Summer has finally come to New York, and in this heat it's important to keep calm and cool and move as little as possible. In order words, it's the perfect time to read! Begin your summer right with an amazing list of books to dive into, provided by Book Culture on Broadway's amazing staff and managers. We hope this provides you with some inspiration, and that your summer is filled with playful, contemplative, and ever surprising literary adventures.
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As spring gives way to summer, the city is booming with life and a flurry of activity. The sun is out, the temperature is rising, and New Yorkers are finally emerging from their cocoons of down coats as shorts-and-sandals adorned butterflies. Okay, maybe that's a little much, but it is exciting to be able to head outdoors without several layers of fleece.
In honor of the change of season, I've put together a list of books that explore the wild, rugged outdoors that exists, even within the confines of the city. Go forth: Read! Explore! Have fun! Don't forget the sun block!
On Monday, June 15, at 7pm, Brin-Jonathan Butler will be discussing his memoir The Domino Diaries: My Decade Boxing with Olympic Champions and Chasing Hemingway's Ghost in the Last Days of Castro's Cuba at Book Culture on 112th Street. Brin-Jonathan Butler is a writer and filmmaker. His work has appeared in ESPN Magazine, Vice, Deadspim, The Wall Street Journal, Salon and The New York Times. Butler's documentary, Split Decision, is an examination of Cuban-American relations and the economic and cultural paradoxes that have shaped them since Castro's revolution, through the lens of elite Cuban boxers forced to choose between remaining in Cuba or defecting to America.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Magazine, Courageous Creativity, the Seattle Times and other publications. She lives in Seattle.