"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
This week at HWBC:
It’s Geek Week! For the next two weeks, all of our geekiest items (sci fi, fantasy, comics, vintage vinyl, science, and math books) are 30% off!
On Wednesday, the newly relaunched Story Magazine will be here with a Special “B-Side” Launch! Ryan Britt, Allegra Frazier, and James Hannahm will be chatting about the intersection of genre fiction and literary fiction.
The Moth is back on Thursday with StorySLAM: Escape! It always sells out. If you’re coming, get here early, wait in line, make a new friend. Also, the store will be closing at 6PM so that we can set up.
Are you a geek? Are you a nerd? Are you unsure if they’re the same? On Friday we’ve got Geeks vs. Nerds Trivia Happy Hour with hosts Kevin Harrington of Boston’s Geek Week Comedy and Geek Comedy Night and Jen Dziura of the Williamsburg Spelling Bee!
Finally, on Saturday morning, the History and Pop Culture book group will be discussing Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.’s Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune.
This week at HWBC:
Tonight Sergio De La Pava (A Naked Singularity and Personae) and David Gordon (The Serialist and Mystery Girl) will be here with Russian lit scholar Michael Kunichika to discuss how Russian writers, though deceased, continue to influence us today at Dead Russian Writers: Still Haunting Us.
The Moth StorySLAM is back tomorrow with a Valentine’s edition called Love Hurts. The store closes at 6PM so we can set up, and the event always sells out so come early!
Wednesday night, we’re closing at 6PM to set up for I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating with CoverSpy. If you’re a man who wants to come, but hasn’t gotten a ticket yet hurry! There’s only a couple left.
On Thursday night, we’re also closing at 6PM to set up for Love Bites: A Valentine’s Dinner Celebrating Classic Literary Lovers. If you like lovers in books, you should convince someone you know to come to this fantastic four-course meal inspired by literary lovers. There are very few tickets left, so get yours now!
This week at HWBC:
Tonight editors Debby Smith, Michael Steven Smith, and Frances Golden, will be joining some contributors from their new essay collection, IMAGINE: Living in a Socialist USA's Launch Party and Discussion.
Tuesday night’s event with Olivia Laing has been canceled due to an emergency.
On Wednesday night, Meredith Haggerty, Rebecca Harrington, Tim Manley, Paul Laudiero, Jenna Wortham, and Katie Heaney will be sharing dating stories with MC Chiara Atika at NEVER HAVE I EVER: Stories of Dating Droughts, Disasters, and More.
Finally, Aria Beth Sloss, Leanne Shapton, and Katie Kitamura with moderator Thessaly La Force will be looking at the complicated issue of “truth” in narrative on Thursday night at Real Plums, Imaginary Cake.
Also, we still have men’s tickets available for our 2/12 I Like Your Glasses: Literary Speed Dating with CoverSpy and our 2/13 dinner Love Bites: A Valentine’s Dinner Celebrating Classic Literary Lovers. Be sure to grab those before they sell out! For more info and tickets, click the links!
Tomorrow! Tomorrow is the day! Info and lineup here.
Hand-drawn poster typography by our amazing designer, Ben Tuttle.
Another What the Dickens?, another tree of authors, performers, actors, and more! Lots of new faces/ornaments this year. Join these readers and SURPRISE special guests this Saturday, December 14 at 1PM for our annual marathon reading of A Christmas Carol.
All the info:
Join dozens of terrific writers and performers for a reading of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.
Drop in early and often to catch a few surprise performers or linger through the afternoon for the whole spirited tale. All books, movies, and more are 10 percent off, and the cafe will be stocked with seasonal specials. Finish your Christmas shopping with unique literary finds, have some festive treats from our cafe with a hot cocoa or a glass of wine and enjoy!
Festivities will kick off at 10:30AM with a special show for kid’s from The Story Pirates. At noon we’ll enjoy Christmas caroling from members of the New York City Master Chorale. The reading of A Christmas Carol will begin at 1 PM inside the bookstore and end at approximately 4:15PM.
Our thanks to Penguin Classics for donating beautiful editions of Charles Dickens’s work, which will be for sale the day of the event with proceeds benefiting Housing Works.
Readers, not including surprise special guests, in the order they will read:
- Adam Gopnik
- Emma Straub
- Justin Torres
- Rosie Schaap
- Téa Obreht
- Mike Albo
- Sandra Bauleo
- Lynne Tillman
- Rob Spillman
- Adelle Waldman
- Elissa Schappell
- Dave Hill
- Anna Holmes
- Lev Grossman
- Lorin Stein
- Fiona Maazel
- Alexander Chee
- Gabriel Roth
- Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
- Jill Hennessy
- Jim Shepard
- J. Courtney Sullivan
- Saeed Jones
- Aryn Kyle
- David Goodwillie
- Parul Sehgal
- Justin Taylor
- Bennett Madison
- Jami Attenberg
- Michael Kostroff
sadieawesome asked: I've been trying to attend book events in NYC, and it's really hard to find a list of things happening around the city without going to each individual bookstore/publisher's site. Do you have any tips to help find book or author events going on?
Oh hm! This is hard. There used to be Book Boroughing, but it looks like they’ve gone quiet. Surely though we’re forgetting something—and so we open it up to the world. World?
I like Bookstalker, but also your best bet is probably to pick a few stores you like and can easily get to and subscribe to their newsletters. I get Housing Works, McNally, Word, Greenlight, etc. Anything that seems like a maybe, just throw it on your G- or i- calendar…
The Slice Magazine Literary Calendar is a great aggregate source for NYC literary events!