Deji Olukotun reads Nigerians in Space with Joel Whitney

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Thursday, February 27th, 2014 | 2,232 views

Deji Olukotun reads Nigerians in Space with Joel Whitney

Deji Olukotun’s debut novel, Nigerians in Space (January 2014), explores three interlocked narratives traversing time and space. Joel Whitney, editor and co-founder of Guernica, joined him at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn to discuss the novel. As a way of introduction, Whitney describes the novel as a “noir-ish” crime novel.

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Paul Rome and Adelle Waldman Read Debut Novels at NYU Bookstore

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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 | 2,792 views

Paul Rome and Adelle Waldman read at NYU Bookstore

Adelle Waldman’s The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. has been favorably compared to Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City (1985) as a portrayal of the contemporary New York City literary scene. McInerney himself drew the comparison when he sat down with Waldman in Barnes & Noble. Waldman, like the literary scene itself, focuses her story in Brooklyn. Though intentionally obscured, the novel unfolds unmistakingly in Fort Greene and Crown Heights. Amidst the rapid gentrification, Nathaniel (Nate) finds himself dating fellow freelance writer Hannah. Over the course of the novel, Nate’s inaction and apathy leads to the eventual unraveling of their relationship. At the most fundamental level, Nathaniel P. is the story of two people gradually allowing distance to taint their relationship.

Much is the same premise with Paul Rome’s We All Live In The Same Room. Narrator Tom lives with Raina and their son, Ben, in, as the title suggests, a one bedroom apartment. Its rent controlled, of course. Despite sharing the small space, like the characters of Waldman’s novel, Tom and Raina spend the duration of the story drifting ever farther away from each other. Though Tom and Raina are more proactive about hurting each other than Nate and Hannah, ultimately they are all victims of emotional unforseen emotional distance. Given the similarities, the two authors form an ideal pairing, and NYU Bookstore brought them together for a discussion moderated by Paul Morris of Pen America.

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Adam Wilson and Peter Mountford read at Center for Fiction

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Friday, February 21st, 2014 | 2,915 views

Adam Wilson and Peter Mountford discuss their new books at Center for Fiction in Manhattan, New York City

The Center for Fiction hosted authors Adam Wilson and Peter Mountford for a reading from their new books and a discussion between them. Wilson’s collection of stories What’s Important is Feeling will be released next week while Mountford’s novel The Dismal Science was released in January.

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Molly Antopol reads The UnAmericans with Justin Torres

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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 | 2,946 views

Justin Torres and Molly Antopol discuss her story collection, The UnAmericans at Greenlight bookstore in Brooklyn

Molly Antopol, named one of the 5 Under 35 by the National Book Foundation in 2013, released a collection of short stories, The UnAmericans, earlier this month. She read from the book at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn with Justin Torres, author of the novel We The Animals.

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Rachel Kushner Reads The Flamethrowers with James Wood

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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 | 2,987 views

Rachel Kushner and James Wood discuss The Flamethrowers at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn

The Flamethrowers appeared on many best of 2013 lists, and to celebrate the release of the paperback edition of the book, Rachel Kushner read from the novel at Powerhouse Arena. She was joined by critic James Wood.

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Rabih Alameddine Reads An Unnecessary Woman with Colm Tóibín

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Thursday, January 30th, 2014 | 4,954 views

Rabih Alameddine read from his new novel An Unnecessary Woman at Community Bookstore with Colm Tóibín

Rabih Alameddine debuted his new novel, An Unnecessary Woman, at Community Bookstore in Park Slope and conversed with Colm Tóibín on Wednesday. Tóibín is the author of The Testament of Mary (2012), a novel exploring the life of Mary, mother of Jesus, and he is a professor at Columbia University.

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Kim Fu Reads For Today I Am a Boy

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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 | 2,594 views

Kim Fu reads For Today I Am a Boy at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn

The Chinese-Canadian author Kim Fu read from her debut novel For Today I Am a Boy (January 2014) at Greenlight Bookstore. She was joined by Ron Hogan, founder of Beatrice.com, for conversation about the book. For Today I Am a Boy chronicles the struggle faced by the narrator and protagonist, Peter, girl born with the body of a boy. Adding to Peter’s struggle is his immigrant parents’ desire to both assimilate Canadian culture and maintain their family lineage. With three sisters, Peter lacks the brother necessary to divert her father’s intense fascination on raising a son.

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Okey Ndibe reads Foreign Gods, Inc

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Friday, January 24th, 2014 | 2,216 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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