Also: Bring a date, or get flustered, fumble through the invitation and show up alone convinced you’ll always be unlucky-in-love—either way head to Housing Works Bookstore at 7pm to celebrate the return of Bridget Jones with Helen Fielding and Vogue culture editor Valerie Steiker.
Thursday: Have you guys heard of this magazine Monocle? I think it’s largely about single-eyed glasses. They put out a book about how to live betterly while wearing your single-eyed glasses, and editor Tyler Brule will talk about it.
And on Friday we’ve got some great stuff en español (Luisa Valenzuela!), and on Sunday at 5pm, a Poets & Writers reading. See it all here.
Tuesday: YAist Anna Jarzab will be here launching Tandeminto the world—or will her parallel universe self be trapped in this universe launching her book in hopes of being returned to her home universe? Only one way to find out.
Wednesday: Another edition of Real Characters, this one with Simon Doonan, Dave Hill, Taylor Negron, Natasha Rothwell, and Alice Bradley.
Thursday: You like music. You like literature. You like Music & Literature, maybe the best new literary magazine of recent memory. Teju Cole, Hari “The Funzru” Kunzru, Peter Breiner, Colin Stokes, Maria Im and Nathaniel LaNasa will be here to celebrate the third issue. With music. And literature. [drops mic] [drops book] [boom] [No but seriously there will be music — a performance of three compositions by Vladimír Godár.]
pizzle fig! beating around the gender bush with lucky peach
join peter meehan (editor of lucky peach) for a conversation with kate krader (restaurant editor of food & wine) and charlotte druckman (author of skirt steak: women chefs on standing the heat & staying in the kitchen) about gender, writing and the intersection of the two, at 7:00pm at mcnally jacksonon 9/25.
After you’ve sated yourself on the literary richness that is the Brooklyn Book Festival, you should really top of your day by attending the launch celebration for Kingsley Amis’ Girl, 20 and One Fat Englishman at NYC’s McNally Jackson Books. Discussing Amis and these books will be…
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.