around-town2September 25th, 2pm
Higgins Hall Auditorium (018), Pratt Institute, 1 St. James Place, Brooklyn, NY 
Hilton Als, Writer-in-Residence at the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and one of the most original thinkers and prose stylists of his generation, will give two public readings at Pratt, on September 18 and 25.

Als is a New York native. He writes for The New Yorker, and has formerly written for the The Village Voice and editor at Vibe magazine.


Retrieved from CBC books

Retrieved from CBC books

September 25th, 7pm
The Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street (at Water Street), Brooklyn
“If you’ve read Caitlin Moran’s 2011 memoir, How to Be a Woman, you might recognize the girl at the center of her new novel. This rollicking and rather autobiographical book follows young Johanna Morrigan, who’s growing up poor but imaginative in the depressed English city of Wolverhampton. After nervously humiliating herself while reading a prize-winning poem on live television, Johanna decides the only way out is to completely reinvent herself, to build a new girl: Dolly Wilde, hard-drinking, man-crazy music critic in a top hat and thick eyeliner. In this excerpt, Johanna-now-Dolly’s drunken father has driven her to an important assignment: covering an early Smashing Pumpkins gig” (npr books).

Join the launch for Moran’s book, published September 23rd! Attendance is free.


September 26-28th, 11am daily.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, NY
The NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines.  Free event.


Bad for YouSeptember 27th, 3-4pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium
Are you the kind of kid who thinks it’s BAD when a graphic novel gets banned?  Then get ready to be totally shocked when you find out there was once a time in this country when comic books were BURNED!

Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham will be reading from their docu-comic BAD FOR YOU: EXPOSING THE WAR ON FUN, detailing those dark days and more. They have a whole chapter on the stuff adults were once afraid of kids reading—including fears from ancient times about reading itself! You’ll also learn about how scary old fairy tales once were, as well as what keeps getting Harry Potter books banned (hint, it has something to do with the devil).

Join Kevin and Scott for their celebration of Banned Books Week (September 21-27) and find out how much fun BAD can be!

First come, first served!


location00_listingOctober 1st, 5-9pm
Franklin Park Bar and Beer Garden, 618 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238.
“Make the Connection”: An evening talk with Michael Miller and Betsy Sussler on breaking into publishing.