WORD Presents: Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus with Chester Brown
April 26 at 7 p.m. at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street
Comics, prostitution and the Bible. What better combination? Cartoonist Chester Brown is known for his 2011 graphic novel, Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John. Now he returns with Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus, a controversial look at biblical women and representations of prostitution, from Bathsheba to the Virgin Mary. By re-examining the Bible’s moral code in comic strip format, it’s bound to raise some eyebrows. Brown will be joined by Dr. Melissa Ditmore (Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work) and Ceyenne Doroshow (Cooking In Heels).
Christos Ikonomou presents Something Will Happen, You’ll See
April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Greenlight Books, 686 Fulton Street
The Greek economic crisis, often shown in newspapers and on TV during moments of popular anger, is now dragging into its seventh year. Beyond the flashes of violent strikes, it has become the constant gloomy backdrop to Greek lives and the slow downward pressure of unemployment disrupts families and careers. With a collection of short stories, the “Greek Faulkner” (aka Christos Ikonomou) renders the struggles of working-class Greeks facing economic hardship and uncertainty with sensitivity and emotion. Visiting docks, tenement buildings and city streets, Ikonomou’s Something Will Happen, You’ll See weaves flickers of hope into his characters’ struggle for survival and meaning during the slow bleeding of his country’s crisis.
Dad Magazine Launch
April 27 at 7 p.m. at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street
There’s plenty of magazines directed at mothers (too many)– but what about one to help out the embarrassing jokes and general cluelessness of the lovable dads of the world? Jaya Saxena and Matt Lubchansky imagined just such a publication and out came the satirical Dad Magazine, complete with fake articles, ads, and goofy fashion shoots for the archetypal dad figure. Features mirror the ridiculous cheery titles of women’s magazines: “Emoticons ‘UR’ daughter will love,” and “Hero dad finally gets quiet time: One man’s journey to relaxation” are a few. The evening will include readings from the magazine and “Dad-themed” fun (uh-oh). Mother’s Day may be the next holiday on the calendar, but treat her to a hilarious Dad Magazine for once.
Edward Mapplethorpe — One: Sons & Daughters Launch
April 28 at 7:00 p.m. at The Strand, 828 Broadway
Edward Mapplethorpe, Robert Mapplethorpe’s “kid brother” (once forced to go by a different last name so as not to compete with his more-famous sibling) has a new book out, harkening to the innocence of babies. One: Sons & Daughters is a collection of adorable photographs of one-year-olds, capturing mature emotions and expressions on their faces. It’s a fascinating visual look at the formation of our personalities and identities from the earliest stage of life–and pretty darn cute too.