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Michael Eric Dyson + Shaun King + Harry Belafonte
Monday, June 4 at The New School, 7 pm to 8 pm.

Michael Eric Dyson joins The New School and The Strand to unveil his book What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America. The book follows his New York Times bestseller Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America. Acclaimed singer and advocate Harry Belafonte, along with activist and The Intercept columnist Shaun King, join Dr. Dyson in conversation about his important and timely book.

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Book Release: Grapes and the Wind (Las Uvas y el Viento)
Saturday, June 9 at Brooklyn Museum, 3 pm to 5 pm.

Join Brooklyn Rail for the exciting release of Grapes and the Wind (Las Uvas y el Viento) (Spuyten Duyvil press, 2018), by Pablo Neruda, which has recently been translated into English by Michael Straus. Straus talks with Phong Bui, co-founder and artistic director of The Brooklyn Rail for what’s sure to be a riveting discussion of the Chilean poet’s life and literature. A bilingual Spanish-English poetry reading with Ralph Lemon, María José Giménez, Alfred MacAdam, and others will follow. The event is free with museum admission, but you still need to RSVP here.

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Kate Naito
Sunday, June 17 at Greenlight Bookstore Prospect Lefferts Gardens, 3 pm to 5 pm.

Not quite your standard book talk. Professional dog trainer and Manners Program director at Doggie Academy Kate Naito presents her new dog training guide BKLN Manners(TM): Positive Training Solutions for Your Unruly Urban Dog and offers an afternoon of free consultations and training for pups and their owners. Bring your pooch—on a leash, of course.

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Michael Bennett: Things That Make White People Uncomfortable
Monday, June 25 at The Strand, 7 pm to 8 pm.

Most people can’t lay claim to being a Super Bowl Champion and three-time Pro Bowl defensive end and published author, but Michael Bennett isn’t most people. Bennett, who’s well known for his philanthropy and activism, tackles issues like the role of protest in history and the relationship of Black athletes to institutions like the NFL with humor and depth in the book that he co-authored with award-winning sportswriter Dave Zirin.

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Jo Weldon Presents Fierce: A History of Leopard Print
Tuesday, June 26 at Housing Works Bookstore Café, 7 pm to 9 pm.

As the headmistress and founder of the New York School of Burlesque, Jo Weldon joins Housing Works to debut her book FIERCE: A History of Leopard Print. Jo Weldon’s illustrated lectures on the iconic print pattern have been widely circulated in the New York Times and other publications. A rousing burlesque show will follow the book signing. Proceeds from the event benefit Housing Works, which works to ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS have access to housing and other vital resources.

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Tenements, Towers, and Trash: Julia Wertz with Roz Chast
Wednesday, June 27 at NYPL Mid-Manhattan Library, 6:30 pm.

The stench of the city is a charm that only die-hard New Yorkers can truly appreciate. Cartoonist and amateur historian Julia Wertz is fascinated with the grimy history of this urban metropolis, which she documents in Tenements, Towers, and Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City. The author dives into her book with Brooklyn native and New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast.

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Vulture Insiders Book Club with Jennifer Egan
Thursday, June 28 at The Strand, 7 pm to 8 pm.

Join our friends from Vulture for their Book Club talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan. Vulture books editor Boris Kachka sits down with Egan to dive into her wildly popular book Manhattan Beach, which was recently announced as the 2018 One Book, One New York winner.

Unlike many Strand events, this talk is free, but you’ll need to RSVP on Facebook here.