While we are busy with classes and work, especially since the fall semester just started, we could all use a break now and then to socialize and connect with other people in the field of publishing. So here are some noteworthy events going on around town this week:
Death Need Not Be Fatal: Book Talk
Where: Green-Wood Cemetery Chapel, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232
Malachy McCourt is 85 years old and has led a full life, moving from Ireland to the United States and pursuing many different careers. In the past 60 years, he has found success as an actor, musician, writer, and politician. At this creative nonfiction reading and discussion, McCourt (who will be introduced by his co-author, Brian McDonald) will read from his newest memoir and talk about “how to live life to its fullest, how to grow old without acting old, and how to die without regret” (PW).
Feeling Jewish: Devorah Baum with Zadie Smith
When: September 12, 2017 at 7:00pm
Where: McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012
Devorah Baum is a lecturer at the University of Southampton, where she teaches English Literature and Critical Thinking. At this fiction and creative nonfiction reading and discussion, Devorah Baum explores Jews, both in history and modern day, and how they are perceived “by others and by themselves” (PW). She will do this by looking through the lens of “fiction, film, memoir, and psychoanalysis.”
The NewsGuild of New York’s September Media Mixer
Where: Killarney Rose (upstairs), 127 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10005
The NewsGuild of New York is a union of news professionals in the media business. Their mission “is to raise the standards of journalism and ethics in the industry” (nyguild). Every month, The NewsGuild of New York hosts a mixer, allowing journalists and editors from all over the city to meet, eat, and drink together. Come to the mixer and network with professionals from tons of media outlets, including: The New York Times, Reuters, The Guardian, AP, Wall Street Journal, and more.
Red Hen Press at Poets House
When: September 15, 2017 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282
Cost: $5 for Members, $7 for Students, $10 for General
Red Hen Press is a non-profit publisher based in Los Angles, California. They are “committed to publishing works of literary excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in our local schools” (redhen). For Summer 2017, they have been hosting events around New York City. At this reading, authors Elise Paschen (a Red Hen poet), Edward Hirsch, and Ellen Rachlin will be reading poems from their collections.
Six Words Fresh Off The Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America
Where: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Six Words Fresh Off The Boat is an anthology created by Larry Smith, an author and editor. He is also a publisher of Smith Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to telling stories in all forms. At this reading, Smith will host and contributors will read their experiences of immigration. This will be an event “celebrating the new book including video, readings and backstories by contributors, and a Six-Word Slam for audience participation” (PW). Afterwards, there will be a wine reception.