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September 6 @ 5:30 pm

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Robin Newman’s new book No Peacocks!

Every day, Harry, Phil, and Jim are fed sunflower seeds by the staff who care for them at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. But one day, they decide they’re sick of them. They make a break for the New York City streets in search of pizza or Chinese takeout.
But everywhere they go, they’re told “No peacocks!” by the restaurant owners.
So they try to get an ooey, gooey, delicious meal closer to home. But how are they going to sneak into the school cafeteria and get their wings on the school’s world-famous mac ‘n cheese? A little plotting, some stolen disguises, and a little help from some students, and the mission is a go! But will the peacocks get their mac ‘n cheese? Or will their cover be blown so they have to fly the coop? Based on the real-life beloved bird celebrities who live at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (who are known to run off the grounds), and brought to the page in bold, bright style, No Peacocks! is a hilarious romp and a perfect read-aloud.

Start: September 6 @ 5:30 pm
End: September 6 @ 7:00 pm

September 11 @ 6:00 pm

Kate Walbert reads from her new novel His Favorites

Set in the 1970s, His Favorites is the story of Jo, a teenaged girl who, after a catastrophic and scandalous accident, is sent away to a boarding school. There, she encounters Master Aikens, a charismatic English teacher who encourages her to apply to his sought-after Modern Lit class. Intrigued, Jo agrees. The consequences for Jo are disastrous, immediate and lifelong. His Favorites beautifully shows how the institution closes ranks and protects Aikens when Jo brings his crimes to light, and the very steep price she must pay for being among his favorites.

The silencing of Jo and the underlying complicity of the culture in which she finds herself are all-too familiar and universal. As she recalls the details of the past many years later, she negotiates varying angles of perception, memory, revision, and the limits of language to try to claim and fully voice her history. The result is a devastating, propulsive, unforgettable work of fiction, impossible to put down.

Start: September 11 @ 6:00 pm
End: September 11 @ 7:30 pm

September 12 @ 6:00 pm

Please join us for the launch of Patrizia Chen’s new book Goong-Goong

Marrying into a Chinese family, Patrizia was fascinated and puzzled by the myriad of photographs of old Shanghai; the elegant weddings, exclusive club-like settings, sumptuous homes, banquets, and expensive cars. Inquisitive, she fielded questions, began to collect information, and discovered that she had married into an extraordinarily influential and important Chinese family. Yet… no one knew about the stories. Only her father-in-law, shipping magnate C.Y. Chen (or Goong-Goong, as she always respectfully referred to him) was the key to unlocking the family history.

Though rebuffed at first; in the years to come, the one prickly relationship between inquisitive Patrizia and reserved Goong-Goong warmed to become one of profound joy and deep meaning. Patrizia knew that she had to write the story of this remarkable man and the family that took her in with open arms; about exotic traditions; about fascinating people, places, anecdotes and stories–the stuff of novels–that proved to be real once she began to study the history of the Chen family and the meeting of East and West. Chen shows how families may change but can still preserve their traditions.

Goong-Goong is a unique book, which represents a fascinating cultural bridge between two civilizations and spanning two centuries.

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

September 26 @ 6:00 pm

Wednesday Martin launches her new book Untrue

Wednesday Martin’s newest work of non-fiction, Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Adultery is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free cuts through the junk science and regressive cultural narratives that have shaped our beliefs about female infidelity for centuries, revealing a truth both liberating and disconcerting: women are no more “naturally monogamous” than men; nor are their libidos shrinking violets. Far from it.

Offering insights from thirty experts as well as real women from all walks of life who refuse monogamy, Untrue also analyzes cultural shifts from plow agriculture to polyamory; introduces readers to two important “hidden figures” of American sex research; and takes readers on an immersive, fascinating journey—from the bonobo enclosure at the San Diego Zoo to an exclusive all-female sex party in Manhattan where most of the revelers identify as heterosexual. Untrue asserts that monogamy is a tighter fit for the fairer sex; that females of many species evolved to be “promiscuous”; and that female sexual autonomy may be the most meaningful metric of gender equality. Rich with game-changing data and polemical writing, it promises to take us far out of our comfort zone, and may change the way you think about women and sex forever.

Start: September 26 @ 6:00 pm
End: September 26 @ 7:30 pm

October 10 @ 6:00 pm

Libby Babbott-Klein and illustrator Jessica Walker sign copies of Baby Feminists

An irresistible timely lift-the-flap board book featuring lush illustrations of your favorite feminist icons as adorable babies!

Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mae Jemison, Frida Kahlo, and others were change-making feminists, they were . . . babies! In this board book that’s perfect for budding feminists, lift the flap to discover what these iconic figures might have looked like as adorable babies and toddlers. With its inspiring message that any baby can grow up to make the world a better place for all genders, this sturdy 7″ x 7″ board book makes the perfect baby gift for any family that wants to raise children who can recognize Gloria Steinem on sight.

