Friday, May 20, 2011

Week of May 23

I am on vacation (arrivaderci, folks!) but here's what's going on this week:

Mon, May 23, 6pm
The popular Books at the Bar lecture series (run by NYSL member Diane Kiesel) is back with their last program for the season: author Daniel Feldman will talk about his latest book with Gerald Benjamin Tales From the Sausage Factory: Making Laws in New York State. If you've ever wondered how in the world things work -- or don't -- in Albany, now is your chance to find out. Wine and cheese reception, reading & discussion, book signing. FREE.
City Bar Association, 42 W. 44th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves)

Tues, May 24, 4:30pm
Poets Writing Group {NYSL members only}
Whitridge Room

Wed, May 25, 11am
Fiction Writing Group II {NYSL members only}
Whitridge Room

Fri, May 27 - Thurs, Jun 2, 6:30pm
Screening of NYSL member Michael Bergmann's very funny movie Tied to a Chair. Discounted tickets ($6.50 instead of $13) are available if you email and indicate which day you'd like to attend.
check out the trailer here
Big Cinemas Manhattan, 239 E. 59th St.(betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tracy Quan joins Chester Brown at The Strand Thursday

Member Tracy Quan (Diary of a Jetsetting Call Girl) joins author Chester Brown to discuss his latest Paying For It - a comic-strip memoir about being a john.

Thursday, May 12, 7pm
The Strand Bookstore

828 Broadway

Monday, May 9, 2011


About 2 years ago now {my, how time flies}, we held a Writing Life talk called Marketing and Publicity for Writers. It was less a talk than a moderated discussion, and member Ellen Feldman and former book editor/NYSL Circulation Assistant Andrew Corbin led the assembled audience of writers in a spirited give and take about the new realities of book marketing and publicity. The bottom line was unanimous: authors are pretty much on their own. Member writers shared lots of terrifically creative ideas that day, as well as plenty of sad (and unfortunately, humiliating) stories about self promotion.

One of the audience members that day was member Sarah Pinneo. Sarah has since left New York for greener pastures (or more literally, White Mountains) but she has continued her quest for the holy grail of book publicity.

Her new blog Blurb is a Verb is subtitled "adventures (+ misadventures!) in book publicity". HuffPo has already picked up one of her posts and it seems clear that she's going to get a lot of publicity about ...publicity. She wants to hear your stories. Plenty of other writers will too.

p.s. we miss you, Sarah...

Adam Gopnik & Cathleen Schine at MCNY Tuesday

The Museum of the City of New York is generously offering a member's discount to New York Society Library members for tomorrow's event:

Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 pm
Cathleen Schine and Adam Gopnik
In Conversation

In the essay “Place in Fiction,” Eudora Welty posited that “Every story would be another story, and unrecognizable as art, if it took up its characters and plot and happened somewhere else.” Join two quintessentially New York writers, best-selling novelist Cathleen Schine, author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport (Picador, 2011), a humorous novel about three Upper West Side women who move to a cottage in Westport to re-group, and Adam Gopnik, columnist for The New Yorker and author of Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York (Vintage, 2007), a collection of essays about life in New York since 2000, for a conversation about the role place has played in their work.

Reservations required: 917-492-3395 or e-mail
$6 museum members; $8 seniors and students; $12 non-members
$6 when you mention the New York Society Library

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY 10029

Monday, May 2, 2011

Meg Wolitzer TONIGHT

Member Meg Wolitzer, will discuss and sign her latest novel The Uncoupling tonight at Stony Brook Manhattan.

More info on Meg's website.

Monday, May 2, 7pm
Stony Brook Manhattan
101-113 East 27th Street, 3rd Floor