It’s almost time for pig roasts and kiddie pools, but that’s no reason to lose your intellectual edge entirely. Here’s our weekly rundown of readings and talks.
Sunday, July 6
Sweet Work: Shorts of Labor at the Domino Brooklyn Refinery
If you’ve stopped by the Domino sugar refinery in the past couple weeks, Kara Walker’s magnificent installation may have given you food for thought regarding the building’s sordid past. And if that hasn’t totally killed your sweet tooth, Union Docs is here to help—with “a program of mostly unseen work that examines the effect the refinery had on the surrounding neighborhood as well as addressing broader themes of sweetness and power.” There will be a post-screening discussion with the filmmakers, moderated by Filip Noterdaeme, contributor to the Huffington Post and founder of The Homeless Museum of Art.
7:30pm, Union Docs (322 Union Ave, Brooklyn). $9.
Tuesday, July 8
Slideshow/Book Launch with Christopher Merrit and Domenic Priore
Join authors Merritt and Priore for a discussion of their new book. Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space-Age Nautical Pleasure Pier collates photographs of Pacific Ocean Park, a family-oriented attraction that was a staple of Los Angeles life from the 50s through the 70s. P.O.P.’s attendance, it should be noted, briefly surpassed that of Disney World’s. The surreal photographs offer a vivid trip into leisure parks past. The authors will show a slideshow and sign books.
8pm, Spoonbill and Sugartown (218 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn). FREE.
Wednesday, July 9
Nicole C. Kear & Emily Raboteau in Conversation
When she was nineteen, Nicole C. Kear was told she was going blind. Advised that she had only ten more years of sight left, Kear determined to spend them wildly—keeping her deteriorating vision a secret from most acquaintances and running away to join a circus. But it’s tricky to run forever, and with the birth of her children Kear finally came to accept her encroaching blindness. Now I See You is the story of this personal journey—you can read an excerpt of the memoir on The Cut. Kear will be in conversation at Strand Bookstore with Pushcart Prize winner Emily Raboteau (The Professor’s Daughter and Searching for Zion).
7-8pm. Strand Book Store (828 Broadway, Manhattan). Buy a copy of Now I See You or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event.
At the Inkwell: Playwright Night
At the Inkwell, an NYC organisation dedicated to promoting authors and their work, brings you Playwright Night at KGB Bar. The writers appearing on Wednesday are Ross Klavan (known for the novel Schmuck and a slew of film, stage and TV projects), Bonnie Culver, Gregory Fletcher, Jan Quackenbush and Sam Viverito. Sip vodka among the Soviet-inspired furnishings, and listen up.
7-9pm. KGB Bar (85 E 4th St). FREE.
Thursday, July 10
Vol. 1 Brooklyn presents Tim Kinsella
Tim Kinsella first registered on the public radar c.1990 as the frontman of Chicago emo band Cap’n Jazz, before going on to lead a number of weirdly named outfits (Joan of Arc, Owls, Make Believe) and finding time to write a novel. Now, he’s written another one. Let Go and Go On and On is based on the life and work of actress Laurie Bird, who appeared in just three movies (Two-Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter, and Annie Hall) before taking a lethal dose of Valium at age 26. “Kinsella humbles himself before the character and the person, allowing his words and the feeling transmuted through them to let the novel tell its own story,” according to Bookslut. Join Vol.1 Brooklyn for a night of readings from the book.
7pm, WORD Bookstore (126 Franklin St, Brooklyn). Facebook RSVP (recommended) here. FREE.
Friday, July 11
Reading: Love Comes Later With Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar
Love Comes Later is one of the first English language novels to be set in Qatar, and has become one of a long list of books to be banned in that country. Doha-based author Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar researched and wrote the novel in Qatar, but will not get to see it reach shelves there despite the fact that the book is hardly overtly political or controversial. Rather, the plot centers on an arranged engagement between two reluctant cousins, and the love triangle that develops when one of the betrothed falls for someone else. The novel interrogates the connections between South Asian and Arab cultures and the oppressive potential of cultural expectations. “Rajakumar pulls back the veil on life in Qatar to reveal a glimpse of Muslim life rarely seen by Westerners,” as per Kirkus Reviews. Join Rajakumar for a reading from the novel.
7pm, Bluestockings (172 Allen St). FREE.