Q&A and Reading with Leah Umansky of Uptown Poets

Looking forward to the upcoming Uptown Poets Reading this Thursday, we are pleased to share our Q&A with poet Leah Umansky

Leah Umansky is the author of the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream (Kattywompus Press, 2014) and a full-length collection, Domestic Uncertainties (BlazeVOX 2013). She is the curator of the COUPLET Reading Series in NYC, and writes for Tin House. Her poems can be seen in such places as Poetry Magazine, and The Brooklyn Rail, among others.

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 Mark Clifford

On Wednesday, April 15th, at 7pm, Hong Kong-based author Mark L. Clifford will launch his new book on the environmental crisis, The Greening of Asia.  One of Asia's best-respected writers on business and economy, in The Greening of Asia Mark L. Clifford provides a behind-the-scenes look at what companies in China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand are doing to build businesses that will lessen the environmental impact of Asia's extraordinary economic growth. Dirty air, foul water, and hellishly overcrowded cities are threatening to choke the region's impressive prosperity. Recognizing a business opportunity in solving social problems, Asian businesses have developed innovative responses to the region's environmental crises.

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.  


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 Miranda Field of Uptown Poets

Miranda Field was born and raised in the UK, but has lived on the Upper West Side for many years.  Her first collection, Swallow, won a Katherine Bakeless Nason Literary publication Award. Her second collection is forthcoming from Four Way Books.  She teaches in the creative Writing programs at Eugene Lang, NYU, and Barnard College.

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 and Reading with Tovah Klein

On Tuesday, February 24th, at 7pm Dr. Tovah Klein will read and discuss her new book, How Toddlers Thrive, at Book Culture on Columbus.  Dr. Tovah Klein, called "the toddler whisperer" on Good Morning America, has penned "a parenting milestone" (Dr. Harvey Rotbart, No Regrets Parenting) with How Toddlers Thrive, which shows parents of children ages two to five how to harness the singular power of the toddler mind during what might be the most crucial time of a child's brain development, to plant the seeds of lifelong success.