October 1, 2014
Just arrived: Corinne Maier and Anne Simon’s graphic biography of Marx from @nobrowpress, following last year’s installment on Freud. Your comix guide to 20th-century thought is now mostly complete.

Just arrived: Corinne Maier and Anne Simon’s graphic biography of Marx from @nobrowpress, following last year’s installment on Freud. Your comix guide to 20th-century thought is now mostly complete.

September 26, 2014
Won’t you come see me, King Dork?

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Frank Portman’s forthcoming YA novel King Dork, Approximately is the sequel to cult classic King Dork, called the “Best Punk Rock Book Ever” by The Village Voice.

Portman visits us this Monday, September 29th, in conversation with editor Krista Marino, whose credits include James Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy.

Rumor has it that Portman, who moonlights as frontman of The Mr. T Experience, will be bringing his guitar. So don’t be surprised if our rafters shake to the sound of songs like “I Wanna Ramone You,” an original composition by title character Tom Henderson.

September 25, 2014
Holey Mosely. Award-winning Walter Mosley visits us on Tuesday, 9/30, to read from Rose Gold, the latest installment of his Easy Rawlins novels—which follow Eziekel “Easy” Rawlins, a troubled WWII veteran and accidental private eye operating on the border of African American and white society in LA.
In Rose Gold, we’re in the Patty Hearst era of radical black nationalism and political abduction, and the FBI, State Department, and LAPD turn to Rawlins to resolve a kidnapping orchestrated by the leader of a revolutionary group. A writer New York Magazine once described as a combination of Richard Wright and Raymond Chandler, Mosley’s spare prose and understated observation assimilates elements of mystery into a rich analysis of the complexities of racial identity in postwar LA. 
Brook reviewed Mosley’s new novel, along with new books by Saeed Jones, Charles Blow, and Mark Whitaker. Read his reviews here!
See you on Tuesday. 

Holey Mosely. Award-winning Walter Mosley visits us on Tuesday, 9/30, to read from Rose Gold, the latest installment of his Easy Rawlins novels—which follow Eziekel “Easy” Rawlins, a troubled WWII veteran and accidental private eye operating on the border of African American and white society in LA.

In Rose Gold, we’re in the Patty Hearst era of radical black nationalism and political abduction, and the FBI, State Department, and LAPD turn to Rawlins to resolve a kidnapping orchestrated by the leader of a revolutionary group. A writer New York Magazine once described as a combination of Richard Wright and Raymond Chandler, Mosley’s spare prose and understated observation assimilates elements of mystery into a rich analysis of the complexities of racial identity in postwar LA. 

Brook reviewed Mosley’s new novel, along with new books by Saeed Jones, Charles Blow, and Mark Whitaker. Read his reviews here!

See you on Tuesday. 

September 25, 2014
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW! : As a child Ben Lerner feared conscripted space exploration.

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Tonight Ben Lerner and Lorin Stein (but not Geoff Dyer!) discuss Ben’s new novel, and presumably, the past, present and future, too. Ahead of their conversation, I asked Ben a few questions about his past and present reads, his interests in Whitman and walking, and what he wanted to be when he was a kid. 

All kinds of interviewing goodness, after the jump.

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September 24, 2014
Banned Books Week

We were a little skeptical of the concept at first, but we ended up deciding to participate in Banned Books Week. Here are the books we’ve chosen to ban. If you really want one they’ll be available again next week.

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In Search of Lost Time, Vols. 2-7

No one gets this far anyway.

Atlas Shrugged

This book has been rendered unnecessary by congress.

The Necronomicon

With the state of the world being what it is we just can’t risk opening up portals to R’lyeh.

The Defining Decade

Who’s even in their twenties anymore?

Urban Babies Wear Black

Park Slope is bad enough without babies drinking lattes.

Chia Vitality

Only one seed has ever given anyone’s life purpose and it’s not chia.

Prenups for Lovers

Trust us, you don’t want anyone finding this on your bedside table.

Crafting With Cat Hair

Come on.

September 22, 2014
We really think you should read Elena Ferrante.
Up now on the staff pick wall, the three Neapolitan novels (start with My Brilliant Friend), plus the terrifying Days of Abandoment.

We really think you should read Elena Ferrante.

Up now on the staff pick wall, the three Neapolitan novels (start with My Brilliant Friend), plus the terrifying Days of Abandoment.

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September 17, 2014
The MacArthur foundation just named staff favorite Alison Bechdel one of this year’s official geniuses. See this short story at the New Yorker for evidence and proceed to our Graphic Novels section for more.

The MacArthur foundation just named staff favorite Alison Bechdel one of this year’s official geniuses. See this short story at the New Yorker for evidence and proceed to our Graphic Novels section for more.

September 16, 2014

Authors with real clout forgo the back flap in favor of the whole damn back cover.

September 15, 2014
Heads-up, writerly types: we’re pleased to be hosting the Ink.ed Literary Series this Friday, September 19th at 8 pm. The Back To School reading features a pretty fantastic lineup of local stars who also represent some of the city’s best writing programs, including Joann Beard (Sarah Lawrence College), Adam Dalva (NYU), Whiskey Blue (SLC) Julia Fierro (Sackett Street Workshop) and Mariette Kalinowki (Hunter College). Wine, snacks, great readers, good company — sounds like a splendid time is guaranteed for all. 


Please RSVP to in.kedmfa@gmail.com.

ABOUT INK.ED: Ink.ed is a mixed-genre, citywide MFA reading series, workshop, and anthology. Ink.ed showcases the work of up-and-coming writers from the New York City MFA community alongside the work of more established writers. The aim is to create an inviting and warm atmosphere where ideas may be exchanged beyond the boundaries of individual university campuses, while providing an opportunity for writers to interact with a diverse literary audience. The Ink.edReading Series is unique in that the writers selected to participate will not only represent several writing programs but will represent a diversity of genre to include Non-fiction, Spoken Word Poetry, Fiction, Poetry and experimental forms. We will also be conducting workshops in creative writing, poetry, fiction, photography and screenwriting.   WEBSITE: http://www.inkedmfa.com.

Heads-up, writerly types: we’re pleased to be hosting the Ink.ed Literary Series this Friday, September 19th at 8 pm. The Back To School reading features a pretty fantastic lineup of local stars who also represent some of the city’s best writing programs, including Joann Beard (Sarah Lawrence College), Adam Dalva (NYU), Whiskey Blue (SLC) Julia Fierro (Sackett Street Workshop) and Mariette Kalinowki (Hunter College). Wine, snacks, great readers, good company — sounds like a splendid time is guaranteed for all. 

Please RSVP to in.kedmfa@gmail.com.

ABOUT INK.ED: Ink.ed is a mixed-genre, citywide MFA reading series, workshop, and anthology. Ink.ed showcases the work of up-and-coming writers from the New York City MFA community alongside the work of more established writers. The aim is to create an inviting and warm atmosphere where ideas may be exchanged beyond the boundaries of individual university campuses, while providing an opportunity for writers to interact with a diverse literary audience. The Ink.edReading Series is unique in that the writers selected to participate will not only represent several writing programs but will represent a diversity of genre to include Non-fiction, Spoken Word Poetry, Fiction, Poetry and experimental forms. We will also be conducting workshops in creative writing, poetry, fiction, photography and screenwriting.   WEBSITE: http://www.inkedmfa.com.

September 13, 2014
Newly discovered literary territory.

Newly discovered literary territory.

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