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Q&A with Brin-Jonathan Butler, author of "The Domino Diaries"

On Monday, June 15, at 7pmBrin-Jonathan Butler will be discussing his memoir The Domino Diaries: My Decade Boxing with Olympic Champions and Chasing Hemingway's Ghost in the Last Days of Castro's Cuba at Book Culture on 112th Street. Brin-Jonathan Butler is a writer and filmmaker. His work has appeared in ESPN Magazine, Vice, Deadspim, The Wall Street Journal, Salon and The New York Times.  Butler's documentary, Split Decision, is an examination of Cuban-American relations and the economic and cultural paradoxes that have shaped them since Castro's revolution, through the lens of elite Cuban boxers forced to choose between remaining in Cuba or defecting to America.

Q&A and Reading with Jonathan Papernick, author of "The Book of Stone"

This Monday, June 15th, at 7pm, Jessamyn Hope (Safekeeping), and Jonathan Papernick (The Book of Stone) will meet at Book Culture on Columbus to discuss their recently published novels. Jonathan Papernick, also the author of story collections The Ascent of Eli Israel and There Is No Other, agreed to answer a few questions about his writing and upcoming work!  Jonathan's fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals including, Nerve, Post Road, Green Mountains Review, and Night Train. Papernick has taught fiction writing at Pratt Institute, Brandeis University, Bar Ilan University, Emerson College, Grub Street Writers and Emerson College. A Toronto native, Papernick lives with his wife and two sons outside of Boston.

June LGBT Pride Display at 112th

Honoring the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, June is LGBT Pride Month and at Book Culture on 112th, we’ve picked some of our favorite works of queer fiction, poetry, graphic lit and theory to celebrate. Reflecting the diversity of the LGBT community and its history, our picks illustrate the progress and victories of the present, honor the struggles and losses of the past, and offer hopeful critique and recognition of a better future.

Q&A and Reading with Eliza Kennedy, author of "I Take You"

We are so excited for the launch event with Eliza Kennedy and Jane Green this Tuesday, June 9th, at 7pm! Looking forward to the event, we had the chance to ask Eliza Kennedy, author of I Take You--soon to be a film produced by Toby Maguire!--a few questions about her debut novel and upcoming work.  

 
 
 

French Storytime Returns to Broadway!

We are so pleased to announce that native speaker Catherine Gonthier-Fishman will lead French Storytime at our Broadway location! French Storytime will take place every Wednesday at 3:30pm. Story time is free of charge and all ages and language abilities are welcome.

We would like to warmly welcome Catherine and thank her for volunteering her time! Join her for the first storytime meeting on Wednesday, May 20th, at 3:30pm. 

Spring Sale and Silent Auction

Not all of our customers are aware that we have a wide selection of rare books at our store on 112th (including a first printing of The Great Gatsby, with the infamous typo “sick in tired” on page 206). After our Edward Said Library Sale and Auction, we thought, how can we do more to show off the one-of-a-kind books that we have in our store? Being in this neighborhood, in such close contact with the Columbia Faculty and the literary residents of the Upper West Side, we are always coming into the possession of the libraries of retired Professors, deeply read locals, and even our own customers. From first editions of classic novels to complete sets of German philosophy to out of print Derrida titles, our shelves are full of such books you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the city...

Q&A and Reading with DW Gibson

On Wednesday, May 13th, at 7pm, author DW Gibson will launch his latest book, The Edge Becomes the Center at Book Culture on Columbus. DW Gibson is the author of Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today's Changing Economy. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York TimesThe New York ObserverThe Daily Beast, BOMB, and The Caravan. Gibson serves as director of Writers Omi at Ledig House in Ghent, New York, which is part of the Omi International Arts Center. 

 

Q&A and Reading with Ann Morgan

Tonight at 7pm, Ann Morgan will celebrate the release of her latest book, The World Between Two Covers at our 112th store. 

Ann Morgan writes in the opening of The World Between Two Covers, "I glanced up at my bookshelves, the proud record of more than twenty years of reading, and found a host of English and North American greats starting down at me I had barely touched a work by a foreign language author in years The awful truth dawned. I was a literary xenophobe."

Prompted to read a book translated into English from each of the world's 195 UN-recognized countries (plus Taiwan and one extra), Ann sought out classics, folktales, current favorites and commercial triumphs, novels, short stories, memoirs, and countless mixtures of all these things..

Q&A and Reading with Mary Morris

This Tuesday, May 5th, at 7pm, author Mary Morris reads and discusses her latest novel, The Jazz Palace.  Mary Morris is the author of fourteen books - six novels, three collections of short stories, and four travel memoirs, including Nothing To Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone.  Recently her short stories have appeared in such places as The AtlanticPloughshares, and  Electric Literature.  The recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature, Morris teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College.  

 

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