Steve Almond talks Against Football with Stephen Elliott

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 | 93 views

Steve Almond reading from Against Football, his memoir / manifesto / examination of the sport he loved but can't watch. He read at The Strand in Manhattan alongside Stephen Elliott of the Rumpus

As concerns over the football industry’s head traumas continue to rise, author Steve Almond has released a personal, moral examination of the sport implications for himself as a fan. Spoiler: he gave up watching. Against Football, described as a manifesto, explores Almond’s evolving views on the sport from the way players are treated to the message the game sends to viewers. He was joined at The Strand by Stephen Elliott, founder of The Rumpus, to discuss the book and the sport.

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Bridgett M. Davis Reads Into the Go-Slow, with Tayari Jones

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Monday, September 15th, 2014 | 123 views

“Angie felt like a throwback to another era, like she hadn’t evolved at the same rate as her classmates and friends.”

Bridgett M. Davis spoke these words Tuesday night as she read from the first chapter of her second novel, Into the Go-Slow (The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2014). Davis’ sophomore publication tells the story of Angie, the college-aged protagonist, as she investigates the traces left by her mercurial older sister who died mysteriously while on vacation in Lagos, Nigeria. The more readers learn of Ella, the ill-fated sister, the more apparent her influence on Angie becomes. Into the Go-Slow is a story of Pan-Africanism in the 70’s, 80’s, and beyond, a story about pursuing your roots, no matter where they might take you.

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René Steinke reads Friendswood

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 | 127 views

René Steinke reads from Friendship at Bookcourt in brookly

René Steinke read from her third novel, Friendswood (August 2014), for the Brooklyn launch of the novel. Minna Proctor, the editor of The Literary Review, introduced Steinke. Friendswood pans the perspectives of four primary characters in a small Texas town, Friendswood, as a toxic waste leak sickens local residents.

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A Conversation with Jenn Northington, Events Director at WORD Bookstore

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Monday, September 8th, 2014 | 522 views

A Brief Introduction:

This interview series is an attempt to engage with the people who work — and shape — the literary community in New York City. It will focus on the players behind the scenes, or behind the shelves, or whatever metaphor you choose: bookstore owners, event coordinators, reading curators, hosts, New York-based writers and editors, small press publishers, series and festival organizers, and bar owners with literary leanings. If you’d like to be interviewed, please do contact us.

It is our hope to regularly provide an interview focusing on the literary-minded men and women whose tireless efforts often times go unnoticed. Soon, features and profiles should make their way onto the site. Again, if you’re interested in being a subject, or if you’d like to write something, shoot us an email.

The first conversation is with Jenn Northington, the Events Director at WORD Bookstore in Greenpoint and Jersey City.

 

WORD Boookstore in Brooklyn hosts neighborhood events

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Dolan Morgan Launches That’s When the Knives Come Down with B.C. Edwards and Chelsea Hodson

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014 | 266 views

Dolan Morgan launched his debut collection of short stories That’s When the Knives Come Down at WORD bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Joining him were B.C. Edwards and Chelsea Hodson. He gave out plastic knives to the crowd–a nod to the title of the collection–and brought with him vodka infused with the pages of his novel.

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A Poet on Bombing Or Pretending to be a Comic

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 | 268 views

People aren’t often taught how to deal with failure. Even watching interviews with famous people chat about missteps doesn’t seem to hit home because we never saw that part. Their disappointments seem cute as opposed to career questioning. For writers, failure is most evident on stage. Unlike piles of rejection slips one can stuff in a draw, light on fire, or scrapbook, in front of a crowd, a person has to respond. They must get comfortable with silence or deal with too much noise. This too is true of comedians and is why I sometimes pretend I’m a standup comic rather than a poet. Although maybe it’s because comics are the more socially acceptable of the low-paid artists. If you tell someone you’re a poet, they look confused; say you’re a comic, they fervently discuss Louis CK. Of course, a poet bombing looks rather different than a comic, but that image is fun to examine, and it still explores ideas of failure and heckling that are necessary for any artist.

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Justin Taylor and Jess Row Talk About Place

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Thursday, August 28th, 2014 | 412 views

Justin Taylor and Jess Row talk about place in writing at Housing Works Bookstore in Manhattan, New York

Justin Taylor’s new collection of stories, Flings, traverses the globe with disconnected characters. Jess Row’s new novel, Your Face in Mine follows the story of Kelly Thorndike’s return to his hometown of Baltimore where he meets a former childhood friend who has undergone racial reassignment surgery, becoming a black man. The two met up at Housing Works to talk about the construction of place and setting in fiction.

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Vanessa Manko reads The Invention of Exile with Salman Rushdie

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 | 440 views

Vanessa Manko and Salman Rushdie discuss her debut novel, the invention of Exile at Powerhouse books in Brooklyn

Vanessa Manko’s debut novel, The Invention of Exile, explores the life of a man in exile. Russian national Austin Voronkov is deported from the United States during the first red scare and spends a lifetime trying to return. Manko launched the book, with help from H.I.P. Lit, at Powerhouse Arena, discussing the novel and what it means to be American with Salman Rushdie.

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