Memoir Monday: Featuring Readings by Garrard Conley, Lane Moore, and Tracey Lynn Lloyd — Hosted by Lilly Dancyger
Memoir Monday is a collaboration between Narratively, Catapult, Tin House, The Rumpus, Granta, Guernica, and Longreads to bring the very best first-person writing together in a weekly newsletter and a monthly reading series! This month’s readers include: Garrard Conley, Lane Moore, and Tracey Lynn Lloyd — Hosted by Lilly Dancyger
The New York launch of legendary actor, writer and comedian Brian Posehn’s (Mr. Show, The Sarah Silverman Program) first memoir. Forever Nerdy is a collection of stories from his life that amount to a celebration of growing up nerdy and different. Brian, now middle-aged with a wife, child, and thriving career, still feels like an outsider and is as big a nerd as ever. But that’s okay, because in his five decades of nerdom he’s discovered that the key to happiness is not growing up. You can be a nerd forever and still become a beloved comedian, writer, and actor. Or, as Brian introduces himself, “a mildly successful, not-so-widely known stand-up comic, writer, and actor mostly known for playing weirdos and half-wits in sitcoms.”
It’s a new year – now’s the time to start checking books off your to-read list! Join us in the Dumbo Lit Book Club, where we’ll be reading the acclaimed memoir Educated by Tara Westover. Named one of the top ten books of the year by the New York Times, it follows her coming of age in a remote Mormon community and then leaving to see the wider world through formal education.
Book Launch: Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called “Alien” by Jeremy Smith
The part true-life thriller, part tell-all about a female hacker (alias “Alien”) who tests the security of banks, governments, the military, the media, hospitals and prisons by day and drives her two kids around in the family station wagon at night. Alien is an MIT graduate who went from breaking and entering buildings and computer networks to building her own 30-person cybersecurity firm, which she now runs as CEO. This book, written by her friend and journalist Jeremy Smith, tells the exciting story of being on the front lines of the scary and exciting world of hacking.
In late 2015, Lili Kobielski began taking portraits of inmates at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. Working in collaboration with Narratively and the Vera Institute of Justice with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, she began documenting the prevalence of mental illness among inmates at Cook County Jail in an effort to humanize the reality of mass incarceration in this country, often of its most vulnerable citizens.
With a spare yet piquant prose Sarah McColl’s OY ENOUGH addresses grief, motherhood, and divorce rich with insight and enlivened with humor. A beautiful debut memoir suffused with loss, pleasure, and of course food!
Join poet Sally Wen Mao at POWERHOUSE for the launch of her latest book OCULUS. Featuring an author talk, conversation with Tavi Gevinson, audience Q&A, and book signing.
Book Party: No Hard Feelings: Emotions at Work (And How They Help Us Succeed) by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy
In NO HARD FEELINGS: Emotions at Work (And How They Help Us Succeed), Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy take a charming and deeply researched look at how emotions affect our professional lives and how we can navigate emotions at work. Featuring an author talk, audience Q&A, and book signing.
The New York Times travel writer Seth Kugel shares his international travel experience with his exclusive subscribers at our powerHouse Arena during a city walk tour in Dumbo.
During this book launch night, Authors Jaclyn Gilbert and Blair Hurley discuss the slippery slopes of perfectionism in elite distance running and spirituality, interrogating both themes across questions of point-of-view and craft essential to writing their debut novels. Jaclyn Gilbert’s Late Air is the story of a marriage, cleft by loss and the unsaid, woven anew in a search for lost time; A hypnotic and daring debut,The Devoted asks what it takes, and what you’ll sacrifice, to find enlightenment.
Our annual NYC Lit Mag Celebration, supported by Pigeon Pages and hosted by Alisson Wood, features some of our favorite writers representing our favorite literary magazines. We’re showcasing Elissa Schappell (Tin House), Joanna Scutts (Catapult), Justine Champine (No Tokens), Marisa Siegel (The Rumpus), and Amanda Claire Buckley (Pigeon Pages NYC).