The NYU Bookstore will host Paul Danahar (Oct. 1), Ruth Behar (Oct. 3), Pulitzer-winning Poet Charles Simic (Oct. 16), Ann Pellegrini (Oct. 30), and more at the Bookstore’s 726 Broadway location.
Events are free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. For more information, call 212.998.4667 or go to www.bookstores.nyu.edu. Subways: N, R (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).
Tuesday, October 1, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Paul Danahar, author of The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring
Paul Danahar is the BBC’s U.S. bureau chief. He was previously the BBC’s Middle East Bureau Chief and ran the organization’s news coverage of the Arab Spring. He has reported from Iraq, Iran, and North Korea.
Wednesday, October 2, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Stephen Jimenez, author of The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard
Stephen Jimenez, an award-winning journalist, writer, and producer, re-frames the killing of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, WY in 1998. He has written and produced programs for ABC News 20/20, Dan Rather Reports, Nova, Fox, and Court TV. He has taught screenwriting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and other colleges.
Thursday, October 3, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Ruth Behar, author of Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in between Journeys
In conversation with Hasia Diner
Repeatedly returning to her homeland of Cuba, Behar is obsessed by the question of why we leave home to find home. For those of us who travel heavy with our own baggage, Behar is an indispensable guide, full of grace and hope, in the perpetual search for connection that defines our humanity. Behar is a professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan. An internationally acclaimed writer, she is also a poet and a documentary filmmaker. Hasia Diner is a professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and American Jewish History and director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at NYU.
Monday, October 7, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
D.B. Gilles, author of Writers Rehab: A 12-Step Program for Writers Who Can’t Get Their Acts Together
D.B. Gilles is on the faculty of the Undergraduate Film & Television Department at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he teaches screenwriting and comedy writing.
Writers Rehab is designed to be a comprehensive self-help book in the form of a 12-step program for writers dealing with emotional or psychological roadblocks with their writing.
Tuesday, October 8, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Kaiser Fung, author of Numbersense: How to Use Big data to Your Advantage
Kaiser Fung is a professional statistician with over a decade of experience applying statistical methods to marketing and advertising businesses. He is an adjunct professor at New York University teaching practical statistics. Numbersense offers insight into how Big Data interpretation works--and how it too often doesn’t work.
Wednesday, October 9, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Mitchell S. Jackson, author of The Residue Years
Mitchell S. Jackson teaches writing at NYU, Medgar Evers College, and John Jay College. He also works as a journalist, writing about rap music for Vibe, The Source, and various others. The Residue Years is a poetic, autobiographical novel about the struggles of a family to stay together.
The event is co-sponsored by the McGhee Creative Writing Program at NYU.
Thursday, October 10, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading with Myra Shapiro and Owen Lewis
Myra Shapiro, who teaches poetry workshops for the International Women’s Writing Guild and serves on the Board of Directors of Poets House, has authored 12 Floors Above the Earth (Atrium House Books). Owen Lewis, a practicing child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, has written March in San Miguel (Finishing Line Press) and Sometimes Full of Daylight (Dos Madres Press).
Wednesday, October 16, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Charles Simic author of New and Selected Poems 1962-2012
Charles Simic, a Pulitizer-Prize-winning poet and former poet laureate of the United States, is professor of English at the University of New Hampshire and Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at the NYU Creative Writing Program. New and Selected Poems 1962-2012 distills his life’s work, combining for the first time the best of his early poems with his later works--including nearly three dozen revisions--along with seventeen new, never-before-published poems.
Thursday, October 17, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Thomas Heise, Louise Mathias & April Naoko Heck - Poetry Reading
Thomas Heise is the author of three books: Moth; or how I came to be with you again (Sarabande); Horror Vacui: Poems (Sarabande), and Urban Underworlds: A Geography of Twentieth-Century American Literature and Culture (Rutgers University Press). Louise Mathias is the author of The Traps (Four Way Books) and Lark Apprentice, chosen by Brenda Hillman for the New Issues Poetry Prize and published by New Issues Press. April Naoko Heck’s first collection of poems is due in fall 2013 from UpSet Press. A Kundiman Fellow, she has been awarded residencies from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Vermont Studio Center.
The event is co-sponsored by Four Way Books, a not-for-profit literary press celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Tuesday, October 22, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Kundiman Poetry Reading with Joseph O. Legaspi & George Yamazawa
Hosted by April Naoko Heck
This evening features a reading by Joseph Legaspi and a spoken word performance by George Yamawaza, among other literary offerings. Legaspi is the author of Imago (CavanKerry Press) and Subways (Thrush Press). He co-founded Kundiman (www.kundiman.org), a non-profit organization serving Asian American poetry. Yamazawa has been a 2010 National Poetry Slam Finalist and a Kundiman Fellow.
Wednesday, October 23, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Nan Cuba author of Body and Bread
In conversation with authors Joan Silber and Chuck Wachtel
Body and Bread is Nan Cuba’s debut novel, in which she unearths the power of family legacies and the indelible imprint of loss on all our lives. She is the founder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink and is currently an assistant professor of English at Our Lady of the Lake University. Her stories, poems, and reviews have appeared in various publications.
Wednesday, October 30, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Ann Pellegrini and Michael Amico co-authors of “You Can Tell Just By Looking” and 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People
You Can Tell Just by Looking unpacks enduring, popular, and deeply held myths about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, culture, and life in America. Ann Pellegrini is a professor of performance studies and religious studies at New York University, where she also directs NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Her publications include Performance Anxieties (Routledge) and the coauthored book Love the Sin (Beacon Press). Michael Amico is a PhD candidate in American studies at Yale University.
The event is co-sponsored with NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.