Anti-Heroin Chic is a haven for poetry, short fiction and visual art by unheard voices, and we are proud to host the launch for their inaugural print anthology, What Keeps Us Here: Songs From The Other Side of Trauma. In addition, Brian Jabas Smith will be reading from Tucson Salvage: Tales And Recollections From La Frontera, a collection of literary essays from the Tucson Weekly whose tales of marginal lives and addiction are deeply humane, inspiring, and simpatico with the AHC mission. There will also be a very special film screening of Maggie Smith’s Tucson Salvage: The Documentary.
Memoir Monday: Featuring Readings by Paul Lisicky, Nina St. Pierre, and Alcy Leyva — 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: Paul Lisicky, Nina St. Pierre, and Alcy Leyv — Hosted by Lilly Dancyger
Book Launch: Future Perfect by Victoria Loustalot, in conversation with Ankur Thakkar and mini-readings by psychic Catherine River-Rain
2017 was a year of trauma, a fact that sometimes feels like the only thing left uniting us,” writes Victoria Loustalot in FUTURE PERFECT: A Skeptic’s Journey into the Fact, Fiction, and Fraud of Mystics (Little A; January 1, 2019). As Victoria struggled to find purpose and meaning in a year that offered mass shootings, terrorist attacks, #MeToo, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, devastating fires, racial unrest, and seemingly endless political chaos, she began to question everything, and search for answers in the most unexpected of places. FUTURE PERFECT asks questions that we all ponder, and finds answers that are anything but straightforward.
Victoria will be in conversation with Ankur Thakkar, a creative editor of Quartz and former editor of @Vine, followed by mini-readings by psychic Catherine River-Rain.
Reading: Unpublishable featuring Mary Boo Anderson, Hratch Arbach, James Cañón, Mina Hamedi & Naomi Falk, Jason Koo, Kate Olsson
UNPUBLISHABLE is writing that excites you, that scares you, things that you delete from your browser history. The piece you can’t submit but can’t stop thinking about either, burning a hole in the bottom of your desk drawer. Writing from any genre that is uncharacteristic, outré, or offending of sensibilities, that is impossible to place or be published in some fashion.
Joint Book Launch: 41 Reasons I’m Staying In by Hallie Heald and 99 Stories I Could Tell by Nathan Pyle
Join us for the New York City launch of these two new special illustrated gift books from William Morrow publishers. 41 REASONS I’M STAYING IN is a series of paintings celebrating the hidden world of introverts – dark, humorous, outlandish, and deeply understanding of that universal need to stay in. 99 STORIES I COULD TELL is a guided journal by the New York Times bestselling author of NYC Basic Tips & Etiquette that teaches the reader to draw, reflect on their pasts, and tell their story in 2019.
Join us in the Dumbo Lit Book Club, where we’ll be reading and discussing the acclaimed memoir BECOMING by Michelle Obama.
With our cozy, swanky new lounge area, catching up on the latest books with your neighbors has never been so fun or easy.
Members get a 15% discount for purchase of the book club book at POWERHOUSE ARENA.
Book Party: No Hard Feelings: Emotions at Work (And How They Help Us Succeed) by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy
NO HARD FEELINGS is a charming, deeply researched look at how emotions affect our professional lives. By ignoring feelings at work, we risk making preventable mistakes – we send emails that cause unnecessary anxiety, fail to find work meaningful, and are more likely to burn out. Liz and Mollie offer a new mindset – one that is based on learning how our feelings affect our decisions and behavior at work – to help us create fairer, more productive workplace environments. The event will feature an unique contest : purchase an event copy at the book launch party, and you’ll be entered to win a custom illustration by Liz Fosslien.
Joint Book Launch: A Danger To Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel and Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins
An eventful night of new young adult thrillers! The new book by New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Sheinmel, A DANGER TO HERSELF AND OTHERS, is an exciting tale of a high school girl trying to solve the mystery of her own past while stuck in a mental institution. Danielle Rollins’ STOLEN TIME is an epic tale of two Seattles, one a hundred years ago and the other in the far future.
In TO OBAMA, Jeanne Marie Laskas interviews President Obama, several of the letter writers themselves, and the White House staff who sifted through the powerful, moving, and incredibly intimate narrative of America during the Obama administration. The book features more than 100 original letters—some filled with fierce disappointment; others determined optimism—which deeply affected not only the president but also the policies he pursued.
Seth Kugel gave a VIP Tour for The New York Times Travel section series “36 Hours in Brooklyn” at our POWERHOUSE Lounge.
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).