We’ve got some MAJOR events happening this week and you’re going to want to join us.
WEDNESDAY- Brooklyn by the Book: Barbara Ehrenreich in conversation with Jeff Sharlet: Barbara Ehrenreich heroically brought income inequality to the forefront of American consciousness with Nickel and Dimed. Living With A Wild God, part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, will spark a lively and heated conversation of a different sort–this one about religion and spirituality, science and morality, and the “meaning of life.” Ehrenreich will be in conversation with Jeff Sharlet, nationally bestselling author of The Familyand Radiant Truths. He’s the cofounder of KillingtheBuddha.com (The event is at Congregation Beth Elohim at 7:30 PM. You can RSVP and buy tickets here.)
THURSDAY- No Chaperones: An Awkward Middle School Dance (
presented by Community Bookstore, Buzzfeed Books and Flavorwire):Cut footloose in celebration of Kevin Brockmeier’s memoir of the seventh grade, A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip, and join Kevin Brockmeier, Chiara Atik, Jen Doll, Katie Heaney, Anna Holmes, Saeed Jones, Daniel Ralston and more for music, dancing, and readings about their own awkward middle school experiences. (This event is at Housing Works Bookstore at 126 Crosby Street in Manhattan at 7 PM. You can RSVP here.)
SATURDAY- Gotham: Writers in the City - Lydia Davis: Davis discusses her new story collection, Can’t and Won’t. Davis’s powerful, compact stories reveal the mysterious, the alienating, and the pleasurable within the patterns of daily life. She is the author of one novel and four previous story collections, and the winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize. For her translations of Madame Bovary and Swann’s Way she was awarded France’s Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. Curated and hosted by Rob Spillman. (This event is at the Brooklyn Public Library in the Dweck Auditorium at 4PM. You can RSVP here.)
SUNDAY - Brooklyn By the Book: Katherine Boo: Join us in welcoming Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo for the paperback debut of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, a hard-hitting and emotionally charged chronicle of children and families struggling to survive in Mumbai’s slums. In conversation with Amy Waldman, author of The Submission. (This event is at the Brooklyn Public Library in the Dweck Auditorium at 1PM. You can RSVP here.)
We’ve got even more good stuff coming up so watch this space and see you later in the week!
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