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4 Readings: Girl Talk, Pizza Stories, and Blink 182’s Drummer Tells All

TUESDAY

ba274817-058b-49f2-8a9e-49fcda61c043Book Launch: The Mandibles: A Family by Lionel Shriver
June 28 at 7 p.m. at Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street (DUMBO).
Perhaps watching the firestorm of a Donald Trump-infused election PLUS the xenophobia-motivated Brexit this past week is enough dystopia for you. But if you’re getting weirdly addicted to following the fallout of major geopolitical twists and turns, then Lionel Shriver’s latest novel might be for you. The Manibles: A Family, set in the not-too-distant future (2029), is family saga in the midst of the sudden devaluation of the American dollar. With the Mandible inheritance essentially eviscerated, each family member must come to terms with a new way forward–alone, or together. Bret Stephens, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Wall street Journal, will join in discussion.

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4 Readings: Nathan’s Hot Dog History, Palestinian Struggles, and a Father’s Transition

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faludiBook Launch: In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi
June 22 at 7 p.m. at The Powerhouse Arena. 37 Main Street (DUMBO)
Is identity something you choose, or is it actually the very thing you can’t escape? This is the question Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Susan Faludi poses in her most personal work yet, In the Darkroom. In 2004 Faludi went in search of her estranged 76-year-old father, a man who had been an elusive and sometimes violent presence in her childhood and then all but disappeared from her life. When Faludi discovered he had undergone sex reassignment surgery and was now living in Hungary, her whole frame of reference was shaken to the core. Her book is an effort to unpack her father’s transition and her own questions of identity, while traveling through a country in the midst of its own dangerous project of refashioning its nationhood.

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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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4 Talks and Readings: Pretentiousness, Bad Women, and How to Smoke Pot

TUESDAY

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Release for Jacob Victorine’s Flammable Matter
April 19 at 7 p.m. at WORD Bookstore, 126 Franklin Street.
Jacob Victorine’s first book of poetry, Flammable Matter, bears witness to the metaphorical immolation of oppressed bodies in our world. It’s a raw and powerful testament to living through trauma. He’ll be joined by Rico Frederick, a Trinidadian author of the poetry collection Broken Calypsonian, and Justin Woo a Chinese-American poet and artist.

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

TUESDAY

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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Men With Cats, and 3 More Talks and Readings Not to Miss This Week

TUESDAY

kiaKia Corthron + Robin D. G. Kelley
Feb. 9 at 7:00 p.m. at The Strand, 828 Broadway
Kia Corthron, playwright and writer for The Wire, tackled an American saga for her debut novel. The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter begins on the eve of WWII with two white brothers coming of age in the rural Alabama klan, and two black brothers preparing to navigate the country’s shifting civil rights era in Maryland. The two narratives continue into the 21st century, culminating in a devastating encounter between the two families.  Corthron will discuss with Robin D. G. Kelley,  expert on African American studies.

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Talks + Readings: Glitter Heels, the Art of Memoir, and Some Firebreathing

TUESDAY

Why we writeWhy We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature
Feb. 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main St (DUMBO)
If you’ve ever read a memoir or a personal essay and wondered about the nuts and bolts behind all the self-exposure, this is the book for you. Twenty memoirists who’ve been through the ringer dish on the struggles of picking over your own dirty laundry to expose hard truths, turning loved ones into characters, and the pleasure and challenge of putting oneself front and center in your own narrative. Contributors Meghan Daum (The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion), AM Homes (May We Be Forgiven) and Darin Strauss (Chang and Eng) will speak.
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Talks + Readings: Social Movements of the 21st Century and ‘Coming Out’ for Porn

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Book Launch: When We Fight, We Win!
Tuesday, January 5 at 7:00 p.m. at The Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main St, Brooklyn. (DUMBO)
The past year was filled with updates on the Black Lives Matter movement and a long-overdue Supreme Court victory for the LGBTQ movement. To take stock of the social movements shaping our world, turn to Greg Jobin-Leeds’ new collectionWhen We Fight, We Win!, a collaboration with AgitArte, profiles the successful activists and artists making waves behind the headlines you’ve seen flying by of late, from the fight to end mass incarceration to steps forward on immigration rights and environmental protection. The book launch will feature a conversation between Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte’s José Jorge Díaz, as well as remarks from activist leaders from the book, including Rachel Schragis, Felipe Sousa-Rodríguez, Isabel Sousa-Rodríguez, Che Gosset, Manissa McCleave Maharawal, Lily Paulina. RSVP at RSVP@powerHouseArena.com

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New John Waters Project May Be Coming to a TV Set Near You

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

John Waters dropped into the Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo last night to plug the paperback edition of his hitchhiking chronicle, Carsick, and fulfill everyone’s Instagram fantasies: “I’m a real whore – we’ll do pictures!” he announced to the adoring crowd shortly before the book signing began. But the real question, for fans who’d already read the Prince of Puke’s tales of hitching from Baltimore to San Francisco, was: what’s he working on next?

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Get Yourself Invited to John Waters’ Beach House at His Book Launch Party

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Over the weekend we paid tribute to a true American hero — who else but John Waters — by saluting his summer place in Provincetown, Cape Cod. By “saluting” we mean creepily taking this photo of his front yard, which turns out to be every bit as Grey Gardens as you’d imagine.

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Richard Hell Will Chat With Robert Christgau Tomorrow Night

CleanTramp-pb-c-copyIf you missed your chance to dine with Richard Hell, you’ll have a chance to see him for free tomorrow night when the punk-rock royal signs copies of his autobiography I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp (just released in paperback) at powerHouse Arena in Dumbo. The East Villager’s former band, Television, played its first show at CBGB 40 years ago this month.

That momentous performance may well be talked about during his interview Tuesday with Robert Christgau, who spent more than three decades as The Village Voice‘s chief music critic. Following the discussion, Hell will answer a few questions from the audience before signing books, according to powerHouse Arena’s events coordinator, Justin Levine.

Seating for the event, which goes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., is available on a first-come, first-serve basis; reservations are encouraged via RSVP@powerHouseArena.com.

If you’d rather see him in Manhattan, he’ll be at The Strand on March 20, in conversation with Bryan Waterman, who penned the 33 1/3 about Television’s Marquee Moon album.