Start: October 10 @ 6:00 pm
End: October 10 @ 7:00 pm

October 17 @ 5:30 pm

Raakhee Mirchandani launches her debut picture book Super Satya Saves the Day

 

 

 

Super Satya is ready to have a super day, including finally conquering the tallest slide in Hoboken. But her day takes a not so super turn when she realizes her superhero cape is stuck at the dry cleaner. Will she be able to face her fears, help her friends, and be the true hero everyone knows she is?

Start: October 17 @ 5:30 pm
End: October 17 @ 7:00 pm

November 1 @ 6:00 pm

Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein present their new book I Think, Therefore I Draw

With just a few pen strokes and a poignantly sharp caption, cartoons have the power to inspire, seduce, outrage, and amuse. Some of today’s best cartoonists are also some of our keenest observers, and a great cartoon can provide, in addition to humor and well-needed levity, acute psychological and sociological insights. In I Think, Therefore I Draw: Understanding Philosophy Through Cartoons, Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, authors of the wildly fun international bestseller, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar…, have culled dozens of cartoons, from magazines like The New Yorker and Punch, that shine a light on mankind’s perennial conundrums—such as “Is there a cosmic scheme?”; “Is there really a difference between girls and boys?”; and “What if your right is my wrong?”. Accompanied by wonderfully witty annotations that explain how these cartoons are profoundly useful in helping us make our way through life, I Think, Therefore I Draw is a Philosophy 101 course that will make readers think and laugh.

Start: November 1 @ 6:00 pm
End: November 1 @ 7:30 pm
Venue: The Corner Bookstore
Address:
1313 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10018 United States

November 13 @ 6:00 pm

Elena Mannes launches her new book Soul Dog

Looking for companionship after a near-fatal car crash, Elena Mannes, an award-winning television journalist and producer, decided to get her first dog. But what she found with her dog Brio shook the foundations of her physical and spiritual worlds, sending her on a quest to discover the nature of his spiritual origins and to contemplate and seek out the possibility of interspecies communication–even after death.

Soon after bringing her puppy home, Mannes realized that the master-companion relationship would not be possible with Brio, who quickly showed that he had a mind–and a spirit–of his own. A healer Mannes visited immediately focused on Brio, exclaiming that he was an old soul. Mannes’s growing curiosity about the intelligence, emotions, and consciousness of Brio and other dogs led her to contact an animal psychic in California who described, with amazing accuracy, Brio’s favorite walks and the author’s apartment from the dog’s point of view. Motivated by her experience, Mannes produced a filmed segment with Diane Sawyer featuring the same psychic, who described Sawyer’s country house and her dog’s favorite spots in the yard. Mannes’s skeptical journalist background compelled her to investigate further. She delved into the world of animal communicators, psychics, and scientists studying animal intelligence, including Rupert Sheldrake, to find answers to her multiplying questions: Do animals have thoughts and feelings? Consciousness? Souls? Is interspecies communication possible? Can animals reincarnate?

Start: November 13 @ 6:00 pm
End: November 13 @ 7:30 pm

November 15 @ 6:00 pm

Dr. Jeremy Mack launches his debut Phantoms of the Hotel Meurice

This book is about the denial in contemporary France of the period of German occupation and, in particular, about French disavowal of participation in the final solution. Using then and now pictures of places where terrible and momentous events occurred and of significant actors in the history of the time, it functions as a guidebook to the events that took place and as a guide to understanding how such atrocities could have happened in an eminently civilized nation.

Start: November 15 @ 6:00 pm
End: November 15 @ 7:30 pm

December 6 @ 5:00 pm

Louise Penny will be here signing copies of her new book Kingdom of the Blind from 5-7pm.

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman.The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane? When a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing. But it isn’t the only menace Gamache is facing. The investigation into what happened six months ago—the events that led to his suspension—has dragged on, into the dead of winter. And while most of the opioids he allowed to slip through his hands, in order to bring down the cartels, have been retrieved, there is one devastating exception. Enough narcotic to kill thousands has disappeared into inner city Montreal. With the deadly drug about to hit the streets, Gamache races for answers. As he uses increasingly audacious, even desperate, measures to retrieve the drug, Armand Gamache begins to see his own blind spots. And the terrible things hiding there.

Please note that this will be a straight booksigning–no reading or presentation for this event. Kingdom of the Blind will be available for purchase the day of the event and attendees are encouraged to buy the book here. If you can’t make it between 5-7 pm, please call us and we will reserve you a signed copy.

Start: December 6 @ 5:00 pm
End: December 6 @ 7:00 pm
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