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April 4 @ 6:00 pm

Eden Collinsworth reads from her latest book Behaving Badly

Start: April 4 @ 6:00 pm
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April 5 @ 6:00 pm

Please join us for the launch of Botanical Shakespeare with author Gerit Quealy

botanical-shakespeareA captivating, beautifully illustrated, one-of-a-kind color compendium of the flowers, fruits, herbs, trees, seeds, and grasses cited in the works of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, accompanied by their companion quotes from all of his plays and poems. With a foreword by Dame Helen Mirren—the first foreword she has ever contributed.

In this striking compilation, Shakespeare historian Gerit Quealy and respected Japanese artist Sumié Hasegawa combine their knowledge and skill in this first and only book that examines every plant that appears in the works of Shakespeare.

Botanical Shakespeare opens with a brief look at the Bard’s relationship to the plants mentioned in his works—a diversity that illuminates his knowledge of the science of botany, as well as the colloquy, revealing his unmatched skill for creating metaphorical connections and interweaving substantive philosophy. At the heart of the book are “portraits” of the over 170 flowers, fruits, grains, grasses, trees, herbs, seeds and vegetables that Shakespeare mentions in his plays and poems. Botanical Shakespeare features a gorgeous color illustration of each, giving a “face” to the name, alongside the specific text in which it appears and the character(s) who utter the lines in which it is mentioned.

This fascinating visual compendium also includes a dictionary describing each plant—such as Eglantine, a wild rose with a slight prickle, cherished for its singular scent, superior to any other rose; and the difference between apples and apple-john—along with indices listing the botanical by play/poem, by character, and genus for easy reference, ideal for gardeners and thoughtful birthday gift-giving.

This breathtaking, incomparable collection of exquisite artwork and companion quotes offers unique depth and insight into Shakespeare and his timeless work through the unusual perspective of the plants themselves.

Start: April 5 @ 6:00 pm
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April 6 @ 6:00 pm

Frances Fitzgerald discusses her latest book The Evangelicals

the-evangelicalsThis groundbreaking book from Pulitzer Prize­–winning historian Frances Fitzgerald is the first to tell the powerful, dramatic story of the Evangelical movement in America—from the Puritan era to the 2016 presidential election.

The evangelical movement began in the revivals of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, known in America as the Great Awakenings. A populist rebellion against the established churches, it became the dominant religious force in the country.  During the nineteenth century white evangelicals split apart dramatically, first North versus South, and then at the end of the century, modernist versus fundamentalist. After World War II, Billy Graham, the revivalist preacher, attracted enormous crowds and tried to gather all Protestants under his big tent, but the civil rights movement and the social revolution of the sixties drove them apart again. By the 1980s Jerry Falwell and other southern televangelists, such as Pat Robertson, had formed the Christian right. Protesting abortion and gay rights, they led the South into the Republican Party, and for thirty-five years they were the sole voice of evangelicals to be heard nationally. Eventually a younger generation of leaders protested the Christian right’s close ties with the Republican Party and proposed a broader agenda of issues, such as climate change, gender equality, and immigration reform.

Evangelicals have in many ways defined the nation. They have shaped our culture and our politics. Frances Fitzgerald’s narrative of this distinctively American movement is a major work of history, piecing together the centuries-long story for the first time. Evangelicals now constitute twenty-five percent of the American population, but they are no longer monolithic in their politics. They range from Tea Party supporters to social reformers. Still, with the decline of religious faith generally, Fitzgerald suggests that evangelical churches must embrace ethnic minorities if they are to survive.

Start: April 6 @ 6:00 pm
End: April 6 @ 7:30 pm

April 12 @ 6:00 pm

Bethany Ball launches her debut novel What To Do About the Solomons

Short, elegant, sexy, and provocative, Bethany Ball’s debut What to Do About the Solomons weaves contemporary Jewish history through a distinctly modern, propulsive, and savvy tale of family life.

Meet Marc Solomon, an Israeli ex-navy commando now living in L.A., who is falsely accused of money laundering through his asset management firm. As the Solomons’ Santa Monica home is raided, Marc’s American wife, Carolyn—concealing her own dark past—makes hopeless attempts to hold their family of five together. But news of the scandal makes its way from America to the rest of the Solomon clan on the kibbutz in the Jordan River Valley. There we encounter various members of the family and the community—from Marc’s self-absorbed movie actress sister, Shira, and her forgotten son, Joseph; to his rich and powerful construction magnate father, Yakov; to his former star-crossed love, Maya; and his brother-in-law, Guy Gever, a local ranger turned “artist.” As the secrets and rumors of the kibbutz are revealed through various memories and tales, we witness the things that keep the Solomons together and those that tear them apart.

