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4 Readings: Coming of Age in Turbulent Egypt, Sustainable Fashion, and Dogs

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Nadja Spiegelman presents I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This in conversation with Molly Fischer
August 2, 7:30pm at Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street at South Portland Ave, Brooklyn.
Nadja Spiegelman will be presenting her memoir I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This, which charts three generations of women in Spiegelman’s family and their struggles and perseverances, with the traumas experienced in a Nazi-occupied France constantly in the background. Speigelman is the daughter of Art Spiegelman, the cartoonist most known for his graphic novel series Maus. Spiegelman junior has also published graphic novels, although their audiences have been younger. Her first memoir explores the relationship between herself and her mother, The New Yorker art director Françoise Mouly, and in turn delves into Mouly’s own upbringing, and her complex relationship with her parents. Spiegelman will be joined in conversation with New York magazine’s Molly Fischer (from The Cut), and there will be a wine reception afterward to celebrate the launch.

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4 Readings: A Hemingway Biography, The Replacements, and Poetry Hating

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But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past
June 7 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 33 East 17th Street.
Let your inner skeptic flag fly! Chuck Klosterman has come out with a book for all the doubting Thomases who can’t help but question even the most basic certainties of existence –like, do we really, truly, need that extra cup of coffee to become human? Jokes aside, Klosterman tries to leap into the future and put our present beliefs under the microscope. After all, many so-called truths (the shape of the earth? the role of women? the necessity of using leeches as a cure?) have been debunked over the centuries– we look at the past and wonder “how did they believe that?” Klosterman explores some of his most pressing doubts about the concepts of time, gravity, art, democracy and more through conversations with a long list of current creative thinkers (including George Saunders, Kathryn Schulz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Junot Díaz, Amanda Petrusich, and Richard Linklater).

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4 Talks: The Rolling Stones, The Science of FB Likes, and Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam

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Book Launch: Rich Cohen’s The Sun and the Moon and the Rolling Stones
May 10 at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street
Rich Cohen seems to have his mind plugged into the tempos of the past–a co-creator of HBO’s Vinyl and a Vanity Fair contributor, his new book reconsiders the history and impact of one of the greatest bands to ever shake up the music scene. His telling of the ups and downs of the Rolling Stones benefits from his close relationship with the band since the 1990s. The story charts their course from their beginnings in 1961 to their golden run through the 70s, drawing readers into the defining moments that left a lasting imprint on music and our culture. No, the Rolling Stones themselves won’t be on hand at the launch–but luckily there will be music in the form of the dance band argonaut&wasp.

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4 Readings: Whingeing About Work, Surveying the Surveillance State, and More

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daveDave Isay presents Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work
May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street.
Feeling unmotivated at work lately? Find some inspiration in Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, the new book out by Storycorps founder Dave Isay. Born 13 years ago, the oral-history project’s intimate interviews have grown to be a mainstay of American public life and podcasting. The new book draws upon audio interviews of average Americans toiling in the trenches of the nation’s workforce (public defenders, salmon slicers, science teachers and more) to try to understand what motivates people in their work every day and how they got there. Some of the storytellers themselves will speak at the event.

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4 Talks This Week Span the West Coast, Nigeria, Lebanon and Death

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ZYZZYVA East Coast Celebration
March 9 at 7:00 p.m. at McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street
The San Francisco-based literary magazine is flirting with the opposite coast this week, promoting its most recent issue at the close of ZYZZYVA’s 30th anniversary year. ZYZZYVA managing editor Oscar Villalon will emcee the event, which, true to form, includes a mix of writers at different points in their careers. Speakers include: April Ayers Lawson, whose first collection of stories Virgin: Stories and a Novella, is forthcoming; Kristopher Jansma, fresh off publishing his second novel Why We Came to the City; Sonya Cheuse, director of publicity for Ecco Books, who will read a story by her father, Alan Cheuse; and Henri Lipton whose story in ZYZZYVA’s Winter issue marks his first time in print.

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Talks + Readings: Radical Mutants, Hanya Yanagihara and Choose Your Own Misery

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Thursday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. at The Strand, 828 Broadway 
“Dissecting comic book history through the lens of queer theory” is probably not a sentence ever uttered before Ramzi Fawaz published The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American ComicsHis new book explores comic book case studies and their relationship with radical politics, starting in the 1960s. Acclaimed comic book artist Phil Jimenez (Infinite Crisis, The Invisibles, Wonder Woman) will join for discussion.

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Talks + Readings: Patti Smith, Eileen Myles, and Miranda July, For Starters

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Nitehawk’s “Booze & Books” series is partnering with Abrams Books for a signing of Tom Shone’s Woody Allen: A Retrospective and screening of the director’s 1980 film Stardust Memories (starring Allen, Charlotte Rampling and Jessica Harper). Fittingly, the movie is about a filmmaker recalling his various inspirations while attending a retrospective of his work. Before the show Shone will be signing the illustrated biography, the first complete film-by-film overview of Allen’s career; it includes original interviews as well as 250 behind-the-scenes stills, photographs, posters, and ephemera. Don’t forget to ask about the special cocktail for sale, inspired by the film – it is “Booze & Books,” after all.
Tuesday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. Nitehawk Cinema, 36 Metropolitan Avenue (Williamsburg). $15 (ticket only) or $45 (ticket plus book).

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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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Poetry Collection Launch & Reading: Colin Channer’s ‘Providential’

51quepmo7il-_sx338_bo1204203200_Colin Channer, hailed by This is How You Lose Her author Junot Diaz as “one of the Caribbean Diaspora’s finest writers,” will read from his debut poetry collection, Providential. It’s described as an intimate portrait of family, violence, loss and love and a meditation on the figure of the Jamaican policeman. The book is published by Brooklyn’s own Akashic Books, and you can check out some of his previously published poems in Prairie Schooner and Harvard Review, among others. He is also the author of many books of prose, including The Girl With the Golden Shoes.

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Talks and Readings: Manspreading Maven, Fierce Fat Girls and More

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For those who only discovered (and promptly binge-watched) the show just a few years ago on Netflix, it’s a little weird to think the book that spawned Emmy-winning Friday Night Lights was actually first published in back in 1990. The classic account of the Permian Panthers follows the high school team’s 1988 season in Odessa, Texas. Says the blurb on Amazon: “Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going.” It’s good to know that the book is just as earnest as the show. Themes like racial and social divides in America’s small towns still hold up today, so snag a copy of the 25th anniversary edition (with updates on where the team members are now) and hear author Buzz Bissinger in conversation with the book’s editor, Jane Isay.
Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (Noho).

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Book Release & Reading: John Markoff’s ‘Machines of a Loving Grace’

In a time when machines are being increasingly integrated into society, Machines of a Loving Grace, the newest book by New York Times reporter John Markoff, seeks to answer the question of whether robots will ultimately help us or replace us. Markoff, a longtime Silicon Valley veteran who was the first reporter to describe the World Wide Web, discusses how the ways in which we use technology – to enhance the quality of human work and life or to replace humans entirely – will shape our future, in a discussion with journalist Steven Levy, author of Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution.

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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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