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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.

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 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 SavvyAuntie.com 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.

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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