Start: April 12 @ 6:00 pm
End: April 12 @ 7:30 pm

April 13 @ 6:00 pm

Beatrix Ost reads from her latest memoir More Than Everything

Beatrix Ost’s memoir of her artistic awakening and early marriage opens on the heels of Germany’s recovery from the self-imposed disasters of World War II. She is part of the new generation that dances disobediently in the bombed-out villas and underground jazz caverns of Munich. Beatrix rides the dynamic decade up through the world of art, fashion, and cinema into the revolution of politics and consciousness.

Marriage to the self-made prodigy and archaeologist, Ferdinand, impresario of the Hot Club, draws her into the mystical realm of the ancient Mexican gods. Soon, two sons are born. They make an odyssey through Mexico where, under the wing of the artistic elite, their homes full of Riveras and Kahlos, the initial impression is intoxicating. But the further they press inland, the more Ferdinand loses himself in his obsession and addictions.

Ost draws us into the vortex of human craving to portray the complexities of her early marriage to a man scarred by the war, climbing the magical mountain of his own desires.

 

Style icon Beatrix Ost arrived in New York in 1975 and was swiftly discovered by the New York Times as one of the city’s most elegant fusions of art and fashion. She is featured in two volumes of the book Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen.

Start: April 13 @ 6:00 pm
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April 17 @ 6:00 pm

Dani Shapiro reads from her latest book Hourglass

Start: April 17 @ 6:00 pm
End: April 17 @ 7:30 pm

April 19 @ 6:00 pm

Celebrate the publication of How to Speak Soccer with author Sally Cook

how-to-speak-soccerFrom “assist” to “woodwork,” How to Speak Soccer includes over 125 terms paired with funny and charming illustrations that decode the words and phrases that sail around a soccer field. With the 2015 U.S. Women’s World Cup championship game being the most-watched soccer game in U.S. history, interest in soccer has never been higher, and there’s sure to be more newcomers discovering the game who will want to learn the lingo as well as the fascinating anecdotes and bits of trivia shared throughout the book.

How to Speak Soccer covers well-known words like “corner kick” and “dive,” as well as the more uncommon words and phrases such as:

-Banana kick: A unique kick used frequently on corner kicks that causes the ball to take a curved path.
Daisy cutter: A type of low, hard shot that either stays completely on the ground or sails just above it.
Rabonna: A type of pass where the kicking leg wraps around the back of the standing leg.

How to Speak Soccer is the perfect blend of knowledge and entertainment and makes a fantastic gift book for soccer fans, children and adults playing in soccer leagues, and any of the growing number of fans of this exciting sport!

Start: April 19 @ 6:00 pm
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April 20 @ 5:30 pm

Celebrate the latest Wilcox and Griswold mystery with author Robin Newman

case-of-the-poached-eggWhen Penny goes missing from the nest, Wilcox and Griswold are called in to track her down. Was the egg stolen by a rival for The Most Round in the Spring Egg-stravaganza? Was she used in a carrot cake or scrambled by a hungry porker? Or was she held for a hefty corn ransom? Who took Penny and can the detectives find her before trouble hatches?

Start: April 20 @ 5:30 pm
End: April 20 @ 7:00 pm

April 25 @ 6:00 pm

Please join us for the NYC launch of Great with Child with author Sonia Taitz

great-with-childGreat With Child tells the story of ambitious, driven Abigail Thomas. Up for partnership at a prestigious law firm, she is thrown by an accidental pregnancy that threatens to upend her life. Witty, warm, and wise, this novel confronts the true meanings of love, morality, and duty.

Start: April 25 @ 6:00 pm
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April 27 @ 6:00 pm

Adam Kirsch discusses his new book The Global Novel

the-global-novelWhat will 21st-century fiction look like?

Acclaimed literary critic Adam Kirsch examines some of our most beloved writers, including Haruki Murakami, Elena Ferrante, Roberto Bolaño, and Margaret Atwood, to better understand literature in the age of globalization.

The global novel, he finds, is not so much a genre as a way of imagining the world, one that allows the novel to address both urgent contemporary concerns—climate change, genetic engineering, and immigration—along with timeless themes, such as morality, society, and human relationships. Whether its stories take place on the scale of the species or the small town, the global novel situates its characters against the widest background of the imagination. The way we live now demands nothing less than the global perspective our best novelists have to offer.

Start: April 27 @ 6:00 pm
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