Simon Critchley Discusses Memory Theater With Joshua Cohen

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Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 | 9,758 views

Simon Critchley discusses MEMORY THEATER with Joshua Cohen at McNally Jackson Books

Simon Critchley is a philosopher and professor typically writing on political theory, ethics and aesthetics. His first novel, Memory Theater, does not stray very far from those topics. He was at McNally Jackson Books to discuss the novel with Joshua Cohen, author of Book of Numbers.

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Garth Risk Hallberg reads City On Fire

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 | 9,954 views

Garth Risk Hallberg Reads CITY ON FIRE at BookCourt in Brooklyn

Garth Rish Hallberg’s debut novel is 900-plus-page epic. City On Fire chronicles nine principal characters through 1970s New York City. He read from the work and took questions at BookCourt last week.

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Rick Moody Reads Hotels of North America

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 | 9,860 views

Rick Moody reads HOTELS OF NORTH AMERICA, a new novel written as online hotel reviews

Rick Moody was at BookCourt last week to read from his latest novel, Hotels of North America. The novel creates a narrative through the online hotel reviews left by protagonist Reginald Edward Morse.

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Owen Sheers discusses I Saw a Man with Joshua Ferris

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Monday, November 16th, 2015 | 10,477 views

Owen Sheers discusses I SAW A MAN with Joshua Ferris at McNally Jackson Books

Owen Sheers is a poet, playwright, and novelist. He has worked with British war veterans producing a play retelling their traumas. His latest novel, I Saw a Man follows the healing process of Michael Marshall widowed when his journalist wife is killed on assignment in Pakistan. He discussed the novel at McNally Jackson Books with Joshua Ferris, author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour.

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Kevin Powell Reads The Education of Kevin Powell

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Monday, November 9th, 2015 | 9,933 views

Kevin Powell and journalist Ted Hamm

Kevin Powell is a poet, activist, former candidate for Congress, author, and even once starred in a reality television show before reality television was a thing. His memoir The Education of Kevin Powell follows in the tradition of other autobiographies and traces his origins in Jersey City to his life in Brooklyn. He was a Greenlight Bookstore to discuss the book with journalist Ted Hamm.

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Reading Series Census: The Hustle

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Monday, November 9th, 2015 | 11,097 views

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
The Hustle is a new reading series that brings writers together to talk about hustling: what hours they keep, how they pay the bills, how they write, how they read and more.

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Reading Series Census: First Person Plural

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Thursday, November 5th, 2015 | 10,417 views

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
The First Person Plural Reading Series—Harlem was founded in 2011 with the hope of bringing more attention to creative communities in Harlem. We began this series by inviting inventive, inspiring writers and artists to showcase work written from a “we” or plural POV. We are interested in the “we” because we contend that the “I” does not exist in any sort of truthful singularity. We are interested in the collective as it manifests in all temporary forms, collaboration as it evidences moving through disagreement, and community as it situates itself locally despite all efforts to stretch it past its thinnest point.

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Kate Gavino Launches Last Night’s Reading

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Thursday, October 29th, 2015 | 10,099 views

Kate Gavino, author of LAST NIGHT'S READING, launches the illustrated book at Housing Works in Manhattan

I first met Kate in a bookstore. She had already launched the website Last Night’s Reading a month or two before. I recognized her from other readings and saw that she was recording the event and drawing notes. A few weeks earlier, Bookstalker Julia Bartz had caught me in the act of notetaking and introduced herself to me so I followed her lead, introducing myself to Kate. I’m sure I frightened her with my enthusiasm. Over the following years, I’ve run into Kate at various events. She has a keen sense about choosing which events to attend, and whenever I see her in the audience, I feel reassured about my choice for the evening. Sometimes Kate, Julia, and I end up attending and then writing about / drawing the same event: when the trifecta is in the house, you know its going to be the very best type of event.

Kate Gavino launched her book Last Night’s Reading at Housing Works, but the event was as much a celebration of literary readings as it was the book. She assembled an A-List cast of authors to read embarrassing stories, and she presented slideshow survival guide to literary events.

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