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NYU Bookstore to Feature Jorge Castañeda, Pulitzer Winner Charles Simic, and a Literary New York Halloween Party in October

September 28, 2011
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The New York University Bookstore will host events in October featuring Distinguished Professor Jorge Castañeda, Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Charles Simic, and a Halloween party in October at the bookstore’s 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).

Wednesday, October 5, 6:30-8 p.m.

SCPS Writing Workshop: Karol Nielsen on “Memoir: The Essentials”

The Department of Humanities, Arts, and Writing at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) invites all new and experienced writers to another series of free creative writing classes at the NYU Bookstore. Master teachers from the Writing Program at SCPS lecture on a range of writing skills, followed by writing exercises and time for discussion. 

The October 5 session will be led by Karol Nielsen, the author of the memoir Black Elephants (October, 2011), excerpts from which have been selected as “Notable Essays” in The Best American Essays. She has contributed nonfiction and poetry to Smith Magazine’s The Moment anthology and many publications. Karol’s poetry collection was a finalist for the Colorado Prize for Poetry. She has taught “Writing Your Memoir” and the “Memoir Writing One-Day Workshop” at NYU-SCPS.

Thursday, October 6, 11 a.m.-noon

Jumpstart Read for the Record 2011: A Reading of Llama Llama Red Pajama with Elisha DeMaria

Join us, and the millions of record-breakers everywhere, as together readers aim to set a new world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day and—in the process—draw attention to the importance of reading in helping a child develop the habits that ensure a lifetime of learning and success.

Thursday, October 6, 2-5 p.m.

Jorge Castañeda and Robert Pastor in Conversation with Eduardo Porter

Jorge Castañeda is the Global Distinguished Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. He served as Foreign Minister of Mexico from 2000 to 2003 and is a regular columnist for Reforma, El País, and Time magazine. Robert Pastor is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for North American Studies at American University. His long career in public service includes serving as National Security Advisor for Latin America from 1977 to 1981. During this event, Castañeda will present his book Mañana Forever, Mexico and the Mexicans, and Pastor will present on his book The North American Idea, A Vision of a Continental Future. A discussion of the books will follow,

moderated by Eduardo Porter of the New York Times. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU.

Thursday, October 6, 6-7 p.m.

Reading: Matt Mogk, author of Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies

In the most comprehensive zombie handbook ever published, Matt Mogk buts popular myths and answers all your raging questions about the living dead.

Wednesday, October 12, 5-6:30 p.m.

The Revealer Reading Series: Peter Bebergal, author of Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood, with response by Ron Hogan

Too Much to Dream places the story of a young man’s drug addiction inside the larger history of psychedelics, the American spiritual quest, and popular culture. Bebergal’s story gives a personal face to the examination of our history, offering a radical vision regarding the complex relationship between drug addiction, popular culture, and the religious experience. Ron Hogan is the founder of Beatrice.com. The event is co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Religion & Media and the Revealer.

The event is part of the Revealer Reading Series, sponsored by NYU’s Center for Religion and Media and the NYU Bookstore, which features new books that address religion in public life, as examined through various lenses, including cold-war era radio, contemporary megachurches, and adolescence. The Revealer is a publication of NYU’s Center for Religion and Media. 

Thursday, October 13, 6:30-8 p.m.

Reading: Kim Harrison, author of the Hollows series

To survive among vampires, witches, gargoyles, trolls, fairies, and banshees—to say nothing of demons—humanity needs a guide. And now, written by Kim Harrison, here is an insider’s look at the supernatural world of the Hollows, from an overarching new story to character profiles, maps, spell guides, charm recipes, secret correspondence from the elusive Trent Kalamack, and much more.

Friday, October 14, 7-8:30 p.m.

Reading, Leslie Simon, author of Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World

Geek Girls Unite is a call to arms for every girl who has ever obsessed over music, comics, film, comedy, books, crafts, fashion, or anything else under the Death Star. Music geek girl Leslie Simon offers an overview of the geek elite by covering groundbreaking women, hall-of-famers, ultimate love matches, and potential frenemies, along with her top picks for playlists, books, movies, and websites. In celebration of NY Comic-Con, the East Coast’s popular culture convention.

