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Upcoming 25: Special Book Expo America Edition

It’s that time again – another roundup of great programming taking place at (or in partnership with) indie booksellers in New York City. Why the special edition this time? Book Expo America (BEA), is a huge industry conference for bookselling and publishing professionals that begins next week in NYC. As a gift for all the folks who will be visiting NYC for the conference, we’ve prepared a special version of the Upcoming 25 — MOST of the events listed will happen during BEA. We’ve also included ongoing events that have already begun, a few taking place during Memorial Day weekend, and one special fair happening in early June. There are lots of literary possibilities for the last ten days of May and beyond, so let’s get to it – enjoy!

uml-smallOngoing: Right now at URBAN CENTER BOOKS: Unpacking My Library, an exhibition of New York architects and their books. The first of ten in a series, the exhibition documents Peter Eisenman’s relationship with books by combining an interactive exhibit visually scanning the bookshelves, with a video interview, and more. With a different architect every month, the exhibition continues through 2010. A catalog of the exhibit will be published by Yale University Press in October 2009.

Ongoing: Right now at RIZZOLI BOOKSTORE: A vast selection of deeply discounted illustrated books on art, architecture, photography, fashion, interior design, pop culture, and more. Most sale books are at least half price, if not better, with some as low as $1 & $5. Through June 15.

Ongoing: Right now – visit MORNINGSIDE BOOKSHOP, which is slated to close at the end of May. There are efforts underway to keep the space open as a bookstore, and donations are being accepted – they have raised $60,000 in pledges in the past few weeks. Pledges can be made via email at, or pop in and visit, show your support while this great general interest indie bookstore is still here!

Saturday, May 23:

The-Mad-Ones-704965at SPOONBILL AND SUGARTOWN: Million Dollar Poetry Bash. Spoonbill opens the doors to a pretty big poetry collection, some cheap some pricey. Mostly out of print….runs through June 14.

at FREEBIRD BOOKS: Crazy Joe Gallo Month continues! Freebird sponsors another Crazy Joe Gallo walking tour of Red Hook/Carroll Gardens led by biographer Tom Folsom. See their events page for additional Gallo-related events happening this week, including a film screening and gallery show. FREE but tour RSVP recommended: 718-643-8484 or

at the STRAND from 9:30 am – dusk: Art Book Sidewalk Sale runs through Memorial Day, featuring hundreds of art books from our vast selection, including art history, decorating, graphic design, monographs, architecture, photography, interior design, etc. from $1-$19.95. Rain or Shine!

Monday, May 25:

at Union Pool in support of DESERT ISLAND at 7 pm: Memorial Day fundraiser with a concert featuring Uninhabitable Mansions, Ambergris, Boogie Boarder and Darlings. Support Desert Island’s free all-comics newspaper, SMOKE SIGNAL. Admission $8.

at BLUESTOCKINGS at 7PM: Diana Leafe Christian “Local Food Self-Reliance” activist and author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, presents ideas on creating food security through the examples offered by ecovillages and other intentional communities that support local farms.” $5 suggested.

Tuesday, May 26:

2009-0526.smat BOOKS OF WONDER from 5 pm – 7 pm: Launch party with author Evan I. Schwartz for his new book, Finding Oz. Light refreshments and time to greet and talk with author at 5 pm. Brief talk, reading, Q&A and signing to follow, beginning at 6 pm. Ages 12 and up.

at MCNALLY JACKSON at 7 pm: Colson Whitehead, author of Sag Harbor, in conversation with John Freeman, former president of the National Book Critics Circle and American editor of Granta.

at COMMUNITY BOOKSTORE at 7 pm: reading with G.C. Waldrep (Archicembalo) and Jennifer Kronovet (Awayward)

at WORD at 7:30 pm: The Ben Greenman Experience: The author of Please Step Back and Correspondences; in conversation with Shelley Salamensky of Guilt and Pleasure magazine.

Wednesday, May 27:

at East Harlem Café at 6:30, presented by LA CASA AZUL BOOKSTORE: Hungry Woman in Paris by Josefina Lopez. RSVP (646) 413-5251

at IDLEWILD BOOKS at 7 pm: Panel discussion on literary reportage with Wojciech Tochman, Francisco Goldman, and Jonathan Brent.

at PARTNERS AND CRIME at 7 pm – SOHO Crime 6 Author Reception with Cara Black, Garry Disher, Mick Herron, Eliot Pattison, Henry Chang & James R. Benn.

Thursday, May 28:

anatomy-of-story-john-trubyat HUE-MAN BOOKSTORE at 6 pm: Peter Nelson author of A More Unbending Battle, which chronicles the little-known story of the 369th Infantry Regiment–the first African-American regiment mustered to fight in WWI.

at DRAMA BOOK SHOP at 6 pm: Five Key Story Techniques with The Anatomy of Story author John Truby, who will explain 5 story techniques that ever screenwriter and novelist must know!

at Taller Boricua’s Multi Art Space, The Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center, presented by CEMI UNDERGROUND at 6 pm: All-Star Extravaganza 2009, featuring musicians, poets and authors. $15 per person.

at MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHOP at 6:30: Local author Bonnie Kozek discusses her debut novel, Threshold, a fantastic Noir tale.

at 192 BOOKS at 7 pm: Rudy Wurlitzer, author of Nog and Gary Indiana, author of The Shanghai Gesture

at BOOKCOURT at 7 pm: James Frey, author of Bright Shiny Morning

at POWERHOUSE ARENA at 7 pm – Opening reception for “Busted: An Exhibition of Art from powerHouse Magazine #5″ – Celebrating all that goes wrong when you’re up to no good, Busted is a sometimes serious, often hilarious look at failure and fiasco from around the globe. Runs through June 21.

animalsFriday, May 29:

at EAST WEST BOOKS at 6:30 pm: Ruby Roth reads from her new book That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals. Roth is a zealous vegan who offers a compassionate look at the emotional lives of animals, their disposition in the wild versus on factory farms, and the effect that eating animals has on our environment and endangered species. Brilliantly illustrated and accompanied by lively text, this book introduces vegetarianism and veganism to curious readers, ages six to ten.

Sunday, May 31:

at HOUSINGWORKS: Lit Mag Fair – The 10th Annual Literary Magazine Fair with the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, when all lit mags are only $2! Hundreds of lit mags published by regional and national independent publishers on sale with a brigade of editors and publishers to meet and greet!

Special Reminder for June 6:

And we’ll close out this edition with a reminder that Housingworks will host its next Open Air Street Fair on June 6 from 10 am – 6 pm. There will be lots of great books on hand – thousands of donated books, records and CDs will be sold for $1 a piece. Plus clothing, shoes and accessories from Housing Works Thrift Shops, Sixpoint Craft Ale from Puck Fair and ice cream from Van Leeuwen!


* Many events listed here are FREE but some do have admission fees, which are noted. Please click the links provided for each event to confirm the free/fee status for each event. Thanks and enjoy!


Written by ibnyc

May 22, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Posted in Events, Upcoming25

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