Tonight!: Dueling bookclubs! The brand new essay book club will be discussing Pulphead. Is it pronounced “pullfeed”? Find out tonight! (It’s not, you guys, duh.) Sarah’s literature club will be talking about Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book, which we are wholly responsible for putting into innumerable hands from here to Greenpoint. Probably.
Tonight!: Granta shows up to talk about Exit Strategies.
Tomorrow: I joked, while Dustin was building our Valentine’s Day display, that we should have all these lovely red love books about love and smooching, and then next to it, on a bare table, one lonely copy of Singular Pleasures. That has nothing to do with tomorrow’s event, which is in Spanish.
Wednesday: A conversation on Black Cool with Rebecca Walker, Margo Jefferson, and Miles Marshall Lewis.
Thursday: Stewart O’Nan will be here talking about his new novel, The Odds, which is about gambling and love. Also Niagara Falls. He’ll be talking to Ed Champion.
Andre Dubus III in conversation with John Burnham Schwartz Friday, Feb. 3 at 7PM 52 Prince Street, New York, NY
”’Townie’ is the story of how Dubus made the journey to his own writer’s life, and also of how he almost didn’t make it. Unsparing and occasionally brutal, but never bitter, it’s an exceptionally eloquent depiction of something many Americans have experienced in the past three years: what it feels like to be left behind.” —Laura Miller, Salon
Enter to win a free copy of Townie in paperback from Goodreads.
Tonight!: The Bridge is an ongoing (and by “ongoing” I mean it rules and it’s ongoing) series devoted to literature in translation. Tonight we’ll have Jonathan Cohen and Daniel Borzutzky. Cohen recently put together Word of Mouth, a collection of William Carlos Williams’ (or Bill Carlos Bill, as his friends knew him) translations from the Spanish, and Burzutzky has translated a number of Chileans.
Tomorrow: We will be closed so we can count all the books in the store. Literally every book.
Thursday: Shalom “Lana Del Rey:Lips::Shalom Auslander:Hair" Auslander (catchy nickname, no?) will be talking to the redoubtable Jessa Crispin of Bookslut about Hope: A Tragedy.
"The first time I read at McNally Jackson, the staff was so cool! They even gave me a free book, How to Enunciate and Communicate Effectively. It’s in my To Be Read pile, on my nightstand. Maybe they’ll give a free book this time, too. Wouldn’t mind snagging a copy of that new memoir of childhood abuse, She Called Them Brussel Sprouts: A Survivor’s Tale. Been meaning to pick that up. The title alone gives me strength to face my own struggles."
— Oh, hey, Colson Whitehead sent us a nice little note about us before he’s here on Thursday to communicate to us effectively about zombies and Zone One (which, by the by, is out today).
Monday? NPR’s Brooke Gladstone will discuss The Influencing Machine, her work of graphic nonfiction (by which I mean it’s illustrated and in panels, not, you know, PG-13) about the media. Maybe you’ve been looking at some of the excerpts over on Slate, or maybe you haven’t but should be.
Tuesday? Tuesday we’ve got this impossible-to-catchily-name event for Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists issue. With editors galore—Jonathan Galassi of FSG, Barbara Epler of New Directions, Overlook’s Peter Mayer, Amy Hundley of Grove Atlantic, and Duomo Ediciones’ Valerie Miles—and authors galore. Andrés Barba (Spain), Oliverio Coelho (Argentina), Carlos Labbé (Chile), Javier Montes (Spain), Alberto Olmos (Spain), and Antonio Ortuño (Mexico). Ay dios mio. Que suerte, no?
Wednesday? We’ve got Lynne Tillman & Paula “Courtney Love’s Grandmother” Fox. I don’t even feel like blurbing this one it’s going to be so good. That’s how good it is. So good.
Monday? It’s one of our Conversations on Practice. Rebecca Goldstein is here to talk to Glen Kurtz about 36 Arguments for the Existence of God.
Tuesday? A great night: Chris Adrian reads The Great Night. If you’ve been in the store ever, probably at some point I tried to recommend The Children’s Hospital to you. 400 pages of angels and plagues and dead brothers and occasional sex!—you’ll love it. This new one is so good—it’s a weird retelling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream—I’ll probably be saying more about it here soon.
More Tuesday? More Tuesday. At Housing Works, we’re helping the redoubtable Europa celebrate its 100th book, Alina Bronsky’s The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine. Helping us: Michele Zackheim (Broken Colors); translators Alison Anderson (The Elegance of the Hedgehog, A Novel Bookstore) and Ann Goldstein (Days of Abandonment, The Worst Intentions); and special guest Stacy Schiff.
Wednesday? The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a local non-profit organization that uses design and art to make visible the policy and planning decisions that affect our every day life. CUP works to bring together artists, graphic designers, architects, urban planners along with community-based advocates, government officials, and policymakers. The result is a fascinating diversity of projects and publications that illuminate complex social processes in astoundingly simple and accessible formats. CUP and the Brennan Center for Justice will introduce Know Your Lines, the latest fold-out poster in the Making Policy Public series. The moderated discussion will address the ins and outs of the largely invisible redistricting process, in which politicians often get to choose their voters instead of the other way around; the process of collaboratively developing the hot-off-the-press poster; and the nature of CUP’s diverse publishing projects more generally. Could you tell I copied and pasted that? I did.
Thursday? Interns of the world, unite! Provided we don’t have to pay you or anything. Ha, interns. Ross Perlin will discuss Intern Nation with Verso’s Andrew Hsaio.
Guess what you guys. It’s Sunday, and you’re probably looking at tumblr on your iPhone while you’re out to brunch, taking occasional sips of your frigging mimosa. Well la-di-da Mr. or Ms. Comfybrunch. I’ve got news for you: I’m at work, and we’ve got events this week.
Tuesday: Thomas “I’m from Germany” Pletzinger is here for Funeral for a Dog. Tom Bissell—and I trust Tom Bissell—called it “a formally inventive, rigorously intellectual novel that also happens to be extremely funny and tender.”
Wednesday: All sorts of archtictural craziness for Aerotropolis.