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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 Jessamyn Hope, author of "Safekeeping"

This Monday, June 15th, Jessamyn Hope (Safekeeping) and Jonathan Papernick (The Book of Stone) will read and discuss their recent novels.  We'd like to thank Jessamyn for taking the time to answer our Q&A and for sharing her work with us!
Jessamyn Hope grew up in Montreal and lived in Israel before moving to New York City. Her fiction and memoirs have appeared in Ploughshares, Five Points, Colorado Review, Descant, and PRISM international, among other literary magazines. She was the Susannah McCorkle Scholar in Fiction at the 2012 Sewanee Writers' Conference and has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. 

Q&A and Reading with Jonathan Papernick, author of "The Book of Stone"

This Monday, June 15th, at 7pm, Jessamyn Hope (Safekeeping), and Jonathan Papernick (The Book of Stone) will meet at Book Culture on Columbus to discuss their recently published novels. Jonathan Papernick, also the author of story collections The Ascent of Eli Israel and There Is No Other, agreed to answer a few questions about his writing and upcoming work!  Jonathan's fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals including, Nerve, Post Road, Green Mountains Review, and Night Train. Papernick has taught fiction writing at Pratt Institute, Brandeis University, Bar Ilan University, Emerson College, Grub Street Writers and Emerson College. A Toronto native, Papernick lives with his wife and two sons outside of Boston.

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 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 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.