The New York University Bookstore will host events in May, including readings by Breakfast with Socrates author Robert Rowland Smith (May 2), a writing workshop with novelist Ann Napolitano (May 3), and a poetry reading featuring Deborah Landau, director of NYU’s Creative Writing Program (May 5) at its 726 Broadway location (between Astor Place and Washington Place). All events are free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 212.998.4667 or go to www.bookstores.nyu.edu. Subways: N, R (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).
Monday, May 2, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Robert Rowland Smith, Driving with Plato
In Breakfast with Socrates, Robert Rowland Smith brought the power of philosophy down to earth by proving, in a very engaging and entertaining way, that human moments meet big ideas on a regular basis. Now Smith offers the natural offspring of that book, expanding the “day in a life” concept to life as a whole in Driving with Plato. Drawing on the great philosophers, as well as on literature, art, politics, and psychology, Smith creates the richest possible range of ideas for readers to contemplate, all in a warm, humorous voice that revels both in life’s absurdities and in the pure delight of discovery.
Tuesday, May 3, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
SCPS Writing Workshop with Novelist Ann Napolitano
Ann Napolitano, author of Within Arm’s Reach, will lead a workshop on Description in Fiction. The event, sponsored by the Department of Humanities, Arts, and Writing at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, is part of a series of free creative writing classes at the NYU Bookstore.
Thursday, May 5, 6:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading with Joni Wallace, Kevin Prufer, Tom Healy, and Deborah Landau
The evening will include readings from four accomplished poets: Joni Wallace, the author of Redshift and Blinking Ephemeral Valentine; Kevin Prufer, the author of five poetry collections, including, National Anthem, named one of the five best poetry books of the year by Publishers Weekly; Tom Healy, whose first collection of poetry, What the Right Hand Knows, was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award; and Deborah Landau, author of Orchidelirium and The Last Usable Hour (forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press) and director of NYU’s Creative Writing Program.
Sunday, May 15, noon
Story Time for Children with Artie Bennett
Artie Bennett is the author of The Butt Book and the executive copy editor for Random House Children’s Books. Bennett is the co-author of 101 Ways to Say Vomit and the author of The Dinosaur Joke Book: A Compendium of Pre-Hysteric Puns.