Last Friday, I had the chance to meet with writer Sasha Matthews at our 112th store for an exclusive interview on her debut comic book Sitting Bull: A Life Story. Sasha Matthews is ten years old, attends fifth grade at a public school on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, and loves reading and writing comic books. We talked for over a half-hour about how she came to write Sitting Bull, what it is about comic books that inspires her, her influences, and most of all, what she finds surprising and challenging about the comic-book writing process.
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.
Now that you have met some of the wonderful people who work at Book Culture on Columbus, we are ready to introduce the staff at Book Culture's 112th store! There are quite a few of us, so look forward to many more posts, reading recommendations, and exclusive insights into the workings of an independent bookstore.
The Arabic word for “awesome,” mumtaz, comes from a root meaning “to divide” or “to distinguish,” and Arabic literature comprises a vast and diverse web of texts – composed in locales from Sudan to Jordan to Yemen, by litterateurs ranging from the eloquent Arabian poet-warriors of the 6th century to the realistic fiction writers of the nineteenth century to the brilliantly inventive contemporary writers whose work blasts apart genres – all distinguished by a passionate love for the Arabic language and its possibilities. Whatever your preconceptions about what Arabic literature is or isn’t, you surely don’t have the whole story!
Polity is a leading international publisher in the social sciences and humanities and publishes some of the world’s best authors in these fields. Their aim is to combine the publication of original, cutting-edge work of the highest quality with a systematic programme of textbooks and coursebooks for students and scholars in further and higher education.
The Polity list is particularly strong in the areas of sociology, politics and social and political theory. They also have strong lists in a range of other subjects including philosophy, history,literary studies, media and cultural studies, gender studies, and anthropology.
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 Times, The New York Observer, The 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.
On Friday, May 15th, at 4:30pm, Eve Yohalem will lauch her new middle grades novel, Cast Off: The Strange Adventures of Petra de Winter and Bram Boen! Eve Yohalem's prior books include Escape Under the Forever Sky, Grandpa Hates the Bird, and Starry Eyed. She lives in New York City with her family.
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 We. The 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.
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