The Jewish Book Council has created this neat literary map of NYC that highlights some of the Jewish writers who’ve written about the city. The map includes Dara Horn, Philip Roth, J. D. Salinger, and many more. (via A Jewish Literary Map of NYC | Electric Literature)
"I don’t want to always write stories about the same kind of disaffected, angsty youngish dude. Everyone assumes he’s a proxy for the author, which is frustrating because he usually isn’t. But it can also be frustrating because sometimes he is, and there are better places to hide than in your own skin. Anyway, I realized that just because a story has someone demographically like me in it, that character shouldn’t automatically get protagonist status. There are, of course, still angsty youngish dudes in this book, but they had to earn their place at the table in a way they didn’t before."
—Justin Taylor via Justin Taylor interview: ‘I don’t always want to write about the same disaffected, angsty dude’
Justin is here with Jess Row NEXT week, for Where Are Jess Row and Justin Taylor? on August 26; don’t miss it or his new book, Flings, out today.
On Tuesday, August 26 we are delighted to welcome Jess Row, author of the new novel Your Face in Mine, withJustin Taylor (askforgiveness), author of the new story collection Flings. These are twopowerful new works of fiction in which the notion of place is deeply enmeshed with issues of identity, culture, and the desire to belong.
The authors will read from their work and discuss the challenges and pleasures of writing about place; questions of exile, nativity, and tourism; and their shared quest for the best soup dumpling in the five boroughs.
I am trying really hard to get actual dumplings for this event, you won’t want to miss it. More info.
This week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe:
- The PUNDERDOME 3000 is back! A very limited number of pre-sale tickets are SOLD OUT but there will be literally hundreds of tickets available at the door tomorrow, so do not fear. New York City’s PREMIERE pun competition! What is the second place one, we do not know, we just know this is the best.
- Wednesday is the first ever Night School: A Lowbrow Lecture Series. Five hilarious and informative presentations by BuzzFeed and friends. Like school, except at night, and with beers! You will find a never imagined love of PowerPoint.
- And Thursday The Moth StorySLAM: Deception comes to our stage. This event ALWAYS sells out, try to line up by 6PM! $8 at the door.
Housing Works actually holds a place near and dear to me; they were the first New York place I ever did any event. At all. And this was, like, three summers ago. It was September-ish of 2011. When I did that event, it was just a meet-and-greet, and I was like, “Maybe one day I’ll have a book, but if you guys buy books here today, I’ll sign them.” So people were going around getting pulp novels, and I was signing them, “This looks like a great pick!” It’s full circle, it’s really crazy. (via Q&A: My Drunk Kitchen’s Hannah Hart (plus a recipe!) | Time Out New York)
This is true, and it was my I think second event I ever hosted (this is Amanda), and it’s such a complete and utter joy to be celebrating Hannah and her book tonight!
My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart is available now in bookstores everywhere! Pick up your copy here.
“I defy anyone to read this surprisingly useful book and not come away from it madly in love with Harto, hoping against hope that one day she will turn up, with alcohol and honesty and a heaped pile of humor, in your kitchen too.” —Neil Gaiman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane
“Hannah Hart is one of the smartest, funniest humans I know. She has done more than write a book-she has created a delightful hang-out in literary form. This book is my only friend now.” —Chris Hardwick, founder and CEO of The Nerdist Industries
Hannah will be HERE, TOMORROW, with Rosie Schaap, author of Drinking with Men! More info.
Stuff We like
Little girl: I like books because they’re like the stories in my head … but better… and with more...
- ohmywalkers said:Gimme some recs for post-grad books, please! I'm looking for books about characters trying to figure out the Grown Up thing. I really loved Gayle Forman's Just One Day/Just One Year set, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.
This is such a good category of book! Though not a huge one. Here are a few of our favorites: