Summer's finally here and with it comes the greatest of warm-weather activities: summer reading! In case you need any ideas for what to read on the beach (or for sitting in front of the AC in your apartment, as the case may be), we here at Book Culture have decided to share our summer reading lists. Whether we're reading the hot new release, or returning to a classic we somehow missed in school, everyone here has a lot of books they're excited to read in the coming months. We hope this list provides you some inspiration for a great literary summer!
What are you reading?
Ann Morgan writes in the opening of The World Between Two Covers, "I glanced up at my bookshelves, the proud record of more than twenty years of reading, and found a host of English and North American greats starting down at me I had barely touched a work by a foreign language author in years The awful truth dawned. I was a literary xenophobe."
Prompted to read a book translated into English from each of the world's 195 UN-recognized countries (plus Taiwan and one extra), Ann sought out classics, folktales, current favorites and commercial triumphs, novels, short stories, memoirs, and countless mixtures of all these things..
On Friday, May 1st, at 7pm, Céline Keating will launch her new novel, Play For Me at Book Culture on Columbus. A writer living in New York City, Keating's short fiction has been published in many literary magazines, including Appearances, Echoes, Emry’s Journal, The North Stone Review, Prairie Schooner, and the Santa Clara Review. Céline is an avid student of classical guitar and a regular contributor to Acoustic Guitar and Minor 7th magazines. Her articles have also appeared in Coastal Living, Guitar World, and Poets & Writers magazines. Her debut novel, Layla, was published in 2011. Her new novel, Play for Me is published by She Writes Press.
We are looking forward to the reading and discussion of Charity Scribner's latest book, After the Red Army Faction on Wednesday, March 18th, at 7pm. An associate professor at the City University of New York, Charity Scribner teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center and LaGuardia Community College. She is also the author of Requiem for Communism.
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.
On Sunday, March 8th, at 3pm Gregory Fletcher reads from his latest book, Shorts and Briefs: A Collection of Short Plays and Brief Principles of Playwriting. Gregory Fletcher is a native of Dallas, Texas, a resident of New York City, a member of the Dramatists' Guild and Actors Equity Association, a graduate of California State University with a MA in Playwriting, and of Columbia University with an MFA in Directing. Composed of nine short plays and and brief principles of play writing, Shorts and Briefs is intended for actors, directors, and producers of the short play genre, both in and out of the classroom.
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.
Honor Moore’s most recent book is The Bishop’s Daughter, a memoir, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of the Year and her most recent collection of poems, Red Shoes. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The American Scholar, Salmagundi, The New Republic, Freeman’s and many other journals and anthologies. For the Library of America, she edited Amy Lowell: Selected Poems and Poems from the Women’s Movement, an Oprah summer readings pick which is featured in the current documentary about American feminism, “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry.” She has been poet in residence at Wesleyan and the University of Richmond, visiting professor at the Columbia School of the Arts and three times the Visiting Distinguished Writer in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa.
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