Who: The Unbearables, Great Weather for Media, InDigest, Seven Stories Press, Three Rooms Press
What: The Monthly @ Cornelia Street Cafe, hosted by Peter Carlaftes & Kat Georges
Where: Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St. between Bleecker & West Fouth Sts.
When: Friday, July 3, $8 (includes a free drink), 6:00
Why: “It’s a strange time in the world of publishing,” writes Three Rooms Press cofounder Kat Georges on her company’s website. “The giant publishers continue to merge. Independent bookstores continue the struggle to keep their doors open. New technology has made it easy for authors to publish their own books. Yet, somehow, independent publishers are thriving. . . . If one thing unites the small presses, it is their dedication to their unique vision.” You can find out more about that unique vision on July 3, when five small presses come together at the Cornelia Street Cafe to discuss their publishing philosophy and present some of their authors to read from their work. Thomas Jefferson would be proud.
200 Eastern Parkway at Washington St.
Saturday, June 6, free, 5:00 - 11:00
The June installment of the Brooklyn Museum’s free First Saturday program celebrates LGBTQ Pride, with live performances by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Aye Nako, DJ Lynnee Denise, DJ Ilsa, and Junglepussy with DJ Joey Labeija; an exhibition talk by Jess Wilcox on “Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence” and ten-minute pop-up gallery talks about “Diverse Works: Director’s Choice, 1997–2015”; a flag-making workshop; a poetry performance by Dark Matter (Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian); a literary workshop with bklyn boihood, focusing on its upcoming publication, Outside the XY; screenings of Seyi Adebanjo’s 2013 documentary, Trans Lives Matter! Justice for Islan Nettles, followed by a talkback with the director, and Dan Sickles & Antonio Santini’s 2014 film, Mala Mala, followed by a talkback with the directors and cast memebers Paxx and Joyce Puty; and a tribute to retiring museum director Arnold Lehman, with reflections and performances by DapperQ, Visual Aids, Harriett’s Apothecary, Haiti Cultural Exchange, CaribBEING, Afrika 21/Harriet’s Alter Ego, and Balmir Latin Dance. In addition, you can check out such exhibitions as “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks,” “Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic,” “Kara Walker: ‘African Boy Attendant Curio (Bananas),’” and “Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time.”
Who: Oriana Leckert, Hungry March Band, Morgan O’Kane, Batala NYC, Stefan Zeniuk, DJ Dirtyfinger, the Artist Formerly Known as Anya Sapozhnikova and others from House of YES, Dani Leigh & Demi Fyrce of Big Sky Works
What: Book party celebrating the launch of Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture and Creativity (Monacelli Press, May 19, $29.95)
Where: Gowanus Ballroom, 55 Ninth St.
When: Saturday, May 30, free (suggested donation $10), 7:00 - late
Why: In her new book expanded from her popular website, Brooklyn Spaces, Oriana Leckert selects fifty of the most unusual and fascinating places in Brooklyn, documenting, as she writes in the introduction, “the Brooklyn I know, the Brooklyn that is mine, the Brooklyn that endlessly inspires me with its passion, innovation, and experimentation.” On May 30, Leckert will host a crazy-mad book party at the Gowanus Ballroom, one of the locations detailed in the book. “One of the most perfect representations of a Brooklyn underground arts space, the Gowanus Ballroom succeeds beautifully at artistic exhibition, cultural advancement, and creative commerce, all within a gorgeously strange historic building,” Leckert writes. (Other spots included in the book are Brooklyn Brainery, Flux Factory, the Invisible Dog, the Morbid Anatomy Museum, the Schoolhouse, Superhero Supply Co., and the Swamp.) The all-night book launch will feature art, music, dance, photography, and lots of unpredictable goings-on, selected from other cultural institutions and artist houses singled out in the book.
The ways we are producing, purchasing, and reading books are changing at lightning speed, but when all is said and done, it’s still primarily about the written word. And that is precisely what you can celebrate at two major events this week. BookExpo America, better known as BEA, will be at the Javits Center May 27-29, the annual convention for book-buying professionals, publishing professionals, and book industry professionals and authors. In addition to hundreds of exhibitors, there is the Global Market Forum: China Pavilion, a special Translation Market, Start Up Alley, and Digital Discovery Zone. BEA is followed immediately by BookCon on May 30-31, two days of panels, signings, and celebrity guests that are open to the general public. Below are highlights, some of which require advance registration and ticketing.
