Recent Blog Entries

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...

Q&A and Reading with DW Gibson

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 TimesThe New York ObserverThe 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. 

 

Small Press Spotlight: Belladonna*

For this Small Press Spotlight, we are so pleased to feature an interview with Krystal Languell, Jennifer Firestone and Saretta Morgan at Belladonna*, a small press whose mission is to "promote the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable and dangerous with language." We would like to thank Julia and the Belladonna* team for the interview and hope you will come visit our small press section at our 112th St. location, showcasing unique publications from Belladonna* as well as many other presses locally based in New York City.

Q&A and Reading with Ann Morgan

Tonight at 7pm, Ann Morgan will celebrate the release of her latest book, The World Between Two Covers at our 112th store. 

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..

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