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4 Readings: Honest Abe Takes on Trump, A White Rapper’s Tale, and Hot Dog Cartoons

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26195970Mychal Denzel Smith presents: Invisible Man, Got the Whole Word Watching
June 15 at 7 p.m. at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street
Growing up black in 21st century America can have its own sense of vertigo–the president is African-American but police brutality and incarceration still disproportionately affect men with your skin color. In his debut book, Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education, Mychal Denzel Smith (Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute) tries to make sense of the political and social landscape he’s grown up in and come to terms with his own education. He’ll be joined by fellow writers Ashley C. Ford and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib.

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3 Readings and an Open Air Book Fair

WEDNESDAY

Huang, EddieEddie Huang presents Double Cup Love: On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China 
June 1st at 7:30 p.m. at Berg’n Beer Hall, 899 Bergen Street, Sponsored by Greelight Books.
You probably know Eddie Huang as the creator of EV fave Baohaus– or maybe from his R-rated culinary travelogues on his Huang’s World show on Viceland or even for his first successful memoir Fresh off the Boat, about growing up Chinese in suburban Florida (but hopefully not the eponymous show based on it, which Huang says he doesn’t watch). Whatever he does, you know it’s gonna be juicy. Now everyone’s favorite no-holds-barred gourmand is out with Double Cup Love: On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in Chinaa funny and poignant memoir about his search for identity. This story meets Huang when his star is already rising as a restaurant entrepreneur and budding media personality with a steady all-American girlfriend. But something’s missing–and you can follow Huang to China to find out. He’ll be joined by Elena Bergeron, executive editor at SB Nation and Eddie’s co-host on the MSG podcast.

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Four Readings: Famed Fashion Blogger in the Flesh and ‘Bad Women’ Speak

 

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Sebastian Junger in conversation with David Epstein
Wednesday May 25, 7 pm at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street. 
Over the last decade, Sebastian Junger has been on an ongoing quest to help civilians understand the world of modern warfare, with a humanistic approach to the lives of American soldiers in the Afghan war (see: documentaries like Restrepo and the book War). Now he wraps things up with a book examining what happens when the platoon returns home.

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Four Readings: Moby’s Memoir, Sex-Positivity in Action, and Notes From a ‘Loud Woman’

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Amy Rose Spiegel’s Action Launch
May 17 at 7 pm at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street
Ever wondered how to manage a threesome? How to actually pick someone up at an IRL bar (without resorting to creepy pick-up lines)? What about that weird thing you Googled last week (well, at least you remembered to close your porn tabs before screenshotting)? Finally, there’s a sex book for our current Swipe-Right Age, and one that you won’t be  embarrassed to tote on the subway (there’s no provocatively shaped fruit on the cover).

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4 Talks: Biblical Prosties, a Mag for Dads, and Edward Mapplethorpe’s Cute Babies

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MARY-WEPT_NYWORD Presents: Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus with Chester Brown
April 26 at 7 p.m. at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street
Comics, prostitution and the Bible. What better combination? Cartoonist Chester Brown is known for his 2011 graphic novel, Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John. Now he returns with Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesusa controversial look at biblical women and representations of prostitution, from Bathsheba to the Virgin Mary. By re-examining the Bible’s moral code in comic strip format, it’s bound to raise some eyebrows. Brown will be joined by Dr. Melissa Ditmore (Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work) and Ceyenne Doroshow (Cooking In Heels).

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4 Talks + Readings – Rebecca Traister, Larry Kramer, and a Beat Generation Fest

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singleVulture Insider’s Book Club with Rebecca Traister
April 6 at 7:30 p.m, at The Strand, 828 Broadway
New York magazine’s own Rebecca Traister recently published  All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nationa knock-out investigation into the history of single-woman-dom and its implications in today’s society. As the age of marriage climbs (today only 20 percent of Americans tie the knot before age 29) women are gaining more power and more options than ever before. Traister, who also frequently writes about feminism and culture for Vulture, will speak with Vulture’s book editor, Boris Kachka.

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Four Talks: Decolonial Love, Deathbeds of Famous Writers, and Election Fever

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Rob Spillman’s All Tomorrow’s Parties Launch
March 29 at 7 p.m, at Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street
Rob Spillman, editor of Tin House magazine, has written a memoir coming-of-age story about his rebellious pursuit of artistic authenticity. The son of two musicians born in divided Germany, Spillman spent his childhood in West Berlin’s artistic community. He moved around and eventually dipped into New York’s literary milieu in the ’80s, but after the wall came down, at age 25, he returned to East Berlin, searching for the bohemian lifestyle he’d always been inspired by. The book, filled with intimate and sometimes humorous personal stories, is also a spirited journey through Berlin’s shifting transformation in the midst of a cultural renaissance.

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Talks, Readings and Questions Galore This Week

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Question Bridge: Black Males in America Visual presentation and panel
question bridgeMarch 22 at 7 p.m. at BRIC House
647 Fulton Street.
Greenlight Books is collaborating with BRIC for a visual presentation and panel about black men in America. The Question Bridge project includes a video installation, book, and website that facilitates a dialogue between black men from all different backgrounds, hoping to redefine black male identity in America. At the panel, Bayeté Ross Smith, multimedia artist and filmmaker, will moderate a discussion between different generations of black men who have participated in the project.

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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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4 Talks: Brown is the New White, Daniel Clowes, and More

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younger meDear Younger Me: The Advice I Never Forgot
March 1 at 7 p.m, at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street.
We’ve all had a few words of wisdom (and misguided attempts at it) stick with us over the years. Join six writers, MCed by Chiara Atik, to laugh and cringe over the best and worst advice they ever received. Then pick up a copy of Dear Emma, a novel by Buzzfeed senior editor Katie Heaney that follows a young advice columnist as she charts tricky waters at college.

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4 Talks and Readings: Well-Read Black Girl, Future of Whiteness, and More

TUESDAY

BetterThanMe pb c.thumbnailBonnie McFarlane + Jim Gaffigan
Feb. 23 at 7:00 p.m at The Strand, 828 Broadway
Bonnie McFarlane has made a career out of opening her mouth when she probably should have kept it shut, making people cringe in places like Last Comic Standing and The Jim Gaffigan Show. Her new book, You’re Better Than Me, follows in the footsteps of the popular genre of female comedian tell-alls (Mindy Kaling etc). With biting and hilarious prose it lays bare “the good, the bad and the ugly” of her life, with chapters covering everything from McFarlane’s childhood as a fish out of water on a Canadian farm, to finding “her people” in comedy. She will be joined by fellow comedian Jim Gaffigan.

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