Down in the Hole panel with Joy, Sean, and Tucker last night. Thanks to powerHouse Books, we’ve got signed copies of Down in the Hole, a Dickensian The Wire, available at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe for half off cover price! Come and get ‘em.
We’ve got lots of good stuff from recent launches, in fact, and brand-new books (I’m very defensive sometimes when people think we only have used books, we actually have lots of new books that are donated from reviewers, publishers, and more) including:
- Suri’s Burn Book (thanks Running Press!),
- F*ck! I’m in My Twenties (thanks Chronicle!),
- Will Oldham on Bonnie “Prince” Billy (thanks WW Norton!),
- Hacking the Future (thanks The Overlook Press!);
- plus for upcoming book clubs, we have brand-new copies of International Crime Book Group’s pick, The Boy in the Suitcase (thanks Soho Crime!) and for
- The Innocents Abroad travel-writing book group, Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down (thanks FSG!).
Seizing on the Dickensian aspects of adored HBO series The Wire, Joy DeLyria and Sean Michael Robinson re-created the show’s stories and characters with a Victorian twist online. Their new Down in the Hole collects all of their adapted tales, plus era-appropriate illustrations and overtly dry snatches of criticism. (via Down in the Hole: The UnWired World of H.B. Ogden | Housing Works Bookstore Cafe | In-store events | Time Out New York)
Whether you’re a fan of The Wire or not, this will be a great event with entertaining panelists. |Down in the Hole: the unWired World of H.B. Ogden| -Aaron
Coming up this week at Housing Works Bookstore:
- Tonight at 7pm, the Release Party for Will Oldham on Bonnie “Prince” Billy, an intimate account of the man’s life in music and film. (Note that Oldham is not currently scheduled to attend, but people do things unscheduled all the time, but don’t get mad at us if he’s not there. Cool? Cool. Alan Licht will be there! And McNally Jackson! And WW Norton! And Volume 1 Brooklyn!)
- Tomorrow at 7pm, the Tumblr Launch Party for Suri’s Burn Book & F*ck! I’m in My 20s with Allie Hagan & Emma Koenig, a night of free drinks, comedy, music, and more.
- Bring the kids down to Storytime and Singalong. Wednesday at 10:30am.
- Fan of The Wire? Come to the bookstore at 7pm on Thursday for Down in the Hole: the unWired World of H.B. Ogden. There will be a short performance of the Victorian-Dickensian take on the show!
Hope to see you there!
Most people know The Wire as the HBO police drama set in Baltimore—an intricate five-season exploration of the brokenness of the inner-city’s war on drugs, education system, politics, and policing, and one of the most lauded television shows of all time. Fewer people know that it was originally a Victorian serial by the almost forgotten writer H.B. Ogden. Such, at least, was the claim of Sean Michael Robinson and Joy DeLyria, who wrote Down in the Hole: the unWired World of H.B. Ogden. They accompanied their text with drawings (by Robinson) from the original Wire, including a striking depiction of Omar Little walking down a London street as urchins scatter around him.
Read more. [Image: powerHouse Books]
Remember this? We are hosting an event for the book, complete with performance: Down in the Hole: the unWired World of H.B. Ogden, Thursday, September 27.
Fall! It is coming! With lots of book events. Remember when we all freaked out about that Dickensian version of The Wire? Well, now it’s real live book and we’re having a real live event for it.
TONIGHT! Surprise special guests!
Anyone going to NoLita? We could visit the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe for a panel discussion on The Wire. It would sure take away from Tuesday’s misery, don’t you agree?
This is also happening! September is basically crazy with awesome here.
P.S. There will be special guests.
P.P.S. If anyone knows David Simon, please invite him.
This is the first time since 1998 that I wished I lived in New York. Damn! Cool event!
Housing Works, September 20, “All in the Game: Why The Wire (Still) Matters” panel discussion.
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