I (hi! I am amandabullock) am headed out for a long summer vacation; I haven’t decided what books I am taking yet, though I think the Norwegian fjords might be the perfect place to re-read Moby-Dick… albeitmaybe not whilst biking, as pictured? and not in a bikini top?
Anyway, this space will be rather quiet while I’m gone, though the bookstore will be plenty busy (all events here!), including a panel discussion of crime fiction on July 30 with Tom Bouman, Adam Sternberg, and Jay Caspian Kang. More info here.
"Bye then. Bye. Pulling off pulling off for the city. Leaving that. Go back. All you behind. Put breath back in my body. Right now. Next now. What I’ll be?"
A GIRL IS A HALF-FORMED THING, Eimear McBride (via jennirl)
I LOVED this book. LOVED. Release September 9.
TOMORROW! Which is Wednesday, July 16. It’s a new Ask Roulette with these kickass special guests:
- Anna Holmes of Fusion, and author of The Book of Jezebel (@annaholmes)
- The Daily Show's Matt Koff (@mattkoff)
- NY1’s Pat Kiernan (@patkiernan)
During Ask Roulette, strangers ask each other any question they want, big or small, in front of a live audience. It’s not as intimidating as it sounds. In fact, it’s built on trust — you can only ask a question once you’ve answered one. If you prefer, you can just be part of the crowd.
Questions are serious or silly, and answers are short or long. Over the course of the evening, you’ll get unexpected connections, surprising anecdotes, and honest conversation. You’ll also laugh.
Jody Avirgan (@jodyavirgan) is the the host of Ask Roulette. He is a producer at WNYC Radio, where the Ask Roulette model was first tested out on the Brian Lehrer Show. Jody lives in Brooklyn and likes questions more than answers.
Subscribe to the Ask Roulette podcast here.
Note: Ask Roulette is free and open to the public; no ticket or registration is required. Seating is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Facebook RSVP (TK) if you would like to share the event!
This painting is by Jemima Kirke, aka Jessa on HBO’s Girls, and it can be YOURS on Thursday at the SoHo thrift shop! Details: Art for Action Gallery Night - Events — Housing Works
In this episode of On Stage at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, Allen Crawford and Rainbow Rowell are together in the same place. Yeah. I know. I’m excited too. Hear Allen explain how he recreated Whitman’s “Song of Myself” through illustration, and listen to Rainbow (my horrible Parisian wifi connection won’t let me tag her! ugh) talk about how johndarnielle's music influenced her writing Eleanor & Park, then read a selection from the novel. If you’re not already, you can subscribe on Soundcloud or iTunes, and make sure to check back for a new episode in two weeks! Enjoy!
JANE AUSTEN VINTAGE CLASSICS
Jane Austen’s novels maintain a universally enduring appeal right up to this day and are loved both in print and as film and TV adaptations.
The aim for this updated set was to create a desirable look that would convey a modern and brave take on Austen’s traditional tales of love, family and status within society.
The illustrator of the series Leanne Shapton had this to say about her style:
"The nice thing about patterns is that they can evoke a certain mood or tone, but also be neutral. I loved creating a consistent handwritten label style for the six books and then thinking of which patterns might obliquely suit the titles. I think the patterns we chose quietly compliment and correspond to the stories. My favorite is Mansfield Park."
The full set comprising of Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility are published this week.
Oh these are lovely!