Wednesday, May 27
Opening Day Spotlight: In Conversation with Jonathan Franzen, moderated by Salon.com cofounder Laura Miller, Room 1E12/1E13/1E14, 12:30
Autographing Sessions with T. J. English, Alison Weir, Amy Ewing, Mo Willems, John Quiñones, Karin Slaughter, Carol Alt, Al Roker, Rosemary Wells, Bernadette Peters, more
Thursday, May 28
Adult Book & Author Breakfast, with Lee Child, Dyana Nyad, Brandon Stanton, and MC Kunal Nayyar, Special Events Hall, 8:00 am
Autographing Sessions with Anne Ursu, Michelle Zink, Maryrose Wood, Betsy Lewin, Tama Janowitz, Erin Stead, Jon Scieszka, Jesse Eisenberg, Sarah Mlynowski, Claudia Gabel, Gregory Maguire, Carolyn Mackler, Tim Harrington, Ahmet Zappa, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Judah Freidlander, Mary Higgins Clark, Paul Morrissey, Adam Carolla, Jane O’Connor, more
Friday, May 29
Children’s Book & Author Breakfast, with Oliver Jeffers, Rainbow Rowell, James Patterson, and MC Nathan Lane, Special Events Hall, 8:00 am
Meet BEA Young Adult Editors’ Buzz Authors and Meet BEA Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz Authors, BEA Uptown Stage
Autographing Sessions with Kenneth Oppel, Kelley Armstrong, Stuart Gibbs, Jack Gantos, Hamish McKenzie, Scott Westerfeld, Katherine Applegate, Nathan Lane, Linda Fairstein, Kim Harrison, Oliver Jeffers, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Lauren Oliver, Rita Williams-Garcia, Gitty Daneshvari, David Baldacci, Patrick Ness, Meg Cabot, more
APA Author Tea, with Judy Blume, Adriana Trigiani, Jack Gantos, and MC Jacqueline Woodson, Room 1E15/1E16, 3:30
Saturday, May 30
Mindy Kaling in Conversation with BJ Novak, Special Events Hall, 11:00 am
Marvel Presents: Star Wars, with Jordan White, Charles Soule, and Alex Maleev, Room 1A21, 12:30
Mixed Me: A Discussion with Taye Diggs and Shane Evans, Room 1A10, 1:00
Holy Cow, meet David Duchovny, Macmillan Meeting Room 3139 on the show floor, 2:00
Nick Offerman’s Gumption Revival!, Special Events Hall, 2:30
Aziz Ansari / Modern Romance, Special Events Hall, 4:15
Paper Towns Film Panel, with John Green, Justice Smith, Kathleen Heaney, Michael H. Weber, Nat Wolff, and Ryan Lott, Special Events Hall, 6:00
Autographing Sessions with Paige McKenzie, Sarah Dessen & Gayle Forman, Mac Barnett & Jory John, Meg Cabot, David Baldacci, Marissa Meyer, Nick Offerman & John Hodgman, Lauren Oliver, Tavi Gevinson, Brad Meltzer, Patrick Ness, Calvin L. Reed, more
Sunday, May 31
First in Line Red Carpet Event & Author Breakfast, with E. Lockhart, James Dashner, Jennifer Niven, and Nicola Yoon, Penguin Random House Meeting Room 3205 on the show floor, 10:00 am
We Need Diverse Books Presents Luminaries of Children’s Literature, with Aisha Saeed, David Levithan, I. W. Gregorio, Jacqueline Woodson, Libba Bray, Meg Medina, and Soman Chainani, Room 1A10, 11:15
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer – Off the Page, Room 1A23, 1:00
John Leguizamo: Ghetto Klown, Downtown Stage, 2:00
Judy Blume in Conversation with Jennifer Weiner, Special Events Hall, 2:30
A Conversation with Brandon Stanton, Creator of Humans of New York, Room 1A21, 3:30
Goosebumps Movie Panel with R.L. Stine, Dylan Minnette, and Ryan Lee, Special Events Hall, 4:15
Autographing Sessions with Charlaine Harris, Matthew Van Fleet, Jacqueline Woodson & Libba Bray, Meg Cabot, R.L. Stine, Judy Blume, Scott Westerfeld, David Levithan, E. Lockhart, Mingmei Yip, Candace Bushnell, Brandon Stanton, Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer, James Dashner, Michael Buckley, more
Who: Spotlight Guests Jewel Staite, John Rhys-Davies, Adam Hughes, Chris Claremont, Greg Capullo, Masashi Kishimoto, Scott Snyder, Todd McFarlane, and John Rhys-Davies, Featured Guests Allison Sohn, Amy Reeder, Charles Soule, Terry Dodson, and many, many more to be announced
What: New York Comic Con
Where: Javits Center, 655 W 34th St. at 12th Ave.
When: October 8-11, single day $40-$50, three-day pass $75, four-day pass $105, tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 13, at 12 noon
Why: New York Comic Con continues its exponential growth as it reaches its tenth anniversary, making it harder and harder to get tickets, so there’s no time to waste if you want to go to the annual celebration of pop culture, with particular focuses on gaming, science fiction and fantasy books and films, anime, and all things comic-book-related. The four days, part of New York Super Week, are chock full of panel discussions, sneak-peek screenings, photo and autograph opportunities, book signings, and tons and tons of costumed fans. It’s getting so that those who come dressed in regular clothes are the minority. Tickets will go very quickly, so get yours now; don’t wait around until the big-time celebrity attendees are announced, as there will be plenty of major stars there to promote their latest work and smile for the camera with you.
Who: Julia Fierro, Lisa Gornick, Stephanie Thompson, Sophia Romero, Sean Grover, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Louise Crawford
What: Tenth annual “Edgy Moms” literary gathering, presented by Brooklyn Reading Works
Where: The Old Stone House, 336 Third St. between Fourth & Fifth Aves. in Washington Park, Park Slope, 718-768-3195
When: Tuesday, May 12, $10 suggested donation, 8:00
Why: They’re not just moms — they’re moms on the edge. Well, actually, they’re Edgy Moms, and they’ll be celebrating their tenth anniversary on May 12 at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn, where they will share their writings about mothers and motherhood. As always, the event, curated by Louise Crawford and Sophia Romero, will start off with a reading of the Edgy Moms Manifesto, which was written by founder and OTBKB (Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn) blogger Crawford and which explains what makes someone an Edgy Mom: “She’s feisty and fun and a little bit zany. She whines to her friends and can be a bit of a martyr. She fantasizes about taking long trips without her children, and getting a room of her own on Block Island with a computer and a view of the sea. She lets her kids have dessert before dinner, reheated pizza for breakfast. . . . She’s afraid she’s ruined her kids somehow. That everything is her fault. If only she’d followed those expert books. Or even read them. . . .” Among the patron saintesses of Edgy Moms are Lucille Ball, Melissa Etheridge, the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, Lenore Skenazy, Maya Angelou, and Marge Simpson. Happy Mother’s Day to all!