Romance – Book Signing, 12pm.” My watch showed 12:34, as I continued to unwittingly learn more about the “dark continent,” courtesy of this rather endless, self-involved pick-up attempt. “Mr Ansari is currently stuck in traffic and sends his apologies,” explained a store clerk. Apology not accepted, Aziz.

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