Book Launch: Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome. by Rebecca Soffer & Gabrielle Birkner
Modern Loss coauthors Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner will host an evening of provocative storytelling on the complex, gut wrenching, illuminating, and hilarious mess we all know formally as “living with loss.”
Naima Coster tells a powerfully moving story of an estranged mother and daughter trying to find their way back to each other in a world changed. As the Brooklyn neighborhood they once shared is razed and remade, memory is the only path to common ground. From attics of rebuilt brownstones to the corner bar, this “quiet gut-punch of a debut” (Kirkus Reviews) crosses cultures, races and classes to illuminate evolving generations, rendering place itself an essential character in a novel teeming with human emotion.
Book Launch: The Selfie Generation: How Our Self-Images Are Changing Our Notions of Privacy, Sex, Consent, and Culture by Alicia Eler — in conversation w/ Svetlana Kitto
Whether it’s Kim Kardashian uploading picture after picture to Instagram or your roommate posting a mid-vacation shot to Facebook, selfies receive mixed reactions. Digital native Alicia Eler’s THE SELFIE GENERATION is the first book to delve fully into this ubiquitous and much-maligned part of social media, including why people take them in the first place and the ways they can change how we see ourselves.
Join Girls Leadership at The Bold Book Swap, a celebration of strong female characters in children’s literature!
Girls Leadership is a national nonprofit dedicated to giving girls the skills to find and exercise the power of their voices. Now more than ever, it’s vital that girls learn how to express themselves clearly, confidently, and without fear. There will be fun activities, readings, and delicious nibbles by One Girl Cookies.
Pigeon Pages Literary Reading: Featuring Elizabeth Gaffney, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Emily Brout, Maria Lioutaia, & Madeleine Mori — Hosted by Alisson Wood
Join Pigeon Pages NYC for their first reading of 2018! On Sunday, January 28th we’ll be hosting Elizabeth Gaffney, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, Emily Brout, Maria Lioutaia, & Madeleine Mori, hosted by Alisson Wood. As always, the reading is free & open to the public.
Book Launch: Journey Through Trauma: A Trail Guide to the 5-Phase Cycle of Healing Repeated Trauma by Gretchen L. Schmelzer, PhD — in conversation w/ Tracie Gardner
Authoritative and accessible, JOURNEY THROUGH TRAUMA provides support for survivors and their loved ones through one of the most challenging but necessary processes of healing that anyone can face. As Dr. Schmelzer says, “no one heals alone.”
Book Launch: Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer
Journalist Kayleen Schaefer’s new book explores the cultural importance of the shift in favor of female friendships and the empowerment that they provide. Schaefer examines public celebrations of girlfriends and digs into her personal experiences navigating these very same relationships, using her journalistic skills to explore this terrain like never before.
Book Launch: SLUTEVER: Dispatches From a Sexually Autonomous Woman in a Post-Shame World by Karley Sciortino
SLUTEVER is a call-to-arms, a confessional memoir, a slut manifesto, as told by a hedonistic, sex-radical libertarian slut in a pink PVC mini dress. It’s a first-person account of a modern young woman, navigating sex, love, casual hookups, open-relationships, boyfriends, girlfriends, bisexuality, BDSM, breakups, sex work, sex parties, and the power of sexual agency, as told from the front lines.
Red Ink Series: ENVY, hosted by Michele Filgate with Jamie Quatro, Taylor Larsen, Rachel Lyon, Kate Tuttle & Min Jin Lee
Red Ink is a quarterly series curated and hosted by Michele Filgate. This dynamic series focuses on women writers, past and present. Red Ink makes one think of vitality, blood, the monthly cycle, correcting history, and making a mark on the world. The next discussion, “Envy,” will feature Min Jin Lee (Pachinko), Jamie Quatro (Fire Sermon), Taylor Larsen (Stranger, Father, Beloved), Kate Tuttle (president of the National Book Critics Circle), and Rachel Lyon (Self-Portrait with Boy). Co-sponsored by Literary Hub.
Just as excitement begins to build for New York Fashion Week, author Lesley Ware hosts an afternoon of fashion design crafts for children and families. Ware will show kids and parents how to personalize tote bags with their own original prints and embellishments. She will also be signing copies of her latest book, How to Be a Fashion Designer, and will share her advice on how to design, style, and accessorize clothes as a form of personal expression.
Katharine Gates’ bestselling Deviant Desires: A Tour of the Erotic Edge—the classic exploration of niche kinks, sexual misfits, and DIY fetish—is now back, revised and updated!
Author Katharine Gates, curator of the year-long exhibition KINK at Museum of Sex, has added a new introduction, plus chapters on Cannibal Play (“Eat Me!”), Suburbs of the Foot Fetish, and more. The expanded book also includes a handy “kinkmap”–your guide to the erotic imagination. Often imitated but never equaled, this book is required reading for those who understand rule #34 of the Internet: if it’s out there, someone is getting off on it.
Book Launch: Don't Skip Out On Me by Willy Vlautin — in conversation w/ Craig Finn of The Hold Steady
A moving story about a man’s search for belonging in all the wrong places, DON’T SKIP OUT ON ME is an understated yet powerful exploration of identity and loneliness pulled from deep within America’s soul.
