The New York University Bookstore will host events in April that include Sarah Van Arsdale (Grand Isle, April 5), Marion Nestle (April 12, Why Calories Count), and Guy Gallo (Screenwriter Compass, April 17) 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).
Thursday, April 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Sarah Van Arsdale, author of the novel Grand Isle
In Sarah van Arsdale’s Grand Isle, summer’s idyll is shattered by a tragedy, setting in motion upheaval, mistrust, and deception among the people of Grand Isle. The summer people from Manhattan are forced to re-examine their friendships, their marriages, and their lives, and tensions between the summering teens and their year-round counterparts spike with the pressure of a terrible secret that could mean the ruin of one of them. At the book’s end, the summer closes with the human maps of Grand Isle re-drawn, alliances shifted, and the characters forever changed. Van Arsdale has been a lecturer at numerous colleges, universities, and writing programs, most recently at New York University and City College of New York. Grand Isle is her third novel.
Wednesday, April 11, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
SCPS Writing Workshop: Writing Young Adult Fiction with Beth Ann Bauman
The Department of Humanities, Arts, and Writing at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies 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 will be lecturing on a range of writing skills, followed by writing exercises and discussion. Afterwards, instructors will sign copies of their books and offer additional advice to aspiring writers. April’s session will feature Beth Ann Bauman, the author of the short story collection Beautiful Girls (MacAdam/Cage) and two young adult novels: Rosie and Skate (Random House), which was selected for the New York Times Editors’ Choice list and Booklist’s Top 10 First Novels for Youth, and Jersey Angel (Random House), forthcoming in May.
Thursday, April 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Marion Nestle, author of Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics
Calories--too few or too many--are the source of health problems affecting billions of people today. Although calories are essential to human health and survival, they cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. They are also hard to understand. In Why Calories Count, Marion Nestle and co-author Malden Nesheim explain what calories are and how they work, both biologically and politically. A professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Nestle has also authored: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (2002); Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism (2003); What to Eat (2006); Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2010); and, Feed Your Pet Right (2010).
Tuesday, April 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Guy Gallo, author of Screenwriter Compass: Character as True North
In Screenwriter's Compass, Guy Gallo shows aspiring and professional screenwriters how event, plot, and structure are grounded in the vivid imagining and presentation of character. With Gallo's guidance, screenwriters will learn how to root their screen story telling in character and voice; to create screenplays that seduce the readers, make them lean forward, and, most importantly, allow them to identify with character. Guy Gallo has written over a dozen feature screenplays; five have been produced, including “Under the Volcano,” produced by John Houston. He has taught advanced screenwriting for 20 years at Columbia University, Princeton, and NYU.
Wednesday, April 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Imran Ahmad, author of the memoir The Perfect Gentleman: A Muslim Boy Meets the West
Imran’s memoir details his experience as a Pakistani Muslim growing up in England with a unique style and unflinching honesty. Ahmad was born in Pakistan and moved to England in the early 1960s as a young boy. He studied chemistry and pursued a career in senior management for a number of large corporations.
Wednesday, April 25, 4:00 p.m.
Author Signing: Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, authors of By Invitation Only: How We Built GILT and Changed The Way People Shop
Wednesday, April 25, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Young Adult Fiction by NYU Faculty, with Carley Moore, Madeleine George, and P.J Kain
In Carley Moore’s The Stalker Chronicles, a high-school sophomore learns to manage her tendency to spy on the ones she loves. In Madeleine George’s The Difference Between You and Me, two friends have nothing in common except for the "private time" they share every Tuesday afternoon. In P.J Kain’s Famous for Thirty Seconds, will Brittany be able to discover there's more to life than being a commercial success?
Thursday, April 26, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Hanging Loose Press Poetry & Prose featuring Robert Hershon, Steven Schrader, and Gerald Fleming
Robert Hershon, author of Calls from the Outside World, has published 12 books of poetry and is the recipient of various awards, including two creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the executive director of the Print Center and a co-editor of Hanging Loose Press and Hanging Loose magazine in Brooklyn. Steven Schrader, author of Threads: More Stories from a New York Life, is the co-chair and former director of Teachers and Writers Collaborative and was the publisher of Cane Hill Press. Gerald Fleming’s poetry and prose poems have appeared widely over the past 30 years. He has won numerous awards and fellowships, and between 1995 and 2000 he edited and published the literary magazine Barnabe Mountain Review. He is the author of Night of Pure Breathing.