Ramzi Fawaz + Phil Jimenez
Thursday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. at The Strand, 828 Broadway
“Dissecting comic book history through the lens of queer theory” is probably not a sentence ever uttered before Ramzi Fawaz published The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics. His new book explores comic book case studies and their relationship with radical politics, starting in the 1960s. Acclaimed comic book artist Phil Jimenez (Infinite Crisis, The Invisibles, Wonder Woman) will join for discussion.
An Evening with Jan English Leary
Thursday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen Street
In her debut novel, Thicker Than Blood, Jan English Leary presses against the boundaries of familial love with a mother-daughter story set in Chicago. When a single white woman adopts a black child she believes she’ll be able to raise her despite any challenges. But as the child grows up, her search for identity threatens their relationship.
Hanya Yanagihara & Isaac Fitzgerald
Thursday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m, from Greenlight Bookstore (offsite), at St. Joseph’s College, Tuohy Hall, 245 Clinton Avenue
Hanya Yanagihara’s haunting novel A Little Life was a breakout success in 2015. The narrative initially seems to be another brotherly story about four friends trying to make it in the big city, but eventually it narrows its focus to follow one man’s challenge to cope with the aftereffects of crushing childhood trauma, seen through the wider network of the friends and adopted family devoted to him. For the launch of the paperback, Greenlight presents Yanagihara in conversation with Buzzfeed’s Isaac Fitzgerald. Tickets, $17, include a paperback book.
Choose Your Own Misery Interactive Book Party
Friday, January 29 at 6:30, at Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street
When you were a kid, choose-your-own-adventures were a page-turning blast. As an adult? You get stuck in a soul crushing office in Mike MacDonald and Jilly Gagnon’s dark version. You can guess where these two comedy writers, former contributors to The Onion, might take you with Choose Your Own Misery: The Office Adventure. For one night, you can join them on an interactive adventure, with a bit less misery and more giveaways, raffles, and free food. Prepare to choose between mazes of meetings, fake sick days, questionable office harassment, and awkward holiday parties that never end.