Brooklyn Book Launches: Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood; Match Made in Manhattan by Amanda Stauffer; & Not Perfect by Elizabeth LaBan
Join authors Clarissa Harwood, Elizabeth LaBan & Elizabeth Stauffer at POWERHOUSE for the launch of their newest novels, IMPOSSIBLE SAINTS, MATCH MADE IN MANHATTAN, and NOT PERFECT. Featuring a talk, Q&A, and book signing with the authors.
THE INVENTION OF ANA blurs the lines between narrative and memory, perception and reality, identity and authenticity. In his stunning debut novel, Mikkel Rosengaard illuminates the profound power of stories to alter the world around us—and the lives of the ones we love.
How New York Breaks Your Heart reveals ordinary New Yorkers at their most peaceful, joyful, distracted, anxious, expressive, and at their most fleeting — bringing the texture of the city to vivid life. Woven through with Hayes’s lyric reflections, these photos will, like the city itself, break your heart by asking you to fall in love.
Middle school hasn’t been going well for Colin. His teenage sister teases him mercilessly, his autistic brother lashes out at him, and he has a crush on his best friend, Andy. But after his father commits suicide, none of that matters. Colin is awash in guilt and casts about for someone to confide in: first his estranged grandfather, then a predatory science teacher. But nothing helps as much as the strange notebooks his father kept locked in his study. In SOME HELL, a debut novel of devastating intensity, Patrick Nathan shows how unspeakable tragedy shapes a life, and how imagination saves us from ourselves.
Book Launch: The Little Book of Feminist Saints by Julia Pierpont, Illustrated by Manjitt Thapp — in conversation w/ Julie Buntin
New York Times bestselling writer Julia Pierpont and up-and-coming artist Manjit Thapp match short, vibrant, and surprising biographies with stunning full-color portraits of one hundred secular female “saints”: exceptional women throughout history and around the world.
Seamlessly fusing together detail-rich reportage and firsthand observation with big-picture data and research that contextualize the issue, A Colony in a Nation is a compelling and timely portrait of a nation that cherishes the ideals of freedom and democracy while sustaining a savagely unjust and corrupt colony within its own borders.
Misdemeanorland offers an in-depth look at the consequences of New York City’s dramatically expanded policing of low-level offenses
All Our Wild Wonder is a vibrant tribute to extraordinary educators and a celebration of learning. The perfect gift for the mentors in our lives, this charming, illustrated poem reminds us of the beauty in, and importance of, cultivating curiosity, creativity, and confidence in others.
The last several months have proven that women’s voices really do matter and can make a difference. Author/activist Deborah Santana felt a growing need to illuminate the diversity and complexity of women’s experiences in the world. The result is a book of 69 authors who have written what award-winning author Isabel Allende describes as “brilliant and moving essays that show the astonishing, brave and passionate lives of women of color as they fight for autonomy, equality, and love.”
How does it feel to lose your planet, your lover, yourself? Purkert’s debut collection, For the Love of Endings, tests what connects us to this earth and to each other. Light-footed and dark-humored, his brilliantly crafted poems examine “the gap / between the world & how / people paint it: dark, distant, there / for the taking.” He makes us look at our disintegrating world head on and see what we’ve done to it, and what it has done to us.
PARIS METRO is an astute thriller, one that recognizes how some of the most important conflicts in the new millennium are not on battlefields but within families and neighborhoods. In a world of cosmopolitan elites and dispossessed refugees, many have only ideology to consider their home.
What did Maya Angelou do to keep the words owing? What is a NASA engineer’s lucky charm? How does Thom Yorke prep for a concert? This book bottles the singular recipes for success of leading creatives, politicians, scientists, and athletes who made their own luck. Revealing an array of unique practices from quirky superstitions to pre- performance rituals, this visual compendium celebrates in text and charming illustrated portraits the real personalities, creative processes, and curious habits of these influential people. Presented with a handsome silk-screened cloth spine, this treasure trove of inspiration is a smart and special choice for anyone who could use a little good fortune.
Dominique is a high school junior from a gritty neighborhood in Trenton. Ben is a musical prodigy from the Upper East Side. When Dom’s class is taken to hear a concert at Carnegie Hall, she expects to be bored out of her mind. But then she sees the boy in the front row playing violin like his life depends on it — and she is transfixed.
Joint Book Launch: Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester & Bury What We Cannot Take by Kirstin Chen
Kirstin Chen’s new novel, Bury What We Cannot Take, is a captivating and emotional tale that follows one family’s reckoning with how the events of one day will change their lives forever, set against the backdrop of early Maoist China.
In Everyone Knows You Go Home, Natalia Sylvester weaves together the past and the present, the living and dead, to expose the harsh realities of immigration and the risks one Mexican family will take to protect their legacy.
In this humorous yet keenly observant coming-of-age story, Cohen brings us into a boisterous literary world bathed in hubris and ambition. With eloquent prose and affecting storytelling, The Little Clan is both a wickedly fun yet sharply insightful look at friendship, feminism and finding yourself in your twenties.