At the store, Daniella Gitlin, Ernesto Semán y Michael Greenberg will have a bilingual conversación about Rodolfo Walsh’s Operation Massacre. 7pm.
Wednesday: Nothin’. Buy books.
Thursday: Dan Chelotti, Cathy Park Hong, Kathleen Ossip, and Jasmine Dreame Wagner read some poems. Specifically their own, because they are all poets. Good ones, too.
Friday: Paul “Winner of the Paulitzer Prize” Harding (he also won a Pulitzer) will talk about Enon, his new novel, with Thessaly La Force.
Saturday: Chris Kraus, Kylie Gilchrist, Veronica Gonzalez Pena, Emily Gould, Ariana Reines, Masha Tupitsyn, and Kate Zambreno are about to abduct you into the critical edition of Aliens & Anorexia. This is actually mandatory, completely unmissable. Be there.
Sunday: A little Sunday eve Amis celebrating. Remember the description of the hangover in Lucky Jim? We hope you won’t feel that way Monday morning, but on Sunday, with the help of NYRB (pronounced “nerb”) and Edwin Frank, Katie Roiphe, Lucas Wittman, and Christian Lorentzen, we discuss Kingsley.
Monday:Jeff Jackson will be here to talk about Mira Corpora, in which the main character, Jeff Jackson, runs away from home into a landscape of feral children and rock n rollers. He’ll be talking to the great Justin Taylor.
Tuesday: We smash a million bottles of champagne (figuratively, of course) on the great ship the S.S. Algonquin’s New YA Imprint. Here to help editor Elise Howard are her authors Sara Farizan, Amy Herrick, and Hollis Seamon.
Wednesday: It’s supposed to be ninety degrees. Hot! White hot. White Review hot. (See what I did there?) The cool Lauren Elkin, Siri Hustvedt, and Kate Zambreno will be reading.
Thursday: A conversation on practice with Roxana Robinson, who wrote Cost and Sparta, which the Times called “nuanced” and Claire Messud “a feat of imagination.” She’ll be talking to Glenn Kurtz, the host of the series.
Tonight’s author is Shehan Karunatilaka, whose debut novel about cricket and history and Sri Lanka just earned him the Commonwealth Prize. The book sounds amazing, a little like The Art of Fielding but with less academia and flatter sticks and, like, trying to knock over a stake or something? I’m unsure. Anyhow Karunatilaka himself assures us
"If you’ve never seen a cricket match; if you have and it has made you snore; if you can’t understand why anyone would watch, let alone obsess over this dull game, then this is the book for you."
Also there will be drinks and snacks.
That’s right, we are using handsome young bearded authors and cake to bring you to our events. We are without shame. See you at seven.
Hey, let’s talk about events. We have two you should know about. I mean, you could probably live a long and fulfilling life without knowing about them. Should is a pretty strong word. Don’t let me tell you what to know. Then again, I don’t know, these seem like they are going to be great, the sort of events that might shake you up a bit. The sort of events that might be remembered. Maybe one day your child with a weirdly detailed knowledge of literary events in downtown New York in the second decade of the twenty-first century [that will never not sounds like the future to me] will ask you where you were when these events went down and then what will you say? At home? Sitting somewhere with a faceful of pho that is satisfying for the first few bites but then is really way too much hot broth and you begin to feel gross but you already paid for it so you’re going to just eat it and regret it on your sad train ride home while somebody at the end of the car shouts about Jesus or whatever? You should come, is my point.
Tonight, Wednesday 5/30 at 7pm we host Austin Kleon, artist, poet, almostdad and author of the new Steal Like an Artist. He’ll be here talking about creativity and curation with Maris Kreizman of Slaughterhouse 90210 fame, critic and litblogger Maud Newton and Maria Popova of Brainpicker. A large slice of the bookish reaches of the internet will be in our store, basically.
Thursday, 5/31 at 7pm, three incredible and often incredibly strange writers join us. We’ll be hosting Brian Evenson, in my mind one of the great and certainly most prolific American story writers of our time, with Brad Morrow, Pushcart and O Henry winning author and editor of the essential litmag Conjunctions, and Tim Horvath, whose debut collection Understories is full of the best sort of weird. I’ve been looking forward to this one for months.
I’ll see you there. Don’t let your strange futurekid down.
This week, as with every week, we have some great events lined up for you. Or, well, for us. We mostly schedule these things for our own enjoyment. It’s a nice surprise if other people come, I guess, and nicer still if they decide to buy books, but I try not to plan for it. Just me alone in a room in a single folding chair, is always what I imagine, clapping slowly, waving my arm trying to be called on for questions. But on to the list!
*Dave Hill and Ira Glass will be hanging out in front of microphones and an audience. I will be hanging out alphabetizing the russian novelists, probably. But we will both be in the same building so ‘with’ is fair, right? Right?
Wednesday, 7pm: The formidable Maud Newton just twoted: “Can’t wait to talk superstition, Carolina parakeets, and wartime atrocities with Ron Rash (The Cove, Serena) at @mcnallyjackson Wed night.” She can’t wait. And neither can you wait, to hear them, now that you know that it’s happening.
Tonight, 7pm: It just occurred to me, even though she’s a big time store favorite regular customer, that I’ve never heard Molly Crabapple say “Crabapple”—and maybe she pronounces it like Mrs. Crabapple from the Simpsons. Except I just googled it, and she’s Krabappel. If you come tonight, which you should, don’t ask Molly that.
Wednesday, 7pm: Real Characters—our regular hilarity bomb for your face—is back with God, or rather David Javerbaum, plus Cambri Crews, Blaise Allysen Kearsley, and Shelly Gossman.
Thursday, 7pm: I liked writing the events copy for Peter Cameron’s Coral Glynn because I got to use the word “manse.” Why use “mansion” when you can use “manse”? Answer: Use manse. And get a load of this Justin Torres blurb for Forgotten Country: “I was left utterly devastated by the wonder and heartbreak captured in these pages. Forgotten Country is overflowing with folktales and family secrets, with American and Korean traditions, with haunting prose and mathematical beauty. Here is a book to cherish, and to celebrate. When I finished the last page I made a promise to myself to be more fearless and fierce with my love; it’s that kind of book.”
Monday (that’s tonight), 7pm: The Bridge is our ongoing series about literature in translation—near and dear to our hearts, this series is. This time it’s about translating from the Japanese: Michael Emmerich, who puts Banana Yoshimoto (among others) into American, and Ted Goossen, one of the forces behind Monkey Business, are here.
Tuesday, 7pm: Hari “The Funzru” Kunzru is here to talk about Gods Without Men. BYOUFO.
Wednesday, 7pm: We got the old Groff-Bergman double whammy. Birds of Lesser Arcadia. Arcadias of a Lesser Bird. Barcadia of a Lesser Paradise (that’s a bar in West Bushwick).
Your week at McNally Jackson is short, except for all those times you’re going to come and sit in our extremely pleasant cafe which has its windows open because Sarah McNally says winter is over:
Tonight: Eleanor Henderson is here, and Guy Gugliotta is there.
Wednesday: Real Characters—the monthly comedy bonanza or “comanza” that happens here, well, every month—is back, this time with Simon Doonan, Mike Doughty, Jullianne Smolinski (aka @boobsradley), Steve Zimmer and Cole Nissan.