It’s so ‘Tres Brooklyn!’ Francophiles, listen up: Be Electric Studios is hosting a Parisian-themed evening of readings, conversation and “mingling.” The evening stars Brooklyn-based authors Anglie Niles (Bright Lights Paris), Courtney Maum (I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You), and Julie Orringer (The Invisible Bridge), who all draw inspiration from The City of Lights. The event is presented by H.I.P. Lit and will be hosted by H.I.P. Lit curators and publishing professionals Erin Harris, Brittney Iman Cany and Kim Perel. It’s a Brooklyn Book Festival official bookend event; the festival will be hosting talks and readings all week long (click here for the full schedule). There will be book signings, raffle prizes, refreshments, music… all you could ask for, oui?
Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Be Electric Studios, 1298 Willoughby Avenue (Bushwick).
Celebrate Winsor McCay, the cartoonist who brought us the legendary comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland and inspired a bunch of today’s foremost cartoonists to craft their own dreamlands in Little Nemo’s Big New Dreams: A TOON Graphic. The new edition, shrunk down from its original broadsheet-sized edition, includes 30 “glorious, unforgettable, or even silly dreams.” Contributing authors like Cliff Chiang, Bishakh Som, Andrea Tsurumi and R. Sikoryak will be on hand to sign copies of the book. TOON Books will also be giving sneak peeks of some new releases, including Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure, by Nadja Spiegelman, who will also be attending the event.
Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Desert Island, 540 Metropolitan Avenue (Williamsburg).
If you live in New York City, it probably doesn’t sound like much of a stretch to convert your apartment to a “micro-apartment” (isn’t that what most of us are living in anyway?), but we’re willing to hear William Powers out about his experience moving into a 350-square-foot minimalist NYC apartment. Felling burned out after years of development around the world, the author powered down for a season in a 12-by-12 foot cabin off he grid in North Carolina, then roped his wife into trying out a similar way of living in Greenwich Village, writing about it in his book New Slow City: Living Simply in the World’s Fastest City. Come hear about his experience and get some useful tips for making your life more people and planet friendly.
Wednesday, September 16 at 7 p.m. Bluestockings, 172 Allen Street (LES).
Join Brooklyn Brewery founder and former Middle East war correspondent Steve Hindy for a discussion about the psychological effects of war on soldiers and journalists. Guests include psychiatrist Anthony Feinstein, author of Journalists Under Fire: The Psychological Hazards of Covering War, and reporter Phil Zabriske, author of The Kill Switch. Feinstein’s book opens with an overview of the life-threatening hazards war reporters face (abductions, mock executions, the deaths of close colleagues) and discusses their psychological consequences: post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, deterioration of personal relationships, and substance abuse. The Kill Switch looks at war from the soldier’s perspective and asks, “Once the killing starts, how do you control it?”
Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street (Williamsburg).
Sure, fiction is one thing, but what happens when novelists get real? Find out at Spine Out, a recurring series where authors bare it all on stage and read personal essays on subjects ranging from revealing to provocative, heartfelt to flat-out funny. The upcoming edition includes New York Times bestselling novelists like Kass Morgan (The 100) and Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die), along with one seasoned confessionalist, Susan Shapiro (Five Men Who Broke My Heart), for good measure, and Broadway Sirius/XM host and author of The Rise and Fall of Theater Geek, Seth Rudetsky.
Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie Street (NoLIta).
Meet Kunal Nayyar, who’s apparently been asked about the way he talks so many times that he went ahead and titled his memoir Yes, My Accent is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You. In the spirit of Mindy Kaling’s recent bestseller, Nayyar’s collection of autobiographical essays recount his childhood in New Delhi, college years in Portland and, in a chapter called “My Big Fat Indian Wedding,” his seven day long wedding to the former Miss India. His “many, many embarrassing incidents” ended up making for great fodder, and ultimately it all worked out because he landed the role of a lifetime as the incurably geeky Indian-America astrophysicist Raj.
Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 33 East 17th Street (Union Square).
From zombies to asteroids to alien invasion, there’s no shortage of ways for civilization to meet its demise, but one thing all the movies and books at “Kevin Geeks Out at About the Apocalypse” have in common: We’re goin’ down. In a special edition of Kevin Maher’s comedy-variety show, the host teams up with Freebird Books for an obsessive look at the end-of-the-world scenarios. The multi-media event includes presentations by Emily Asher-Perrin (Tor.com), Peter Miller, founder of New York City’s only post-apocalyptic book club, movie blogger Tenebrous Kate, and filmmaker Matt Glasson. If you’re a sucker for a dystopian good time, come geek out with your people and see rare film clips, play trivia, and participate in a post-apocalyptic costume contest.
Thursday, Sept. 17 at 9:30 p.m. Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue (Williamsburg).