November 13- Pushcart Prize: 40th Anniversary
Village Community School
272 W. 10th St. (between Greenwich St. & Washington St.)
New York, NY 10014
Time: 7:00 pm
In the mid-Seventies, while battling alcoholism and working as a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Raymond Carver wrote a story called “So Much Water So Close to Home.” Carver wasn’t much satisfied with it, but when Bill Henderson — on the hunt for small-press writing for his first Pushcart Prize anthology — wrote to Spectrum, the university’s student newspaper, asking for potential submissions, a young editor named Marc Louria nominated Carver’s story. The rest is history: The story served as source material for two acclaimed movies — the first very high-profile (Robert Altman’s 1993 Short Cuts), the second more obscure (Ray Lawrence’s 2006 Jindabyne) — and Carver went on to become an icon of the short-story form before his death at the age of fifty. Such success stories are commonplace across the improbable history of Henderson’s Pushcart Prize, which this year celebrates its fortieth anniversary of championing noncommercial publishing. Zadie Smith, Colum McCann, and several other figures of literary renown will read tonight to pay tribute to the Pushcart project.
November 14- Matt Zoller Seitz: Mad Men Carousel
163 Court St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Time: 4:00 pm
There was a time when rock criticism and even film criticism were written off as inferior responses to inferior mediums. Without this context, Matt Zoller Seitz‘s forthcoming Mad Men Carousel, an ambitious episode-by-episode guide to all seven seasons, might well be dismissed as one really excessive fanboy ramble. But it’s so much more, because — thanks in part to the game-changing show — TV is so much more. Mad Men‘s 92 episodes are ripe for dissection, and of all the critic literati (criterati?), MZS is up to the task. His essayistic Vulture recaps, which more often than not would delve into some brilliant next-level analysis, are collected here for the first time. Seitz’s attention to the show’s complexities will enthrall longtime viewers wanting to relive the magic, and background on its many historical references to events, locations, and consumer products further helps to put the series in perspective. Catch him as he reads, signs, and answers all your Draper-related questions this afternoon.
November 17- Author Event: Dan Howell, Phil Lester
Union Square Barnes & Noble
33 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003
Time: 5:00 pm
Extremely limited amount of wristbands will be distributed starting at 9:00AM with proof of purchase from this BN location or BN.com. Photo op with professional photographer during signing.
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November 17- McNally Jackson LIVE with Ari Berman, Jelani Cobb, David Shields, Philip Lopate, Leonard Gardner, and Gary Giddins
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Every week we’ll gather together a handful of the finest minds in literature, criticism, journalism, music, theater, film, sports, television, art, and beyond for a series of short talks. A poet and a novelist discussing X; a string quartet performing Y; someone unexpected doing some unexpected thing.
– The Nation‘s Ari Berman and The New Yorker‘s Jelani Cobb on the modern struggle for voting rights
– David Shields and Philip Lopate on Shields’ WAR IS BEAUTIFUL
– The NYRB Classics present Leonard Gardner on FAT CITY and boxing, with Gary Giddins
– Ben Ratliff on Japanese jazz-pop-folk-singer Maki Asakawa
Do you want to see this live in your living room? Check out our livestream!
Free shipping on event books purchased during the live stream.
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November 18- Book Launch: Here & There by Joshua V. Scher with Dana Kaye
The Powerhouse Arena [Dumbo]
37 Main Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
About Here & There:
It was supposed to be a simple proof of concept. The physics were sound. Over one hundred teleportation experiments had already been successfully performed . . .
Debate rages over whether the Reidier Test’s disastrous outcome resulted from human error, government conspiracy, or sabotage. No one had actual knowledge of the truth. But hidden from the public eye, there exists a government report commissioned from criminal psychologist Dr. Hilary Kahn, chronicling the events that took place.
Dr. Kahn disappeared without a trace.
Now her son Danny has unearthed and revealed the report, fueling controversy over the details of Reidier’s quest to reforge the fabric of reality and hold his family together. Exposed with little chance of finding his mother, Danny goes underground to investigate. But nothing can prepare him for what he discovers.
In this thrilling saga, a paradigm-shattering feat may alter humanity’s future as quantum entanglement and teleportation collide.