The American public library system has been one of the earliest victims of conservative austerity. But while the public library system slowly collapses, a new modern iteration of the members-only lending library has risen. These specialized libraries collect fees from members and curate specific types of boutique collections....more
Posts Tagged: Brooklyn
Playing off of Jerry Seinfeld’s video series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” The Morning News introduced a new column earlier this month called “Novelists in Restaurants Eating Food.” Roxane Gay offered up the first sampling, and this Wednesday, Jami Attenburg contributed the second, “Café de la Esquina.” Should there be doubts as to the genre of the review/not review, the editors left a hashtag-fiction indicator at the bottom for us....more
Anyone who lives near the banks of the East River awoke this morning to find that the American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge were either painted white or replaced. May be art, may be evil, may be two mighty lucky buckets of white paint accidentally dropped from Boeing cargo—whatever the reason, American flags are back up on the bridge....more
I can confirm, based on my own reading list this spring, that there is no shortage of fiction set in Brooklyn. In fact, you could almost say that the Lethems and, more recently, the Lins have been supplanted: It’s been a dazzling couple of years for the women of Brooklyn.
Popsickle, Brooklyn’s literary arts festival, returns for its fifth iteration this weekend. Organized by Rumpus contributor Niina Pollari and JD Scott, Popsickle brings together many of the borough’s best publications and reading series including Brooklyn Poets, The Bushwick Review, Mellow Pages Library, Mental Marginalia, Vol....more
Brooklyn has two independent Community bookstores—Park Slope’s Community Bookstore and Cobble Hill’s The Community Bookstore. John Scioli, owner of the latter, tells MobyLives that he founded the original with his ex-wife before they split. Scioli goes on to talk about life as a bookstore owner:
These days, The Community Bookstore is open when Scioli decides it will be—usually opening its doors in the afternoon and closing around 11pm.
Literary magazine Armchair/Shotgun—winner of the 2012 Saboteur award, one of the New York Times Magazine‘s ten “literary heirs,” and subject of an upcoming Rumpus interview—is turning five years old!
Go celebrate with them tomorrow, February 7, at 7:30 PM at Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore....more
Saturday 11/9: The Comic Arts Festival features guest speakers, indie publishers, and self-published comic zines. Mt. Carmel Church -and- The Knitting Factory, 11am to 7pm, free....more
On Wednesday, October 23rd, long-time Rumpus contributor and editor of the recent collection Goodbye to All that: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, Sari Botton will host an event in Brooklyn featuring reading and stories by contributors to the anthology and fellow New Yorkers with love/hate relationships of their own with the city....more
Every month The Poetry Society of America presents two poets at McNally Jackson as a part of their reading series and it’s usually a knock-out pairing. This month abides the rule with readings from C.K. Williams and Angelo Nikolopoulos.
Of special note this week: The venue formerly known as The Bowery Poetry Club has reopened their doors after some serious renovations. Now going by the name Bowery Arts and Science — which makes more sense since poetry was a small fraction of the programming there — they are back and have a full schedule up on the site....more
The end of August is a notoriously slow time for events of all kinds in New York. Why this year, and this week, has been an exception I do not know. August is full of great, weird, thought-provoking events. Get out of the house....more
The Franklin Park Reading Series is back this week and is something of a special line-up as they’re featuring a few poets, which is a rare occurrence for the series. The line-up includes the great short story author Amy Hempel, Matthew Savoca, Corey Zeller, Nicole Audrey Spector, and Rebecca Schiff.
A Twitter follower tipped us off to this Craigslist missed connection to end all Craigslist missed connections:
My stop was Union Square, but at Union Square I decided to stay on, rationalizing that I could just as easily transfer to the 7 at 42nd Street, but then I didn’t get off at 42nd Street either.
Akashic Books takes over Books Beneath the Bridge for a night of noir from the 5 boroughs. On top of a chance to win their 5-Borough Noir Set there will be readings from Colson Whitehead, Kevin Baker, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Victor Lavalle, and Alina Simone.
Join the Mystery Writers of America for a reading featuring Annamaria Alfieri, Kevin Egan, Clare Toohey, Kate Lincoln, Susan Olsen, Cathi Stoler and Sheila York. KGB Bar, 7pm, free.
Birds, LLC hosts a reading featuring Dan Magers, Bianca Stone, Sampson Starkweather, Justin Marks, Paige Taggert, and Chris Tonelli.
The 92nd St. Y presents two literary heavyweights on Monday. Martin Amis and Ian McEwan will talk about their friendship, careers, and respective work. The event will be introduced by Salman Rushdie. Kaufman Concert Hall, 8pm, $32+.
PowerHouse Arena presents Colum McCann reading from his latest novel TransAtlantic....more
The Bushwick Book Club does Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers. If you haven’t seen this series where musicians reinterpret books in musical form, it’s time to correct that problem.
The core duo of bliss-drone-space-twang group Speck Mountain formed when Karl Briedrick went looking for a singer for his Brooklyn-based band...more
Mellow Pages Library, a library and reading room in Brooklyn consisting primarily of publications from small publishing houses, opened its doors earlier this year.
Founded by Matt Nelson and Jacob Perkins, the library prides itself in supporting lesser-known authors and publishing houses, containing publications from Magic Helicopter Press, Factory Hollow Press, Jaded Ibis Press, and Ugly Duckling Presse, among others....more