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04/21/2015 | Book Talk | Featured Products | Staff Picks

The Good Soldier Ĺ vejk: A classic satire about WWI

The centenary of World War I has been met with patriotic declarations and celebrations from the governments of the same imperialist powers—the US, Britain, Germany, France, Canada, Australia—who washed their hands in the ocean of blood in 1914-18.

Forgotten—or intentionally ignored—is the fact that millions of working people who went through the experiences of the Great War at home or in battle reacted to the slaughter with an attempt to tear down the capitalist system as a whole.

The one successful overturn, the Russian Revolution of 1917, was the progressive response of the working class to the insoluble contradictions of the existing social order...

 

04/18/2015 | Book News | Book Talk | Events | Q & A | Site News | What are you reading?

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.

04/17/2015 | Book Culture on Columbus | Book News | Book Talk | Events | Featured Products | Q & A | Small Press Spotlight | Store News | What are you reading?

Q&A and Reading with New Vessel Press

This Sunday, April 19th, at 4pm, New Vessel Press will host an event featuring a discussion on the history and development of the press, including a showcase of current and future titles.  New Vessel Press was founded in New York City in 2012 and is an independent publishing house specializing in the translation of foreign literature into English.

Looking forward to this event, we interviewed cofounders Ross Ufberg and Michael Z. Wise about the press and upcoming publications...

04/16/2015 | Beyond 112th St. | Book News | Book Talk | Events | Neighborhood News | Q & A | Store News

Late Night Library: Podcast Interview with Rachel Hadas

This Friday, April 17th, at 7pm, Rachel Hadas will read as part of the "Poets of Other Persuasions" poetry reading.  Rachel was recently interviewed by Kristen Maffei, as part of Late Night Library literary podcast series. Check it out at: http://latenightlibrary.org/rachel-hadas-the-golden-road/.

04/15/2015 | Book Culture on Broadway | Book Culture on Columbus | Book Talk | Featured Products | Inventory News | Kids | Neighborhood News | New Release Spotlight | Q & A | Shop Local | Site News | Store News

Interview with Sasha Matthews, author of "Sitting Bull: A Life Story"

Last Friday, I had the chance to meet with writer Sasha Matthews at our 112th store for an exclusive interview on her debut comic book Sitting Bull: A Life Story.  Sasha Matthews is ten years old, attends fifth grade at a public school on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, and loves reading and writing comic books.  We talked for over a half-hour about how she came to write Sitting Bull, what it is about comic books that inspires her, her influences, and most of all, what she finds surprising and challenging about the comic-book writing process. 

04/14/2015 | Book News | Book Talk | Events | Featured Products | Q & A | Site News | What are you reading?

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.
 
 
04/09/2015 | Book Culture on Columbus | Book Talk | Events | Q & A | What are you reading?

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.

04/09/2015 | Book Culture on Columbus | Book News | Book Talk | Events | Featured Products | Inventory News | New Release Spotlight | Q & A | Store News

Q&A and Reading with Saundra Shohen

On Tuesday, April 14th at 6pm, Louisa Burns-Bisogno and Saundra Shohen launch their new page turner, The Night John Lennon Died . . . so did John Doe at Book Culture on Columbus. Based on true events, The Night John Lennon Died...so did John Doe is the ER Administrator's baptism by fire when John Lennon’s bloodied body is carried into Roosevelt Hospital's ER over the shoulder of a policeman. Moments later, in the next room there is the suspicious death of an elderly John Doe.  As the old man’s frail body is placed next to Lennon’s in the morgue van, Annie believes her involvement in these two senseless deaths is over. It is just beginning…

04/04/2015 | Book Culture on Columbus | Book News | Book Talk | Events | Featured Products | Q & A | Shop Local | Store News | What are you reading?

Q&A and Reading with Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

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 WeThe 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.

04/03/2015 | Beyond 112th St. | Book News | Book Talk | Contests | Events | Featured Products | Inventory News | Neighborhood News | Sales | Shop Local | Site News | Store News

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