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September 11 @ 5:00 pm

Rosanne L. Kurstedt launches her debut picture book Karate Kid

A goat kid loves to do karate! And he is sure to inspire young kids to try karate as well. Follow Goat as se goes through the major stances and karate moves, teaching readers to channel focus and strength through each pose. Karate Kid‘s simple, measured, and meditative text is complemented by playful yet instructive illustrations by Mark Chambers to teach youngsters how to get involved in karate–and to have fun while doing so, too.

Start: September 11 @ 5:00 pm
End: September 11 @ 7:00 pm

September 17 @ 6:00 pm

Kate & Jim McMullan celebrate the publication of their new picture book As Warm as the Sun

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

September 18 @ 6:00 pm

Jim Tilley launches his debut novel Against the Wind

A successful environmental lawyer is forced to take himself to task when he realizes that everything about his work has betrayed his core beliefs. A high school English teacher asks her former high school love to take up her environmental cause. A transgender adolescent male raised by his grandparents struggles to excel in a world hostile to his kind. A French-Canadian political science professor finds himself left with a choice between his cherished
separatist cause and his marriage and family. An accomplished engineer is chronically unable to impress his more accomplished father sufficiently to be named head of the international wind technology company his father founded. The Quebec separatist party’s Minister of Natural Resources, a divorcée, finds herself caught between her French-Canadian lover and an unexpected English-Canadian suitor.

Start: September 18 @ 6:00 pm
End: September 18 @ 7:30 pm

September 24 @ 6:00 pm

Libby Babbott-Klein returns to launch Baby Feminists, Too

Rosa Parks, Mia Hamm, Nelson Mandela, and Amelia Earhart were all once adorable babies–and you can meet them (and more) in this follow-up to runaway hit Baby Feminists!

On the heels of Baby Feminists, here are ten more pioneering icons in a second board book for budding leaders of all ages. Lift the die-cut flaps to discover how cute these change-makers can be, inspiring the next generation of artists, athletes, and activists to join the fight for equality and inclusion. In sturdy 7″ x 7″ board book format, this is truly a perfect gift for babies and their grownups to share and enjoy.

Start: September 24 @ 6:00 pm
End: September 24 @ 7:30 pm

September 25 @ 6:00 pm

Shirley Mueller launches her debut Inside the Head of a Collector

Collecting objects gives enormous pleasure to approximately one third of the population, providing such benefits as intellectual stimulation, the thrill of the chase, and leaving a legacy. On the other hand, the same pursuit can engender pain; for example, paying too much for an object, unknowingly buying a fake, or dealing with the frustrations of collection dispersal. Until recently, there was no objective way to enhance the positive (pleasure) aspects of collecting and minimize the negative (pain). Now, for the first time, scientific research in neuro- and behavioral economics gives us a way to turn this around. The contents of this book are cutting edge, unique and sure to get attention. Mueller breaks new ground in an area not previously explored. Her information is relevant not only for collectors, but also for colleges, and universities which teach collection management, plus museum staff who interact with collectors and dealers of objects desired by collectors. Heavily illustrated with ceramics from Mueller’s collection and packed with useful information, this book will become a required vital resource.

Start: September 25 @ 6:00 pm
End: September 25 @ 7:30 pm

October 3 @ 6:00 pm

Amanda Vaill presents her new book on Jerome Robbins

He was famous for reinventing the Broadway musical, creating a vernacular American ballet, pushing the art form to new boundaries where it had never gone before, integrating dance seamlessly with character, story and music, and as Associate Artistic Director, Ballet Master, and Co-Artistic Director, with George Balanchine, shaping the New York City Ballet with daring and brio for more than five decades through his often startling choreography in ballet’s classical idiom. The titanic choreographer, revealed in his own words—the closest we will get to a memoir/autobiography—from his never-before-published letters, journals, and diaries. Amanda Vaill, draws on the vast and closely held Robbins’ archives of his writings to give us a sense of hisrange as a thinker and artist, as well as a revealing glimpse into the mind and heart of this towering cultural giant.

 

Amanda Vaill will be in conversation

with author Molly Haskell

Start: October 3 @ 6:00 pm
End: October 3 @ 7:30 pm

October 16 @ 6:30 pm

Michael Frank launches his debut novel What is Missing

Costanza Ansaldo, a half-Italian and half-American translator, is convinced that she has made peace with her childlessness. A year after the death of her husband, an eminent writer, she returns to the pensione in Florence where she spent many happy times in her youth, and there she meets, first, Andrew Weissman, an acutely sensitive seventeen-year-old, and, soon afterward, his father, Henry Weissman, a charismatic New York physician who specializes in—as it happens—reproductive medicine.With three lives each marked by heartbreak and absence—of a child, a parent, a partner, or a clear sense of identity—What is Missing offers Costanza, Andrew, and Henry the opportunity to make themselves whole when the triangle resumes three months later in New York, where the relationships among them turn and tighten with combustive effects that cut to the core of what it means to be a father, a son, and—for Costanza—a potential mother.

Start: October 16 @ 6:30 pm
End: October 16 @ 7:30 pm

November 6 @ 6:00 pm

Sydney Stern Launches Her Latest Book The Brothers Mankiewicz

Herman J. (1897-1953) and Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909-1993) wrote, produced, and directed over 150 pictures. With Orson Welles, Herman wrote the screenplay for Citizen Kane and shared the picture’s only Academy Award. Joe earned the second pair of his four Oscars for writing and directing All About Eve, which also won Best Picture. Despite triumphs as diverse as Monkey Business and Cleopatra and Pride of the Yankees and Guys and Dolls, the witty, intellectual brothers spent their Hollywood years deeply discontented and yearning for what they did not have–a career in New York theater. For this first dual portrait of the Mankiewicz brothers, Sydney Ladensohn Stern draws on interviews, letters, diaries, and other documents still in private hands to provide a uniquely intimate behind-the-scenes chronicle of the lives, loves, work, and relationship between these complex men.

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

November 7 @ 6:00 pm

Maya C. Popa reads from her debut collection of poems American Faith

“Maya C. Popa’s poems move with a confident, quick-as-dread sweep toward an alarmingly clear articulation of what it is to be an American ‘under/ duress by a language, its failure to imagine the present world or next…’ Her lyrics address our huge unknowns, when ‘The government is cancelled/ but not the body,’ tides of unsorted information threaten to sink us, and in the poisoned sea ‘the shame is that the parrotfish/cannot be remade from scratch.’ American Faith marries a richly detailed music to this careening hour.” —Mark Doty, author of Deep Lane

Maya Catherine Popa is a Romanian-American poet and author of two chapbooks, The Bees Have Been Cancelled  and You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave, published in 2018 (DIAGRAM chapbook series). She is the recipient of awards from the Poetry Foundation and the Hippocrates Society, and her writing has appeared in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Poetry London, and Tin House among others. She is the Poetry Reviews Editor at Publishers Weekly, and she directs the Creative Writing Program and teaches English literature at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City.

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

November 19 @ 6:00 pm

Celebrate the re-publication of Wally the Wordworm with Anne Fadiman and illustrator Arnold Roth

A worm who lives on words, Wally finds himself starved for inspiration . . . until the day he slithers into a magical book: the dictionary. From this moment, he embarks upon a logomaniacal odyssey of epic proportions, munching on the likes of “eft” and “escalator,” “ptarmigan” and “sesquipedalian.” From Wally the Wordworm’s first publication in 1964, children and adults alike have been delighted by Wally’s wriggling through rhymes and words of increasing difficulty and complexity, his acrobatics whimsically illustrated by The New Yorker cartoonist Arnold Roth.

Genuinely fun to read aloud, and complete with an afterword by Clifton Fadiman’s daughter, Anne Fadiman, Wally the Wordworm instills in young readers a love of words and language and an early appreciation for their vast possibilities.

Start: November 19 @ 6:00 pm
End: November 19 @ 7:30 pm
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