Okey Ndibe reads Foreign Gods, Inc

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Friday, January 24th, 2014 | 2,219 views

Okey Ndibe read from his second novel Foreign Gods Inc at Jefferson Market Library, published by SoHo Press

The polar vortex thrust New York City in a frigid chill this week, weather that Okey Ndibe says reminds him of the first day in the United States twenty-five years earlier. He arrived in December, 1988, on the coldest day of the year wearing only a light jacket. Ndibe came from Nigeria, a place where cold is seventy-five degrees. Nobody warned him about winter.

This month, Okey Ndibe released his second novel, Foreign Gods, Inc, fourteen years after his debut, Arrows of Rain (2000). His publisher, SoHo Press, has sent him around the country to promote the book, and hosted Ndibe at the Jefferson Market Library in the West Village.

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Chang-Rae Lee Reads On Such a Full Sea

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 | 1,877 views

Chang-Rae Lee reads from his new novel ON Such a Full Sea

Two decades ago, the Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers program selected Chang-Rae Lee for his 1995 novel Native Speaker, helping launch his career as a novelist. Earlier this month he released his fifth novel, On Such a Full Sea. He read from the book at the 82nd Street Barnes & Noble before answering audience questions.

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Richard Powers Reads Orfeo at McNally Jackson Books

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 | 2,980 views

Richard Powers reads from his new novel Orfeo at McNally Jackson Books

National Book Award winner Richard Powers read from his new novel, Orfeo, and discussed the book at McNally Jackson Books. The novel combines the past and present of protagonist Peter Els while relying heavily on music to propel the narrative, the third of Powers’s books to integrate music into the text.

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Ishmael Beah Reads Radiance of Tomorrow, with Dinaw Mengestu

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 | 2,329 views

Ishmael Beah reads from his new novel Radiance of Tomorrow at Greenlight Bookstore

Ishmael Beah’s previous book, the 2007 memoir A Long Way Gone, examined the life of child soldiers in Sierra Leone’s civil war. Beah’s new book, the novel Radiance of Tomorrow, explores the aftermath of war as people return to their homes and rebuild their lives. Beah read from the novel at Greenlight Bookstore where he was joined by Dinaw Mengestu in conversation. Mengestu is an Ethiopian born, American novelist. His novel, All Our Names is forthcoming in March, and is the author of three other books.

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Adam Sternbergh Reads His Debut Novel, Shovel Ready

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Friday, January 17th, 2014 | 3,271 views

Shovel Ready, the debut novel by Adam Sternbergh, is set in a future dystopian New York City featuring a trash collecting, hitman protagonist. BookCourt celebrated the release of his book by hosting Sternbergh for a reading. Sternbergh is the culture editor for the New York Times magazine and a former editor at New York Magazine.

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Rachel Cantor Reads Her Debut Novel, A Highly Unlikely Scenario, With Hannah Tinti

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Thursday, January 16th, 2014 | 4,783 views

Rachel Cantor reads from her new novel a Highly Unlikely Scenario

Rachel Cantor sends readers into a near future controlled by fast food corporations with her debut novel A Highly Unlikely Scenario: Or, A Neetsa Pizza Employee’s Guide to Saving the World. Cantor celebrated the release of the novel at Greenlight Bookstore along Hannah Tinti, co-founder and editor of the single story per issue journal One Story.

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Ben Marcus Discusses Leaving the Sea with Tobias Carroll

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Friday, January 10th, 2014 | 2,446 views

Tobias Carroll and Ben Marcus discuss Leaving the Sea, Ben Marcus's new collection of stories

Ben Marcus’s collection of stories, Leaving the Sea, was released on Tuesday. Tobias Carroll, managing editor of Vol. 1 Brooklyn, joined Marcus at Community Bookstore in Park Slope to discuss the collection.

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Ruth Ozeki Reads A Tale for the Time Being, Inaugurates Readings at WORD Jersey City

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Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 | 2,311 views

Ruth Ozeki reads from A Tale for the Time Being, her acclaimed novel now in paperback, at WORD Jersey City

Novelist Ruth Ozeki was in New York’s unofficial sixth borough, Jersey City, to celebrate the release of the paperback edition of her novel A Tale for the Time Being. Brooklyn’s WORD Bookstore opened a second store in Jersey City late last month; Ozeki became the first author to read in the new space and she described the store as having that “new bookstore smell.”

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