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War Porn, Pottermania Redux, and Still More Talks and Readings

(Photo: Courtesy of Pete's Candy Store)

(Photo: Courtesy of Pete’s Candy Store)

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Cool as F••k Reading Series
July 26, 7:30pm at Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street at Richardson Street, Williamsburg.
Pete’s Candy Store holds its monthly “Cool as F**k” reading series every fourth Tuesday. It’s billed as a show that combines stand-up and musical performances with a more traditional reading series format, where literary madness is accompanied by a live band and a number of surprise appearances. The series is hosted by Bill Lessard (McSweeney’s, NPR, Prelude) and Bud Smith (The Rumpus, Hobart, Vol. 1 Brooklyn), and includes a number of notable writers and musicians who appear alongside a “special guest” who will be profiled in a separate podcast.

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Two Different Stories at EV Bookstores: One Booms, the Other Busts

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

The St. Mark’s Bookshop has now officially announced what we broke news of two weeks ago — that it’s facing eviction by the New York City Housing Authority. In an email sent yesterday, co-owner Bob Contant asks followers to donate money so that the troubled shop can restock its shelves, get an interested investor to take over its lease, and fulfill the terms of a settlement with the city. So far, a crowdfunding campaign has raised just over $21,800 of the desired $150,000.

But don’t fire up that “print is dead” thought piece just yet. While things look pretty dire for the Bookshop, its East Village neighbor, Strand Book Store, is touting its best holiday season ever, and has announced that yearly traffic was up by 30,000 people.

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Book Signing: Chip Kidd’s ‘Only What’s Necessary’

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This year when you’re getting into the Halloween spirit with Charlie, Linus and the gang, add to your own enjoyment and impress (annoy?) your friends with the newfound Peanuts knowledge you got at Strand’s celebration of Charles Schulz. For his new book, Only What’s Necessary, author Chip Kidd was granted unprecedented access to the archives of the Charles M. Schulz Museum. He reproduced the best of the comic’s work, including rare and unpublished illustrations, shot from the original art by award-winning photographer Geoff Spear. You can leave politics and religion out of it, but The Great Pumpkin may very well come up in the conversation with Kidd and “Mutts” comic strip creator, Patrick McDonnell.
See our column Word Up for more of this week’s book signings. 

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Books Signings: Elias Weiss Friedman’s ‘The Dogist’

1439846887-cover-the-dogist-hi-resThe Dogist himself, Elias Weiss Friedman, will be talking with Stacie Grissom of the BarkPost newsletter about the release of The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs. The event is being held in celebration of the book’s release and in recognition of October being Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, so the ASPCA will be there, too, with a few furry friends in need of a home. Strand asks that you please keep your own pooch at home, but BarkBox will be on hand with all the materials you need to make a pup-friendly doggie bag to take home, so you don’t have to feel too bad about Fido missing out. Brews will be on hand from Radiant Pig Craft Beers, so buy a copy of The Dogist or a $15 gift card for admission and stop by Strand for a doggone good time.
See our column Word Up for more of this week’s book signings. 

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Talks + Readings: The Dogist, Sarah Vowell, and Chip Kidd Meets Charlie Brown

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The Dogist
Tuesday, October 20 at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (NoLIta).
The Dogist himself, Elias Weiss Friedman, will be talking with Stacie Grissom of the BarkPost newsletter about the release of The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs. The event is being held in celebration of the book’s release and in recognition of October being Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, so the ASPCA will be there, too, with a few furry friends in need of a home. Strand asks that you please keep your own pooch at home, but BarkBox will be on hand with all the materials you need to make a pup-friendly doggie bag to take home, so you don’t have to feel too bad about Fido missing out. Brews will be on hand from Radiant Pig Craft Beers, so buy a copy of The Dogist or a $15 gift card for admission and stop by Strand for a doggone good 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 & Reading: John Darnielle’s ‘Wolf in White Van’

20575425John Darnielle, frontman of The Mountain Goats, is launching the paperback of his debut novel Wolf in White Van. The book, though described as “dark” and “gripping,” appears to have broad appeal, earning rave reviews in everything from Pitchfork to Rolling Stone to O: The Oprah Magazine. “A stunning meditation on the power of escape, and on the cat-and-mouse contest the self plays to deflect its own guilt,” said Ethan Gilsdorf of The New York Times Book Review. The novel tells the story of a man isolated by a disfiguring injury who creates a text-based role-playing game — disaster strikes when two players take their gameplay into the real world.
Purchase a copy of the featured event book or a $15 Strand gift card for entry. 

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Book Launch and Reading: Robert Goolrick’s “The Fall of Princes”

goolrickRobert 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.
Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (Noho).

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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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10 Things We Learned About Clueless From Writer-Director Amy Heckerling

Jen Chaney and Amy Heckerling (Photo: Jaime Cone)

Jen Chaney and Amy Heckerling (Photo: Jaime Cone)

It’s the 20th Anniversary of everyone’s favorite ’90’s teen classic, the one that taught us it’s okay to be a confused, hymenally challenged teenager who can’t drive because as long as you stay true to thyself, at the end of the day your smokin’ stepbrother will still have the hots for you.

What better way to celebrate Clueless than with writer/director Amy Heckerling, who was rollin’ with her homies, a throng of dedicated Clueless fans, at Strand? Heckerling appeared at the bookstore Monday for a Q&A with Jen Chaney, author of As If: An Oral History of Clueless. Here’s what Heckerling, who despite creating the definitive Valley girl is a New Yorker through and through, had to say about the making of the movie and her plans for future Clueless projects.
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Talks and Readings: Historic Greenpoint, Multiculti Confessions, and More

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Almost Famous, except about a girl. And set in the ’90s. And British.
How to Build a Girl, described by the New York Times’ Dwight Garner as “a British version of ‘Almost Famous,’ delivered from a female perspective and set two decades later,” is celebrating its paperback release with a reading by author Caitlin Moran. She’s often compared to Tina Fey and Lena Dunham, “which is fair so far as it goes,” according to Garner, “though I’d add Amy Winehouse and the early Roseanne Barr to the mix.” Watch her read excerpts from her comic novel about a poor teen determined to reinvent herself as a rock critic in 1990s London.
Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (East Village).

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Talks + Readings: Headscarves, Hymens, Spinsters and an Anti-Bridget Jones

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As we get ready to watch Kate Bolick read from Spinster, “a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single,” tonight at 20 Cooper Square (6-8 p.m.), here’s a selection of other feminist-esque literary happenings this week. There are talks from a social critic and women’s rights advocate, an outspoken actress/poet, the folks at The Feminist Press, and of course there’s a modern take on Jane Eyre. All that and more, straight ahead.

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