COMING EVENTS

 
September 20th
7pm

 
McNally Jackson Seaport
 

 
It has been almost four years since the #MeToo movement surged into public consciousness and kick-started a reckoning that has changed both the fabric of people’s day-to-day lives, and the culture at large. In the intervening years, conversations around gender equality have become more vital than ever, but the way forward has become less clear. Is the #MeToo movement one that can encompass the vast complexity of human relationships, the experiences of women globally, and include people from all backgrounds? What, in other words, does the #MeToo movement look like now, and how can it carry the fight for gender equality into the future?
 


September 23rd
7pm

 
McNally Jackson Seaport
 

Award-winning novelist Casey Plett (Little Fish) returns with a poignant suite of stories that center transgender women. We are thrilled to welcome her, along with Jeanne Thornton to celebrate the launch. 

Casey Plett's 2018 novel Little Fish won a Lambda Literary Award, the Firecracker Award for Fiction, and the Amazon First Novel Award. Her latest work, A Dream of a Woman, is her first book of short stories since her seminal 2014 collection A Safe Girl to Love. Centering transgender women seeking stable, adult lives, A Dream of a Woman finds quiet truths in prairie high-rises and New York warehouses, in freezing Canadian winters and drizzly Oregon days.

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September 26th
4pm
 
Offsite Event
Elizabeth Street Garden
 

Join us at Elizabeth Street Garden this Sunday, September 12th, at 4 p.m. The Garden is located in Nolita on Elizabeth Street, between Spring and Prince. You can submit your poetry to this exciting bi-weekly series by sending your work to art@elizabethstreetgarden.com. This week's theme will be announced on Sept 12th. 

Elizabeth Street Garden is a non-profit, communiy garden, open 7 days a week (weather permitting), staffed by volunteers. Find out how you can help preserve and protect this extraordinary space from destruction at www.elizabethstreetgarden.com. ESG is located on Elizabeth Street, between Prince Street and Spring Street in Nolita. 


 
September 28th
7pm

 
McNally Jackson Nolita
 
Part True Grit, part Where the Red Fern Grows, Pony is an enthralling story of adventure, friendship, and the invisible bonds that connect us.

 

Twelve-year-old Silas is awoken in the dead of night by three horsemen who arrive unannounced to take his father away. Silas is left shaken, scared, and alone, except for the presence of his companion, Mittenwool . . . who happens to be a ghost. But when a pony shows up at his door, Silas knows what he has to do. He will set out on a perilous journey across a vast American landscape to find his father—a journey that will ultimately connect him with his past and future, and the unfathomable mysteries of the world around him.

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October 2nd
12pm EST | 9am PST

 
VIRTUAL EVENT
 

We're incredibly excited to celebrate the launch of a new Middle Grade graphic novel series, City of Dragons, with co-creators Jaimal Yogis and Vivian Truong, hosted by Yvonne Brooks. This virtual event will include a reading, Q and A, plus kids and adults can learn how to draw characters from the series.

In Book 1, The Awakening Storm, Grace and her friends must protect a newly hatched dragon from mysterious evildoers.

When Grace moves to Hong Kong with her mom and new stepdad, her biggest concern is making friends at her fancy new boarding school. But when a mysterious old woman gifts her a dragon egg during a field trip, Grace discovers that the wonderful stories of dragons she heard when she was a young girl might actually be real--especially when the egg hatches overnight.

The dragon has immense powers that Grace has yet to understand. And that puts them both in danger from mysterious forces intent on abusing the dragon's power. Now it's up to Grace and her school friends to uncover the sinister plot threatening the entire city!

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The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar CuisineOctober 4th
7pm
 
VIRTUAL EVENT 
 
Join our International Literature Book Club on Monday, October 4th, at 7 p.m., to discuss The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky (2011, Europa Editions), translated from Russian by Tim Mohr. Hosted by Yvonne Brooks.
 

In her second novel, Russian-born Alina Bronsky gives readers a moving portrait of the devious limits of the will to survive. The narrator of this rollicking family saga is the outrageously mischevious Rosa Achmetowna, whom The Millions calls "one of the most fascinating women in the world." Told with sly humor and an anthropologist’s eye for detail, The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine is the story of three unforgettable women whose destinies are tangled up in a family dynamic that is at turns hilarious and tragic.

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SEMINARS

 
Four meetings, Wednesdays in September,
7pm EST via Zoom, beginning September 8th

 
Ticket price includes a copy of the book and priority shipping.
 
Sprawling and ambitious, Austerlitz (2001) was the final novel published by the German writer W. G. Sebald (1944-2001). Entwining familiar themes of historical trauma, narrative and silence, and destructions both natural and man-made, it follows Jacques Austerlitz, an architectural historian haunted by the lost memories of his childhood, as he delves into a troubled past that echoes the worst calamities of the 20th century. The novel begins with Austerlitz, a Kindertransport child who grew up in Wales, deciding to retrace his journey from Czechoslovakia to Britain in 1939 in order to uncover the fate of the parents he left behind; as he makes his way through the libraries, train stations, and ruins of Europe, time itself seems to collapse, underscoring Sebold’s enduring belief that our histories haunt us in ways that defy easy understanding. “This is not so much a way of understanding the Holocaust,” Mark O’Connell later wrote in the New Yorker, “as it is a way of making us think about how we can’t understand the Holocaust.”
$200.00
 
Four meetings, Thursdays at 7pm EST
beginning September 23rd, via Zoom

 
Ticket price includes a copy of the book and priority shipping.
 
Experience science fiction for non-traditional science fiction readers! Since the turn of the millenium, the old distinctions between "literary" and other kinds of fiction have gradually eroded. This is especially the case with so-called science fiction, which many aspects of our own reality now increasingly resemble! Few novelists have been the deserved beneficaries of this shifting of categories as much as Ursula LeGuin. Previously ghettoized, LeGuin's work has increasingly been recognized as outstanding literature, and one of the most astute writers about the Cold War era and the pitfalls of various political "isms." Both Romantic and highly modern, her novels take us to borderlands and in-between places, both literal and imagined. (The purported "cultural" conservative Harold Bloom even included The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed in his revised edition of the Western Canon!)

In this seminar, we'll read the Left Hand and think about what makes it great literary science fiction, and what makes it just great fiction. We'll also explore the novel's key questions of gender/sex transformation and cross-cultural ethics, as well as LeGuin's multiple worlds cosmology. If you weren't much into Sci-Fi as a teenager but have always been interested in "the literary," this seminar offers an ideal opportunity to find your way in to this brave new world; if you're a LeGuin fan, this is also a more
$200.00