Nadja Spiegelman presents I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This in conversation with Molly Fischer
August 2, 7:30pm at Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street at South Portland Ave, Brooklyn.
Nadja Spiegelman will be presenting her memoir I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This, which charts three generations of women in Spiegelman’s family and their struggles and perseverances, with the traumas experienced in a Nazi-occupied France constantly in the background. Speigelman is the daughter of Art Spiegelman, the cartoonist most known for his graphic novel series Maus. Spiegelman junior has also published graphic novels, although their audiences have been younger. Her first memoir explores the relationship between herself and her mother, The New Yorker art director Françoise Mouly, and in turn delves into Mouly’s own upbringing, and her complex relationship with her parents. Spiegelman will be joined in conversation with New York magazine’s Molly Fischer (from The Cut), and there will be a wine reception afterward to celebrate the launch.
WEDNESDAYChronicle of a Last Summer: Yasmine El Rashidi with Andre Aciman
August 3, 7pm at McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street between Lafayette Street and Mulberry Street.
Yasmine El Rashidi’s new book Chronicle of a Last Summer zones in on three decades of an Egyptian woman’s life as she navigates the increasingly turbulent situation in her country. The story kicks off in 1984, with the rise of the newly appointed President Mubarak, and analyzes both the complex political backdrop in which the protagonist must live, while also giving voice to what has been called Egypt’s “cheated generation.” With vivid and elegant descriptions of Cairo, El Rashidi, who is based in Cairo herself, paints a complex and engaging picture of an individual coming of age amidst competing political forces. She will be joined in conversation by bestselling novelist and Whiting Award-winning memoirist Andre Aciman.
FRIDAYDog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself
August 5, 7pm at Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at 12th Street.
Puppy lovers, get ready to lose it. Julie Barton’s memoir chronicles her struggles with depression and her slow climb back to recovery through the help of her unwaveringly loyal four-legged companion, Bunker the golden retriever. Barton’s book explores how even in the depths of a crippling depression, the love, companionship, and astonishing perseverance of her dog helped her forge new relationships, fight for a new outlook on life, and slowly emerge from the fog of her disease. The event is presented in partnership with the New York Therapy Animals, who will be present to answer any remaining questions about the work and effect of therapy animals. Even better? There will be actual doggies there! Books and dogs? Your Friday evening is sorted. Slow Fashion – Aesthetics Meets Ethics Book Launch
August 5, 7pm at Bluestockings, 172 Allen Street.
Safia Minney, the founder of Fair Trade and sustainable fashion label People Tree, warns against the dangers of “fast fashion,” in which masses of clothes are produced and sold at incredibly low prices, to the detriment of those who actually produce those clothes. Her book highlights how sustainable fashion can be done, and profiles different designers, labels and eco-concept stores throughout the world that have distinguished themselves by focusing on sustainable fashion and providing alternatives to the rule of fast fashion in the retail market. Her analysis is vast, focusing both on the producers of the basic raw materials for clothing and going all the way up to the retail giants in the Western world.