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!
Four nights of great events this week:
- Tonight, the VIDA Roundtable on Literary Biography: Jill Lepore, Rebecca Mead, Salamishah Tillet, Ruth Franklin and moderator Diane Mehta will ask: What is it that compels us to explore the work and personalities of certain women and what are the issues we face when writing about other women?
- Tomorrow we will be closing at 5:30PM for our SOLD OUT event with David Sedaris and WORD bookstores. Only ticket holders will be admitted to the presentation in the bookstore; however, after the presentation we will open the signing line to anyone interested. We will ask non-ticket holders to line up outside the store and following the presentation will invite all guests to line up by groups for the signing line. Those with a ticket will be admitted to the signing line first; however, anyone who wishes to join the signing line may do so without a pre-purchased book. Full details here.
- Wednesday DISH, our monthly food writing series, returns with Maureen Petrosky and her new book The Cocktail Club, Alyssa Shelasky and her memoir Apron Anxiety, and Soul Snacks Cookies.
- And Thursday we welcome back The Minimalists and their new memoir, Everything That Remains. At age 30, Joshua and Ryan left their six-figure corporate careers, got rid of most of their material possessions, and began living more deliberately. Come listen to them speak about their journey into the simple life, followed by a short reading from their new book, a brief Q&A session, and an optional book signing.
- This weekend, June 7 and 8, is our monthly sale, enjoy 30% off everything in the store!
Check out our 32nd podcast episode for clips from Katherine Harmon Courage, Cole Stryker and Michael Malice, and Jen Doll! You can listen on Soundcloud (above) or on iTunes!
HWBC Weekly Roundup:
- Don’t use “Dickensian” to describe novels (I personally just don’t think it sounds nice…)
- Punk Rock Classic Writers (Punk Rock Kafka…I can’t…)
- Support the Poetry Society of New York’s Festival! They have to raise a lot of money but just look at that lineup.
In other news: IT’S FINALLY CONSISTENTLY (there’s two nice days, can we call that consistent yet?) NICE OUT! LOOK AT THAT PICTURE! THAT COULD BE YOU! YOU CAN READ OUTSIDE NOW!
David Sedaris, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls
Excellent oatmeal simile courtesy of David Sedaris, who is launching the Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls paperback here on 6/3! You must pre-order the book to get admission into the event, but there are still spots left! More info and preorders are available here.
Alex Flynn (AKA Elisabeth Donnelly and Stu Sherman) will be here to celebrate their new YA book THE MISSHAPES on 4/30. That’s a week from today. Start planning.
"You’re the Lord of my Flies, and you can unzip them anytime."
HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY TO OUR PODCAST!
The 27th episode includes James Hannaham reading an excerpt from his story in Story Magazine’s “B-Side,” Emily Gould reading from her MFA vs. NYC, and Michael Kunichika, Sergio De La Pava, and David Gordon discussing some classic Russian writers.
“There are professional thrills and there are professional thrills, but I am extra especially thrilled to report that FSG is going to be publishing John Darnielle’s novel, Wolf in White Van, this fall. John is famous for his work with the Mountain Goats, and I suspect that none of the many fans who know his lyrics and have heard his stories will be surprised by the revelation that his is a genuinely literary mind. And it’s true—Wolf in White Van emphatically proves that his imagination and voice are at least as at home on the page as they are in song.
There are many things worth singling out for praise in Wolf in White Van:the unforgettable main character, Sean Phillips, who has been isolated by a disfiguring injury since age seventeen; Trace Italian, the intricate game within the novel that Sean created and runs; the interplay of real and imagined worlds, which is both complex and heartbreaking; the structure of the storytelling—audacious, brilliant, and never anything but convincing and unreasonably suspenseful; the prose itself, which is precise and beautiful and (forgive me) lyrical.”
Read more from editor Sean McDonald about Wolf in White Van here.
I, just, words.
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS