Book News

Q&A and Reading with Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Ever wonder what the married of Kate Middleton and Prince William is like behind all the glam and glitz of royalty? Join authors Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan at Book Culture on Columbus this Tuesday at 7pm for the launch of their latest book, The Royal WeThe premise of The Royal We is simple: what if, rather than meeting Kate Middleton in college, the future king of England, has met an American foreign exchange student? Although inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Royal We is very much its own story. Packed with fully-drawn characters that readers will absolutely fall in love with, relationships that feel real, authentic and relatable, this smartly-written story is pleasure-reading at its best.

Q&A and Reading with James B. Nicola

As part of our ongoing celebration of National Poetry Month, we are excited to host the Poets of Other Persuasions poetry reading this Friday, April 17th, at 7pm. The event will feature readings by James B. Nicola, Alfred Encarnacion, Rachel Hadas, and Jennifer Michael Hecht.  Looking forward to the upcoming event, we interviewed James B. Nicola, author of Manhattan Plaza and Stage to Page: Poems from the Theater, which is scheduled for publication in 2016. A Yale grad and stage director by profession, Nicola's non-fiction book Playing the Audience won a Choice award. Also a composer, lyricist, and playwright, James’s children’s musical, Chimes: A Christ­mas Vaude­ville, premiered in Fairbanks, Alaska, where Santa Claus was rumored to be in attendance on opening night.

Q&A and Reading with Julian E. Zelizer

This Monday, March 23rdJulian E. Zelizer will launch his latest book, The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great SocietyJulian E. Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and a fellow at New America. He is the author and editor of numerous books that examine U.S. political leaders, policies, and institutions since the New Deal, including Jimmy Carter and Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security—from World War II to the War on Terrorism. Zelizer is a well-known commentator on television and on radio and in print media. 


Q&A and Reading with Lewis Gordon

On Monday, April 20th, at 7pmLewis Gordon will read and discuss his latest book, What Fanon Said.  Drucilla CornellPaget HenryKyoo LeeDoug Ficekand Nelson Maldonado-Torres, will join the event as respondents.  

About What Fanon Said: 

Antiblack racism avows reason is white while emotion, and thus supposedly unreason, is black. Challenging academic adherence to this notion, What Fanon Said offers a portrait of Martinican-turned-Algerian revolutionary psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon as an exemplar of “living thought” against forms of reason marked by colonialism and racism. Working from his own translations of the original French texts, Gordon critically engages everything in Fanon from dialectics, ethics, existentialism, and humanism to philosophical anthropology, phenomenology, and political theory as well as psychiatry and psychoanalysis.

Q&A and Reading with Melanie Notkin

On Wednesday, March 18th, at 7pm author Melanie Notkin will launch her latest book, Otherhood, at Book Culture on Columbus.  Melanie Notkin (a.k.a. Savvy Auntie) is the founder of and creator of the popular Savvy Auntie lifestyle brand--the phenomenon heralded by fabulous kid-friendly women everywhere as a celebration of modern, cosmopolitan aunthood. 

Q&A and Reading with Michael T. Heaney

On Wednesday, March 4th, at 7pm Michael T. Heaney and co-author Fabio Rojas will launch Party in the Street: The Antiwar Movement and the Democratic Party after 9/11.  Party in the Street explores the interaction between political parties and social movements in the United States. Examining the collapse of the post-9/11 antiwar movement against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this book focuses on activism and protest in the United States.

Q&A and Reading with New Vessel Press

This Sunday, April 19th, at 4pm, New Vessel Press will host an event featuring a discussion on the history and development of the press, including a showcase of current and future titles.  New Vessel Press was founded in New York City in 2012 and is an independent publishing house specializing in the translation of foreign literature into English.

Looking forward to this event, we interviewed cofounders Ross Ufberg and Michael Z. Wise about the press and upcoming publications...

Q&A and Reading with Saundra Shohen

On Tuesday, April 14th at 6pm, Louisa Burns-Bisogno and Saundra Shohen launch their new page turner, The Night John Lennon Died . . . so did John Doe at Book Culture on Columbus. Based on true events, The Night John Lennon did John Doe is the ER Administrator's baptism by fire when John Lennon’s bloodied body is carried into Roosevelt Hospital's ER over the shoulder of a policeman. Moments later, in the next room there is the suspicious death of an elderly John Doe.  As the old man’s frail body is placed next to Lennon’s in the morgue van, Annie believes her involvement in these two senseless deaths is over. It is just beginning…

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.