Tuesday, October 18, 6:30-8 p.m.

SCPS Inside/Outside Reading Series presents: Charles Simic

Charles Simic has published more than 60 books, including The World Doesn’t End: Prose Poems, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He has also published many translations of French, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, and Slovenian poetry as well as four books of essays. His many awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire and Poet-In -Residence at the NYU Creative Writing Program.

Wednesday, October 19, 5-6:30 p.m.

The Revealer Reading Series: Omri Elisha, author of Moral Ambition: Mobilization and Social Outreach in Evangelical Megachurches, with response by Elizabeth Castelli

Omri Elisha, assistant professor of anthropology at Queens College, CUNY will read from his new book.  With response by Elizabeth Castelli, chair of religious studies at Barnard.

In his ethnography, Elisha examines the hopes, frustrations, and activist strategies of American evangelical Christians as they engage socially with local communities. Focusing on two Tennessee megachurches, Moral Ambition reaches beyond political controversies over issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and public prayer to highlight the ways that evangelicals at the grassroots of the Christian Right promote faith-based causes intended to improve the state of social welfare. The book shows how these ministries both help churchgoers embody religious virtues and create provocative new opportunities for evangelism on a public scale.

The event is part of the Revealer Reading Series, sponsored by NYU’s Center for Religion and Media and the NYU Bookstore, which features new books that address religion in public life, as examined through various lenses, including cold-war era radio, contemporary megachurches, and adolescence. The Revealer is a publication of NYU’s Center for Religion and Media. 

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Religion & Media, the Revealer, and the Department of Anthropology at NYU.

Thursday, October 20, 12:00-2 p.m.

All Things Apple @ NYU

Introducing the “lunch and learn” sessions with NYU and Apple! Come learn all about the latest and greatest apps for Apple products and how you can incorporate them into your classroom and teaching experience. Ask our Apple Reps any technical questions and get answers on the spot. Bring your lunch, relax and learn!

Monday, October 24, 6:30-8 p.m.

Reading: Elizabeth Swadoz, author of Waiting: Selected Nonfiction 

In Waiting, Elizabeth Swados brings her lively autobiographical pieces—many of which first ran in The New York Times and O, The Oprah Magazine—together for the first time. Among those appearing in the book are Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, Yehuda Amichai, Ellen Stewart, and Marlon Brando, as well as moving accounts of Swados’s schizophrenic brother, her work with young actors from New York to Abu Dhabi, and her explorations of the creative process—all told with grace and humor.

Thursday, October 27, 6:30-8 p.m.

Reading: Amy Alexander, author of Uncovering Race: A Black Journalist’s Story of Reporting and Reinvention 

From an award-winning black journalist, a tough-minded look at the treatment of ethnic minorities both in newsrooms and in the reporting that comes out of them, within the changing media landscape. Alexander explains how the so-called New Media is reenacting Old Media’s biases. She argues that the idea of newsroom diversity—at best an afterthought in good economic times—has all but fallen off the table as the industry fights for its economic life, a dynamic that will ultimately speed the demise of venerable news outlets.

Monday, October 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Literary New York Halloween Party

Free refreshments, surprises, signings, and suspense! Come in costume!

With many exciting surprises, including: performance by Justin Long-Moton, the youth Poet Laureate; Persia Walker, the author of Harlem Renaissance mystery novels; Famous Writers in Disguise; and performance of New York Word Symphony of Major New York Authors.

The event is sponsored by the NYU Bookstore, Professor Keefer’s Major New York Authors Class from the NYU McGhee Division, and the New York Literary Club at McGhee.

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NYU Bookstore to Feature Jorge Castañeda, Pulitzer Winner Charles Simic, and a Literary New York Halloween Party in October

The New York University Bookstore will host events in October featuring Distinguished Professor Jorge Castañeda, Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Charles Simic, and a Halloween party in October at the bookstore’s 726 Broadway location (between Astor Place and Washington Place). All events are free and open to the public.


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