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Interview with Sasha Matthews, author of "Sitting Bull: A Life Story"

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. 

Meet the Staff: Devon Dunn

Devon BioNow 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.

New Polity Table!

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 sociologypolitics and social and political theory. They also have strong lists in a range of other subjects including philosophyhistory,literary studiesmedia and cultural studiesgender studies, and anthropology.

NY/CUNY Chapbook Festival: March 31st-April 2nd

Don't miss the seventh annual NYC/CUNY Chapbook Festival taking place Tuesday, March 31st, through Thursday, April 2nd.  The Chapbook Festival celebrates the chapbook as a work of art and as a medium for alternative and emerging writers and publishers. Located at venues throughout the city, the festival features a day long book fair with over 60 publishers from around the country, and includes exhibitions, workshops, installations, demonstrations, chapbook releases, and readings by prize-winning Chapbook Fellows.

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 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. 

Small Press Spotlight: Belladonna*

For this Small Press Spotlight, we are so pleased to feature an interview with Krystal Languell, Jennifer Firestone and Saretta Morgan at Belladonna*, a small press whose mission is to "promote the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable and dangerous with language." We would like to thank Julia and the Belladonna* team for the interview and hope you will come visit our small press section at our 112th St. location, showcasing unique publications from Belladonna* as well as many other presses locally based in New York City.

Small Press Spotlight: Projective Industries

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For this Small Press Spotlight, we are featuring an interview with the three editors of Projective Industries, a small press that publishes beautifully designed, handmade letterpressed chapbooks. We would like to thank the editors for the interview and hope you will come visit our small press table, showcasing unique publications from Projective Industries as well as many other presses locally based in New York City.

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...

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