April 13 – Comics: Underground and Above

Butler Library at Columbia University
535 W. 114th St. New York, NY

Time: 6pm

Among the fascinating artifacts displayed at Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s recent comics exhibition was a letter from Denis Kitchen to Stan Lee, asking permission to publish an underground version of Spider-Man. (Lee’s genial reply boiled down to “Fat chance! Excelsior!”) Tonight’s discussion, “Comics: Underground and Above,” celebrates the library’s acquisition of the Kitchen Sink Press archives, as comics scholar Jim Danky discusses the publisher’s heyday with Kitchen, Howard Cruse, Maggie Galvan, and David Hajdu. Its diverse line included everything from Bizarre Sex to The Crow — but does the archive include the brass balls Kitchen needed to write that letter?

This event is free. 



April 14- The Moth StorySLAM: Confusion

Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012

Time: 7pm

10 stories, 3 teams of judges, 1 winner. $8 at the door. This event always sells out.

Please note:

  • Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please plan to arrive early and join the line outside the bookstore, south toward Prince Street.
  • This event always sells out. Standing in line does not guarantee entry. We do our absolute best to monitor the line and let people know if they might be past our capacity.

This event is $8 at the door. 

April 15 and 17 – The Grolier Club

47 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 838-6690

Time: On the 15th, from 1-2pm

Lunchtime Exhibition Tour. A walk-through of the exhibition “Aldus Manutius: A Legacy More Lasting Than Bronze” led by a co-curator, G. Scott Clemons, or H. George Fletcher.

Time: On the 17th, from 6:00 -7:30

Panel Discussion on Mark Catesby and American natural history books. 1) Leslie Overstreet from the Smithsonian will first discuss production of the three different editions of Catesby’s Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands. 2) Dr. Charles Nelson will discuss his new book, The curious Mister Catesby; a “Truly Ingenious” naturalist explores new worlds. 3) David J. Elliott, Executive Director of the Catesby Commemorative Trust, on Mark Catesby, will wrap up.

Click Here to read a NYT article about the history of the event on the 15th. 


April 18 – Where the Wild Books Are

The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street
New York,  NY 10011

Time: 1-6pm

Where the Wild Books Are was conceived by artist Etienne Delessert, who, along with author/illustrator and Parsons faculty Steven Guarnaccia, will present the event as a creative response to explore cultural trends and changes in the field of global publishing and their impact on the cultural literacy and the imaginative capacities of the next generation.

Join critics, authors, illustrators, publishing professionals, and educators from Europe, the United States, and beyond as they introduce audience members to a diverse array of important picture books published in France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Japan. Take part in a lively exchange on the ethical, commercial, and aesthetic dimensions of the evolving global publishing scene.

Historian and critic Leonard S. Marcus will give the keynote address, followed by presentations, a panel discussion among influential industry insiders, and a reception with Swiss wines in Lang Cafe and the Vera List Courtyard (adjacent to the Auditorium).

This event is free, first come-first served. 

Click here to find more details and the full list of panelists!