Kia 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.
Kevin Young presents Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems 1995-2015. In conversation with Mary-Louise Parker
Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Greenlight Books, 686 Fulton Street
Two decades of Kevin Young’s prolific poetry riff and trill across the page in Blue Laws, exploring both the personal and the political while tracking the evolution of broken hearts, family, birth and loss. This “grand tour” collection includes “B sides” and “bonus tracks,” never before seen. Young will talk about his poetic history with actor and writer Mary-Louise Parker (author of Dear Mr. You), an ardent fan.
Ways to Disappear Launch Event with Idra Novey and Nell Freudenberger
Feb. 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street
In the tradition of magical realism, Idra Novey, a translator, poet and first-time novelist, spins a madcap modern noir with a few personal touches. In Ways to Disappear, a Brazilian novelist vanishes into an almond tree and her American translator (from Pittsburgh, like Novey) goes chasing after her, encountering loose ends and colorful characters at every turn.
Book Launch – Men with Cats: Intimate Portraits of Feline Friendship
Feb. 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street (DUMBO)
They’re not known as man’s best friend…but sometimes a dude just wants a cat by his side. David Williams shows us the breadth of this
unholy man-puss love with 75 intimate portraits of men– from bearded bikers to spiffy professionals– hanging at home with their feline friends. It’s about time we dispelled the stigma of the “cat lady” and replaced it with something new. Joe Crump, executive for Razorfish and a cat-man himself, will join Williams in conversation.