Recent Blog Entries

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.

June LGBT Pride Display at 112th

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.

Q&A and Reading with Eliza Kennedy, author of "I Take You"

We are so excited for the launch event with Eliza Kennedy and Jane Green this Tuesday, June 9th, at 7pm! Looking forward to the event, we had the chance to ask Eliza Kennedy, author of I Take You--soon to be a film produced by Toby Maguire!--a few questions about her debut novel and upcoming work.  

 
 
 

Book Culture at 112th Staff Summer Reading Lists!

After yet another brutal New York winter, summer is finally here! No more gray freezing days--the city is in full bloom, the sun sets later every day, and we have more time than ever to laze around NYC's parks and benches to READ! We hope our staff and managers' personal summer reading lists will help inspire many months full of of playful, contemplative, and ever surprising literary adventures.

Q&A with Ann Hedreen, author of "Her Beautiful Brain"

On Tuesday, May 26th, at 7pm, Ann Hedreen will launch her memoir, Her Beautiful Brain, at Book Culture on Columbus. Ann Hedreen is a writer, teacher, filmmaker and voice of the radio podcast and blog, The Restless Nest. Together, she and her husband Rustin Thompson have made more than 100 films, including five full-length documentaries. Her writing has also appeared in Seattle Metropolitan MagazineCourageous Creativity, the Seattle Times and other publications. She lives in Seattle.

 

Q&A with Martha Mendelsohn

We are so grateful to have had Martha Mendelsohn, author of Bromley Girls, host a booksigning at Book Culture on Columbus! Martha Mendelsohn has worked as a translator for the French Embassy, an editorial assistant for HoltRinehart and Winston, and associate editor of Tikkunmagazine. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in TikkunThe New York TimesMomentBeliefnet.comJewishmag.com, and The Jewish Week. She lives with her husband on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Q&A with Elyssa Friedland

In celebration of the publication of Elyssa Friedland's debut novel, Love and Miss Communication, we had the chance to ask her a few questions about the development of her first novel, her personal reading, and upcoming projects. We would also like to thank her for coming into Book Culture on Columbus for a book signing this past month! Her book is available in store or on our website.  

 

French Storytime Returns to Broadway!

We are so pleased to announce that native speaker Catherine Gonthier-Fishman will lead French Storytime at our Broadway location! French Storytime will take place every Wednesday at 3:30pm. Story time is free of charge and all ages and language abilities are welcome.

We would like to warmly welcome Catherine and thank her for volunteering her time! Join her for the first storytime meeting on Wednesday, May 20th, at 3:30pm. 

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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